Festival of Trees 2017

“Light the Way”

Saturday, November 11 — 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Children’s Day
Night of Lights Parade – Free Admission with food donation 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Sunday, November 12 — 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Family Day – Kids Free! – Pickle Day! Veterans Free!

Monday, November 13 — 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 14 — 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 15 — 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday – Last Day – Close Early

Admission: $5 adults; $3 seniors 55+; $2 children 3-12;
Free for children 2 and under.See More


The Children’s Holiday Breakfast
Sponsored by:  Sodexo Health Care    

The Festival officially opens with the Children’s Breakfast on the main floor.  This year guests will be treated to a Macaroni Soup family concert by nationally renowned music specialist, Miss Carole Stephens.  Plus enjoy a great breakfast buffet and a special visit from Santa.  All children will get to visit Santa’s Workshop to create a free craft (sponsored by Lowe’s) before the Festival opens to the public.

Advanced reservations are required.

  • Saturday, November 11th at 9:00 a.m.
  • Ticket price $12.50 each

Amanda Potter and Beth Bagby, Co-Chairs 


Princess Tea Party
Sponsored by:  Escape, an Aveda Hair & Body Spa & Cheryl Keeran Photography   

The Princess Tea Party has a Magical Princess theme this year!  All princesses are invited to wear their favorite princess costume and enjoy a party in their honor.  Where?  At the Festival Royal Palace of course!  Royal décor, regal treats, special gifts and a grand performance from a very special guest, Miss Illinois, Abby Foster.

Seating is limited and advanced reservations are required.  One session only on the main floor.

  • Saturday, November 11th, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Ticket price $15.00 each

Amy Thompson, Chair


Children’s Day Extravaganza

Sponsored by: Lowes Home Improvement 

Wow, what a great day to be a kid!  Make free crafts in the Lowe’s Workshop from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Each child receives a kit to build and an apron and goggles to take home.  Crafts take approximately 30 minutes to complete.  Then enjoy a free, Macaroni Soup family friendly concert on stage at 1:00 p.m. and a magic and ventriloquist show at 2:00 & 4:00 p.m.

  • Saturday, November 11th, doors open at 10:00 a.m.

Wine and Painting Party
Sponsored by:  The Danville Art League and Shore Wealth Management

Do you have an artistic flare? Come and find out at the Festival of Trees Wine and Painting Party.  The wonderfully talented Carol Garver of the Danville Art League will give step by step instructions as you and the rest of the group paint along with her on your own canvases while enjoying spirits and food.  At the end of the event take home your painting and hang it on the wall. Surprise your friends and family with your artistic ability!

Ticket includes admission to The Festival of Trees, all you can eat appetizers, professional painting instruction, painting supplies/canvas and one drink ticket for an alcoholic beverage or soda.  Additional beverages will be available for purchase.  Two sessions this year.

  • Saturday, November 11th and Sunday, November 12th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Ticket Price $35.00 each

Ashton Greer, Chair


Night of Lights Parade
Sponsored by:  Meijer

The Festival of Trees is proud to partner with Downtown Danville, Inc. for this year’s Night of Lights Parade, on Saturday, November 11th.  A holiday favorite, the Parade will end its route at the Festival doors, where the award-winning floats will be on display.  Again this year the Festival will serve free hot chocolate and offer free admission in exchange for a non -perishable food donation.

  • Saturday, November 11th, Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. at Williams and Vermilion
  • Free admission from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. with a non-perishable food donation


Light the Night Family Pajama Party
Sponsored by:  AT & T Illinois, AJ Underwood & Associates, and Jodi’s Dance Unlimited

Gather your night owls and wear your favorite pajamas as we party into the wee hours. Activities include a glow-in-the-dark dance party, a candy buffet, movies, popcorn, photos and more. This event will open with a special performance of the Polar Express, complete with a visit from Santa and a keepsake bell. The Gingerbread House, Raffle House, and Children’s Craft Area will remain open during our event. Plus, we will have a special craft exclusively for Pajama Party guests! It’s all the traditional holiday fun one family can do in a night and more.!

  • Saturday, November 11th from 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Polar Express reading starts at 7:45 p.m., doors open at 7:30 p.m.
  • Ticket Price $15.00

Teresa Curtis and Rachel Brown & Jenny Long, Co-Chairs


Family Day
Sponsored by: Arconic, Inc.
On Family Day, Sunday, November 12th all children who attend the Festival with an adult are admitted FREE!  Family Day is also Pickle Day – the thirteenth annual presentation of the “Hunt for the “Pickle” ornaments hidden in six selected Christmas trees.  Families enjoy the search for the pickle ornaments and have a chance to win one of six prizes.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, all veterans and military personnel will be admitted FREE!  Plus enjoy free pizza from Papa Murphy’s while supplies last.

  • Sunday, November 12th doors open at noon, close at 7:00 p.m.
  • Balloon Artist from 12 noon till 3:00 p.m.


Star Wars Adventure Lunch
Sponsored by:  McDonald’s ~ DND Witzel Enterprises

Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character and enjoy an action- packed afternoon you won’t soon forget.  McDonalds will provide you with a tasty lunch and a sweet treat!  No adventure is complete without a little magic, so watch out the one and only Ronald McDonald will be there to give our guests a special magic show.  After lunch get your souvenir photo taken and enjoy a special performance by the Star Wars Storm Troopers.  All Heroes receive a free gift.  Seating is limited and advanced reservations are required.

  • Sunday, November 12th
  • Ticket Price $12.50 each
  • Your adventure begins at 11:30 a.m.

Cody & Shauna Oakwood, Co-Chairs



The Crystal Ball
Sponsored by:  Peter & Laura Blackmon and Tom and Darlene Halloran

Join us for a very special evening of music and dancing with your little sweetheart. Make it a night you’ll both never forget.  This is a great opportunity for dads and their daughters, or moms and their sons to get all dressed up, and share a memorable evening together.  Dinner, desserts and a souvenir photo are included with each ticket.  All ages are welcome and formal attire is recommended.  Seating is limited and advanced reservations are required.

  • Sunday, November 12th, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Photographer starts at 4:30 p.m.)
  • Ticket Price $15.00 each

Laura Blackmon, Darlene Halloran and Melissa Rome, Co- Chairs



Ladies Holiday Luncheon
Sponsored by:  Sunset Funeral Homes

It’s become a holiday tradition and what better way to enjoy your afternoon, than at the Festival of Trees.  Bring your girlfriends and join us as we present an elegant luncheon amidst the twinkling lights and glistening trees.  Featuring a scrumptious meal catered by Applewood Foods, special entertainment and lots of fun and laughter.

Seating is limited and advanced reservations are required.

  • Monday, November 13th
  • Ticket price $35.00 each
  • Seating begins at 11:00 a.m., meal served at 11:30 a.m.

Toni Towne and Jill Bryant, Co-Chairs



Family Night Bingo
Sponsored by:  Sentry Roofing, Inc.

Grab the family and head to the Festival for dinner and fun!  Enjoy playing Bingo and win prizes the entire family can enjoy!  Each ticket includes spaghetti, salad and breadsticks from Jockos, 5 games of Bingo, and admission to the Festival.  Each family will receive a goody bag to take home.  Seating is limited and advanced reservations are required.

  • Monday, November 13th
  • Ticket Price $12.50 each
  • Doors open at 5:45 p.m., dinner served at 6:00 p.m., event runs till approximately 7:30

Cheryl Clapp and Rhonda Wagner, Co-Chairs



Cheers to You ~ Bingo & Fun
Sponsored by:  Skeff Distributing and Anytime Fitness

Raise your glass and toast to a good time at the Festival of Trees.  Join us for hearty appetizers, adult refreshments, and 10 games of Bingo for fabulous prizes (included in your ticket price).  Renowned emcee and bingo caller, Tom Wagner is sure to bring lots of fun and have you laughing in your seats. This event is reserved for our guests 21 and older.

Seating is limited and advanced reservations are required.

  • Tuesday, November 14th, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Ticket price $25.00 each
  • Both men and women are welcome

Ellen Baker, Cheryl Clapp and Julie Ronto, Co- Chairs



The Polar Express and a Walk through the North Pole!
The Polar Express Sponsored by:  Julius W. Hegeler II Foundation
A Walk through the North Pole Sponsored by:  Danville Metal Stamping, Inc.

Join us as we recreate the magical journey made famous in author Chris Van Allsburg’s book “The Polar Express”.  Children begin their journey of make believe as they board the “Polar Express” (school buses) where they will meet their conductor and receive their golden ticket.  Carols will be sung in anticipation of their arrival at the Festival of Trees and the “North Pole.”  The book, “Polar Express” will be read by Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer during a 20 minute presentation.  This will be similar to the past Polar Express presentations for which families purchased tickets – with each student receiving the first gift of Christmas (silver bell) from Santa Claus at the conclusion.  There will be a shortened “Walk through the North Pole” during which the students will get to see many of the trees, the Book Tree, the Gingerbread Villages, and have a stop at the Bakery for a quick taste of Christmas!

  • This will be a free event for all students in Kindergarten and First Grade visiting the Festival as part of a school field trip. It will be scheduled for just two days – Tuesday and Wednesday, November 14th and 15th.  However, during that time our goal is to facilitate the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas for more than 2500 children.
  • Another performance will take place on stage during the Family Pajama Party, Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m.

Bob Richard, Mary Shutt, Cheryl Clapp and Julie Ronto, Co-Chairs

Ugly Sweater Party

Sponsored by:  Vermilion County Title

Tis the season to be tacky!  It’s time to pull out your worst winter wardrobe and get ready to rock a holiday favorite: The Ugly Sweater!  We’re not sure where this idea originated from but it is brilliant.  Get your craziest friends together, raid your grandma’s closet and celebrate the holidays – what could be better?  Join us for an evening of drinks, food, and fun.

  • Tuesday, November 14th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Ticket price $20.00 each
  • Reserved for guests 21 and older

Cristin Prince and Ann Kapella, Co-Chairs

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