The FOT will kick off on Friday, November 17, 2017 with an opening extravaganza from 4pm – 7pm for the public to come and both view the trees,the museum decorations and listen Christmas carols. The auction bidding will also begin at this time. This event will be followed by the Main Street Tree Lighting on the square at 7pm. The FOT is a fundraiser that benefits the Canton Texas Chamber of Commerce and runs in conjunction with the other Christmas Events of Canton. Artificial Trees can be decorated and donated to the festival by individuals, organizations or businesses, in hopes of winning a prize. The coveted trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trees. At the same time each tree will be auctioned off at the silent auction lasting 3 weeks in the Plaza Museum (Chamber office). The Festival of Trees will end on December 14th, with the annual Lighted Christmas Parade.