The Muskegon Museum of Art’s 11th Festival of Trees will take place November 19-29, 2015. In what has become a local tradition, volunteers will transform Museum galleries into a festive arrangement of Christmas trees, décor, and a gingerbread village. 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 cocktail party
• 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
• Gift Store holiday shopping
• Money Tree, Gingerbread, and Special Tree raffles
Festival hours: Daily 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sundays 12:00-5:00 pm, closed Thanksgiving.
Festival admission: $8 per adult, $3 per child ages 3 to 17 (under age 3, free), $5 for MMA members. 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.
FESTIVAL OF TREES SPECIAL EVENTS
Call 231.720.2580 or visit the Gift Store to purchase special event tickets. Special event tickets include Festival admission.
SPECIAL FESTIVAL EVENTS
Friday, November 20, 6:00 pm
Holiday Cheer Cocktail Party
Rock around the Christmas trees and enjoy Michigan craft brews and a full cash bar, along with hearty appetizers. Tickets: $25 per person/$20 MMA member.
Tuesday, November 24, 11:00 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. Also, Muskegon Community College nursing students will host a blood pressure clinic. 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 25, 11:00 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. MCC nursing students will lead an ornament making craft activity too! 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 26
Museum and Festival closed on Thanksgiving.
Saturday, November 28, 8:30-10:30 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 Muskegon Community College certified teddy bear nurses!), 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! Note: The event is longer this year, with one more breakfast seating with fewer diners per seating. This change will provide more seating room.
Sunday, November 29, 1:00-3:00 pm
Deck Your Halls
Home Decorating Design Demos and Workshop
Get new ideas for your holiday decorations, while enjoying holiday refreshments. Professional designers will demonstrate how to make creative décor for your home, at a reasonable cost. 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 and refreshments. Cash bar.
If you have questions about reservations or events, please call the MMA Gift Store at 231.720.2580.
Festival of Trees title sponsor is the Alcoa Foundation/Whitehall Operations.
Festival of Trees admission price includes entrance to museum exhibitions. Special exhibitions that will be open during Festival of Trees are: Freestyle: The Art of the Snowboard and The Public Life of Richard Hunt.