The Festival of Trees in Timonium

November 3, 2011
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Photo By Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees

Break out your snow boots and holiday shopping list, Kennedy Krieger Institute’s annual Festival of Trees is back. From Friday, Nov. 25 to Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, the Maryland State Fairgrounds will deck their halls in holiday style for a three-day holiday extravaganza. Only a car ride away, Santa invites everyone to attend the region’s one-stop-shop for the holiday season.

A family tradition since 1990 and the largest holiday event on the East Coast, this year’s Festival of Trees will feature a dreamland forest of more than 600 decorated trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses. For three days only, the Maryland State Fairgrounds transforms into a winter wonderland with the ever-popular train garden, hourly live family entertainment and SantaLand’s crafts and carnival games for children ages 1 to 92. Additionally, Festival of Trees will feature more than 100 gift boutiques and a silent auction, making it the best place to kick-start your holiday shopping season.

The raffle at this year’s Festival of Trees features a once-in-a-lifetime prize: Super Bowl XLVI tickets and travel accommodations!  Raffle tickets can be purchased at the event or online at during the month of November.
Many special guests will be at this year’s Festival of Trees including Mix 106.5 morning show host Jojo Girard, former Baltimore Raven Matt Stover, Matt Davis with his Comedy Hypnosis Show, Milkshake, Kangaroo Kids and more! Top of Form
Attendees and Institute supporters can also start their own online Happy Holidays FUNdraising page to raise money for Kennedy Krieger. For every $10 raised to support the children and families of the Institute, supporters will receive one free ticket to Festival of Trees.

Proceeds from Festival of Trees benefit the Kennedy Krieger Institute, appropriately marking the beginning of the holiday season by giving the gift of hope to the thousands of children treated at the Institute.

WHAT:           Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Festival of Trees

Friday, November 25, through Sunday, November 27, 2011
                      Friday, November 25          10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
                      Saturday, November 26      10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
                      Sunday, November 27        10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
WHERE:        Cow Palace, Maryland State Fairgrounds – Timonium, Maryland

TICKETS:      Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for seniors and children ages 5-12.  
                      Children 4 years old and younger are free.
                      Visit to purchase discount advance admission tickets, download a coupon    
                       for admission redeemable at the box office, or start your own Happy Holidays FUNdraising page to earn free tickets.

Festival Line: (443) 923-7300
                        Festival Web Site:
                        Festival of Trees is on Facebook! Log onto
About Kennedy Krieger Institute
Internationally recognized for improving the lives of children with developmental disabilities, Kennedy Krieger Institute serves more than 16,000 children each year through inpatient and day treatment programs, outpatient clinics, home and community services, and school based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with developmental disabilities mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop and pioneering new inventions and earlier diagnosis. For more information, visit

(Press Release)

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