Festival of Trees: “Tis the Season!”
November 15th - 23rd from 10:00am - 5:00pm
In its 28th year, the Council of 101’s Festival of Trees will kick off Central Florida’s holiday season with a touch of tradition. The Orlando Museum of Art will become a vibrant wonderland of holiday elegance with designer decorated trees, wreaths, gingerbread creations, stunning holiday vignettes and drawings for dazzling tabletop displays. The Festival will feature many classic & themed trees, decorated in different styles, ranging from 6.5 to 9 feet that will be on sale throughout the entire event. Other holiday decorations and gifts are also available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the Museum, including the children’s art education programs.
Festival attendees will enjoy strolling through the Museum’s galleries filled with elaborately decorated and themed trees and vignettes created by local artists, businesses and designers. The Toyland Town activity area abounds with creative crafts, fun games and jolly ole’ Santa arriving from the North Pole to greet children of all ages. Deck the Halls filled with uniquely custom designed centerpieces, wreaths, small trees and garlands for sale to brighten any home or office. Entertaining by Design where you can win an elegant table setting that could become a beautiful addition to your holiday entertaining, jewelry, gift certificates to some of your favorite restaurants and other exciting items for a lucky drawing winner at the Festival Finale. Relax and enjoy a light lunch with your friends and family in the Festival Café. After lunch you can visit the Gingerbread Village where local professional bakers have designed magical gingerbread houses for display and sale. The Festival Boutique showcases local merchant’s one-of-a-kind items and furnishings that make it the perfect place to begin and end this season’s shopping.
Plan on attending the Festival’s elegant Opening Night Festival Gala & Silent Auction on Friday, November 14, to enjoy culinary creations, beverages, entertainment and complimentary valet parking. Tuesday, November 18, Festival Salutes Seniors, who are invited to enjoy a day designed just for them with special prizes and entertainment. Bring the whole family for a fun-filled evening of holiday excitement, Santa, children’s entertainment and activities at Reindeer Romp on November 19.
The Festival of Trees is a major fundraiser for the Orlando Museum of Art and supports its mission to advance the positive impact of art and culture in the State of Florida and in the region by providing excellence in the visual arts. The Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting notable works of art; to presenting exhibitions of local, regional, national and international significance; to developing first-rate educational programs; and to presenting creative and inclusive programs that reach diverse communities
About the Council of 101
The Council of 101 was founded in 1965 to further the cultural development and appreciation of the visual arts in Central Florida. This outstanding group consists of active members supported by associate, sustaining, honorary and provisional members who comprise an organization of nearly 300 women. These dedicated women devote countless volunteer hours, boundless energy and strong personal skills to fund-raising projects that provide significant financial support to the Orlando Museum of Art. This level of giving is achieved through their annual operations, which primarily include the Festival of Trees and the Antiques Vintage & Garden Show. In addition to cash donations, the Council of 101 purchases, through the Corporate Lease Program, museum-quality prints created by contemporary American artists and gifts them to the Orlando Museum of Art. Prints from this collection may be leased by local businesses through the program administered by the Council of 101. The Council of 101, since its inception, has contributed in excess of $6 million towards art, exhibits, facility renovation and Museum expansion programs. For more information about the Council of 101, please call 407 896 4231 x254.
The Orlando Museum of Art is located in Orlando’s Historic Loch Haven Park at 2416 North Mills Ave., Orlando, Fla. From I-4 take the Princeton Street exit 85. Drive east on Princeton Street, and at the corner of Princeton and Mills (US Highway 17 / 92), turn left. Go one block to east Rollins Street and turn left. The entrance is the first driveway on the left. Parking is free. For further information please call 407 896 4231 or visit www.omart.org.
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Orlando Museum of Art is a Blue Star Museum supported by the Museum’s Board of Trustees, the Ambassadors, Council of 101, Friends of American Art, Acquisition Trust, earned income, contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations, and is sponsored in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on the Arts and Culture. Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.