Memorial's Festival of Trees depends on volunteers. Each year more than 1,000 volunteers give their time to help ensure the success of Festival of Trees... an event created by many, supported by the community, and enjoyed by all. As a volunteer, you will be part of the single largest family-oriented holiday tradition in central Illinois.
Volunteers receive a commemorative Festival of Trees pin, snacks and refreshments, and free admission on the day they volunteer.
Some volunteers prefer to work in a particular area. You can request a specific area when you register. Use online regisration to view open time shifts and pick your preferred area. While we make every effort to place you in the area you request, help is needed in all areas to ensure a successful event and we may need to move you to another area.
Use our online registration to view open time slots and pick your preferred area. While we make every effort to place you in the area you request, help is needed in all areas to ensure a successful event and we may need to move you to another area.
For the safety of all our guests, volunteers must be at least 14 years old.
For more information, contact the Festival of Trees at (217) 788-4301 or email us.
Areas Where Volunteers Are Needed
Admission - Greet visitors, collect admission and track attendance. (Sitting)
Boutique - Stock and sell merchandise. Run cash register. (Standing)
Candy Cane Express Train Conductor - Assist passengers with boarding and unboarding train. (Standing)
Candy Cane Express Train Crossing Guard - Lower and raise crossing gates to control pedestrian traffic while train is moving. (Sitting/Standing)
Candy Cane Express Train Engineer - Run train. (Standing)
Candy Cane Express Train Tickets - Sell train ride tickets. (Sitting)
Centerpiece Silent Auction - Coordinate silent bidding on centerpieces. (Sitting)
Floor Ambassadors - Direct visitors, assist in pedestrian traffic flow. (Standing/Walking)
Gingerbread Cookies - Decorate and sell gingerbread cookies. (Standing/Sitting)
Gingerbread Village Silent Auction - Coordinate silent auction of gingerbread houses. (Sitting/Standing)
Holiday Kitchen – Prepare and serve food and beverages (hot dogs, chili, popcorn, coffee, soda, etc.). Run cash register. Maintain dining area. (Standing)
Information - Assist visitors with questions and People's Choice voting. (Sitting/Standing)
Little Elves’ Workshop – Sell tickets for crafts. Assist children making crafts. (Sitting/Standing)
Snapshots with Santa - Take, print and sell photos of children with Santa. (Sitting/Standing)