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.


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.

Contribution Map


West Hartford Women’s Chorale
The Hamburger Family
Simsbury High School – PATHWAYS students Spencer Bunting & Family
A Great Start Shooting School LLC
Susan Lincoln 
Moe’s Southwest Grill Storrs and Vernon
Members of the Greater Hartford Quilt Guild
Trinity College
SoCCA – All Access Art Program
Colchester Garden Club
Helen Davenport and Cindy Mansigian
Friends and Members of Us & Japan Society of CT 
One Heart Ministry – Diocese of Norwich 
Natchaug Hospital Clinical Day Treatment Schools Tony Baker – Crafts Unleashed
Parkville Care Center

Cynthia E
Erika Hope
A Great Start Shooting School LLC
Keri Halloran
Ann Bryan
Pamela K
Ann Bryan – FWA
Mrs. Jay G. Fromer
Middlewoods of Newington
Caronna Family
Travelers Hartford Wellness Champions
The Sager Family
Ann Bryan
Armsmear – Trustees of the Colt Bequest
Susan Lareau – FWA
Silk City Antiques, Beth Ringo
Susan Lareau – FWA
Wadsworth Staff Tree


Fred D. Wish School – Hartford, CT
JFK School 5th Graders – Windsor CT
UConn KIDS (Kids in Developmental Sciences)
Hartford Public Library: Leap into Learning Home Daycare Program
The Members of the West Hartford Garden Club
The Greater Hartford Links,Inc.
Office of Faith Events, Diocese of Norwich 
Friends of Heidi
Joanne & Jennifer Brown


Donna Eliasson
Friends of the Wadsworth Atheneum
Jacquelyn Lesser
The Waterman Enhanced Living at Seabury
Joan Sawyer


Heilbrunn Family
Members of the Colchester Senior Center
Craig and Ginny Schneider
Nicole Bernabo, Debora Welch and Jessica Hamilton
JoAnn Phelon
Geri Chamberlain
The Kenney Family
The Andrews Family
Wayne S. Martin 
Mary King & Kate Deasy – FWA


Adelbrook Bark-ery
Brookdale West Hartford
Junior League of Hartford
Glastonbury Junior Women’s Club
Vicki Lynch
Bates Art Services
East Hampton Lions Club
Sue Blair & Geri Chamberlain
JoAnn Phelon & Sharon Quaglia
Green Bay Tree Garden Club of West Hartford
The Travelers Employees’ Club
Carol J. Williams

Design by Mary Jennings (In celebration of the life of Tim Gastler, creator of Kalamia Gardens)
Joann Phelon and Sharon Quaglia
Mt. Laurel Ski Club
Friends of the Wadsworth Atheneum
by Judy Morganroth 2023
Wayne S. Martin 
Wayne S. Martin 
Cynthia E
Susan Lareau – FWA
Wayne S. Martin 
Ginny Schneider 
Susan Lareau – FWA
Angham Zakko – FWA


Meadowbrook Road Neighbors
Wayne S. Martin 
Deeg Mackay
Donna Eliasson
Bolton Transition Program
GFWC – Newington/Wethersfield Women’s Club
Bolton Transition Program
Cheri Bertus
Cheri Bertus – FWA
Cynthia E
JoAnn Phelon & Donna Eliasson


Cynthia Bazzano Designs
Rootless Decor
Craig Schneider
Friends of the Wadsworth Atheneum
Colchester Garden Club/ Katherine M. Kosiba
Friends of the Wadsworth Atheneum
Windsor Woman’s Club of CT and GFWC
Deb Key – FWA
Jane Wasyl & Kieran Osgood – In Loving Memory of Anita Solosky


Three Sisters – Sharon, Elaine & Pat
Three Sisters – Sharon, Elaine & Pat
Three Sisters – Sharon, Elaine & Pat
Laura & Eli Rockefeller
Grant Thornton LLP
The Rockefeller Family
Ginny Schneider
Ginny Schneider
Ginny Schneider
Tracey M Clements
Donna Eliasson
Ginny Schneider

The Windsor Garden Club
Windsor Woman’s Club of CT and GFWC
Cheri Bertus – FWA
Friends of the Wadsworth Atheneum
Pauline Dickstein
Sharene Wassell SRW Designs
Susan Lareau – FWA
Jeri Graham, Evan Williams
Wadsworth GA Tree
CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Full Day High School
Gemini Twins
Town of Windsor Senior Center
Brookdale Gables Senior Living

More to See

Goodwin Parlor | Gilded Age Tree by The Mark Twain House & Museum
Hartford Courant Room | ConnLug Lego Display

The Amistad Center for Art & Culture | Kwanzaa Display (on view December 7, 2023–January 6, 2024)

Entertainment Schedule

35-45 minute performances, unless otherwise noted

Thursday, November 30

1pm | Ballet Hartford

Friday, December 1

1pm | Sedgewick Middle School First String Orchestra
3:30pm | The Glastonbury Ukulele Band
6pm | Asylum Hill Congregational Church (Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival Preview)

Saturday, December 2

2–4pm | Santa in the galleries
1pm | The Troubadours
2pm | Elizabeth Lyra Ross duo (vocalist & keyboard)
3:30–4:30pm | Trio Cantabile (flute, cello, keyboard)

Sunday, December 3

1–4pm | Santa and Mrs. Claus in the galleries
1pm | The Sweetest Key (A Cappella group)
2pm | Charter Oak String Quartet
3:30pm | Harmonia Mundi

Thursday, December 7

1pm | Bacon Academy Carolers
2pm | Traveler’s Chorale
3:30pm | Westminster School Chamber Choir
5pm | Italian Violinist Luca Rinaldi & CT Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra

Friday, December 8

1pm | Opus 4 String Quartet
3:30pm | Wethersfield High School Choralaires

Saturday, December 9

3–5pm | Jingles (Santa’s Favorite Elf), Santa, and Mrs. Claus in the galleries
3:30pm | Farmington High School Madrigal Singers

Sunday, December 10

1pm | First Company Governors Foot Guard Band
2–4pm | Santa and Mrs. Claus in the galleries
2pm | First Company Governors Dixieland Band
3:30pm | Granby Memorial High School Chamber Singers

Festival of Trees & Traditions is presented by the Friends of the Wadsworth Atheneum and supported by:

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.