Everson’s 34th Annual Festival of Trees Holiday Tradition to Open December 6

Syracuse, NY (November 27, 2019) The Festival of Trees, the Everson Museum of Art’s annual ten-day holiday tradition featuring over 100 uniquely decorated trees, wreaths, and special holiday displays, will open to the public December 6. Running through December 15, the series also offers holiday music and dance performances from individuals and groups in the Museum’s Rosamond Gifford Sculpture Court and the Hosmer Auditorium.

In addition to a beloved Syracuse holiday tradition, the Festival of Trees is an important fundraising event consistent with the Everson’s mission to make art accessible to all in the community.

The Festival of Trees begins with a preview gala on December 5 from 6:00-8:00pm. At $75 per person, this year’s event includes hors d’oeuvres and desserts, wine and beer, entertainment by Ann Barnes, a Santa photo booth and an exclusive preview of the 2019 Festival of Trees. The gala’s guest of honor is Syracuse native, famed designer and television personality, Thom Filicia.

General admission to the Festival of Trees is $5 for museum members, $8 for non-members. The Festival and the Museum are open Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays 12:00-5:00pm, Thursdays 12:00-8:00pm. and Saturdays 10:00am- 5:00pm. Everson Museum’s year-long first-Friday initiative extends Friday admission on the first of the month from to 12-8 p.m.

Related Programs

Preview Party
December 5, 6:00–8:00pm

$75 per person | Group Discounts

Kick off the holidays at the premier party of the season! This year’s Guest of Honor is Thom Filicia. Enjoy an evening of warming hors d’oeuvres and desserts, complimentary wine and beer, entertainment by Ann Barnes, a Santa photo booth, plus an exclusive preview of the 2019 Festival of Trees.


First Friday
December 6, 5:30–8:00pm

$5 Members | $8 Non-Members

Enjoy the Festival of Trees and do your holiday shopping in the Museum Shop! Sample and buy from local vendors Speach Family Candy Shoppe, Kingsley Street Soap, Talking Cursive Brewery, and Recess Coffee. Enjoy 10% off in the Museum gift shop and make your own decoupage tiles as handmade gifts!


Santa Saturday
December 7, 14, 1:00–4:00pm

$10 Adults | $5 Children

Everson Museum of Art

A visit on these special days includes a visit with Santa, an opportunity to create a holiday craft, and a snack of milk and cookies (coffee or tea for adults).


Breakfast with Santa
December 8, 15, 9:00–11:00am

$18 Adults | $5 Children Under 12 | FREE Children Under 5

Marriott Syracuse Downtown Grand Ballroom

This event, offered on two Sundays, reflects a new partnership between the Festival of Trees and the Marriott Hotel. Participation will include breakfast, a visit with Santa, holiday craft making, and an opportunity to buy raffle tickets for gift baskets.


Holiday Luncheon Fashion Show
December 10, 11:30am–2:30pm

$40 per person, Bellevue Country Club

This luncheon and fashion show event is a great way to meet up with friends, relax and shop for gifts from Jane Morgan’s Little House of Aurora and Lavender Blue of Cazenovia.


Engaging Neighbors
December 12, 6:00–8:00pm,

$5 Members | $8 Non-Members

This evening event welcomes new members of our community to celebrate the ‘warmth of winter’ in Syracuse with light refreshments and entertainment.