Nov. 25 – Dec. 31, 2022

Festival of Trees

A Magical Holiday Event for the Whole Family

Massachusetts Horticultural Society's 14th Annual Festival of Trees showcases dozens of decorated trees and Snow Village, a festive model railroad display. Join us for this festive & fun holiday event at the Garden at Elm Bank.

Displayed in the Hunnewell Building, Festival of Trees offers beautiful holiday trees that are donated and decorated by local businesses, garden clubs and other organizations, and individuals.

Visitors vote with their raffle tickets for trees they would like to win and take home at the end of the event. Trees range from one foot to nine feet tall, and many have gifts in addition to beautiful decorations. 

Enhancing the Festival is Snow Village, an indoor model train exhibit. Model trains wend their way through villages and vignettes, including Christmas in the City (Boston, of course!), Fenway Park, a Dickensian village, the North Pole, and hundreds of decorated houses and lights. With too many Santas to count and skaters galore, Snow Village is a visual treat for young and old alike.

Holiday lights and decorations fill the Garden. Visitors stroll through a winter wonderland with hot chocolate in their hands and gather by the firepits to keep warm and cozy while melting s'mores.

Tickets are on sale NOW! Get your tickets to our biggest event of the year. We can't wait to see you there!

EVENT INFORMATION

Hours

Opening Weekend (November 25-27): 10am-8pm (last entry at 6pm)

Weekends: 10am-8pm (last entry at 6pm*)

Weekdays: 4pm-8pm (last entry at 6pm*)

Saturday, December 24: 10am-1pm

Sunday, December 25: Closed

Monday 12/26 - Friday 12/30: 10am-8pm (last entry at 6pm)

Saturday, December 31: 10am-noon

*Last entry is at 6:45pm on some days. See ticket availability for details.

Ticket Prices

Youth (3-17) $5
2 and younger Free

WEEKENDS (Including Opening Weekend)

Members $20
Nonmembers $27

WEEKDAYS

Members $15
Nonmembers $22

Get Involved

Want to join the festivities? Thanks to our amazing tree donors and volunteers, Festival of Trees gets better each year! View the opportunities below to get involved in the 14th Annual Festival of Trees.

Questions? Contact festivaloftrees@masshort.org

Volunteer

Festival of Trees is MHS's largest fundraiser, and it would not be possible without the help of volunteers. As a volunteer, you get a fascinating look at the show behind the scenes, support our fundraiser, meet new people with shared interests, and share in the delight and enjoyment of our visitors. We hope you will join us to welcome our visitors and help us raise vital mission-supporting funds for our Garden and educational programs! Volunteer slots are NOW OPEN! 

Festival of Trees FAQs

What happens if I show up early or late for my entry time?

Please arrive 5-10 minutes before your designated time to ensure a stress-free experience. If you arrive early, please wait in your car until your ticket time. Guests are able to check in at the gatehouse starting at the time stated on their ticket and up to 20 minutes later. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated.

Can I change the date or time I reserved?

At this time, we are unable to accommodate date or time changes. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. 

What is the weather policy?

In the case of unsafe or extreme weather, we will cancel this event. In the event we have to cancel due to weather, we will offer a full refund or an alternative date to return to the show. If we do cancel, you will be notified via email prior to your reserved entry time. If we do not officially cancel the event,  then tickets are still valid and cannot be transferred or substituted for a different time.

Where is the parking for this event?

There is free paved/dirt lot parking on site. All parking is within 150 yards of the entrance.

Is the site handicapped or stroller accessible?

Yes. Access ramps are in place for several entrances. Please contact us if you have any concerns or particular needs. Due to smaller spaces and maneuvering among the displays we do NOT recommend bringing a stroller.

Do children under 2 need a ticket?

This event is free for children 2 years old and younger, and they do not need a ticket. They will not receive a s'mores kit or cup of hot chocolate.

Are dogs allowed?

No, we are unable to accommodate dogs due to the nature of the event.

I have a concern about a food allergy

Hot chocolate and s’mores will be served, if you are concerned about a food allergy, we invite you to bring your own hot chocolate and smores supplies.

Can I bring in food?

Outside food is not allowed at this event, however if you do have an allergy, we recommend bringing your own s'mores supplies or hot chocolate.

What should I wear?

The event will take place indoors and outdoors with outdoor walking between buildings and to view garden lights. Please dress for these outdoor transitions and experiences.

How does the raffle work?

Drawing will take place on Saturday, December 31st at 2pm.

Online ticket sales will end Friday, December 30th.

If we draw your ticket, we will call the phone number(s) you registered. An adult must answer the phone when it rings on Sunday, January 1st from 12-3pm in order to win a tree. If we do not reach an adult, we will draw another winning ticket.

  • We will NOT leave a voicemail message
  • Caller ID is NOT notification that you have won a tree
  • We will NOT accept call backs

Picking up your tree:
If we notify you as outlined above that you have won a tree, you must come to collect it on Monday, January 2nd from 10am-5pm. No tree will be held. MHS is not responsible for any damage.

What is the event photography policy?

By entering an event or program of Massachusetts Horticultural Society (MHS), you are entering an area where photography, audio and video recording may occur.

Your entry and presence on the event premises constitute your consent to be photographed, filmed, and/or otherwise recorded and to the release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction of any and all recorded media of your appearance, voice, and name for any purpose whatsoever in perpetuity in connection with MHS and its initiatives, including, by way of example only, use on websites, in social media, news and advertising.

By entering the event premises, you waive and release any claims you may have related to the use of recorded media of you at the event, including, without limitation, any right to inspect or approve the photo, video or audio recording of you, any claims for invasion of privacy, violation of the right of publicity, defamation, and copyright infringement or for any fees for use of such record media.

You understand that all photography, filming and/or recording will be done in reliance on this consent.