Festival of Trees

Festival Attractions

For more information, contact the Festival of Trees at 217-788-4301 or email us.

Showcases, Trees & Wreaths

Showcases, Trees & WreathsIt's easy to get into the spirit of the season while walking among the Festival's winter wonderland of beautifully decorated trees and wreaths. Some are whimsical, some are contemporary, some are traditional - all are festive! You will be amazed and inspired by the creativity of the uniquely designed showcase displays, featuring a themed tree and wreath. Get ideas for decorating your tree or wreath. 

Check out our Design page if you are interested in creating a showcase, tree or wreath.

Candy Cane Express Train

All aboard! Both children and adults love riding the Candy Cane Express, the Festival's four-car mini train. Complete with an engineer, conductor and crossing gates, the train winds its way through the center of the Festival.

Tickets are $1 per ride. Children age 2 and under ride for free. The train makes two loops around the Orr Building. 


Centerpiece Silent Auction

More than 20 handmade centerpieces are featured in the Centerpiece Silent Auction. These one-of-a-kind designs are made by local florists, artists and crafters. All of the centerpieces can be bid on through silent auction during the Festival.

Visit the Centerpieces page if you are interested in creating a centerpiece. 




Entertainment photoMore than 2,000 amateur and professional performers from the Springfield area provide entertainment during the Festival of Trees. Our entertainment stage features performances by local schools, church choirs and madrigal groups; country, ballet, tap and Irish dancers; bands and instrumentalists; and vocal soloists and groups.

If you are interested in performing at the 2018 Festival of Trees, please contact us at 217-788-4301 or email us.

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Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookiesThe sweet smell of delicious gingerbread cookies fills the air at the Festival of Trees. Using their secret recipe, Jubelt's Bakery and Restaurant in Litchfield, makes more than 15,000 hand-cut gingerbread men. Then our Festival volunteers decorate each cookie by hand, just for you.

The cookies are available at the Gingerbread Bakery during the Festival for $3.50 each while supplies last. Enjoy milk with your cookie for $1 a carton.

Peanut allergy concerns: Our gingerbread cookies are baked by Jubelt's Bakery in Litchfield, Illinois. While peanuts are not an ingredient in the cookies, the bakery does bake other products at the bakery that do contain peanuts.

Ingredient alert: Cookies contain wheat flour, sugar, spices, eggs and vegetable oil (soy bean). Icing contains sugar, palm oil, high fructose corn syrup, corn starch, nonfat milk and citric acid preservatives.

Gingerbread Village

Gingerbread VillageThe Gingerbread Village features a grand display of more than 50 handmade and entirely edible gingerbread structures. A model train also winds around the impressive exhibit of gingerbread homes, shops and buildings. All of the gingerbread entries can be bid on through silent auction during the Festival.

Children and adults are invited to create their own entry for the Gingerbread Village. Visit the Design page if you are interested in creating a gingerbread structure.

Holiday Kitchen

Holiday KitchenThe Holiday Kitchen serves a variety of food and drinks and is open during regular Festival of Trees hours. Please note, the Holiday Kitchen is closed for food on Thanksgiving Day - only beverages will be served.


Chicken Salad on Croissant $4.00
BBQ Pork Sandwich $4.00
Uncrustable Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich $2.00
All Beef Hot Dog $2.50
     with Chili / Cheese / Onions $3.00

Chili $4.00
     with Cheese / Onions $4.50
Macaroni & Cheese $3.00
Chili Mac $3.50
Frito Pie (Fritos with Chili & Cheese on top) $3.50

Nachos Chips & Cheese $3.50
     with Chili $4.00
Pretzel $2.00
     with Cheese $3.00
Popcorn $3.50
Chips $1.00

Slice of Pumpkin Pie $3.50
Slice of Apple Pie $3.50

Fountain Soda $1.00
Bottled Drinks – Water, Gatorade & Tea $2.00
Coffee / Hot Chocolate $1.00
Milk / Juice Box $1.00

Little Elves' Workshop

Little Elves' WorkshopThe Little Elves' Workshop is a special place just for the little ones. Children can make mementos and crafts for themselves or as a holiday gift for someone special.

Christmas List - $1.00
Sweet Treat Wreath - $1.00
Thumbprint Snowflake Ornament - $1.00
Santa Bucket - $1.50
Snowman Thermometer - $1.50
Handprint Pot Holder - $4.00
Penguin Pillow - $5.00


Snapshots with Santa

Snapshots with SantaSanta is at the Festival of Trees daily. Little girls and boys can give Santa their holiday wish list and have their picture taken with him.

Here are the options:

  1. Take your own photo - $5, includes visit with Santa, no photo or frame provided.
  2. Photo - $7, includes visit with Santa, one photo and one frame. Each additional photo is $2.


Take a look at our schedule to see when Santa is available during the Festival of Trees. 

North Pole Toy Shop

Let the kiddos choose a few goodies or pick up some stocking stuffers in our new toy shop.  There is jewelry, night lights, baby gifts, toys and novelties.  Prices range from $1.00 to $20.00.

Sockefeller Skating Rink

Spin, slide, glide - get ready to show off your best moves on our sock skating rink. Tickets are $1.00 for five minutes.  Socks are required and will be available for sale, if needed.