The Festival of Trees at Orlando Museum of Art

Can you even believe the holiday season is already here, knocking at our door and begging for us to come in? Maybe not even begging but demanding because, well…it’s here whether we acknowledge it or not. With that, nothing lets us know this time of year has arrived more than decorations that start to pop up around the city – theme parks, shopping plazas, malls. You know you know and when you know you know (did you follow that?).

One holiday tradition that signifies the grand arrival of the holidays here in Central Florida is the Festival of the Trees at Orlando Museum of Art. Now in its thirty-third years of exhibit at the museum (this event just this year has its own dedicated website, we hear), this exhibit is beloved by so many. Just yesterday we had the opportunity to go check it out and get a sneak peek while some of the finishing touches were being put on the upcoming exhibit.

Orlando Museum of Art

Of course if you’ve been to the Museum at all, things will most definitely look a little different upon arrival. The rotunda that welcomes guests as they first enter is bathed in trees, beautiful decorations hanging from the ceilings and adorning the walls. No doubt about it: Christmas is here! And as you move through this area and on into the exhibit portion of the museum you’ll start to experience a variety of trees that have been created and donated by individuals, organizations, and companies from all around the Central Florida area.

The trees are magnificent. Some a little more understated than others, and some, well…not so understated.

A Nutcracker's Christmas
Tree at Orlando Museum of Art’s Festival of Trees Exhibit
Tree at Orlando Museum of Art’s Festival of Trees Exhibit
Tree at Orlando Museum of Art’s Festival of Trees Exhibit
Tree at Orlando Museum of Art’s Festival of Trees Exhibit

And as fabulous as the trees are, we have to admit gingerbread houses are sometimes what we really come for, right? And the gingerbread house exhibit at this year’s event is pretty sweet. There are magnificent creations from folks like the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney Worldยฎ Resort, The Glass Knife, and more.


Here is a little more of what you can expect if you visit the Festival exhibit (you know we can’t give too much away!):


If you just can’t get enough of the fantasticalness we’ve already shared here, check out the ‘Gallery” section of the Festival’s website (it’s a little fancier than ours).

All of the trees are available for purchase. If purchased, the trees remain in the exhibit and then are delivered to the buyer once the exhibit closes. And in addition to the exhibit itself there are a ton of events going on throughout the duration of it for the entire family: Festival Salutes Seniors, Children’s Reindeer Romp, and a Latin Night Party later in the month to name just a few. Visit the ‘Events & Tickets’ section of OrlandoFestivalOfTrees.com for all of the details and to purchase tickets.

Festival of Trees opens to the public tomorrow, Saturday, November 16 and runs through Sunday, November 24.

There’s more information than we could ever want to share here, plus the Museum has this great new website we’re sure they want folks to visit so if you have any questions or just want to learn more about what’s being offered at this year’s event GO HERE.

Location deets:
2416 North Mills Ave.
Orlando, FL 32803

Have you ever experienced the Festival of the Trees? If not, do you plan on visiting this year?

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