SLIDESHOW: Festival of Trees
The annual fundraiser for the Kennedy Krieger Institute draws thousands to Timonium for a winter wonderland.
The Festival of Trees, which benefits the Kennedy Krieger Institute, is the second most popular event held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds annually.
The "Winter Wonderland"-themed fundraiser is on track to be the most-attended event in the program's history. Organizers expect 45,000 people to celebrate the coming of Christmas season this weekend in Timonium.
The three-day event has grown over the years to more than just a fancy Christmas tree farm, although the decorated trees are still a big draw and a testament to the creativity of the event's participants.
Attendees can purchase trees, decorated by various organizations from the Baltimore Ravens and Towson University to local business and non-profits. By Saturday afternoon most of the trees on display had been bought, some for up to $500.
But the trees themselves are only a partial draw. In recent years the festival has expanded within the Cow Palace on the fairgrounds property to support a full-fledged kiddie carnival.
The festival runs until Sunday Nov. 28 until 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, 5 to 12 years old. Seniors and children under 4 are free.