FESTIVAL OF TREES: Santa and His Helpers Bring the North Pole to the Maryland State Fairgrounds

October 24, 2011
Kennedy Krieger Institute's annual holiday fundraiser returns for three days of non-stop holiday fun

(Baltimore, MD) -- No boots, no scarves, no problem! From Friday, November 25 through Sunday, November 27, 2011 Kennedy Krieger Institute will deck the halls of the Maryland State Fairgrounds in holiday style for the annual Festival of Trees.

A family tradition since 1990 and the largest holiday event on the East Coast, this year’s Festival of Trees will feature a dreamland forest of more than 600 decorated trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses. For three days only, 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 will feature more than 100 gift boutiques and a silent auction, making it the best place to kick-start your holiday shopping season.

Attendees and Kennedy Krieger Institute supporters can also start their own online Happy Holidays FUNdraising page to raise money for Kennedy Krieger. For every $10 raised to support the children and families of the Kennedy Krieger Institute, supporters will receive one free ticket to Festival of Trees.

The raffle at this year’s Festival of Trees features a once-in-a-lifetime prize: Super Bowl XLVI tickets, airfare and hotel accommodations! Raffle tickets can be purchased for $2 at the event or online at www.festivaloftrees.kennedykrieger.org.

Highlights of the 2011 Festival of Trees include:

  • Gather 'Round for Holiday Story Readings by Mix 106.5's Jojo Girard and Former Baltimore Raven Matt Stover
    Friday, November 25th -- Enjoy a festive tale read by Mix 106.5 morning show host Jojo Girard.
    Saturday, November 26th -- Former Baltimore Raven Matt Stover will share his favorite holiday story.
  • Boogie Down with the Grammy Nominated Music Group Milkshake
    The critically acclaimed children's rock band Milkshake will perform twice on Friday, November 25th -- at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. With its authentic rock 'n' roll spirit and kid-friendly songs, the performances will feature all of the group's hit songs.
  • Indulge in Endless Entertainment
    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.
  • Take a Stroll Through SantaLand
    The indoor theme park at Festival of Trees, SantaLand, is the ultimate fun zone for kids. From "reindeer" pony rides on Donner and Blitzen to a remote control racetrack, families will be entertained for hours with a variety of games and activities. Additionally, families can enjoy carousel rides and endless carnival games, as well as a visit with the big man in red himself -- Santa!

General Admission to the 2011 Festival of Trees is $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 5-12 and seniors. Children 4 and under are free.

Location: Cow Palace, Maryland State Fairgrounds -- Timonium, Maryland.

Friday, November 25

10 a.m. – 9 p.m.: Festival Open to the Public
10 a.m. – 9 p.m.: Live Entertainment
11 a.m.: Milkshake Performance
4 p.m.: Milkshake Performance
5:30 p.m.: Holiday Story Reading with Mix 106.5’s Jojo Girard

Saturday, November 26

10 a.m. – 9 p.m.: Open to the Public
11 a.m. – 9 p.m.: Live Entertainment
5:45 p.m.: Holiday Story Reading with Former Baltimore Raven Matt Stover

Sunday, November 27

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Open to the Public
11 a.m. – 6 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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