Volunteers donate uniquely decorated Christmas trees.

Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees 2018

Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees 2018

The Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees 2018 is the most massive and elaborate holiday spectacular on the East Coast of the United States. Of course, you will find plenty of opportunities to shop, plus they offer activities for all ages including carnival rides and games. Most importantly, the Festival of Trees benefits the special-needs children of the Kennedy Krieger Institute. For this reason, I hope that you and your family plan to attend.

Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees
You can find hand-decorated holiday items at the Festival of Trees.

Kennedy Krieger Institute

The world-renowned Kennedy Krieger Institute commits itself to enhance “the lives of children and young adults with pediatric developmental disabilities and disorders of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system.” Important to realize, they accomplish this “through patient care, special education, research, and professional training.”

Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees
Shoppers support Kennedy Krieger’s largest fundraiser Festival of Trees in Timonium, Md.

The Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees 2018 begins the day after Thanksgiving, on Friday, November 23, and ends on Sunday, November 25. In fact, it’s the perfect time to get in the Christmas spirit and gather new holiday decor for your home. Plus, plan to shop for your family and friends.

When you enter the festival, the sparkling lights and red, green, and gold colored decorations combined with festive seasonal music will dazzle you. But most importantly, you will feel your heart warm while you check off items on your gift list because you are supporting the children of Kennedy Krieger.

Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees 2018


Are you wondering what to do at the Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees 2018 extravaganza? First, shopping, shopping, and more shopping. Not to mention that you can choose from over 700 hand-decorated trees, wreaths, and gingerbread houses.

Furthermore, walk the aisles packed with over 100 boutiques displayed with gifts, holiday decor, and household items. Selections include art, children’s toys, clothing, accessories, gourmet food, kitchen items, pet supplies, and so much more.

“Have a Trollific Christmas” catches my eye at the Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees 2017.
Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees
The Kennedy Krieger train garden draws families at this holiday event.

Train Garden

By all means, don’t miss the multi-leveled train garden. Surprisingly, it includes a carnival with a Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, and circus animals. As you can tell from the photo above it is quite a remarkable holiday garden.

Live Entertainment

If live entertainment gets your family in the holiday spirit, the Festival of Trees is the place for you. Furthermore, the organizers have scheduled plenty of shows for the weekend. They include dancing and singing groups, and you can even catch a jump rope team.


If you are looking for Santa, you will find him in SantaLand along with rides and hands-on activities. Additionally, your children can brush up on their Santa letter writing skills and place their letters in an Express Mailbox.

Hands-on opportunities include arts and crafts and cookie decorating. Plus children can play the traditional milk can toss for prizes or explore the funhouse. Watch them giggle and smile as they ride the merry go round; the train; or the boats.  Additionally, your children can even ride a live pony that resembles a reindeer.

Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees
You can find one of a kind holiday wreaths at Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees.

Festival of Trees Breakfast with Santa

If possible, stop by on Sunday, November 25, from 8 to 10 a.m. for Breakfast with Santa.

Volunteers donate uniquely decorated Christmas trees to support Kennedy Krieger.

Festival of Trees Silent Auction

Don’t forget to check out the silent auction items. Notably, they include getaway packages; autographed sports memorabilia; vineyard tours, and tastings; tickets to sporting events; and more. Also, you have the option to buy the products without bidding.

Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees 2018


Avoid the Line

If you purchase your tickets in advance, you can save $2 on adult and senior tickets and $1 on children’s tickets. Plus, you avoid the Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees ticket line.

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By Sunday, shoppers deplete most of the gingerbread houses.

 Trees, Wreaths, and Gingerbread Houses

Most of the donated items are one of a kind. Therefore, if you plan to purchase one of their hand-decorated pieces, you should arrive early, because chances are these items will sell quickly. Also, it’s worth the trip just to see these inspired creations.

Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees
Shoppers select from two, four, and seven-foot Christmas trees to benefit Kennedy Krieger.

Hightopps Backstage Grill

Free Parking for Event

Hightopps Backstage Grille will be there to prepare your food, and you can buy snacks from various vendors. Equally important, don’t worry about parking. You can find free parking on the Timonium Fairgrounds lot.

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Festival of Trees 2018

Attending the Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees 2018 is the perfect way to start the Christmas season. After all, it’s the top fundraising event for the Kennedy Krieger Institute, and if you are unable to attend, please consider a donation. However, if you are lucky enough to experience this wonderful event, you will find that it will boost your holiday spirit.

Also, for hotel accommodations check the Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees website.

What are your thoughts on the Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees 2018? Would you take a trip to attend the largest holiday extravaganza on the East Coast?

Volunteers donate hand-decorated holiday trees for the Festival of Trees.

Festival of Trees 2018 Dates

Friday, November 23 to Sunday, November 25

Festival of Trees Times

Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 Festival of Trees Location

Maryland State Fairgrounds
The Cow Palace
2200 York Road
Timonium, Maryland 21093

Festival of Trees Tickets

Adults: $16
Seniors: $10
Children: $7
Children under 4: free

Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees

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9 thoughts on “Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees 2018

  1. I love all the different trees and the fact that all purchases goes to benefit someone in need through the foundation. we have a festival of trees here in Southern California coming up too. I’ve never been to one but think I will go this year. I don’t know who is sponsoring it though. #TheWeeklyPostcard

  2. Oh wow – we can do a good tree festival here in the UK, but this takes it to another level! So great that it’s for charity too. What a wonderful way to start the holiday season!

    1. Thanks for your comment. You are right that helping the children gets you in the holiday spirit.

  3. Looks like a lot of fun and nice that the proceeds benefit a good cause. I love looking at Christmas decorations so would love to go to this event one year! Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard

    1. Anisa, thanks for your comment, the Festival of Trees is a nice event and there is a lot to see.

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