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Tree, Wreath & Gingerbread Designers

We are always looking for creative individuals, groups, and organizations to help increase the holiday spirit by becoming designers at Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Festival of Trees! Anyone can participate and all are welcome.

Registration for the 2015 Festival of Trees will open on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 9 a.m. (day after Labor Day). If you would like to be added to the mailing list for future years, please e-mail Theresa Macheski at 

This year we are offering the opportunity to be the designer for the following items: 7- Foot Tree, 4- Foot Tree, 2- Foot Tree, Wreath, and Gingerbread House.

Creations are considered a donation to the Festival of Trees. Each design will be priced for the public to purchase, thus raising money for the children of Kennedy Krieger Institute. In appreciation of the donation, each designer will receive complimentary tickets and will be eligible for a variety of awards.

Tree Designers

Want to design a tree? This year you can choose from 3 different sizes: 7- Foot, 4- Foot, or 2-Foot tree. Trees can be decorated with any style or theme you choose, so let your imagination run wild! Designers will be responsible for providing all decorating and display materials for their tree(s). Kennedy Krieger Institute will provide all artificial trees and tree stands (That must be used, no substitutions allowed). Tree decorating will take place on-site at the Cow Palace on the Sunday and Monday, prior to the event opening. The following registration fees are setup for anyone choosing to decorate a tree and must be paid at the time of registration. Please note the registration fee only offsets a portion of the cost of the trees to the Institute.

Tree SizeRegistration Fee

7- Foot Tree (limit 1 per customer)


4- Foot Tree (limit 1 per customer)


2- Foot Tree


Wreath Designers

Anyone can create a wreath on their own time at home to be displayed and sold at Festival of Trees. This is always a fun seasonal activity for everyone involved! To be a wreath designer at Festival of Trees you can decorate at home and just drop off your item at the State Fairgrounds the Sunday or Monday prior to the event opening. You, as a designer, are responsible for supplying your own artificial or dried wreath and all decorating/display materials. All items should be included as part of the donation to Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Gingerbread House Designers

Everyone is welcome to submit a creation into the Gingerbread Village at Festival of Trees whether you are a culinary art professional, Boy Scout troop, Girl Scout troop, or just a group of friends. The creativity is limitless with these gingerbread structures. As a designer you are responsible for supplying your own decorating and display materials. These items should be included as part of your donation to Kennedy Krieger Institute. Being a Gingerbread house designer you get to decorate at home and just drop off your item at the State Fairgrounds the Sunday or Monday, prior to the event opening.

Designer Information & Guidelines

Please read the regulations for each item listed below before you register to become a designer at Festival of Trees.

7-Foot Tree Information & Guidelines

4-Foot Tree Information & Guidelines

2-Foot Tree Information & Guidelines 

Wreath Information & Guidelines

Gingerbread House Information & Guidelines

For any designer questions, please contact Theresa Macheski at (443) 923-7300 or


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