Seen at the 2018 Festival of Trees

There are no more charming visitors to the Festival of Trees than the littlest ones, who are, in turn, charmed by the lights and the glitter and the colors and the presence of none other than Mrs. Claus. Wide-eyed, they move from one display to the next in a state of wonderment that is sure to last through the holiday season.

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