Sunday, November 22, 2015

Holiday Tree Festival -- Akron, OH



Today Dave and I attended the 34th annual Holiday Tree Festival at the John S. Knight center in Akron. This event is held by the volunteers of Akron Children's Hospital and the proceeds benefit patient care programs, research and education. In 2014 the Holiday Tree Festival raised $300,000 and the event has raised over $4.7 million during its thirty-four year run.

This year the Holiday Tree Festival runs from November 21 to November 29 and the hours are as follows: Monday - Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thanksgiving, 2 to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is parking located at the John S. Knight center which includes a sky bridge to take you over to the venue without needing to go back outside in this chilly weather we have going on right now.

Admission to the Holiday Tree Festival is free, there are trees/prizes offered by raffle, some concessions, and of course if you'd like to purchase a tree, wreath, or any other holiday item on display, you can make that purchase as well. All items stay on display until the end of the festival, those that are still available have a price listed, those that are not have the purchaser's name listed.




There's a group of trees and wreaths in sort of an atrium area on the upper floor. 








As Akron Law alums, we loved the Akron tree!


Some of the trees include little notes about which gift cards are included with the tree.





A tree donated by the Lebron James Family Foundation. Lebron and his foundation do a lot for Akron and the community members. 





Once you're done checking out the trees in the atrium, you can go to a room down the hall (just follow the signs) the room is dimly lit, but illuminated by thousands of Christmas lights. There are at least a hundred trees in this room alone, we chose to follow the perimeter and then work our way through the aisles in the center of the room. They're playing Christmas music to help everyone get into the Christmas (and giving) spirit.

Each tree is donated by a different business/person. There is a sign by each tree that indicates the name/theme, the donor, the decorator and if it is still available for purchase.


I was in love with all of the snowmen on the trees.


There were a few with a coastal theme.

Near the back of the room there were some non-tree items available.






A snowman advent clock.





I thought this tree "skirt" on the dress maker form was incredibly creative. 











This tree had a book theme, all of the ornaments and the garland were made out of recycled book pages. A book lover's dream!









A tree that my youngest brother would love -- America.









Akron Children's Hospital, celebrating 125 years.









We had a wonderful afternoon at the Holiday Tree Festival. It was a great event for an even greater cause. Although the event has free admission, there are donation locations available, if you choose to attend it would be awesome if you could make a donation to Akron Children's Hospital. Even just attending on the second day, a lot of the items had already been purchased, but don't despair there were trees and prizes available to win by raffle ticket. All of the trees will be available for viewing through next Sunday and the hundreds of Christmas trees are sure to delight both children and adults.

This is an event that we will be making a yearly tradition and when we have a home of our own, I'd love to purchase a tree from this event as a little way to give back to the community right before Christmas.

My review of the Holiday Tree Festival:



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