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Festival of Trees and Traditions


46th Annual Festival of Trees & Traditions
November 29–December 8, 2019

Established in 1973 by the Women’s Committee 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.

Public hours for viewing the Festival of Trees & Traditions are 10am–5pm. The museum will be open on Monday and Tuesday during this time.

Please note: The prices below reflect a $3 fundraising surcharge that is added to all museum admission prices during Festival of Trees & Traditions.

Members: $3
Hartford Residents: $3
Adults: $18
Seniors: $15
Students: $8
Youth (age 17 & under): $3

Please Note: The Wadsworth Atheneum usually waives admission fees every Wednesday–Sunday from 4–5 pm. Guests visiting the museum at these times during the Festival of Trees & Traditions fundraiser will be charged $3 for their admission.

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

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 Planning Your Visit page.


If you’re interested in designing and contributing a tree or wreath to Festival of Trees & Traditions please read our Contributor Letter and Contributor Information before submitting the Contributors Contract Form by November 10, 2019. Any question or concerns please contact Tabitha Hujar.


More information on performing at Festival of Trees & Traditions can be found in the Introductory Letter. Please submit the Entertainment Registration Form by September 30, 2019.
Any questions or concerns please contact Tabitha Hujar.


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