The volunteers of Akron Children’s Hospital will host the 34th annual Holiday Tree Festival Nov. 21 – Nov. 29 at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron. Admission to the festival is free.
Originally founded in 1982 as a way for families to celebrate the holiday season, the 2015 festival will feature 145 decorated trees, as well as wreaths and other holiday decorations.
All items on display are donated by local corporations, groups and individuals and will be available for immediate sale to benefit the hospital.
The festival also includes local entertainment surrounded by 85,000 strings of dazzling lights. Since its beginning, the Holiday Tree Festival has raised more than $5 million to benefit the continued efforts of medical research, education and patient care programs at Akron Children’s.
“The Holiday Tree Festival is a great way for the community to come together during the holidays, and it’s become a tradition for many area families,” said Mary Leuca, festival chairperson.
The 2015 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 and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
As part of the festival, the public is invited to attend several special events including:
Friday, Nov. 20 at 5:30 p.m.
Guests will enjoy a sneak peak of the trees before the festival opens to the public and enjoy dinner and the popular dessert buffet, as well as a silent auction. For tickets, corporate tables or sponsorship opportunities, call the Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation at 330-543-8340.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Saturday, Nov. 21 at 10 a.m.
The festival officially opens to the public with a ribbon cutting ceremony. People of all ages are welcome to see the trees and enjoy the family-friendly activities.
Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, Nov. 21 and Nov. 28 at 8:30 a.m.
Enjoy breakfast with Santa Claus before he departs to the North Pole to prepare for the holidays! Families will enjoy a breakfast buffet and participate in fun activities during this memorable event. Space is limited, and registration is required. To learn more, visit akronchildrens.org/treefestival or call 330-543-8340 for tickets and information.
For more information about the Holiday Tree Festival, visit akronchildrens.org/treefestival or call the volunteers department at 330-543-8424.
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