Judges Choose Top 2023 Trees

The Festival of Trees’ annual Donor Appreciation Party included the announcement of the 2023 Conifer Awards in eleven categories ranging from Most Beautiful to Most Traditional to Best Use of Lighting to Best Children’s Theme and several more.  Each category includes a First, Second and Third Place Winner.  Each winner receives a hand-blown crystal tree by Simon Pearce.

“Each year we marvel at the creativity and beauty of our trees,” said Festival president Tom Lussier. “To us, they’re all award winners; however, we rely on the judgement of our independent judges to choose the very best in a number of distinct categories,” he added.

According to Lussier, each year the Festival recruits a team of independent judges. The judges are not affiliated with any organization entering a tree in the Festival. Their judging is conducted anonymously and without knowledge of the person, group, or organization presenting the trees. This year, our three judges are from Nick’s Seasonal Décor – a Rowley, MA-based family business. Nick Kreticos founded Nick’s Seasonal Décor in 2016 and soon thereafter turned it into a family business. He inspires and teaches millions of crafters across the globe through his online social media presence.

The Tree Award Winners of the 30th Annual Methuen Festival of Trees | 2023
Most Beautiful1Christmas CheerThe Maroun Family of George's Bakery
2A Christmas TwistThe Wante Family +2
3It’s a Celebration!Sharon Pollard & Tom Lussier
Most Traditional1Wood Workers ChristmasJohn Breen Memorial Funeral Home, Inc.
2Jingle All the WayMaureen Pollard & Mary Lou Nash
3A Thankful ChristmasL. Brandish
Most Creative/Unique1GranitevilleGranite United Church
2Christmas in a TentAmanda Paton
3Christmas BuzzThe Small Family
Best Tree Done by Children1If You Take a Mouse to the MoviesBradford Christian Academy
2The Great OutdoorsThe Chapel School
3Abominable Tenney TreeTenney Grammar PTO
Best Use of Lighting1Rockin’ Around the Christmas TreeThe Rutherford and Dobrosielski Families - In Loving Memory of Susan Buckley
2Seeing Isn’t Believing, Believing is SeeingNicole Durgin
3My Silver Anniversary TreeRick Coco - RE/MAX Partners
Best Children’s Theme1Goodnight Goodnight Construction SiteTorromeo Industries, Inc.
2Colleen’s Christmas LessonColleen E. Ritzer Memorial Fund
3MidnightRay and Kay DiFiore
Best Use of Theme 1It Takes a VillageMethuen Village Assisted Living
2UpGirl Scout Troop 85210
3An Ugly Sweater ChristmasThe Leary Family
Best Top of the Tree1“Yer a Wizard Harry”Jackson and Colton Bates
2Be Our Guest This ChristmasJake, Zachary, and Alana Santos
3Up Up and Away to Santa’s SleighLouann Santos, Vice Chair, Methuen School Committee
Best Under the Tree/Tree Skirt Display1A Slice of Christmas MagicBeach Pizza
2Thankful and Grateful: A Harvest CelebrationGregory Blomgren
3Happy Hula DaysWhimsy Wreath Design Co., Inc.
Best Wreath1Cardinals for Christmas Susan Ginchereau
2Have a Fairy Merry ChristmasEd and Patty George
3Ring in the SeasonDeb Morin
Best Mini Tree1Snow Globe TreeThe Gregoire Family
2It’s All About the TreesJoseph G. Bella
3Cheers to 30 Years! In Memory of Our Dad Charles PeikertSylvia Theberge and Kathy Brasseur
Best of the Festival  Polar OdysseyJohn Hancock Lodge