Everson to Present 30th Annual Festival of Trees

November 3, 2015

Syracuse, NY (November 3, 2015) – The Everson Museum of Art presents the 30th annual Festival of Trees December 4-13, 2015. This annual holiday tradition is one of the Museum’s most important fundraising events.  

The Festival of Trees will feature uniquely decorated trees, wreaths and special displays. Each item is generously donated by local businesses, community groups and individuals, and all items are sold to benefit the Everson Museum of Art. Visitors to the Festival take in the beautiful sights alongside the Everson’s current exhibitions, purchase items to decorate their homes and offices, and enjoy live musical entertainment.

Musical entertainment is provided during the Festival of Trees by local professional musicians, dance troupes, students and clubs. Nearly 30 acts will provide over 30 hours of performances.

“The Festival of Trees truly transforms the Museum into a holiday wonderland with decor representing a wide range of faiths, cultures and interests,” says Elizabeth Dunbar, Director and CEO. “The creativity of the contributors and support of the community makes this event one of the most special of the holiday season.” 

This year, the festival will be held alongside “Three Graces: Polly Apfelbaum, Tony Feher and Carrie Moyer,” which transforms the museum with installations in four galleries, the Rosamond Gifford Sculpture Court and outdoor spaces. The exhibition will remain on view through January 3, 2016.

The Festival will be open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. It will be closed on Monday and Tuesday. Admission to the Festival is $5 adults; free for children 10 and under. All the proceeds from the event will benefit the Everson Museum of Art. Purchase advance sale tickets online at

Media sponsorship is provided by NewsChannel 9 WSYR, Y94 and Syracuse New Times. Additional support is provided by Greater Syracuse Moving and Storage and Midstate Printing Corporation.

This 30th annual Festival of Trees is complimented with several special events. The complete schedule of events is:


December 3 (6 – 10  p.m.) – Festival of Trees Gala

The Gala is a formal celebration to kick off the holiday season and get a first look at the Festival. Admission for the event is $150 per person and reservations are required.


December 3 (8 – 10 p.m.) – AfterParty
Join the Gala revelers at 8 p.m. as the evening transforms with a DJ and merry atmosphere. Admission is $50 per person and reservations are required. AfterParty admission is included for Gala guests. 


December 6 (Noon – 2 p.m.)- Teddy Bear Tea

Children can enjoy a magical afternoon at the Oncenter including tea, treats, crafts, music and activities with their teddy bears. Admission is $25 per adult, $20 per child, reservations are required. Admission to the Festival of Trees is included with each Teddy Bear Tea ticket.


December 10 (5 - 8 p.m.)- The Happy Hour with Joe Driscoll

Guests can listen to the sounds of international recording artists Joe Driscoll as they take in the sights of the Festival of Trees and enjoy fine craft beers from local breweries. Admission is $10 for Everson members, $15 for non-members, tickets are available at the door.

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