Nova Scotians can enjoy the holiday spirit at the 20th annual Christmas Festival of Trees and Crafts in Middle Musquodoboit. The event involves communities, industry and government in celebration of the natural balsam fir Christmas tree and its importance to Nova Scotia. The festival takes place at the Natural Resources Education Centre, 12014 Highway 224, Middle Musquodoboit, and the Musquodoboit Valley Education Centre, 12046 Highway 224, from, today, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. to Sunday, Dec. 6, at 4 p.m. Community groups and businesses decorate and display more than 30 balsam fir trees, which are provided by the Natural Resources Education Centre woodlot, and the Lunenburg County Christmas Tree Producers Association. The opening ceremony takes place today, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Natural Resources Education Centre. There will be greetings by special guests, the tree-lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. and festive entertainment by youth choirs and community groups. On Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Musquodoboit Valley Education Centre, the Festival of Crafts will provide opportunities for visitors to browse through displays of Nova Scotia’s finest crafts. The $2 admission provides access to more than 70 Maritime crafters, presenting a large variety of unique items. Visitors can also stop in to St. Nick’s Cafe and enjoy a cup of warm apple cider and gingerbread served by local groups. In collaboration with Nova Scotia Power, people can save energy, money and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by exchanging two sets of incandescent holiday lights for one set of energy-efficient light emitting diode (LED) lights. The LED Holiday Light Exchange will take place at the opening ceremony from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Lights will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information on this event, visit www.gov.ns.ca/natr/education/nrec/Xmas-09.asp . For detailed directions to the Natural Resources Education Centre, go to www.gov.ns.ca/natr/education/NREC/how-to-get-here.asp .