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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.

Admission:
Adults: $13
Seniors (62+): $11
Students (13+): $8
Children (2-12): $3
Members: $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.

SPECIAL EVENTS

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.

Additional performance:
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.

Additional performances:
Saturday, December 13 at 8 pm
Sunday, December 14 at 2 pm

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

Candy Lane
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!

TOURS
Docent-led tours meet in the Main Lobby and are free with admission.

Museum Highlights
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

First Place
First Fur-Ever Christmas, Protectors of Animals, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHristmas Glow

Second Place
Christmas Glow, The Windsor Women’s Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Third Place
Cruisin’ thru Christmas, Olender’s Body Shop, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch a segment on the 2013 Festival of Trees & Traditions on Better Connecticut:

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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.

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From Our Collection

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Upcoming Events

Oct
23
Thu
7:00 pm Film: The Better Angels
Film: The Better Angels
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Film: The Better Angels
Film: The Better Angels: Beginning circa 1817, the story spans three years of Abraham Lincoln’s childhood in the harsh wilderness of Indiana. Learn about the [...]
Oct
24
Fri
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Oct 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tour: Highlights: Join a docent for an exploration of the collection. Meet by The Museum Shop. Highlights Tours are offered daily at 1 pm, Wednesday [...]
Oct
25
Sat
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Oct 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tour: Highlights: Join a docent for an exploration of the collection. Meet by The Museum Shop. Highlights Tours are offered daily at 1 pm, Wednesday [...]
2:30 pm Tour: Looking at Landscapes
Tour: Looking at Landscapes
Oct 25 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Tour: Looking at Landscapes: Free with admission; meet at the Information Desk by The Museum Shop.
Oct
26
Sun
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Oct 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tour: Highlights: Join a docent for an exploration of the collection. Meet by The Museum Shop. Highlights Tours are offered daily at 1 pm, Wednesday [...]

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Hours & Admission

Hours:
Wednesday – Friday: 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
First Thursdays: 11 am – 8 pm

Admission:
Members: Free
Adults: $10
Seniors (age 62+): $8
Students (age 13 & over or with college ID): $5
Children (age 12 & under): Free
First Thursdays (from 5-8 pm): $5