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42nd Annual Holiday Tree Festival

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Make plans to attend the 42nd Annual Holiday Tree Festival at the John S. Knight Center Nov 11-19, 2023. 

$270,000 was donated to Akron Children's Hospital from the 2022 festival. Since its beginning in 1982, the Holiday Tree Festival has raised more than $6 million for the hospital's patient care programs, education and research.

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Thanks to our donors and decorators -- all tree and wreath spots are filled! We still have a limited number of openings for holiday gifts.

Enjoy and purchase hundreds of trees, wreaths and other holiday decorations to benefit Akron Children’s Hospital.  The festival is FREE and open to the public during these hours:

For more please call Volunteer Services at 330-543-8424.

Tree Festival Schedule

  • 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.

Breakfast with Santa will be held Saturday, Nov. 11 and Saturday, Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. at the John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill Street, Akron, OH 44308.

  • The morning includes a holiday sing-along, visits with special holiday friends and pictures with Santa. 
  • Tickets are free for kids ages 0-3, $15 for ages 4-12 and $20 for ages 13 and up (including adults).

Santa Schedule

Santa will give us his schedule closer to the festival opening.

The success of the Holiday Tree Festival depends upon the help of more than 1,000 volunteers like you who assist by greeting guests, selling raffle tickets, working among the trees or at the retail table. 

Here is a brief overview of the available volunteer opportunities:

  • Raffle: Volunteers sell raffle tickets at tables located around the raffle display in the middle of the festival room.
  • Retail Table: Volunteers sell various holiday items to festival attendees.
  • Cap and Bootie Tree: The Cap and Bootie Tree is decorated with photos of babies who are former Neonatal Intensive Care Unit patients.  Volunteers share information about the tree and monitor the monetary donations placed on the tree by festival attendees.
  • Trees/Wreaths/Gifts: Volunteers circulate throughout the display areas to keep an eye on the trees, provide information on items for sale and assist potential buyers with a purchase.

Please use this form to sign up early – we can’t do it without you!


The Cap & Bootie Tree is decorated with photos of babies and children who have been patients in the NICU at Akron Children’s. We would love to have your child featured on this special tree.

  • Photos should be no larger than 4X6.
  • Please include your child’s name and birthdate on the back. (This will not be visible to the public.)
  • NICU and current day photos are both welcome!

Submitted photos cannot be returned, and we must have a completed consent form.  All photos must be received by November 1. Photos received after that date will be saved for next year’s tree.

Please send your photos and completed release form to Akron Children’s Hospital, Volunteer Services, 1 Perkins Square, Akron, OH 44308


The Holiday Tree Festival Gala will be held on Friday, November 10, 2023.  To receive an invitation for this year’s event please complete this form download the form here or call 330-543-8424.

For more information about the Holiday Tree Festival, contact:

Mary Leuca
Chairperson, Holiday Tree Festival

Vicki Parisi
Akron Children’s Hospital Volunteer Services

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