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The 36th annual Holiday Tree Festival

Mark your calendars to join us Nov. 18-26, 2017 at the John S. Knight Center for the 36th annual Holiday Tree Festival presented by the Volunteers of Akron Children's Hospital!

Every year, more than 200 decorated trees, 85,000 strings of lights, and countless other holiday creations are displayed at the John S. Knight Center to benefit Akron Children’s Hospital. Since its beginning in 1982, the Holiday Tree Festival has raised more than $5.3 million for the hospital's patient care programs, education and research.

Join us, too, for the 2017 Holiday Tree Festival special events - the Preview Gala and Breakfast with Santa.

The Preview Gala will be held Friday, November 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the John S. Knight Center. For information on reservations, please contact Brittany Costa at or 330-543-0325.

This year's Breakfast with Santa events will be held Saturday, November 18 and Saturday, November 25 from 8:30-10 a.m. at the John S. Knight Center. Click here for more details and a reservation form.

Dates and times for this year's Holiday Tree Festival:

  • Saturday, Nov. 18: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 19: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 20: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 21: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 22: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving): 2 - 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 24: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 25: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 26: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Additional dates to save:

  • Friday, Nov. 17: Preview Gala
  • Saturday, Nov. 18: Breakfast with Santa and Ribbon Cutting
  • Saturday, Nov. 25: Breakfast with Santa


For more information about the Holiday Tree Festival, contact:

Liz Lenke  
Co-Chair, Holiday Tree Festival

Heather Jalbert  
Co-Chair, Holiday Tree Festival 

Vicki Parisi
Akron Children’s Hospital Volunteer Services

Brittany Costa
Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation

To volunteer at the Holiday Tree Festival, contact:

Pat Hetrick
Chair, Volunteer Committee    


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