Festival of Trees brings holiday cheer to Orlando
The season for decorated trees and wreaths is quickly approaching and the Orlando Museum of Art is preparing with its Festival of the Trees.
The festival runs through Nov. 23 and turns the Orlando Museum of Art into a winter wonderland of decorated trees, wreaths, gingerbread creations, holiday vignettes, a Toyland Town activity area and shop for children. It is thrown by the Council of 101, an organization of volunteers focused on promoting cultural development and appreciation of the arts in Central Florida.
"This is our 28th year to hold the Festival of the Trees and it's gone from being just a three-day event to a 10-day event, which is really nice," said Susan Harris, a member of the Council of 101 since 1992. "And it's our largest fundraiser for the Orlando Museum of Art."
The Festival of Trees is composed of five different areas. This year's theme is "a tartan affair" based on Ralph Lauren's tartan pattern.
"Not only will you be able to enjoy the Festival of the Trees, [but] it's the best $10 you can spend. There's daily entertainment, there's a café that's run by Millenia catering, you get to be inspired with trees and wreaths and vignettes and shop, [and] you also get to see two wonderful exhibitions and some of our permanent collection as well," Harris said. "So it's the best of both worlds."
The Deck the Halls area is filled with designer-decorated trees, custom-designed centerpieces, menorahs, wreaths, small trees and garlands, all of which are for sale. The Gingerbread Village has gingerbread houses designed by professional bakers.
The Toyland Town and Shop activity area has crafts, games and visits from Santa Claus. The Festival Boutique showcases local merchants' one-of-a-kind creations and, at the Festival Cafe, attendees are welcome to eat a light lunch.
"There's just an amazing amount of beautiful things to see," Harris said.
If you go …
Dates: Nov. 15 – 23
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Avenue
Cost: $10, includes admission to current Orlando Museum of Art exhibitions.