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42nd annual Holiday Tree Festival kicks off holiday season Nov. 11-19

10-23-2023 (Akron, Ohio )

The volunteers of Akron Children’s Hospital will host the 42nd annual Holiday Tree Festival Nov. 11-19 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 2023 festival will feature 150 decorated trees, 80 wreaths and 175 other holiday gifts. In addition, a retail table will feature holiday decorations, figurines, coloring books, bows and more that can be purchased and taken home the same day.

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. Since its beginning, the Holiday Tree Festival has raised over $7 million to benefit the continued efforts of medical research, education and patient care programs at Akron Children’s. The 2022 festival raised over $270,000.

“For 42 years, the Holiday Tree Festival has been a holiday tradition for families in Akron and the surrounding communities,” said Mary Leuca, festival chairperson. “We hope the community enjoys this beautiful display as we welcome the 2023 holiday season.”

The 2023 Holiday Tree Festival will be open to the public:

Saturday, Nov. 11: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 12: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 13: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 14: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 15: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 16: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 17: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 18: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 19: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

As part of the festival, the public is invited to attend several special events including:

Preview Gala
Friday, Nov. 10

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. To receive an invitation to the gala, fill out this form or call 330-543-8424. RSVP by Nov. 1.

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, Nov. 11: 9 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 18: 9 a.m.

Enjoy breakfast, holiday sing-a-long, and visit with Santa. RSVP by Oct. 30.

Tickets are:

  • Free for kids ages 0-3
  • $15 for ages 4-12
  • $20 for ages 13 and up including adults

To register for Breakfast with Santa, fill out and return this form.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 
Saturday, Nov. 11 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.

For more information about the Holiday Tree Festival, visit or call the volunteer department at 330-543-8424

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