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.


BoutiqueGet 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.

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 a dozen 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 2017 Festival of Trees, please contact us at 217-788-4301 or email us.

Entertainment Schedule

The following groups will perform during Elder Care Day on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Reservations are required to attend the Festival on this day. Visit the Elder Care Day page on MemorialsFestivalofTrees.com for more details and to register.

  • Cantrall (Athens) Middle School 6th Grade Chorus
  • Lei-Abouts Uke Group
  • Mature Mob On The Road
  • Tip Top Tappers
  • Westside Christian Adult Chorus


Print Entertainment Schedule

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017

11 a.m. - Noon
Christ The King Junior Crusaders & Cherub Choirs

12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
Fleming Academy

2 - 3 p.m.
Kinner & Company Dance Studio

3:30 - 4 p.m.
Monica Hay, vocalist

4 - 4:30 p.m.
Tracy & Heather's Dance Synergy

6 - 6:30 p.m.
Sweet Adelines Sound Celebration Chorus

6:30 - 7 p.m.
Land Of Lincoln Barbershop Chorus

Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Lincoln Land Community College Big Band

1 - 2 p.m.
Lincoln Land Community College Chorus

2 - 3 p.m. 
Employee of the Year ceremony

3 - 4:30 p.m.
Springfield Area Youth Jazz Band 

Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

10:30 - 11 a.m.
Ball Charter Junior Glee Club

11 a.m. - Noon
Southeast High School Jazz Band & Flute Choir

Noon - 12:30 p.m.
Iles Elementary School

12:30 - 1 p.m.
Silver Steppers

1 - 1:30 p.m.
Sandburg Elementary School Sandburg Singers

2 - 3 p.m.
Lincoln Magnet School Jazz Band

3 - 4 p.m.
A-C Central High School & Middle School Choruses, Small Ensemble & Uke Group

4 - 5 p.m.
Rochester High School Madrigals

5 - 6 p.m.
Springfield High School

6 – 7 p.m.
Springfield High School Jazz Band

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Ridgley Elementary School Recorders

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Glenwood Jazz Band

1 - 2 p.m.
Glenwood High School Chorus

4 - 5 p.m.
Williamsville High School Jazz Band

5 - 6 p.m.
Williamsville High School Madrigal Ensemble

6 - 7 p.m.
Sacred Heart-Griffin Show Choir

Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

10:30 - 11 a.m.
Wilcox Music Makers

11 a.m. - Noon
Pleasant Plains Middle School Chorus

Noon - 1 p.m.
Lanphier High School Choir

1 - 2 p.m.
Porta High School

2 - 3 p.m.
Ed Clark, Keyboard Artist

3 - 4 p.m.
Bells Belles

4 - 6 p.m.
Ed Clark, Keyboard Artist

6 - 7 p.m.
Latta School Of Piano

Friday, Nov. 24, 2017

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
JACK'd (jazz group)

1 - 2 p.m.
Jan’s Dance Studio Dazzler Dance Company

2 - 4 p.m.
Miss Illinois, Local Pageant Talent Contest Winners

4 - 5 p.m.
Donathan Voice Studio

5 - 6 p.m.
Springfield Youth Performance Group

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
St. Andrews Society Central Pipes, Drummers & Dancers

Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017

11 a.m. - Noon
Springfield Ballet

Noon - 1 p.m. 
Springfield Show Stoppers

2 - 3 p.m.
Central Illinois Irish Dance 

3 - 4 p.m.
Prairie Land Dancers

4 - 5 p.m.
Old Capitol Chorale

5 - 6 p.m.
Springfield Dance Theatre

6 - 7 p.m.
Franklin Middle School Show Choir

Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Studio M Dance Center

Noon - 1 p.m.
T3 Dance Studio

1 - 2 p.m.

2 - 3 p.m.
St. Agnes Singing Aces

3 - 4 p.m.
Judy Kaye & Friends

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 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.

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   $3.50
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

Nachos Chips & Cheese   $3.50
     with Chili   $4.00
Pretzel   $2.00
     with Cheese   $3.00
Frito Pie (Fritos with Chili & Cheese on top)   $3.00
Popcorn   $3.50
Chips   $1.00

Slice of Pumpkin Pie   $3.00
Slice of Pecan Pie   $3.00

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.

Snowflake Tattoo - $0.50

3-D Snowflake Ornament - $1.00

Snowflake Slap Bracelet - $1.00

Tangled Up Reindeer Magnet - $1.00

Christmas Countdown Sign - $1.50

Christmas Wish List - $1.50

Color Your Own Tote - $2.00

Snowman Bracelet - $2.00

Handprint Pot Holders - $3.50

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.