Memorial's Festival of Trees

Memorial's Festival of Trees

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 from 10:00am to 8:00pm


We hope you can join us at the 30th annual Festival of Trees. The 2019 theme is "Jingle Bells & Seashells."

The Festival offers you and your loved ones a fun-filled kaleidoscope of holiday sights and sounds you won't forget.

Festival Attractions:

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.


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.

If you are interested in performing at the 2019 Festival of Trees, please contact us at 217-788-4301 or email us.

Gingerbread Cookies

The sweet smell of delicious gingerbread cookies fills the air at the Festival of Trees. Fifteen thousand hand-cut gingerbread cookies are decorated by our volunteers, just for you.

The cookies are available at the Gingerbread Bakery during the Festival for $4 each while supplies last. Enjoy milk with your cookie for $1 a carton.

Peanut allergy concerns: Our gingerbread cookies are baked off-site. 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

The 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

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.

Little Elves' Workshop

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.

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.

Showcases. Trees & Wreaths

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.

Snapshots with Santa

Santa 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:

Take your own photo - $6, includes visit with Santa, no photo provided.
Photo - $9, includes visit with Santa, one photo. Each additional photo is $3.

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.

Memorial's Festival of Trees Schedule & Santa's Schedule:

Festival 10 am - 8 pm
Santa 5 pm - 8 pm
Senior Day
$3 admission for adults 55 and older (this day only)

*Occasionally, Santa has to feed the reindeer and will be gone for a bit. Don't worry, he won't take too long.


Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12. Children 2 and under are free. Each day, Memorial Health System colleagues receive free admission with ID badge.

On Senior Day, Tuesday, Nov. 26 admission is $3 for adults 55 years old and older.

Wheelchairs are available at the east and west entrances of the Orr Building.