Santa and his sleigh are making an early pitstop in Timonium Thursday for the 22nd annual Kennedy Krieger Institute Festival Of Trees.
The annual fundraiser welcomes families to enjoy rows of creatively decorated Christmas tress, a playland for children, live entertainment every hour on the hour and much more. All money raised goes toward the Kennedy Krieger Institute.
"We're looking forward to all the families coming out with their happy smiling faces," said Lainey Lebow-Sachs, executive vice president for Kennedy Krieger. "For me the best part is walking around watching the kids and parents and having such a good time—taking their holiday, Christmas card pictures in front of the gingerbreads or the trees."
The Festival Of Trees broke two records in 2010:
- Donations collected: $1 million
- Attendance: 45,000
New this year is a talent show featuring the Kennedy Krieger High School students and a considerably larger silent auction.
The festival runs from Friday to Sunday in the Cow Palace (turned into Santa's Theme Park) of the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for seniors and children over 5, free for children under 4. For more details see the Festival Of Trees listing in our events calendar.
Are you going to the Festival Of Trees? Is it a tradition in your family? Which of the trees that we used in our photo gallery do you like the most? TELL US IN THE COMMENTS!