Festival of Trees ushers in the ‘Most Wonderful Time of the Year’
ORLANDO – Although we’re two weeks out from Thanksgiving and temperatures are still in the 80s, the Orlando Museum of Art is already kicking off the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”
The Council of 101, a group of nearly 300 women, have come together to host their 32nd annual Festival of Trees on Nov. 10-18.
This year, the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” themed festival has taken over the museum with 50 trees in addition to the many wreaths and gifts, all of which are available for purchase.
Linda Cegelis, who has been a part of the Council of 101 since 1994, said the fundraiser has transformed and grown over the past several decades.
“We actually used to handmake the ornaments that went on the trees and were displayed in the gift shops for purchase,” Cegelis said. “Today, it’s a much bigger enterprise. We have as many as 10,000 people that might come through the doors and see our event.”
The funds raised from the event are donated to the Orlando Museum of Art. Over the years, the Council of 101 has raised more than $7 million for the museum.
The Festival of Trees event will host a number of special holiday opportunities such as breakfasts with Santa and an ugly holiday sweater date night.
In addition to trees and wreaths, guests can view the festival’s Gingerbread Village and treat children to a Toy Land visit.
General admission to the festival is $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 3-11 and $10 for seniors (65 and over), OMA members, first responders and military.
The Orlando Museum of Art is located at 2416 N Mills Ave., Orlando, 32803. Call 407-896-4231 ext. 221 or find a full listing of events and more information at omart.org/events/festival_of_trees.
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A hallway of trees and wreaths is set up during a preview of the Festival of Trees at the Orlando Museum of Art.