The Festival of Trees starts on Saturday, November 12, at the Orlando Museum of Art and runs through November 20, showcasing a creative selection of Christmas trees, wreaths, and gingerbread houses that are up for sale to help fund the museum. You can view them daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the 20th, with adult tickets going for $15 and senior admission priced at $10. Children between the ages of 3 and 11, first responders, and members of the military get in for just $5 with proper ID. It’s fun just to browse the amazing creations, and you might just decide to take something home with you.

Convenient parking is available right at the museum for $5.

Christmas fun for all ages

The Festival of Trees has several special events during its run at the museum in downtown Orlando. Tuesday, November 15, offers a special salute to seniors, while Wednesday, November 16, is the Reindeer Romp Children’s Party, with Santa Claus himself presiding over holiday fun for the little ones. The Romp runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. For an extra special treat, purchase Rudolph’s VIP ticket for $25 for all ages and get in a full hour early (5 p.m.) to visit with Santa and enjoy the fun with a minimal crowd.

Support the Orlando Museum of Art

The Festival of Trees is a major fundraiser for the Orlando Museum of Art each year. It ends early in the season to allow purchasers to take home their trees, wreathes, and gingerbread creations in plenty of time to enjoy them for the holidays. It’s become a Christmas tradition for many locals to put them in the spirit of the season. Tourists are also welcome, as it's an easy journey down I-4 to the event.

Your festival ticket also includes admission to the museum itself, so plan to make a full day of it.

If you want to bring home a souvenir from the Festival of Trees but have something smaller in mind than a fully decorated Christmas tree and not quite as delicate as a gingerbread house, be sure to stop in the gift shop for some early holiday shopping before you leave.

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