Festival of Trees Ushers in the Holiday Season

October 25, 2007
Kennedy Krieger Institute's Annual Holiday Fundraiser Features Live Entertainment, Express Mail Delivery to the North Pole, "Reindeer Rides," and More!

(Baltimore, MD) - The largest holiday themed event in the mid-Atlantic is coming to town, bringing together hundreds of ornately decorated trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses; family entertainment including performances by children's rock band, Milkshake, dance troupes and local choirs; miles of toy train track; a kids fun zone featuring "Reindeer Rides" and mini-golf; and a wonderland of holiday shopping. The 18th annual Kennedy Krieger Institute Festival of Trees will welcome thousands of kids, from ages 1 to 92, and spread holiday cheer from Friday, November 23 through Sunday, November 25 at the Timonium Fairgrounds.

Festival of Trees, the much-anticipated three-day holiday extravaganza, offers guests an early sampling of the most wonderful time of the year. Without a doubt, if Santa had a theme park, this would be it! Highlights of the 2007 Festival of Trees include:

  • Rock in the Holiday Season with Milkshake
    Recently featured on Nickelodeon, the children's rock band Milkshake will help kick-off Festival of Trees with their rocking sound and unique style. This year, in addition to their annual Friday morning concert, Milkshake will perform a second time - an encore performance on Friday evening! Prior to the night performance, lead singer Lisa Matthews will also help guests get into the holiday spirit with a festive holiday story reading for the kids.
  • Enjoy Hourly Live Entertainment Including a Special "Musical" and an Oriole Reading
    In addition to the Milkshake concerts, the annual holiday event provides families and friends with continuous holiday entertainment including performances by local dance troupes, a comedy act, puppeteers, and a choreographed jump rope team! Exclusively at Festival on Saturday night, retired Oriole player BJ Surhoff will visit and deliver a holiday tale, while a local theatre group will perform parts of "High School Musical!" For a full entertainment lineup visit http://festivaloftrees.kennedykrieger.org.
  • Visit The Expanded Santa Land with "Reindeer Rides" and a Mini-Golf Challenge
    The ultimate fun zone for children is expanding with the arrival of Rudolph and his team and a field of green. This year, in addition to the carousel, carnival games and craft stations, there are two new additions to Santa Land. New features include the $500 Festival of Trees Challenge-a chance to win a $500 gift certificate by landing a hole-in-one-and "Reindeer Rides"-a unique opportunity to take a pony ride on one of Santa's own "reindeer!"
  • Drop Your Letters to Santa in the Official Mailbox Offering Express Service to the North Pole
    Santa's Station will be busy as children contemplate whether they have been naughty or nice while writing their letter to Santa for Express Delivery to the North Pole. Personal letters to Santa can be mailed at the Santa's Station's Official Mailbox.
  • Check Off your Holiday Shopping List During your Day Trip to the North Pole
    Host to over 100 craft boutiques and shops offering gifts for everyone on your list, Festival of Trees is a great place to start your holiday shopping! From children's books and toys, to clothing, jewelry, and home décor, you are sure to find something for everyone on your list. Back by popular demand, the silent auction features exciting and unique gift ideas including a trip for four to Disney World, a one week stay in Aspen, four tickets for a tour of Camden Yards, spa and hotel packages, autographed sports memorabilia, and more!
  • Sit and Stay A While At the Newest Train Garden Display
    A favorite stop for children and parents alike, over 500 feet of track will be laid for the newly redesigned 40' x 40' train garden. The 2007 train garden will feature multiple trains and locomotives moving continuously through a winter wonderland terrain, complete with snow-capped mountains and icy bridges.

Of course, the 2007 Festival of Trees would not be complete without the more than 500 individually themed and decorated trees, wreaths and gingerbread creations designed by local artists, businesses and community groups. Awards are given to the top designers in various categories and items are sold to raise funds for research, treatment and educational programs at Kennedy Krieger Institute.

General Admission to the 2007 Festival of Trees is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12 and seniors. Children 4 and under are free.

Friday, November 23
10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Festival Open to the Public
10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Live Entertainment
11:00 a.m. Milkshake performance
6:00 p.m. Milkshake concert and Holiday Story Reading with Milkshake lead singer Lisa Matthews
Saturday, November 24
10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Open to the Public
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Live Entertainment
7:45 p.m. "High School Musical" Performance
Time TBD Festive Holiday Story Reading with Retired Oriole, BJ Surhoff
Sunday, November 25
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Open to the Public
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Live Entertainment

For more information about Festival of Trees, the public can call the Festival Line at (443) 923-7300 or visit www.festivaloftrees.kennedykrieger.org.

About Kennedy Krieger Institute

Internationally recognized for improving the lives of children and adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain and spinal cord, Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore serves more than 13,000 children each year through inpatient and outpatient clinics, home and community services and school-based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with developmental concerns mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop and pioneering new interventions and earlier diagnoses. For more information visit www.kennedykrieger.org.

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