Festival of Trees and Traditions

December 1 – 11, 2022

Established in 1973 by the Friends of the Wadsworth Atheneum as a museum fundraising event, Festival of Trees & Traditions has become an annual holiday custom for visitors from throughout the state and beyond. Every year community members, artists and organizations decorate holiday trees and wreaths to be displayed in the galleries throughout the week. All items are for sale, and profits help fund the museum’s special exhibitions, educational programs, and operating expenses. Purchase a tree or wreath for your home or donate it to a local charity.

Festival of Trees & Traditions is presented by the Friends of the Wadsworth Atheneum. All proceeds from this event fund the museum’s special exhibitions, educational programs, and operating expenses.

48th Annual Festival of Trees & Traditions

Thursday, December 1–Sunday, December 11 (closed Monday–Wednesday)
Thursday: noon-5pm
Friday & Saturday: noon-7pm
Sunday: noon-5pm


Members: $5
Hartford Residents: $5
Adults: $20
Seniors: $17
Students: $10
Youth (age 17 & under): $5

Please note: The prices above reflect a $5 fundraising surcharge that is added to all museum admissions during Festival of Trees & Traditions. Happy Hour admission applies 6–7pm on Fridays and Saturdays during the fundraiser.

Groups of 10 or more will receive a discount by reservation only. To schedule a group visit, call (860) 838-4046 or email tours@thewadsworth.org.

Schedule of Entertainment

See it first at our Away Message Party!
Wednesday, November 30
A first look at Festival of Trees & Traditions. Spend quality time with friends, enjoy delicious bites, festive drinks, music, and more. $25; $15 members. Click here for tickets.

Thursday, December 1
Noon: First String
1:30pm: Travelers Chorale

Friday, December 2
Noon: Farmington High School Madrigal Singers
1:30pm: Harmonia Mundi
3pm: Trinity College Trinitones
4pm: Glastonbury Ukuele Band
6pm: The Argyle Sax Quartet

Saturday, December 3
Noon: Ballet Hartford
Noon-2pm: Family art-making
1pm: Screening of The Grinch
3pm: Voices of Concinnity
6pm: Solid Oak Big Band

Sunday, December 4
Noon: Elizabeth Lyra Ross
Noon-2pm: Family art-making
1pm: Screening of The Muppets Christmas Carol
1:30pm: The Troubadours
3pm: The Lark Collective

Thursday, December 8
Noon: Wethersfield High School Choralaires
1:30pm: Wish Museum School 4th Grade Chorus
3pm: Westminster School

Friday, December 9
Noon: Bacon Academy Carolers
1:30pm: Plainfield High School Chamber Choir
3pm: Stafford High School Madrigal Singers
4pm: The Music Pal Project
6pm: Windsor High School Honors Chorale and Windsor High School Teens of Praise Gospel Choir

Saturday, December 10
Noon-2pm: Second Saturdays for Families | Winter Soundtrack
4pm: 1st Company Governor’s Foot Guard Band
6pm: Creative Dance Center

Sunday, December 11
Noon: Silk City Jazz Band
1:30pm: Scoil Rince Luimni Irish Dance Academy
3pm: Granby Memorial High School Chamber Singers

Are you visiting the Wadsworth Atheneum for the first time, or returning after some time away? You’ll find lots of helpful information on our Directions & Parking page, and even more tips on our FAQs page.