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 and wreaths 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 2020 event will take place online Friday, November 27, through Sunday, November 29!

No, this year you will not have to pay to “enter” our virtual event! Our online platform will be fully stocked with trees and wreaths for sale, a silent auction, and more holiday activities, all free for you to enjoy. Some exclusive optional events or activities may have a minimal entry free.

Click here to reserve your FREE tickets for this year's event!

Please consider donating $15 to Kennedy Krieger this holiday season, in lieu of having to pay to enter the event. 

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 raffle entries are NOT tax deductible.

Trees and Wreaths

These items may be purchased online through our Tree and Wreath sales system during the event weekend November 27-29. Please note: There are no refunds on any of these items.

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 before Festival has ended. To pick-up your items, you will need to sign up for a pick-up time slot.

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.

When picking up your item, we will be offering contact-less pick up. You will receive a phone number to call upon arrival. A Kennedy Krieger staff member will then deliver your item to your vehicle. Please have your vehicle ready to accept your item at the time of pick up.

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.

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

Please contact the Kennedy Krieger Institute Office of Philanthropy at 443-923-7300 for more information on how to become a designer at the 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 the Festival of Trees, please call the Kennedy Krieger Institute Office of Philanthropy at 443-923-7300 or email

Please contact the Kennedy Krieger Institute Office of Philanthropy at 443-923-7300.

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