Family Tradition | A Day at the 2012 Festival of Trees

Every year our family gets together to visit the week long Festival of Trees event at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. It was an annual event started in 1989 as an event to benefit the healthcare programs offered by Memorial Medical Center. Every year designers and volunteers work together to create a gigantic display of decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and even a gingerbread house village.

This year, much like everyone before, the trees were absolutely stunning, each with their own little theme. Emma stopped to admire her personal favorite, the Cubbies tree as we called it.

And since we arrived just as the doors opened there weren’t any lines for the activities. We actually managed to coax Kaydee into sitting with Santa for a picture. Emma on the other, she wouldn’t get within 10 feet of the fella.

Festival of Trees Santa Claus

The girls even talked their Papa to ride the little train with them that does a double loop around all off the decorated trees. For a $1, it’s a fun ride for kids of all ages (even the grown ones).

festival of trees train for kids

My very favorite part of the displays is the Gingerbread village which was actually much smaller this year than it has been in the past. Still, the work people put into creating these houses is nothing short of amazing.

Festival of Trees Blue Ribbon Gingerbread House

If you live within driving distance of Springfield, IL, I highly suggest you make the drive to check out the displays. Admission is just $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children ages 3-12. Children 2 and under are free. You can visit the event any day from now until Sunday, November 25th. For more information, check out the detailed schedule here.

Festival of Trees



  1. says

    First, when did Kaydee get so big?!? She looks so old, Cat.
    I love the tradition of going every year. Seems like a great way to get in the holiday spirit!

    • says

      sniff … she is getting old. She turned 5 this past summer and I swear she grows taller every day. We just had to put her in a size 10 in girls jeans because her legs are so long.

  2. says

    I wish we had something like that around here to visit. It looks like it would be fun and I especially love the gingerbread houses.

      • says

        Don’t feel dumb, I’ve always wondered the same thing myself … why it wasn’t a longer event through December.

  3. says

    I wish we had something like that around here! It looks like a ton of fun. :) Landon would so love that train!