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Festival of Trees and Traditions


43rd Annual Festival of Trees & Traditions
December 2—11, 2016

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 December 2–11, except for Monday, December 5 and Tuesday, December 6 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.

Members: $3
Hartford Residents: $3
Adults: $18
Seniors: $15
Students: $8
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.

Special Events

December 1 | Night of Illumination
December 1 | Film: Love Actually
December 10 | Second Saturdays: Light Up the World

Daily Entertainment

Click the thumbnails below to view the full schedule of daily performances and visits from Santa & Mrs. Claus!












Show us your pictures from Festival of Trees & Traditions using #wadsworthtrees on Instagram! Can’t wait until your visit to get in the spirit? Decorate your own Christmas trees (in cookie form!) and share those too. Use your own recipe, try this one from Good Housekeeping, or give this 18th-century recipe from American Cookery a try—this is the first cookbook written by an American, published right here in Hartford!


Festival of Trees & Traditions is 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.