Festival of Trees and Traditions

November 30 – December 10, 2023

Celebrate the season and support the Wadsworth during this major holiday fundraiser. Each year, community members, artists, and volunteers from local organizations decorate holiday trees and wreaths, turning the galleries into a winter wonderland. All items are for sale and profits support the museum’s special exhibitions, programs, and operating expenses. Bring home the holiday cheer or donate your purchase 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.

For Contributors

Interested in being a Festival of Trees & Traditions contributor? Review the documents below and submit the contributor contract by Monday, November 13, 2023.

49th Annual Festival of Trees & Traditions

Thursday, November 30–Sunday, December 10
Noon–5pm, daily (closed Monday–Wednesday)
Open until 7pm on Friday, December 1 & Thursday, December 7


Members: $5
Hartford Residents: $5
Adults: $25
Seniors: $20
Students: $15
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.

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 Holiday Social!
Wednesday, November 29
Celebrate the magic of the holidays on the opening night of our annual Festival of Trees & Traditions and be the first to see the museum adorned with stunning seasonal decorations that shine brighter after hours. Eat, drink, and be merry in your ugly holiday sweater! End the night with a viewing of the film Love Actually and leave with personalized winter holiday-themed  ornaments and greeting cards. Must be 21+ to attend. Cash bar. $25; $15 members. Tickets will be available via thewadsworth.org. 

Check back for a full schedule of programs and entertainment.

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.