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Photo Credit: A decoration on a Christmas tree seen on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 at the setup for the 31st Annual Festival of Trees at the Everson Museum in Syracuse. The festival runs from Dec. 2-11 and features donated trees, wreaths and holiday decorations, which are sold at the event. The proceeds benefit the museum. Photo by Wasim Ahmad.

Festival of Trees & Light

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Presented by the Everson Members’ Council.

December 4–19, 2021

More to See, More to Do, More to Buy

This year’s Festival of Trees & Light, now expanded to three weeks, is chock full of programs and activities for all Central New York families to enjoy. It includes incredible live performances, art-making and storytelling activities for children, and stunning displays of seasonal items and trees for purchase. New this year, the Festival will include a Holiday Marketplace featuring artist-made wares and locally sourced products to meet all your gift-giving needs.  Enjoy refreshments throughout the Festival. Every visit to the Festival will offer new visual delights as new offerings are introduced!

See below for a complete daily schedule of activities!

Available during all Festival hours:

Museum Operating Hours
(Starting December 5)

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 11:00am–5:00pm
Thursday: 11:00am–8:00pm
Friday: 11:00am–5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am–5:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am–5:00pm

Week Three Festival Schedule


Wednesday, December 15


Explore all that the Festival of Trees & Light has to offer! Shop the Festival's seasonal decor, purchase the perfect gifts at the Holiday Marketplace, and capture memories with pictures in our Santa's Workshop-themed photo booth. Refreshments available in our Members' Council Gallery!


Thursday, December 16


Chittenango High School String Orchestra
12:00pm, Hosmer Auditorium


Sentinel A Capella Ensemble
1:00pm, Sculpture Court Staircase


The Advent Brass
4:00-5:00pm, Sculpture Court


Holiday Spirit Tasting
6:00–8:00pm
Tastings free with Festival admission

Join local producers Buried Acorn Brewing (@buriedacornbrewing), Ryan William Vineyard (@ryanwilliamvineyard), and Old Home Distillers (@oldhomedistillers) on Thursday, December 16 at 6pm for a special evening of spirits tasting! Learn about and sample spirits, brews, and wine while you check out the Festival of Trees & Light and shop the Holiday Marketplace. Light bites in the soon-to-be café space also available.



Friday, December 17


Camillus Middle School Band
12:00-1:00pm, Hosmer Auditorium

 


Fayetteville-Manlius High School Chamber Groups
3:00-4:00pm, Sculpture Court


 


Saturday, December 18


Winter Wonderland
A Kwanzaa Karamu: A Community Celebration
11:00am-2:00pm, Danial Education Center

Vanessa Johnson, griot (storyteller) and artist invites families to celebrate Kwanzaa. During this interactive experience, children will create traditional rattles and hear animal stories from the African Continent. Together, they will bring stories to life in an original instillation. All of this will contribute to the traditional Kwanzaa Ceremony.

11:30 Kwanzaa candle lighting ceremony of 7 principles
12:30 Kwanzaa candle lighting ceremony of 7 principles
1:30 Kwanzaa candle lighting ceremony of 7 principles


Jeannine Abbott Strings Studio
11:00am-12:00pm, Sculpture Court


Friends in Low Places Cello Bass Quartet
1:00-2:00pm, Sculpture Court


Santa in Residence
11:00am-3:00pm, The Beadel Gallery

Come and snap fun family photos with Santa in our Santa's workshop themed photo booth in our quaint Beadel gallery. Come by even when Santa isn't there to enjoy the photo booth on your own!



Sunday, December 19


Winter Wonderland
Family Holiday Crafts
11:00am-2:00pm, Danial Education Center

All ages are welcome to drop in anytime to enjoy art-making and get creative with a variety of decorative materials and crafts provided in our Education Center. Create your own holiday/winter themed cards that you can send to family and friends!


Image by Wasim Ahmad

Festival Fees:

  • Children (12 and under) free EXCEPT for Saturday Winter Wonderland activities ($5)
  • Non-Members: $10 for adults, household max of $25
  • Member or Student (13-22): $5

Festival Highlights

*Please check back for updates to events

Winter Wonderland
Saturdays December 4, 11, 18

11:00am-2:00pm, Danial Family Education Center
$5 per child
A transformed Danial Family Education Center will transport you to our Winter Wonderland during the annual Festival of Trees & Light. Families are invited to enjoy art-making and group activities led by talented teaching artists, story-tellers, and musicians!

On Sundays December 5, 12, 19 the Winter Wonderland will offer drop in art-making between 11:00am and 2:00pm with a variety of decorative materials and crafts provided in our Education Center. Create your own holiday/ winter themed cards that you can send to family and friends!

A Capella Jam
Thursday, December 9

6:00-8:30pm, Hosmer Auditorium
Where are all of our aca-nerds at?! This is Pitch Perfect meets the Everson event will leave you feeling energized and filled with the type of joy that only ensemble music performances can create. We will be joined by an incredible roster of a capella groups from Syracuse University (Main Sqeeze, The Mandarins, Groovestand, Orange Appeal), Barbershop Harmony Society, Harmonic Collective, Spirit of Syracuse, Christian Brothers Academy, and many more!

NEW THIS YEAR!
Holiday Marketplace

Members’ Council Gallery

Shop for gifts at our Festival Holiday Marketplace, featuring hand crafted wares and locally sourced products from local artisans.

Click daily tabs for a complete list of performances and activities!

Anonymous

Everson Docent Organization

Janet E. Moon

Jessica Danial

Kyle Mumpton

Louise Rosenfield

2021 In-Kind Sponsors

Sandi DiBianco

2021 Media Sponsors

2021 Festival Contributors

Anne Anthony
APEX Entertainment
ARISE Art Explorers Club
Baltimore Woods Nature Center
Carol Boyer
Mary Kae Brentlinger and Family
Judith Brown-Roenbeck
Candor International Singers
Central New York Art Guild
Patti Chappell
Steffi Chappell
Chittenango Garden Club
Cicero-North Syracuse High School
Cicero Senior Center
Clay Scapes Pottery
Martha Conan
DeRuyter Central School Advanced Art Class
Sandra DiBianco
Darlene Distler
Joan Dunbar

Empire State Lyme Disease Association
Everson Museum Docent Organization
Everson Museum Members’ Council
Everson Museum Staff
Evelyn Fiorenza
Tobey Fisher
Morgan Gaffney
Marybeth Gaffney
Judith Gagnon
Girl Scouts of the Syracuse Area Service Unit
Diana Godfrey
Terry Grabowski
Gail Harrington
Haylor, Freyer and Coon
Hendricks Chapel Quilters
Lizbeth Herrick and Family
Perri Hogan
Patricia Humpleby, DeWitt Real Estate

Independent Potters’ Association
The Kash Family
Sookie Kayne Pottery
Noel Keith
Rosemary Krupka
Patricia Lamb and Family
Ilene Layow, EYE Studio Arts
Master Gardeners of Onondaga County
Carolyn Murphy
Robert Niederhoff, Upcycling 4 A Cause
North Syracuse Junior High School Community Builders Club
Patti Pultorak
Roberta Ripberger
Marilyn Ringwood, Elsbeth Rose East Clothing Boutique
Florence Saleh
Melody Sanson
Kym Servello-Gardner, Party Princesses CNY and the Tinseled Tree

Terry Shenfield
Mary Pat Spiegel
Laurie Starr
Millie St. John
Syracuse Federation of Women’s Clubs
Syracuse Sounds of Music Association
Mary Tiedemann
The Varrenti Family
The Vaverchak Family
Mary Vertigan
Anna Warfield
Carol Watson Greenhouse and Landscape
Woodland Elementary School, ESM School District

A decoration on a Christmas tree seen on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 at the setup for the 31st Annual Festival of Trees at the Everson Museum in Syracuse. The festival runs from Dec. 2-11 and features donated trees, wreaths and holiday decorations, which are sold at the event. The proceeds benefit the museum. Photo by Wasim Ahmad.