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Festival of Trees and Snow Village
Thursday 07 December 2017, 04:00pm - 08:00pm

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Visit the 
Festival of Trees - November 24 - December 10
...A magical holiday event for the whole family.


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


$10 per person, children 11 and under free, Mass Hort members: $8

Days/Dates Festival
Friday - Sunday
Nov 24 – 26
10:00am – 8:00pm 1:00pm – 4:00pm 12:30pm – 5:30pm Trolley Dogs 11-3  
Wednesday – Thursday
Nov 29 – 30
4:00pm – 8:00pm        
Friday, Dec 1 10:00am – 8:00pm 1:00pm – 4:00pm 12:30pm – 5:30pm Trolley Dogs 11-3  

Saturday, Dec 2

10:00am – 8:00pm 1:00pm – 4:00pm


 Trolley Dogs 11-3  
Sunday, Dec 3 10:00am – 8:00pm 1:00pm – 4:00pm 12:30pm – 5:30pm Trolley Dogs 11-3  
Wednesday – Thursday
Dec 6 - 7
4:00pm – 8:00pm        
Friday, Dec. 8 10:00am – 8:00pm 1:00pm – 4:00pm 12:30pm – 5:30pm Trolley Dogs 11-3 Pajama Story Hour 5:30-7
Saturday, Dec 9 10:00am – 8:00pm

1:00pm – 4:00pm

  Trolley Dogs 11-3 Wellesley Choral, 5-6
Sunday, Dec 10 10:00am – 6:00pm 1:00pm – 4:00pm 12:30pm – 5:30pm Trolley Dogs 11-3  


Thank you to our event and tree sponsors!

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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 The Gardens at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482.

The Festival of Trees, displayed in the Hunnewell Building, 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 The Gardens 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.  It is a bit different each year as he continues to tweak the arrangement.  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 24 through December 10, 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 consider sponsoring part of the festival or contributing a tree -- check out the forms in the links below.

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

Opportunities to get involved  


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 volunteer, click here.

If you want to be an event sponsor or schedule a senior group visit, call 617 933-4988 for further information.


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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Sun May 06 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
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Tue Jun 12 @ 1:00PM - 04:30PM
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Tue Jun 26 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
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Sun Jul 22 @10:30AM - 12:00PM
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