Matt Siegel, Billy Costa hosting 1st Festival of Trees’ Taste of the Festival


METHUEN — The Festival of Trees announces the debut of the Taste of the Festival on premier night, Friday, Nov. 20.

Two of Boston’s biggest media personalities, Matt Siegel of Kiss 108’s Matty in the Morning show and Billy Costa of NECN’s TV Diner will be the evening’s masters of ceremony.

The kickoff event will feature specialty foods from more than 20 local restaurants, live music and the unveiling of more than 200 spectacular Christmas trees.

“We are thrilled to have such incredible talents as Matt Siegel and Billy Costa to open the Festival, as well as the generosity of the local restaurants who are participating,” said Ann Guastaferro, president of the Festival of Trees.

“This year is sure to the most exciting premier night to date.”

In addition to the Taste of The Festival, some of the Festival highlights will include magic shows with BJ Hickman; romper rhythm puppets; mad science show; elfant production balloon twister; breakfast with Santa; visits from Santa; red hatter’s weekend; tree awards; tree raffle; and the Preservation Grant award.

This magical family event draws more than 25,000 visitors and celebrates the spirit of the holiday season with the sole purpose to provide funding to preserve not only Methuen’s heritage and monuments, but also the historical monuments in surrounding cities and towns that are so important to these communities.

Premier night is Friday, Nov. 20, from 6-10 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 978-685-8878. The Festival of Trees officially opens Nov. 21 and runs through Dec. 5. It’s open weekdays from 5-9 p.m., and on weekends from 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving. General Admission is $8, with children under 12 free.

The Festival is located at Valley Office Park, 13 Branch St., Methuen. For more information, visit

The Festival of Trees was begun to fund the restoration of the Tenney Gatehouse. It is an annual event held to celebrate the spirit of the holiday season. The Festival is dedicated to the richness and history of our community by developing partnerships with the commonwealth of Massachusetts, the city of Methuen, the Methuen Historic District Commission, the Methuen Historical Society, and the people and organizations of Methuen.

The proceeds from the Festival of Trees provide funding to preserve the heritage and the monuments that make Methuen so unique. To date, $914,000 has been raised to fund local preservation projects.