Festival Of Trees: A First Class Trip To The North Pole

October 26, 2010
Kennedy Krieger Institute's annual holiday fundraiser rings in the holiday season

(Baltimore, MD) Flights are departing daily from Baltimore to the North Pole from Friday, November 26 through Sunday, November 28, 2010! A first class trip to the North Pole has never been easier or more fun than with Kennedy Krieger Institute's annual Festival of Trees at the Maryland State Fairgrounds.

A family tradition since 1990 and the largest holiday event on the East Coast, this year's Festival of Trees will feature a fairyland forest with 600 decorated trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses. The Maryland State Fairgrounds transforms into a winter wonderland with the ever-popular train garden, hourly live family entertainment and SantaLand's crafts and carnival games for children ages 1 to 92. Additionally, Festival of Trees showcases more than 100 craft boutiques, making it a great place to kick-start the holiday shopping season.

This year, for the first time, FREE tickets are available for Festival of Trees. Participants can start their own Happy Holidays FUNdraising page and every $10 raised earns a FREE adult admission ticket to Festival of Trees. All donations will benefit the children and families of the Kennedy Krieger Institute during the holiday season.

And this year, the Festival of Trees raffle boasts its best prize ever. Only $2 earns a chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip - two tickets to Super Bowl XLV in Dallas, TX, transportation on Southwest Airlines and hotel accommodations. Raffle tickets can be purchased at Festival of Trees or online NOW at www.festivaloftrees.kennedykrieger.org.

Highlights of the 2010 Festival of Trees include:

  • Gather Around for Holiday Story Readings by the Baltimore Ravens and Olympic Champion Dorothy Hamill
    Friday, November 26th The Baltimore Ravens' linebacker Jameel McClain share a festive tale. Saturday, November 27th Bring your family to sip hot chocolate and listen to Olympic figure-skater Dorothy Hamill read her favorite holiday story.
  • Dance with the Grammy Award Winning Group Milkshake
    The critically acclaimed children's rock band Milkshake will perform twice on Friday, November 27 first at 11:00 a.m., followed by an encore performance at 4:00 p.m. With its authentic rock n roll spirit and kid-friendly songs, the concerts will feature all of the group's hits as well as songs from their newest CD, Great Day.
  • Magicians & Dancers & Choirs - Oh My!
    There is never a dull moment at Festival of Trees as every hour families will be entertained by live performances from a variety of acts including magicians, Irish dancers, puppeteers, martial artists, ballet dancers, school choirs and comedy hypnotist, Matt Davis.
  • Venture Through SantaLand No Boots, Scarves or Mittens Required
    The indoor theme park at Festival of Trees, SantaLand, is the ultimate fun zone for kids. From "reindeer" pony rides on Donner and Blitzen and a three-hole miniature golf course to a make your own gingerbread house station and a remote control racetrack, families will be entertained for hours with a variety of games and activities. Additionally, families will be able to enjoy carousel rides and endless carnival games, as well as a visit with the big man in red himself Santa!

General Admission to the 2010 Festival of Trees is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12 and seniors. Children 4 and under are free.

Location: Cow Palace, Maryland State Fairgrounds Timonium, Maryland

Friday, November 27
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
4:00 p.m. Milkshake Performance
5:30 p.m. Holiday Story Reading with the Baltimore Raven Jameel McClain
Saturday, November 28
10:00 a.m. 9:00 p.m. Open to the Public
11:00 a.m. 9:00 p.m. Live Entertainment
5:30 p.m. Holiday Story Reading with Olympic Champion Dorothy Hamill
Sunday, November 29
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 http://www.festivaloftrees.kennedykrieger.org.

Additionally, learn more and become a fan of Festival of Trees on Facebook by visiting http://www.facebook.com/KennedyKriegerFestivalofTrees.

About Kennedy Krieger Institute

Internationally recognized for improving the lives of children with developmental disabilities, Kennedy Krieger Institute serves more than 16,000 children each year through inpatient and day treatment programs, outpatient clinics, home and community services, and school based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with developmental disabilities mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop and pioneering new inventions and earlier diagnosis. For more information on Kennedy Krieger Institute, visit www.kennedykrieger.org.

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