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.
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).
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.
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.