Festival of Trees

November 23 – December 9, 2018

Festival of Trees and Snow Village features beautifully decorated trees, model trains winding through holiday villages, Santa visits, horse-drawn wagon rides, music on weekends, and much more.



Wednesdays and Thursdays: 4 – 8 p.m.
Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday December 9: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Festival of Trees showcases dozens of trees and the Snow Village at Elm Bank for children and adults to enjoy. This annual festival takes place from the end of November through the first two weeks of December at Mass Hort’s The Gardens at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482.

The Festival of Trees, displayed in the Hunnewell Building, offers beautifully decorated holiday trees that are donated and decorated by local businesses, garden clubs, and individuals. Visitors “vote” with their raffle tickets, in hopes of being the tree winner at the end of the festival. Visitors can also enjoy the decorated buildings and grounds at The Gardens at Elm Bank with a stroll or a horse-drawn wagon ride. For the young at heart, there are Santa Visits and other activities.

Snow Village at Elm Bank is a wonderful addition to the holiday spirit of the Festival of Trees. Bill Meagher of Needham graciously donated the product of his thirteen year “hobby” of building Christmas villages and trains.  It is a bit different each year as he continues to tweak the arrangement.  Massachusetts Horticultural Society is delighted to share his enchanting displays with model trains winding through villages and vignettes, including Christmas in the City (Boston of course!), Fenway Park, and hundreds of decorated houses and lights. This amazing scenery in miniature is sure to get kids of all ages excited about the holiday season.

Join Mass Hort at the Festival and admission is free! The Festival is open November 23 through December 9, weather permitting:  Wednesdays and Thursdays 4 – 8 p.m.;  Friday through Sunday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.;  Sunday December 9 until 6 p.m.;  Monday through Thursday mornings, by appointment, for senior group visits;  Monday and Tuesday evenings, by appointment, for corporate events.

Please check back here for more information on adult and family craft workshops, Santa visits and much more! If you would like to get involved, please consider sponsoring part of the festival or contributing a tree — check out the forms in the links below.

The Festival of Trees is a holiday fundraiser for Mass Hort, a 501(c)(3) educational organization.


Opportunities to get involved:


If you want to be an event sponsor or schedule a senior group visit, call 617 933-4988 for further information

Thank you to Bartlett Tree Experts for sponsoring the Festival of Trees.

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