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The Festival of Trees is held to support non-profits in the Greater Wolfeboro area. The Festival was started in 1999 as a benefit for the LIFE Ministries Food Pantry in Wolfeboro. The event was such a success that it was held again in 2000. Subsequently, the Festival committee has organized the festival each year to benefit various other charitable causes in the greater Wolfeboro area.


How to Apply to be a Beneficiary

The Wolfeboro Festival of Trees Committee meets in October to choose that year’s beneficiary(s). Any Wolfeboro area non-profit service organization interested in being considered should submit a letter of application containing the following information by September 29th this year.

  • Name, address, and email address of the organization

  • Non-profit status qualification (IRS 501(c)3 designation letter)

  • Mission Statement

  • Size (people served, number of volunteers, number of paid employees)

  • Specific use for the funds including estimate of how much is needed- details
    should include expected impact, community availability and timeline

  • Annual budget including all funding sources such as grants and endowment



Your organization must be willing to participate in the event.  Specifically, the beneficiary is asked to:

  • Supply and decorate a tree for the event

  • Provide a mailing list of members to be used for invitations to the Gala

  • Designate a liaison to attend FOT planning meetings

  • Provide and serve refreshments (cookies & punch) during the weekend public hours


Submit your application to arrive by September 29, 2023 to:

(electronic submission preferred)

Beneficiaries from 2022

The Friends of the Wolfeboro Public Library

The Friends of the Wolfeboro Public Library promotes and supports the public library for its literary and educational purposes.  Activities such as book sales and book and author talks provide additional funds to serve the over 40,000 library users so far this year with programs and activities that enrich the library experience.  Funds from the Wolfeboro Holiday Festival of Trees will be utilized to create a Young Adult/Teen space in the library.  The goal is to create a welcoming space for this traditionally hard-to-reach age group by creating an aesthetically pleasing space with fun furnishings, new technology for age-specific activities, and an expanded collection of young adult books.  A Makerspace will enable the teens to collaborate, create and connect to other teens utilizing the area, and special programs will be planned with the grant funds that will specifically target this population. For more information go to

The Carpenter Elementary School PTO

The Carpenter Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is a group of parents, teachers, and school staff gathered to reestablish this important volunteer-based institution after the pandemic stalled its important work. The mission of the PTO is to support and enhance the educational experiences of the over 200 students in K-3 grade. The grant funds will help teachers, students, and families with things such as grants to teachers for classroom needs,  updating the dated playground equipment, scholarship support for winter field trips, and support for family nights.  Grant funds will enable children and their families with financial difficulties to participate in school activities.  This volunteer group is working hard for the students and staff of Carpenter Elementary School.  For more information go to

The ACTS Assistance Canine Training Services

The ACTS Assistance Canine Training Services trains service dogs for people with mobility disabilities that confine them to a wheelchair and facility dogs for professionals using animal-assisted therapy in their practices or jobs. Trained dogs help their owners maintain their independence. ACTS was founded in Tuftonboro NH in 2007 and places 5-7 dogs per year.  Grant funds from the Wolfeboro Holiday Festival of Trees will help to support the medical needs of the 20 dogs in training during the year.  This is a large expense that includes vaccinations, flea and tick treatments, and health and wellness appointments. For more information go to

Past Beneficiaries

In the past years, the festival has raised more than $375,000 to aid the following local charitable organizations:

2021 - Kingswood Youth Center & The Child Advocacy Center of Carroll County

2020 - Festival cancelled due to global pandemic

2019 - Kingswood Youth CenterKingswood Children's Summer TheatreCentral NH VNS & Hospice Pediatric Program

2018 - Lakes Region Humane Society, Hope House and Wolfeboro Nursery School

2017 - L.I.F.E Ministries Food Pantry and The Nick/WARA

2016 - Child Advocacy Center of Carroll County and Global Awareness Local Action

2015 - Friends of the Libby Museum and Kingswood Youth Center

2014 - End 68 Hours of Hunger and Caregivers of Southern Carroll County

2013 - Ossipee Children's Fund and All Saints' Preschool

2012 - Appalachian Mountain Teen Project and Granite State Adaptive

2011 - Wolfeboro Nursury School and Assistance Canine Training Services

2010 - Wolfeboro Senior Center and Meals

2009 - Lions Fuel Assistance Fund

2008 - 10th anniversary year, proceeds divided among past beneficiaries.

2007 - Wolfeboro Area Meals on Wheels

2006 - Wolfeboro Friends of Music, Appalachian Mountain Teen Project

2005 - Child Advocacy Center of Carroll County

2004 - VNA Good Beginnings

2003 - Lakes Region Humane Society

2002 - Kingswood Youth Center

2001 - Wolfeboro Area Children's Center

2000 - Life Ministries Food Pantry

1999 - Life Ministries Food Pantry

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