“If Santa had a theme park, this would be it.” You’ll probably agree when you experience the magical setting of the 20th annual Festival of Trees, a three-day, family fun, holiday event. This annual event benefits the thousands of children and families who receive treatment and services at Kennedy Krieger Institute each year.
The focal point of the event is the display and sale of more than 700 spectacular holiday trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses created by local designers, artists, florists, individuals, schools, and community groups. Additional attractions include live holiday entertainment, and seasonal merchants. One of the event’s most popular areas is SantaLand, an indoor carnival-style experience for children featuring crafts, games, Santa visits, and pony, carousel, and train rides. A new addition for 2018 is the LEGO Workshop.
- Where: Cow Palace at the Maryland State Fairgrounds — 2200 York Rd., Timonium, MD
- When: November 23 – 25, 2018
- Times: Friday, November 23: 10am – 8pm | Saturday, November 24: 10am – 8pm | Sunday, November 25: 10am – 5pm
- Cost: $6 – $15 for general admission | children 4 and under are Free | additional cost for activities and Breakfast with Center | Purchase tickets online here.
- Discounts: Click here to get information on how to get Free or discounted tickets
Entertainment — Don’t miss the family-friendly entertainment on the Rosemore Main Stage. The entertainment lineup includes everything from dance groups and singers to magicians and comedians! View Schedule.
SantaLand — With everything from a train ride and fun house to a wheelchair-accessible carousel, there is lots of holiday bliss to be had. There are “reindeer” pony rides and great games such as, hole-in-one golf, milk can toss, and a remote-control car race track and simulator ride. Tickets for SantaLand activities can be purchased individually or wristbands and ticket packs are available for purchase. Please note Santa takes scheduled breaks and activity closings vary for each day of Festival of Trees. Check here for schedule.
Online Activities — Get a head start on Festival fun with quick and easy activities you can do from home and save $2 on festival admission.
Breakfast with Santa — Breakfast with Santa will be held on Sunday, November 25 from 8am-10am. Breakfast with Santa tickets include a hot buffet breakfast and all-day admission to Festival of Trees. Children 12 and under will receive a special gift from Santa, unlimited train and carousel rides, and access to the fun house. Limited tickets are available for this event. Get your tickets here.
Holiday Shopping — Aside from all the incredible, one-of-a-kind trees, wreaths, and gingerbread houses, the festival features a variety of vendor booths, as well as a Silent Auction and a Raffle. Get a head start on your holiday shopping at Festival of Trees.
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About Festival of Trees
The Festival is planned and implemented by more than 1,000 caring community volunteers and staff who give freely of their time and talent. Held annually during the three days after Thanksgiving at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, the event has become an eagerly anticipated holiday tradition for families throughout the Mid-Atlantic region with an annual attendance of nearly 50,000.
Festival of Trees benefits the more than 20,000 children with disorders of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system served by Kennedy Krieger each year, by raising funds for patient care, education, and research. Since its inception in 1990, Festival of Trees has raised nearly $17 million to support these important programs.
About Kennedy Krieger Institute
Located in Baltimore, MD, Kennedy Krieger Institute is an internationally recognized institution dedicated to improving the lives of children and young adults with pediatric developmental disabilities and disorders of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system, through patient care, special education, research, and professional training.