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.
Hartford Residents: $3
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.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29
1pm – CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day Program
2pm – CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Half Day Program
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30
11am – The Sweetest Key
12:30pm – Sanctuary of Faith & Glory
1:30pm – Connecticut Ballet
2:15pm – The Solid Oak Big Band
3pm – Connecticut Ballet
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1
Noon – Creative Dance Center
1pm – FootLights Performing Arts & Education
2pm – Capitol Trombone Choir
MONDAY, DECEMBER 2
Noon – Wethersfield High School Choralaires
2pm – A Charlie Brown Christmas Trio
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3
11am – Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy Chorus
Noon – Harmonia Mundi
1pm – Bacon Academy Chamber Choir
2pm – Stafford High School Madrigal Singers
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4
10am – Plainfield High School Chorale
11am – Newington High School Chamber Choir
Noon – Rocky Hill High School Chamber Choir
1pm – Ariel Flutes
2pm – Middlewoods of Newington
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5
11am – Silver Lane Singers
Noon – Bloomfield High School: CANCELLED
1pm – Ballet Hartford
2pm – Travelers Chorale
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6
11am – First String from Sedgwick Middle School
Noon – Central Elementary School Singers
1pm – Sonia Plumb Dance
2pm – Trinity College Trinitones
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7
11am – GMHS Chamber Singers
Noon – West Hartford Women’s Chorale
1pm – Celesti Sondato & Hartt Camerata
2pm – The Troubadours of Elmwood Senior Center
3pm – Moniuszko Choir
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8
11am – Ballet Theatre Company
Noon – Sound of New England
2pm – Glastonbury Ukelele Band
All family entertainment activities take place in the Hartford Courant Room.
MAGICIAN Sean the Prankster | Saturday, November 30th; 11am–noon
SANTA The Santa Connection | Saturday, November 30th; noon–2pm
JINGLES THE ELF | Saturday, November 30th; 1–3pm
CT BALLET | Saturday, November 30th; 1:30 & 3pm
FACE PAINTING by Jessica, Kaleidoscope | Saturday, December 7th; 11am–1pm
LEGO demonstrations & hands-on play | Every day; 1–4pm
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.
In-kind support is provided by ConnLUG – Lego® Enthusiasts of Connecticut and Woodland Moving and Warehouse Inc.