Festival of Trees & Light
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!
Museum Operating Hours
(Starting December 5)
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
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
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
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
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
- 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
*Please check back for updates to events
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!
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!
Everson Docent Organization
Janet E. Moon
2021 In-Kind Sponsors
2021 Festival Contributors
ARISE Art Explorers Club
Baltimore Woods Nature Center
Mary Kae Brentlinger and Family
Candor International Singers
Central New York Art Guild
Chittenango Garden Club
Cicero-North Syracuse High School
Cicero Senior Center
Clay Scapes Pottery
DeRuyter Central School Advanced Art Class
Empire State Lyme Disease Association
Everson Museum Docent Organization
Everson Museum Members’ Council
Everson Museum Staff
Girl Scouts of the Syracuse Area Service Unit
Haylor, Freyer and Coon
Hendricks Chapel Quilters
Lizbeth Herrick and Family
Patricia Humpleby, DeWitt Real Estate
Independent Potters’ Association
The Kash Family
Sookie Kayne Pottery
Patricia Lamb and Family
Ilene Layow, EYE Studio Arts
Master Gardeners of Onondaga County
Robert Niederhoff, Upcycling 4 A Cause
North Syracuse Junior High School Community Builders Club
Marilyn Ringwood, Elsbeth Rose East Clothing Boutique
Kym Servello-Gardner, Party Princesses CNY and the Tinseled Tree
Mary Pat Spiegel
Millie St. John
Syracuse Federation of Women’s Clubs
Syracuse Sounds of Music Association
The Varrenti Family
The Vaverchak Family
Carol Watson Greenhouse and Landscape
Woodland Elementary School, ESM School District