41st Annual Festival of Trees & Traditions
December 4 – 14, 2014
Celebrate the season at the 41st Festival of Trees & Traditions! Established in 1973 by the Women’s Committee as a museum fundraising event, Festival has become an annual holiday tradition for many visitors from throughout the state and beyond. Every year community members, artists and organizations are asked to decorate holiday trees and wreaths to be displayed in the galleries. 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 to donate to a local charity.
Seniors (62+): $11
Students (13+): $8
Children (2-12): $3
Groups of 10 or more will receive a discount by reservation only. To schedule a group visit call 860-838-4046.
Group Rates: Adults $12, Seniors $10, Students $8.
Thursday, December 4, 5 – 9 pm
First Thursday: Night of Illumination
Be the first to purchase a tree or wreath and enjoy music by DJ Jon Eastman, a holiday-inspired art activity, AND a sneak peek of The Nutcracker Suite and Spicy! Cocktails and treats provided by Onyx Moonshine, NoRA Cupcakes, Infinity Music Hall & Bistro and Bears Smokehouse BBQ. Stay for an 8 pm screening of The Shop Around The Corner. $8; $3 members & college students with ID (includes film).
Friday, December 5, 8 – 9:30 pm
Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus, Winter Wonderland Featuring Nutcracker: Men in Tights
Visit hartfordgaymenschorus.org for information and tickets.
Saturday, December 6, 8 – 9:30 pm
Friday, December 12, 8 – 9:30 pm
CONNetic Dance, The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy
An original and humorous take on the holiday classic. Tickets go on sale November 1. For tickets and more information call (860) 251-9194.
Saturday, December 13, 10 am – 1 pm
Second Saturdays for Families: Festive Days
Celebrate world holiday traditions and make ornaments inspired by Kwanzaa, Christmas, Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, and Three Kings Day. Free admission during program.
WEEKEND FAMILY FUN
Santa & Mrs. Claus
Sunday, December 7, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Saturday, December 13, 2 – 5 pm
Sunday, December 14, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Bella the Clown
Saturday/Sunday, December 6 & 7, 11 am – 1 pm
Saturday, December 13, 1 – 3 pm
Sunday, December 14, 2 – 4 pm
Due to the museum’s renovation and reinstallation, we will NOT be hosting Candy Lane this year. Please visit during Second Saturdays for Families on December 13 for fun family art activities!
Docent-led tours meet in the Main Lobby and are free with admission.
Daily at 1 pm
Special Topic Tours: Looking at Landscapes
Saturday/Sunday, December 6, 7, 13 & 14 at 2:30 pm
Want to donate a decorated tree or wreath to this year’s Festival of Trees & Traditions? Download Contributor information and materials by clicking the links below.
Contributor Information 2014
Contributor Contract 2014
Check back soon for more information about the 41st Annual Festival of Trees & Traditions!
View photos from the 2013 Festival of Trees & Traditions.
2013 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD WINNERS:
First Fur-Ever Christmas, Protectors of Animals, Inc.
Christmas Glow, The Windsor Women’s Club
Cruisin’ thru Christmas, Olender’s Body Shop, Inc.
Watch a segment on the 2013 Festival of Trees & Traditions on Better Connecticut:
The 41st Annual Festival of Trees & Traditions is presented by the Women’s Committee of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. All proceeds from this event support the museum’s special exhibitions, educational programs, and operating expenses.