It'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.
Get a head start on holiday shopping with a visit to the Festival's Boutique. There is something for everyone on our list. The Boutique features hundreds of unique seasonal and gift items, including ornaments, holiday decorations, festive accessories, jewelry, and even toys for the little ones.
The Boutique is open daily during the Festival. MasterCard, Visa, and Discover are accepted.
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.
More 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.
All slots for 2016 have been filled. If you are interested in performing at the 2017 Festival of Trees, please contact us at 217-788-4301 or email us.
Entertainment Stage Schedule
Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016
Christ the King Junior Crusaders and Cherub Chorus
Kinner and Company Dance Studio
St. Agnes Singing Aces
Latta Suzuki School of Violin
West Side Christian Church Choir
Latta Suzuki School of Piano
Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016
Lincoln Land Community College Big Band
Lincoln Land Community College Chorus
Memorial Medical Center Employee of the Year ceremony
Springfield Area Youth Jazz Band
Monday, Nov. 21, 2016
Wilcox Elementary School
Southeast High School Jazz Band and Flute Choir
Iles Elementary School
Washington Middle School Show Choir
Sandburg Elementary School Sandburg Singers
Franklin Middle School Show Choir
Franklin Middle School Jazz Band
Riverton High School Chorus
Rochester High School Madrigals
Sacred Heart-Griffin Choral Groups
Springfield High School Jazz Band
Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016
Pleasant Plains Middle School Chorus
Glenwood High School Jazz Band
Glenwood High School Chorus
Ridgley Elementary School Recorders
Capitol Big Band
Williamsville High School Jazz Band
Williamsville High School Madrigal Ensemble
Springfield High School Chorus
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016
Lanphier High School Jazz Band
Lanphier High School Choir
PORTA High School
A-C Central High School and Middle School Choruses
Miss Illinois Jaryn Franklin
Miss Illinois' Outstanding Teen Christine Bryant
Key Players Studio
Friday, Nov. 25, 2016
Ferraro Family String Ensemble
Jan’s Dance Studio Dazzler Dance Company
Monica Hay, Soloist
Pageant Contest Winners
Tracey & Heather’s Dance Synergy
Old State Capitol Chorale
St. Andrew’s Society Central Pipes, Drummers and Dancers
Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016
Springfield Show Stoppers
Central Illinois Irish Dance
Prairie Land Dancers
Donathan Voice Studio
Springfield Youth Performance Group
Sweet Adelines Sound Celebration Chorus
Land of Lincoln Barbershop Chorus
Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016
Studio M Dance Center
T3 Dance Studio
Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony Chamber Ensemble
Southeast High School Sensations Show Choir
Judy Kaye and Friends
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The 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 15,500 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.
The Gingerbread Village features a grand display of more than 50 handmade and entirely edible gingerbread structures. A model train also winds through 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.
The 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.
HOLIDAY KITCHEN MENU
Chicken Salad on Croissant $4.00
BBQ Pork Sandwich $3.50
American All Beef Hot Dog $2.50
with Chili / Cheese / Onions $3.00
with Cheese / Onions $4.50
Nachos Chips & Cheese $3.50
with Chili $4.00
with Cheese $3.00
Frito Pie (Fritos with Chili & Cheese on top) $3.00
Slice of Pumpkin Pie $2.50
Fountain Soda $1.00
Bottled Drinks – Water, Juice & Tea $2.00
Coffee / Hot Chocolate $1.00
Milk / Juice Box $1.00
The 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.
Holiday Slap Bracelets $1.00
Gingerbread Doorknob Hanger $1.50
Light Bulb Necklace $1.50
Reindeer Ornament $1.50
Color Your Own Holiday Mug $2.00
Handprint Pot Holders $3.50
Seek and Find
Take a stroll through the Orr Building. Search low, search high, search far, search wide. Search to see if you can find:
- Grandma in rocking chair
- Dinosaur Tree
- Dr. Seuss Tree
- Pig Tree
- Butterfly Tree
- Cotton Candy Tree
- Chicago Cubs Tree
- Mickey Mouse Tree
- Grinch Wreath
- Gingerbread Hogwarts Castle
Print the Scavenger Hunt