The Holiday Tree Festival returns to the John S. Knight Center for its 35th year starting November 19.
Since it began in 1982, the festival, which is presented by the volunteers of Akron Children’s Hospital, has raised more than $5.3 million to support our patients and programs.
“For 35 years, the Holiday Tree Festival has been providing holiday magic to Akron and the surrounding communities,” said Lisbeth Lenke, festival chairperson. “We hope people will bring their families to enjoy the magic as we welcome the 2016 holiday season.”
This year there will be more than 140 trees, 90 wreaths and hundreds of holiday gifts on display at the festival.
As the numbers suggest, the Holiday Tree Festival is no small undertaking – more than 1,200 volunteers work together to make sure the event goes off smoothly.
“The amount of dedication from our volunteers to make this event happen is astounding,” said Vicki Parisi, director of volunteer and visitor services at Akron Children’s. “We are so grateful for their long-standing commitment to supporting Akron Children’s patients and patient families.”
From Nov. 19-27, the 2016 Holiday Tree Festival will be open to the public Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thanksgiving, 2 to 6 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission to the festival is free, as it has been every year since 1982.
In addition to the Holiday Tree Festival, there will also be 2 Breakfast with Santa events held at the Knight Center on Nov. 19 and Nov. 26 from 8:30-10 a.m. Tickets are $10 for children ages 4-12 and free for children under 3. Tickets are $15 for ages 13 and up. Spaces are limited; you can reserve your spot by calling 330-543-8340.
For more information about the Holiday Tree Festival, visit akronchildrens.org/treefestival or call the volunteer department at 330-543-8424.