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The 37th Annual Holiday Tree Festival

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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.

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Mark your calendars to join us Nov. 17-25, 2018 at the John S. Knight Center for the 37th annual Holiday Tree Festival presented by the Volunteers of Akron Children's Hospital. For more than 35 years, the Holiday Tree Festival has been the volunteers of Akron Children's Hospital's gift to the community. This holiday tradition would not be possible without the support of our many sponsors.

NOTE: We have reached our limit for trees and gifts for the 2018 Holiday Tree Festival.  

Holiday Tree Festival Contract Guidelines

  • All contracts to enter a tree, wreath or holiday gift into the Holiday Tree Festival will be posted August 1 and remain open through September 25 or until the limit of entries is reached, whichever comes first.
  • It’s never too early to start planning! Now is a great time to start thinking of your entry’s title and decorative theme, you’ll need that information to fill out your contract.
  • All items staged on or near your tree will be delivered to or picked up by the new lucky owner.
  • To ensure safe delivery to their new home, trees cannot exceed 7 feet tall, including the topper.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Volunteers greet the public, help sell holiday items and raffle tickets, and assist kids with writing letters to Santa or creating get well cards for the patients at Akron Children’s. 
  • Forms to sign up to volunteer at the Holiday Tree Festival will be posted September 1 and remain open through the Festival.
  • For questions regarding volunteering, please contact Volunteer Committee Chair Pat Hetrick at

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Holiday Tree Festival Preview Gala

Kick off the holiday season at the 37th annual Holiday Tree Festival Preview Gala! 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 or corporate tables, call the Akron Children’s Hospital Volunteer Services office at 330-543-8424. 

Sponsorship Opportunities

To be part of the Holiday Tree Festival, simply print the sponsorship form and mail to:

Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation
P.O. Box 137
Akron, OH 44309-0137


For questions regarding sponsorship, please contact Akron Children's Hospital Foundation at 330-543-8430.

More Information/Contact Us

For more information about the Holiday Tree Festival, contact:

Mary Leuca 
Chair, Holiday Tree Festival

Vicki Parisi
Akron Children’s Hospital Volunteer Services

Brittany Costa
Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation