Festival of Trees

December 4, 2015

The Everson Museum of Art Members' Council presents the 30th annual Festival of Trees, which will bring the sights and sounds of the holidays to the galleries and gathering spaces of the Museum. Each decorated tree, wreath and unique display is generously donated, all items are sold to benefit the Everson. Take in the beautiful sights, purchase items to decorate your home or office, and pick up tips for your own creations. The presentation of art and décor alongside activities and musical entertainment will make the Festival truly special.

Festival of Trees
December 4-13 (closed Monday and Tuesday)

General Admission/ $5 per person, at the door
Children under 10/ Free

Schedule of Special Events


Thursday, December 3, 6.00 – 8.00pm

Reservations required / Formal Attire
$150 per person

Kick-off your holiday season with this glamorous and elegant cocktail party, and get the first look (and chance to buy) one of the beautifully decorated trees. Enjoy live music, complimenty wine and beer and delicious hors d’oeuvres. Gala guests are encouraged to stay for the Afterparty (included in admission to Gala). Make your reservation today!



Thursday, December 3, 8.00 – 10.00pm

Reservations required / Cocktail Attire
$50 per person, reservations required

As the Gala comes to a close, the AfterParty heats up! For the first time, the Everson will host an after hours dance party following the Festival of Trees Gala. Put on your holiday dress to impress and dancing shoes to enjoy the entertainment of DJ Jeff Watkins, complimentary wine and beer, hors d’oeuvres and dessert. Make your reservation today!


Teddy Bear Tea

December 6, Noon-2.00pm @ The OnCenter

$20 Children, $25 Adults

Children, teddy bears, and adults are invited to the Teddy Bear Tea. Grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, friends and children will enjoy an afternoon of tea, entertainment, and activities. All the fun and excitement culminates in the announcement of the winners of the raffle basket drawings, followed by the children’s parade with their Teddy bears. Admission to the Festival of Trees is included in each Teddy Bear Tea ticket. Tickets here.


The Happy Hour with Joe Driscoll

December 10 / 5.00 – 8.00pm

$10 Members / $15 Non-Members at the door

Bring your friends. Chill at the Everson during a happy hour that’s as hip as you. Enjoy a cash bar featuring local craft beer and other selections while you groove to live music from international recording artist and Syracuse native, Joe Driscoll. Driscoll is known for his innovative use of looping and beatboxing, unique fusion of folk and hip hop styles and wide-ranging vocal and instrumental talents. Admission includes access to all exhibitions, the Festival of Trees and live music. Tickets at the door.


Santa Saturdays

December 5 & 12, 1.00-4.00pm

Visit the Festival of Trees on a Santa Saturday to have a chance to meet Santa, stop by the workshop to create your own holiday ornaments ($3 each), and purchase milk and cookies to enjoy in the Holiday Café. Spend time exploring the Festival of Trees.


Musical Performances

Friday, December 4
Noon - Dr. King Elementary Music Dept.  

Saturday, December 5
10.00am - City Of Syracuse Stan Colella All-Star Band
Noon - The Ballet And Dance Center
Noon - Barney Molldrem and Peter Allen*
1.00pm - Music School Of CNY Guitar Ensemble
2.00pm - Tawn Marie’s Dance Center
3.00pm - Brig Juice Brass Ensemble  

Sunday, December 6
1.00pm - Steve Pfanenstiel
2.00pm - Tawn Marie’s Dance Center
3.00pm - Josephine Federico School Of Music
4.00pm - North Syracuse Community Singers  (accompanied/directed by Josephine Federico)  

Wednesday, December 9
Noon - Steve Pfanenstiel*  

Thursday, December 10
Noon - Skaneateles Middle School Music Dept.
1.00pm - Porter Elementary Band & Orchestra
3.00pm - Chittenango High School Chamber Orchestra
5.00pm - Joe Driscoll*   

Friday, December 11
Noon - Camillus Middle School Select Chorus
Noon - Wagner Trio*  

Saturday, December 12
10.00am - The Students Of Carol Rothwell
11.00am - Francis Filmer’s Piano Students
Noon - Rae’s Institute Of Dance And Movement
1.00pm - Musical Players’ Club
2.00pm - DeAngelis Nutcrackers
2.00pm - Sentinel*
3.00pm - Two Harps*
4.00pm - Fayetteville-Manlius High School Swing 16  

Sunday, December 13
Noon - Harmony Katz Barbershop Chorus*
1.00pm - Cortland Performing Arts TheatreDanz Co.
3.00pm - East Syracuse Minoa International Singers  

* performance in the Rosamond Gifford Sculpture Court

Create a Tree or Wreath
By donating a decorated tree, wreath or unique display for the Festival, you can support the Everson museum and get special benefits. Contributors receive recognition and ticket discounts. For more information on how to contribute, call (315) 474 6064.

Volunteer at the Festival

Volunteers assist in tree sales, admissions, greeting visitors, working with performers and more. If you are interested in joining the Festival of Trees as a volunteer, please call (315) 474 6064.