Small Town Christmas, Big-Time Tree Show

By Brennan Smith

November 30, 2011 Updated Dec 1, 2011 at 1:00 AM EDT

Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Tioga County Historical Society is lighting up its museum with more than one hundred decorated trees.

If you take a drive by Owego on Route 17, you'll see these Christmas trees lighting up the back yard of the Tioga County Historical Society, but it's what's inside the building that brings out 7,000 guests each holiday season.

Just more than 100 Christmas trees, each one unique.

"Especially because all of these trees were sponsored by somebody who put a lot of hard work into it. It's the whole community in a Christmas theme," said John Brennan from Owego.

"We have lots of volunteers who do a lot of the things, and they start the decorations at home and bring them in full-scale and go from there," said Rikki Springsteed from the Tioga County Historical Society.

Volunteers had to work particularly hard this year.

They had to clean up the mess the flood left behind in their basement, but the show goes on this year.

The Christmas Tree Silent Auction, Oh Tannenbaum, is the museum's biggest fund-raiser that keeps it funded all-year long.

Guests have the opportunity to bid to take a piece of the winter wonderland home with them.

The display is up now through December 17th.

That's when the trees will head out the front door and go home with the highest bidders.

"You really get the feeling of a small town here. It feels very community oriented with all of the displays and the people who were involved in making this all happen. It makes you have a true feeling of Christmas and what Christmas is all about," said Suzy Soule from Owego.

The display is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

It's located at 110 Front Street in Owego in the Tioga County Historical Society's Museum.