Festival of Trees: Walk Into A Winter Wonderland

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October 30, 2012
Let the holiday season commence with Kennedy Krieger Institute's Festival of Trees

(Baltimore, MD) – Santa Claus is coming to Baltimore to kick off the most wonderful time of the year at Kennedy Krieger Institute’s annual fundraiser, Festival of Trees. The largest holiday-themed festival on the East Coast, Festival of Trees will feature decorated trees galore, endless children’s activities and non-stop entertainment from Friday, November 23 to Sunday, November 25.

For three days only, the Maryland State Fairgrounds will transform into a winter wonderland with activities for kids from one to 92. A family tradition since 1990, the fairyland forest of more than 600 decorated trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses will transport guests directly to Santa’s North Pole. The highly anticipated holiday extravaganza has something for everyone and is a one-stop-shop for the holiday season.

Attendees and Institute supporters can 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 Kennedy Krieger Institute, supporters will receive one free ticket to Festival of Trees.

The raffle at this year’s Festival of Trees features a 3-night Disney vacation for 4 including airfare and hotel accommodations! Raffle tickets can be purchased for $2 at the event or online at www.festivaloftrees.kennedykrieger.org

Highlights of the 2012 Festival of Trees include:

  • Trees for Homes in All Shapes and Sizes
  • New this year, 4-foot trees will stand side-by-side with the hundreds of traditional 7-foot and 2-foot trees. All trees are available for purchase and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and designs, making them the perfect holiday decoration for any home.

  • Gather ‘Round for Story Time with Mary Alice Yeskey of Charm City Cakes, Fox 45’s Joel D. Smith and Santa Claus
  • Friday, November 23rd – Enjoy a festive tale read by Mary Alice Yeskey of Charm City Cakes and the Food Network’s show “Ace of Cakes”. Also on Friday, Santa will read a holiday classic to the kids.

    Saturday, November 24th – Fox 45 morning show reporter Joel D. Smith will stop by to read his own newly published children’s story, Santa’s Secret Deal.

  • Dance the Day Away with Grammy Nominated Music Group Milkshake
  • The critically acclaimed children’s rock band Milkshake will perform twice on Friday, November 23rd at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. With authentic rock ‘n’ roll spirit and kid-friendly songs, the performances will feature all of the group’s hit songs.

  • Shop ‘Til You Drop
  • With more than 100 gift boutiques to choose from, families can cross off the people on their holiday shopping list. From local teams’ sportswear and home décor to jewelry and clothing, there is something for everyone.

  • Explore Santa’s Ultimate Theme Park
  • SantaLand is a bustling fun zone with holiday-themed activities for families. New this year is a Harry Potter castle, along with old favorites such as carnival games, “reindeer” pony rides on Donner and Blitzen, remote control racetrack, a carousel and crafts. Additionally, kids can meet the big man in red himself and send their wish lists directly to the North Pole at the Santa Letter Writing Station.  

General Admission to Festival of Trees 2012 is $13 for adults and $7 for children ages 5-12 and seniors. Children 4 and under are free. To purchase discounted tickets in advance or learn how to earn free tickets, visit www.festivaloftrees.kennedykrieger.org

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

Friday, November 23  
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 Mary Alice of Charm City Cakes
5:45 p.m. Holiday Story Reading with Santa
Saturday, November 24  
10:30 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 Fox 45’s Joel D. Smith
Sunday, November 25  
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, for all things Festival 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 and adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain and spinal cord, the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD serves more than 18,000 individuals 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 while pioneering new interventions and earlier diagnosis. For more information on Kennedy Krieger Institute, visit www.kennedykrieger.org.

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