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Festival of Trees Events




Visit the Festival of Trees - a magical holiday event 
for the whole family.

New This Year! Trains, Planes, and Villages- See Snow Village at Elm Bank!


The Festival of Trees is located inside our function hall, the Hunnewell Carriage House.
The Snow Village is located inside the Flora Cottage.

Thank you to all who visited. We'll see you next year!



Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Festival of Trees showcases over 75 trees and the Snow Village at Elm Bank for children and adults to enjoy. This annual festival takes place from in November and December at Mass Hort’s Elm Bank property, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482.

The Festival of Trees, displayed in the Hunnewell Carriage House, offers beautifully decorated holiday trees that are donated and decorated by local businesses, garden clubs, and individuals. Visitors “vote” with their raffle tickets, in hopes of being the tree winner at the end of the festival. Visitors can enjoy the decorated buildings and grounds at Elm Bank with a stroll or a horse-drawn wagon ride. For the young at heart, there is a Pajama Story Time, Santa Visits and Kids' craft workshops.

Snow Village at Elm Bank is a wonderful addition to the holiday spirit of the Festival of Trees. Bill Meagher of Needham graciously donated the product of his thirteen year “hobby” of building Christmas villages and trains. Massachusetts Horticultural Society is delighted to share his enchanting displays featuring trains, Christmas in the City (Boston of course!), Fenway Park, New England Villages, and hundreds of decorated houses and lights. This amazing scenery in miniature is sure to get kids excited about the holiday season.

Snow Village at Elm Bank

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Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for children 12 and over, children under 12, no charge.  The Mass Hort member rate is $8 for adults. Join Mass Hort at the Festival and admission is free! The festival is open in late November through mid-December; Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4-8pm and Friday through Sunday, 10am-8 pm. The Festival is open weekday mornings, by appointment, for nursery school and senior tours.

Please see the Special Events listing below for information on adult and children's craft workshops, Santa visits and much more! If you would like to get involved, please click here to volunteer or consider sponsoring part of the festival or contributing a tree – check out the forms on the links below.

In the News


Volunteer for the Festival of Trees


Special Events of the 2014 Festival of Trees

Click on the links below for more information

Horse-drawn Wagon Rides

Workshops for Families/Kids
Finger Puppets Workshop - Sun., December 7
Penguin Snow Globe Workshop - Sun., December 14

Workshops for Adults
Holiday Wreath Workshop - Sat., December 6
Stars Ornaments Workshop - Thurs., December 11

Live Music
Wellesley Choral Society - Sat., December 6

Pajama Story Time - Friday, December 5

Santa Visits

The Festival of Trees is a holiday fund raiser for Mass Hort, a 501 (c) (3) educational organization.

Volunteer for the Festival of Trees


About the Massachusetts Horticultural Society

Massachusetts Horticultural Society LogoFounded in 1829, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and developing the public's enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment.

2015 Calendar & Courses

Mass Hort Calendar Courses 2015

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Fundamentals of Landscape Design
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