Akron Children’s Hospital to host annual Holiday Tree Festival Nov. 17-25

Holiday Tree Festival set to begin Nov. 17


AKRON, Ohio (October 25, 2012) – Akron Children’s Hospital will host the 31st annual Holiday Tree Festival Nov. 17-25 at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron.

Originally founded in 1982 as a way for families to celebrate the holiday season, the event features magnificent displays of more than 200 decorated full-size trees, wreaths, miniature trees and countless holiday creations. It also includes local entertainment surrounded by 85,000 strings of dazzling lights.

This free event is organized by the volunteers of Akron Children’s Hospital and has raised more than $3.9 million to benefit the continued efforts of medical research, education and patient care programs at Akron Children’s.

“Each year, the event gets bigger and better,” said Mary Leuca, festival chairperson. “With the hundreds of volunteers who help turn this magical event into reality, it really is an event for the community, by the community.”

During the nine-day celebration, festival goers will have the opportunity to enjoy and purchase more than 200 custom-decorated trees, wreaths and holiday items. All items on display are donated by local corporations, groups and individuals and will be available for immediate sale.

The 2012 Holiday Tree Festival will be open to the public Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Thanksgiving Day, 2 – 6 p.m.

As part of the festival, the public is invited to attend several special events, which are sure to become a holiday tradition and include:

Preview Gala

Friday, Nov. 16 at 5:30 p.m.

Guests will enjoy a sneak peak at the trees before the festival opens to the public and partake in dinner and the popular dessert buffet, as well as a silent auction. For tickets, corporate tables or sponsorship opportunities, please call the Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation office at 330-543-8340.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Kids’ Day

Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m.

The festival officially opens to the public with a ribbon cutting and other fun activities, including face painting, visits from Akron Children’s Hospital’s Doggie Brigade, holiday entertainment and more.

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, Nov. 17and Nov. 24 at 8:30 a.m.

Enjoy breakfast with Santa Claus before he departs to the North Pole to prepare for the holidays! Families will dine on a buffet breakfast and participate in fun activities during these memorable events. Space is limited, and registration is required. Please call 330-543-8340 for tickets and information.

For more information about the Holiday Tree Festival, please visit

About the Holiday Tree Festival

Since 1982, the Volunteers of Akron Children’s Hospital have presented the Holiday Tree Festival each holiday season as a free event to the community.

In addition to hundreds of volunteers, many other supporters help make this event possible through underwriting and donations. Major underwriters for the 2012 Holiday Tree Festival include: Buckeye Corrugated, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Merrill Lynch and The VanDevere Bunch. 

Holiday Tree Festival set to begin Nov. 17
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News Facts

The 2012 Holiday Tree Festival will be open to the public:

Monday - Wednesday
11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Thanksgiving Day
2 – 6 p.m.

Friday and Saturdays
10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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Anne C. Merchant
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