Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

General Questions

The Festival of Trees is an annual holiday-themed family event that benefits Kennedy Krieger Institute. The focal point of the event is the display and sale of hundreds of spectacular holiday trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses created by local designers, artists, florists, individuals, schools and community groups. Additional attractions include live holiday entertainment, and seasonal merchants.

The Festival of Trees occurs annually during Thanksgiving Weekend. The 2021 event is scheduled to take place Friday, November 26, through Sunday, November 28!

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Items purchased at the event are only tax deductible if they have been purchased for higher than their fair market value. This can ONLY happen with Silent Auction items. Trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses are NOT tax deductible.

Trees, Wreaths and Gingerbread Houses

These items may be purchased at the Maryland State Fairgrounds during the event weekend November 26-28. Please note: There are no refunds on any of these items.

All 2-foot trees and wreaths are cash and carry. As soon as you purchase the item, you must take it with you. Due to space constraints, we will not be able to hold items for you. Please bring a bag to carry the item with you while you enjoy the rest of your day, or be prepared to take it out to the car right away. All gingerbread houses must be picked up after the event.

Yes, for an additional $60 almost all 7-foot and 4-foot trees can be delivered. (If tree or parts of tree cannot be delivered, you will be told at the time of purchase and then you must make arrangements to pick them up after the event.) Trees will be delivered the week following the Festival. We cannot guarantee a delivery time/date. All tree deliveries are subject to these additional terms and conditions:

  • Trees can only be delivered within a 30-mile radius of the Fairgrounds.
  • Trees are purchased in “as is” condition.  
  • Deliveries are made outside to first floors only of all homes, condos, apartments, businesses, etc.
  • If you are not home at time of delivery, the tree will be left at your front door or garage area.
  • Tree deliveries to businesses will be made to the loading dock, or building front door.
  • Buyers are responsible for unpacking and setting up trees.

If you are not having your 7-foot or 4-foot tree or wreath delivered, you can pick up these items at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. This year, you will be able to pick your items up once Festival has ended on Sunday night. Exact times and further details will be posted closer to the event.

Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Maryland State Fairgrounds are not responsible for items left after these pick-up times.

We will wrap the tree in the best way possible to fit it in your vehicle. We typically shrink wrap your tree very tightly, with all the ornaments and lights still attached. If you would rather take some of the ornaments off, you are welcome to bring some bags or boxes for you to package them. We do have tree boxes that we can put the bottom of your tree in; however, these boxes don’t fit in most vehicles. Make sure to bring rope or bungee cords when you pick up your tree, as we won’t have any on hand.

When your tree is delivered using our delivery company, we place your tree in one of our tree boxes that covers the bottom half of your tree. We then place a large plastic bag over the top of your tree and wrap it tightly to the box with shrink wrap. While every effort is made to keep your tree in pristine condition, please understand that some ornaments may get displaced during the delivery process.

The trees and wreaths get distributed to various departments and clinics throughout Kennedy Krieger Institute for the children to enjoy. We often donate some to other non-profit organizations in the area.

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How to get Involved

Festival of Trees at Kennedy Krieger Institute could not happen without the generous support of our incredible sponsors and donors. We have sponsorships available from $1,000 to $40,000, and each level includes a variety of benefits, including signage, advertising, event tickets, etc. Learn more here.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please call the Kennedy Krieger Institute Office of Philanthropy at 443-923-7300 or email FestivalOfTrees@KennedyKrieger.org.

Please contact the Kennedy Krieger Institute Office of Philanthropy at FestivalOfTrees@KennedyKrieger.org  for more information on how to become a designer at Festival of Trees. You can also register to design an item; the designer guidelines and regulations can be found here.

If you are interested in having a vendor booth at Festival of Trees, please call the Kennedy Krieger Institute Office of Philanthropy at 443-923-7300 or email FestivalOfTrees@KennedyKrieger.org.

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