As a child in the 1990s, former Hartford resident Liz Connors recalls the annual family outing to the Wadsworth Atheneum, where the start of the Christmas season included the tour of the lavishly decorated trees at the Festival of Trees, supper downtown and a walk through Hartford to admire the holiday lights.
Now living in New Haven, she still considers what is now known as the Festival of Trees and Traditions the official launch of her own family’s holiday season.
“It just hits my heartstrings and stirs up good memories and makes good memories,” said the 31-year-old, mother of two. “It’s part of our holiday tradition. And you can’t give up tradition.”
And so it is, not only for the thousands of people who will trek to the city’s Main Street museum for the 39th Festival of Trees and Traditions this week
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