O, Christmas Rex

Phoenix Levesque, 2, gives an affectionate hug to a stuffed dinosaur, hung to a dino-themed Christmas tree at the Festival of Trees display at Champlain Centre. The annual event, celebrating its 13th season, features more than 20 decorated trees featuring different themes, decorated by local businesses, organizations and individuals that are raffled off to support the ARC Foundation. The festival, sponsored by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, supports important initiatives like emergency funding for developmentally-disabled individuals and their families in need, subsidizing Special Olympics training and equipment costs for local athletes, holiday food baskets to local families of people with developmental disabilities and much more. Raffle tickets are available for 3 for $5, 10 for $10, and 30 for $20, and the trees will be on display from November 19 to November 29.