Tinsel Trail decorated tree

JOIN THE NEW EVENT — The Shelton House announced plans for a new holiday event — The Shelton House Tinsel Trail — a display of Christmas trees on the Shelton Campus — with decorated trees from businesses throughout Haywood County. Business sponsorships are being encouraged now.

It’s not too early for businesses to think about the holidays. Waynesville’s historic Shelton House announced plans for a new holiday event — The Shelton House Tinsel Trail — a display of Christmas trees on the Shelton Campus.

The Tinsel Trail, with decorated trees from businesses throughout Haywood County, will open Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Grand Illumination of Shelton House and stay up through Jan. 2, 2020. The Tinsel Trail is open to the public daily until 9 p.m. Trees are lit from dusk to 9 p.m. each night, along the Shelton House walkways.

The new event is intended to promote community and is a free event for people to enter and enjoy the decorated trees.

Sponsor a treeEach tree will be sponsored by a local corporation, group, or family, and can be decorated by its sponsor or another organization designated by the sponsor.

Trees can have themes that match the company’s mission, or sometimes, they’re just totally unique. Each tree will have a sign with the sponsor and decorator’s names.

Sponsoring a tree is a great way to market a business, boost employee morale and be creative.

Tree sponsorships are available for $250.

For businesses that want to support the initiative, but don’t have time to decorate a tree, let Shelton House know, and the staff will donate the tree to a nonprofit organization to decorate.

Nonprofits that would like to be considered as a decorator are asked to let the Shelton House staff know, to be placed on the waiting list for a sponsored tree. These trees are subject to availability, but the staff will do its best to accommodate all requests.

To participate and reserve a tree, use the online ‘Sponsor a Tinsel Tree’ process through the website (www.sheltonhouse.org), where businesses can pay with a credit card. Those who prefer to mail a check, are asked to contact Shelton House and a representative will contact you.

Trees will not be reserved until payment is received.

For information, call 828-452- 1551. Shelton House — History, Heritage, and Crafts is at 49 Shelton St., Waynesville.

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