36th Annual Festival of Trees Rings In the Holiday Season

Updated: 11/25/2013

The 36th annual Festival of Trees, open to the public with no cost for general admission November 24 through December 5 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Buffalo, NY, will ring in in the holiday season as Western New York’s premier holiday event to benefit the planned John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital.

Organized and designed by teams of volunteers, the Festival of Trees is home to a glittering display of beautifully decorated trees, wreaths, mantle and window displays available for purchase and then delivery to the home or office.

Also throughout the nearly two-week Festival, visitors can stroll through the Glittering Forest and feel as though you’ve been temporarily transported to a snowy forest of lit trees.  The Glittering Forest also showcases vignettes and images of patients who have or are receiving care at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo along with their favorite caregivers.

A holiday boutique will be filled with home décor, gifts, hand-crafted ornaments and more, including personal-sized, one-of-a-kind gingerbread houses each created with different themes by volunteer designers.

The Festival of Trees also features several special events, including the Gala on Saturday, November 23, the Designer Showcase Reception & Awards on Tuesday, November 26, the Stone’s Buddies Luncheon on Sunday, December 1 and the Ladies Holiday Luncheon on Tuesday, December 3.

Throughout the history of the Festival of Trees, more than $6 million has been raised to benefit Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo in support of important programs, facility improvements and groundbreaking technology.  This year, all funds raised will benefit the physician-led plan to construct the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital to be located in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

For a sneek peak at this year's Festival of Trees, click here:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151822556178207.1073741862.138746893206&type=1

To see how a giant, two-story gingerbread house was constructed at the Festival of Trees, click here:
http://www.kaleidahealth.org/kyi/news/?i=4367

To learn about how teams of volunteer "elves" gathered to design and decorate dozens of personal-sized gingerbread houses sold only during the Festival of Trees, click here:
http://www.kaleidahealth.org/kyi/news/?i=4327

Additional information available: https://www.festivaloftreesbuffalo.com