The Festival of Trees is an annual holiday-themed family event that benefits Kennedy Krieger Institute. The focal point of the event is the display and sale of hundreds of spectacular holiday trees and wreaths created by local designers, artists, florists, individuals, schools and community groups. Additional attractions include live holiday entertainment, and seasonal merchants.
This year’s Festival of Trees will take place online! That means anyone, anywhere can experience the fun and magic!
The Festival of Trees occurs annually during Thanksgiving Weekend. The 2020 event will take place online Friday, Nov. 27. through Sunday, Nov. 29!
No, this year you will not have to pay to “enter” our virtual event! And there are many holiday activities and entertainment throughout festival weekend that are free. Please consider donating $15 to Kennedy Krieger this holiday season, in lieu of having to pay admission.
Our online platform also will be fully stocked with trees and wreaths for sale, a silent auction, a raffle and a vendor village as well as other optional activities that may have a minimal entry fee.
Items purchased at the event are only tax deductible if they have been purchased for higher than their fair market value. This can ONLY happen with Silent Auction items. Trees, wreaths and raffle entries are NOT tax deductible.
Yes, the Festival of Trees 2020 Event website will be accessible through Dec. 31, 2020. While the auction and raffle will be closed, and you can no longer purchase trees or wreaths, you will still be able to view all the tree and wreath designs, shop with the vendors in the virtual Vendor Village, watch all the amazing on-demand entertainment and download all the fun activities!
For appointments and referrals, please call or visit: KennedyKrieger.org
For media inquiries, please contact [email protected].
For all other matters, please call our main number at during business hours or visit KennedyKrieger.org for general information.
During the weekend of Festival, you can contact us via online chat, by clicking the chat “bubble” that floats in the lower left hand corner of every page or call 888-723-6577.
For Festival of Trees 2020, we will not be selling 2-foot trees or gingerbread houses. We hope to have these items return in 2021!
All money raised goes to support the students, patients and families served at Kennedy Krieger Institute.
Tree and wreath sales will close at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29.
Trees and wreaths that do not sell are used to decorate the Kennedy Krieger Institute campuses.
To find a specific tree, please use our search bar tool in the upper left hand corner
To find a specific tree, please use our search bar tool in the upper left hand corner
Items are not guaranteed until a transaction is completed. This means someone else was also interested in the item and completed their purchase first.
These items may be purchased online through our Tree and Wreath sales system during the event weekend, Nov. 27-29. Please note: There are no refunds on any of these items.
Everything featured in the picture or listed in the description is sold with the tree.
While we appreciate the enthusiasm and the support, this year there is only a limited amount of low-touch spots in the hospital available to decorate. Trees that decorate the hospital also must be selected by staff to ensure there are no breakables or other prohibited items. So while we appreciate the generosity, we cannot accept sold trees as donations.
Bring a little of the magic of Festival of Trees and the holidays right into your home, or the home of your loved ones! Select from four gift boxes with items ranging from cozy at-home essentials, to fun and games for the whole family! Order through Nov. 30 as the perfect holiday gift (guaranteed delivery by Dec. 24). Order Now
No, the purchase of trees or wreaths is not tax deductible.
Unless otherwise specified in the description of the tree, yes! We can deliver trees within 30 miles of the Maryland State Fairgrounds, for a charge of $60 per tree. Trees will be delivered the week following the Festival. We cannot guarantee a delivery time/date. All tree deliveries are subject to these additional terms and conditions:
Unfortunately, because of the varying size and weights of wreaths, they will only be available for pickup.
We place your tree for delivery in one of our tree boxes that covers the bottom half of your tree. A large plastic bag will cover the top of your tree and we will tightly wrap it with plastic. While every effort is made to keep your tree in pristine condition, please understand that some ornaments may get displaced during the delivery process.
You may pick-up your purchased tree/wreath at the Cow Palace at the Timonium Fairgrounds (2200 York Road, Timonium, MD 21093). Upon arrival, drive to the back of the large parking lot towards the Cow Palace. You will pass the 4-H Building on your RIGHT. Make an immediate RIGHT directly after the Maryland Food Pavilion. Pull your car up to the ticket booth (which will be located on your left) and tell the Festival of Trees’ staff member your name and what item(s) you are picking up. They will instruct you to drive your car straight and then turn LEFT to physically drive into the Cow Palace for item pick-up.
* Everyone interacting with Festival Staff and entering the Cow Palace MUST be wearing a face mask, even if you are planning to stay inside your vehicle. *
Wreaths and trees may be picked up from the Maryland State Fairgrounds during the following days and times:
Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Maryland State Fairgrounds are not responsible for items left after these pick-up times
Please bring your receipt and ID with you.
Trees will be tightly wrapped in plastic in an effort to ensure the integrity of the design and that it is compact enough to fit in a larger vehicle.
Yes, someone else may pick up your items. Please just make sure they have a copy of your receipt with them.
As long as all items will fit into your vehicle, all items can be picked up at one time.
While we do our best to make the tree as compact as possible, we recommend you bring a large vehicle like a van, SUV or truck to ensure maximum space for the 7-foot tree.
The silent auction opens Friday, November 27th at 8 a.m. You will be able to view the items by visiting our virtual silent auction page on Handbid at handbid.com or by downloading the Handbid app to your phone. You are able to browse items without registering as a bidder. If you would like to place a bid, simply click register and you will be prompted with the next steps.
The silent auction will be open all three days of Festival of Trees and closes at 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 29, 2020. (No bids will be accepted once the auction has closed). If you made the winning bid, you will be notified shortly after the auction closes through an alert sent to your email and/or cell phone from Handbid, and your credit card will be charged. Our Festival of Trees Staff will also be making calls to each winner Sunday night after the auction closes to confirm your item, go over pick-up options, and answer any questions you may have.
All auction items will be available for contact-less pick-up at the Maryland State Fairgrounds Cow Palace (2200 York Rd Timonium, MD 21093)
Sunday, November 29 - 5pm to 8pm
Monday, November 30 - 10am to 6pm
All winners will be contacted by phone or email on either Sunday evening, Nov. 29 or Monday, Nov. 30 to discuss pick-up/shipping options. Items may be shipped for an additional charge. (Please note: If items are to be shipped, it will take at a week for event staff to determine the shipping fees based on the particular item and final shipping destination.)
Any item not picked up onsite at the Maryland State Fairgrounds must be picked up at the Kennedy Krieger Institute Broadway/Ashland Location by appointment only.
Gift Certificates and certain smaller items can be mailed to the winner for an additional charge.
All items marked "Robbie’s First Base" will be available for pick-up from Robbie's First Base (storefront) located at: 9 W Ridgely Rd, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093 during regular business hours.
Robbie’s First Base Store Hours: Monday - Friday 9AM - 6PM, Saturday 9AM - 4PM, Closed Sunday
All items can be shipped at an additional charge.
All sales are final and there will be no refunds or exchanges.
Yes, autographed items from Robbie’s First Base will be presented with a Certificate of Authenticity. You will know if your item comes with a certificate if it says ‘Presented with Certificate of Authenticity’ in the description of the item.
Here’s a video tutorial that shows you what it’s like to bid in the auction on a mobile phone:
You’ll need to create an account on our auction website, run by Handbid. There are two ways to create a Handbid account, either on the website, or through the mobile app.
First, on the Handbid Website:
Or, you can create an account on the Mobile App:
Whether you are bidding online or in the Handbid App, here are some easy tips to help:
Please refer to these detailed instructions, with screenshots, at Handbid’s website.
The raffle will close at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29. Winners will be notified by Dec. 4.
I want to buy tickets for the raffle but the dates listed for the call do not work with my schedule, can it be another date?
Unfortunately, Santa is very busy preparing for Christmas Eve, so these particular dates and times are all he is able to squeeze into his busy schedule!
LIVE entertainment is content that will be shown live at specific times on the Festival of Trees event website as part of a produced show. All LIVE entertainment will be available on-demand after it’s initial airing on the event website.
On-demand entertainment is accessible at any time throughout Festival weekend and the month of December.
If you are interested in receiving information about being a Designer for next year’s Festival of Trees, please email [email protected]. We will add you to our Festival of Trees Designer Database and email you more information over the summer.
Please email [email protected] and we will add you to our Festival of Trees Volunteer Database and email you more information over the summer.
Please email [email protected] and provide us with information regarding your talent/act so that we may discuss future opportunities with you.
Please email [email protected] for more information.
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Email: Contact [email protected] and a representative will respond as soon as they are available.