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Memorial’s Festival of Trees to be Held Nov. 18-26 on Illinois State Fairgrounds


The 28th annual Memorial’s Festival of Trees will be held Nov. 18-26 at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

The festival’s hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 18, Nov. 20-22 and Nov. 24-25; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 19 and Nov. 26; and 4-8 p.m. Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving Day).

Admission for Memorial’s Festival of Trees, with the theme of “Skates, Sleds and Snow,” is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 to 12. Admission is free for children 2 and younger. Senior citizens who are 65 and older receive a reduced admission of $3 on Tuesday, Nov. 21, which is designated as Senior Day.

“The holiday season holds different meanings for so many people,” said Elena Kezelis, executive director of the Memorial Medical Center Foundation, which organizes the festival. “Our wish is that the many families and visitors who visit Memorial’s Festival of Trees will get caught up in the spirit of the season as they take in all of the creative and colorful displays.”

Visitors will see more than 200 decorated trees and wreaths and the return of festival attractions, including the Gingerbread Village, Boutique, Little Elves’ Workshop, Candy Cane Express Train and Holiday Kitchen.

Children and adults can have their photos taken with Santa for $5 if parents or guardians take their own photo or $7, which includes a frame for the photo. Santa’s hours are:

Saturday, Nov. 18: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 19: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 20, through Wednesday, Nov. 22: 5 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 23: 4 to 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 24, and Saturday, Nov. 25: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 26: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

During its 27 years, Memorial’s Festival of Trees has raised more than $4.6 million for health-related projects and programs for Memorial Health System and the Springfield community.

Last year, more than 35,000 visitors attended Memorial’s Festival of Trees. The event is underwritten by PNC.

For more information about Memorial’s Festival of Trees, contact the Memorial Medical Center Foundation at (217) 788-4700 or visit