The Everson Announces Line Up for 2021 Festival of Trees & Light

Syracuse, NY (November 11, 2021): The Everson Museum of Art is asking Central New Yorkers to mark their calendars for its 36th annual Festival of Trees & Light. This year’s event, expanded to three weeks, will run from December 4 to December 19, 2021.

This year’s Festival includes live vocal, dance, and instrumental performances along with art-making and storytelling for children. A plentiful assortment of seasonal items and trees will be available for purchase and new this year, the Festival will present a Holiday Marketplace featuring artist-made wares and products from local artisans for holiday gift-giving.

Featured Festival events include an A Capella Jam on Thursday, December 9, and a performance by the Syracuse City Ballet on Saturday, December 11. Each of the three Festival Saturdays will offer guided Winter Wonderland experiences for children along with Santa in Residence. A full schedule of activities is available at

The Festival, one of the Museum’s largest fundraising efforts of the year, is organized by the Everson Members’ Council, a volunteer arm that just celebrated 60 years of service. Members’ Council president Pattie Miller, who has worked on the Festival for the past seven years, including last year’s virtual Festival, said, “After a very challenging year, the Festival of Trees & Light is back and better than ever. If anything positive can be said about the pandemic, it’s that our resilient group of volunteers and the Everson staff not only adapted but embraced new ideas to bring our community together to celebrate the wonder and magic of this time of year. Getting out of the darkness will take time. This year’s Festival is a great return to the joy of the season.”

For complete details on this year’s Festival of Trees and Light and to purchase advance tickets, visit


About the Everson Museum of Art
The Everson is a museum of firsts. It was the first museum to dedicate itself to the collection of American art, to create a permanent collection of ceramics, to collect video art, to create a docent program and to hire the now internationally-known architect I.M. Pei to design its building, a sculptural work of art in its own right. Located in Syracuse, NY, the Everson is home to over 10,000 works of art: American paintings, sculpture, drawings, video, graphics and one of the largest holdings of international ceramics in the nation. Visit to learn more.

About the Everson Member’s Council
The Everson Members’ Council is a volunteer arm of the Everson comprised of an energetic group of individuals who act as ambassadors, and organize various outreach and fundraising efforts that support the Museum’s mission to engage, inspire, and activate the community.

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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.