The Holiday Tree Festival is bringing holiday cheer to downtown Akron for the 36th year starting November 18. Since it began in 1982, the Holiday Tree Festival, which is presented by the volunteers of Akron Children’s Hospital, has raised more than $5.3 million to support Akron Children’s Hospital.
This year is the festival’s biggest yet with close to 165 trees, 80 wreaths and hundreds of holiday gifts on display at the John S. Knight Center. With those large numbers, the Holiday Tree Festival takes a lot of volunteer time and effort to pull off – there will be more than 1,200 volunteers working to make sure the event goes smoothly.
“The amount of time and effort put in by our volunteers to make this event happen for the community is simply astounding,” said Vicki Parisi, director of volunteer and visitor services at Akron Children’s. “We are so grateful for their long-standing support of Akron Children’s patients and patient families.”
From Nov. 18-26, the 2017 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 two Breakfast with Santa events held at the Knight Center on Nov. 18 and Nov. 25 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.
“We hope people will bring their families to enjoy the magic of the Holiday Tree Festival as we welcome the 2017 holiday season,” said Lisbeth Lenke, festival co-chair.
For more information about the Holiday Tree Festival, visit akronchildrens.org/treefestival or call the volunteer department at 330-543-8424.