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Mass Hort's Festival of Trees 2016

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Visit the 
Festival of Trees - November 25-December 11
...A magical holiday event for the whole family.

We're Branching Out with Holiday Excitement!

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Festival of Trees and Snow Village features trains winding through holiday villages, Santa visits,
horse-drawn wagon rides, and music weekends, and much more. Free parking.


$10 per person, children 11 and under free, Mass Hort members: $8
Horse-drawn wagon rides $5 per person in addition to admission

Thank you to our event and tree sponsors!

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Days/Dates Festival
Friday - Sunday
Nov 25 – 27
10:00am – 8:00pm 1:00pm – 3:30pm 12:30pm – 5:30pm  
Wednesday – Thursday
Nov 30 – Dec 1
4:00pm – 8:00pm      
Friday – Sunday
Dec 2 – 5
10:00am – 8:00pm 1:00pm – 3:30pm 12:30pm – 5:30pm Saturday, Dec 3, 5-6pm
Wellesley Choral Society
Wednesday – Thursday
Dec 7 - 8
4:00pm – 8:00pm      
Friday – Sunday
Dec 9 – 10
10:00am – 8:00pm 1:00pm – 3:30pm 12:30pm – 5:30pm  
Sunday, Dec 11 10:00am – 6:00pm 1:00pm – 3:30pm 12:30pm – 5:30pm  

Massachusetts Horticultural Society's Festival of Trees showcases dozens of trees and the Snow Village at Elm Bank for children and adults to enjoy. This annual festival takes place from the end of November through the first two weeks of 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 also enjoy the decorated buildings and grounds at Elm Bank with a stroll or a horse-drawn wagon ride. For the young at heart, there are Santa Visits and other activities.

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 with model trains winding through villages and vignettes, including Christmas in the City (Boston of course!), Fenway Park, and hundreds of decorated houses and lights. This amazing scenery in miniature is sure to get kids of all ages excited about the holiday season.


Snow Village at Elm Bank

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Admission is $10 for people 12 and older; children 11 and under, no charge. The Mass Hort member rate is $8. Join Mass Hort at the Festival and admission is free! The Festival is open November 25 through December 11, weather permitting: Wednesdays and Thursdays 4-8 pm; Friday through Sunday 10 am-8 pm; Sunday December 11 until 6 pm; Monday through Thursday mornings, by appointment, for senior group visits; Monday and Tuesday evenings, by appointment, for corporate events.

Please check back here for more information on adult and family craft workshops, Santa visits and much more! If you would like to get involved, please considering sponsoring part of the festival or contributing a tree -- check out the forms in the links below

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

Opportunities to get involved  


If you want to sponsor part of the Festival, click here

If you want to donate a tree, click here

If you want to sponsor a tree that we decorate, click here

If you want to donate a gift certificate to the Giving Tree, click here

If you want to schedule a senior group visit, call 617 933-4988 for further information.

VOLUNTEER: To volunteer, click here

More Information



Thank you to Bartlett Tree Experts for sponsoring the Festival of Trees.
A wonderful community event!

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About the Massachusetts Horticultural Society

Mass Hort logo newFounded 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.

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Mass Hort Classes & Events

Tue Oct 25 @ 1:30PM - 03:00PM
Overwintering Your Bees
Wed Oct 26 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Floral Design for Beginners
Thu Nov 03 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Herbal Cocktails
Wed Nov 09 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM
Looking Ahead to Winter with David Epstein
Thu Nov 10 @ 1:30PM - 03:00PM
Herbs for the Holidays: the Science of Stuffing and Beyond
Sat Nov 12 @ 9:00AM - 04:00PM
Introduction to Mushroom Culture
Tue Nov 15 @ 1:30PM - 03:00PM
Apples of New England
Thu Nov 17 @ 1:00PM - 03:00PM
The Festive Table
Fri Nov 25 @10:00AM - 08:00PM
Festival of Trees and Snow Village
Tue Nov 29 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Giving Tuesday: Bulb Planting
Tue Dec 06 @ 4:00PM - 05:30PM
Landscape Lighting
Wed Dec 21 @ 1:00PM - 03:00PM
Winter Solstice Walk
Thu Feb 23 @ 9:00AM - 04:00PM
School Garden Conference: Beyond Education