Festival of Trees




The Muskegon Museum of Art's 10th Festival of Trees opens Thursday, November 20. The Festival will be open through Sunday, November 30. In what has become a local tradition, volunteers will transform Museum galleries into a festive arrangement of Christmas trees, décor, a gingerbread village, and model train display. The themed decorations and trees are created by local designers and sponsored by individuals and organizations in the community. Visitors can bid on the trees, décor items, and donated gift baskets during the Festival’s on-going silent auction. Special events and activities are also part of the Festival.
Special attractions and events:
•    Teddy Bear Breakfast
•    Holiday Cheer! Michigan Beer!
•    Senior Day
•    Family Day
•    Deck Your Halls home decorating workshop
•    Live musical entertainment by a variety of local performers
•    Saturday visits by Santa
•    Gingerbread Village and model train display
•    Gift Store holiday shopping
•    Money Tree, Gingerbread, and Special Tree raffles

Festival hours:
Daily 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sundays 12:00-5:00 pm, closed Thanksgiving.
Festival admission: $7 per adult, $3 per child ages 3 to 17 (under age 3, free), $5 for MMA members. All-Festival Pass: $14 per person. Pay at the door in the MMA Gift Store. Entry to museum exhibition galleries is included with Festival admission.


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Call 231.720.2571 for group reservations or for more information.


Call 231.720.2580 or visit the Gift Store to purchase special event tickets. Special event tickets include Festival admission.



Saturday, November 22, 6:00 pm
Holiday Cheer! Michigan Beer!

Rock around the Christmas trees with Vincent Hayes and enjoy Michigan craft brews and a full cash bar, along with hearty appetizers. Tickets: $35 per person/$30 MMA member/$40 at the door. Sponsored by Waddell & Reed Financial Planner Sherry Becker.

Sunday, November 23, 3:00-5:00 pm
Deck Your Halls
Home Decorating Workshop

Get new ideas for your holiday decorations, inspired by Pinterest and other DIY sites, while enjoying wine from our cash bar and savory snacks. Festival designers, including Deb Moon of LeFleur, Skeeter Parkhouse of Eastern Floral, Tim Duba, and others will demonstrate how to make creative décor for your home. You will also create your own decoration to take home. All the items made by the designers will be raffled to the audience. Seating is limited. Advance tickets are recommended. Tickets: $20 per person/$15 MMA member/ $25 at the door. Tickets include all supplies.

Tuesday, November 25, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Festival Senior Day

$1 off Festival admission for ages 65 and older. Enjoy free coffee, cookies, and entertainment throughout the day. Call 231.720.2571 for group bookings. Calling ahead to reserve an arrival time for your group will help us plan welcoming assistance for your group and easier traffic flow. Sponsored by Sonus Hearing Care Professionals.

Wednesday, November 26, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Festival Family Day

Get out of the house for holiday fun the day before Thanksgiving! A discounted family rate, Christmas scavenger hunt, and Santa will add to the fun. Call 231.720.2571 for group bookings. Santa will be at the museum from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Family Day Pass (for family of four): $15/$10 MMA members ($16-20 value). Sponsored by Meijer.

Thursday, November 27
Happy Thanksgiving!

Museum and Festival closed on Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 29, 8:30-10:00 am
Teddy Bear Breakfast

Mark your calendars and grab your teddy bears as we gear up for another teddy bear breakfast. Enjoy a full breakfast buffet; visit Santa, get a teddy bear checkup (by a certified teddy bear nurse!), make fun crafts, and take part in the Teddy Bear Parade through the museum. Tickets; $12 for adults, and $7 for children ages 3-17. Tickets are limited, and always sell out!  Plan to purchase early! Sponsored by Hines Corporation.

Tickets to the 2014 Teddy Bear Breakfast are SOLD OUT, as of November  21. 

If you have a question about your reservation or the event, please call the MMA Gift Store at 231.720.2580.

Festival of Trees title sponsor is the Alcoa Foundation/Howmet. Co-sponsor is Nichols. Additional support is provided by Thomas and Elizabeth Tuttle, Marge Potter, Waddell and Reed Financial Planner Sherry Becker, Sonus Hearing Care Professionals, Hines Corporation, Rehmann, Dobb Printing, Meijer, MLive/Muskegon Chronicle, and Professional Med Team.

Festival of Trees admission price includes entrance to museum exhibitions. Special exhibitions that will be open during Festival of Trees are: Japanese Warriors: Robots from the Warren Schwartz Collection and Japanese Traditions from the Permanent Collection. This combination of vintage toy robots and action figures, along striking examples of Japanese art from the MMA's own collection, are unique additions for Festival of Trees guests.












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