Christmas Trees of Davidson County tonight!

Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. at Novant Health Medical Center
Dec. 03, 2013 @ 10:28 AM

The lobby at Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center will once again be transformed by the illumination of 60 Christmas trees.

Hundreds will gather for the annual lighting of the Christmas Trees of Davidson County at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3.

According to Susan Reece, executive director of Novant Helath Foundation Thomasville Medical Center, it helps mark the beginning of the holiday season for some in the Triad.

"I have been told by many people that this is the start of the holiday season for them," Reece said. "Many have taken family pictures with the trees over the years for lasting memories."

The standing tradition spans more than a decade. Last year's event drew more than 400 visitors, and more are expected for the 13th installment. Decorated trees of all shapes and sizes will be on display until the end of the year.

Reece recalls that for years she would come and admire the scenery for but a fleeting moment. Now as executive director, it is anything but a one-day event.

"It has always been a wonderful experience for me," she said. "Being able to work with everyone involved in bringing the trees to the community this year makes you understand why this is so important to the community and why it is so personal to people. Every tree has a story and every one will touch your heart."

Six people have elected to put their trees up for silent auction, and the proceeds will go to Novant Health Foundation Thomasville Medical Center. The event is open to the public, and Reece said the countless hours of work by the hospital staff to make sure the trees look perfect will make Dec. 3 an unforgettable night.

"This is a great way to bring the community together," Reece said. "It started with a few trees and continues to grow. It's a great way for the hospital to do something nice for our community."

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or kennedy@tvilletimes.com.