45th Annual Festival of Trees & Traditions
November 30–December 9, 2018
Established in 1973 by the Women’s Committee as a museum fundraising event, Festival of Trees & Traditions has become an annual holiday custom for visitors from throughout the state and beyond. Every year community members, artists and organizations decorate holiday trees and wreaths to be displayed in the galleries throughout the week. All items are for sale, and profits help fund the museum’s special exhibitions, educational programs, and operating expenses. Purchase a tree or wreath for your home or donate it to a local charity.
Public hours for viewing the Festival of Trees & Traditions are 10am–5pm from November 30–December 9, except for Monday, December 3 and Tuesday, December 4 when the museum is closed.
Please note: The prices below reflect a $3 fundraising surcharge that is added to all museum admission prices during Festival of Trees & Traditions.
Hartford Residents: $3
Youth (age 17 & under): $3
Please Note: The Wadsworth Atheneum usually waives admission fees every Wednesday–Sunday from 4–5 pm. Please note that guests visiting the museum at these times during the Festival of Trees & Traditions fundraiser will be charged $3 for their admission.
Groups of 10 or more will receive a discount by reservation only. To schedule a group visit, call (860) 838-4046.
Are you visiting the Wadsworth Atheneum for the first time, or returning after some time away? You’ll find lots of helpful information on our Directions & Parking page, and even more tips on our Planning Your Visit page.
If you are interested in designing and contributing a tree or wreath to Festival of Trees & Traditions, please contact Jessica Martel, Development Events Associate.
Night of Illumination and Festival of Trees & Traditions are presented by the Women’s Committee of the Wadsworth Atheneum. All proceeds from this event fund the museum’s special exhibitions, educational programs, and operating expenses.