Memorial’s 27th Annual Festival of Trees to be held November 19-27 at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds

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[November 06, 2016]  SPRINGFIELD – The 27th annual Memorial’s Festival of Trees will be held Nov. 19-27 at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

The festival’s hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 19, Nov. 21-23 and Nov. 25-26; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 20 and Nov. 27; and 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving Day).

A small admission fee is charged, with discounts for children, and a special price on Senior day, November 22nd.

With a theme of ‘Remember When,’ “The holiday season holds different meanings for so many people,” said Elena Kezelis, executive director of the Memorial Medical Center Foundation, which organizes the festival. “Our wish is that the many families and visitors who visit Memorial’s Festival of Trees will get caught up in the spirit of the season as they take in all of the creative and colorful displays.”

Visitors will see more than 200 decorated trees and wreaths and the return of festival attractions, including the Gingerbread Village, Boutique, Little Elves’ Workshop, Candy Cane Express Train and Holiday Kitchen.

Children and adults can have their photos taken with Santa for $7 every day during Memorial’s Festival of Trees. Santa’s hours are:

  • Saturday, Nov. 19: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 20: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 21, through Wednesday, Nov. 23: 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 24: 4 to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 25, and Saturday, Nov. 26: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 27: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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During its 27 years, Memorial’s Festival of Trees has raised more than $4.2 million for health-related projects and programs for Memorial Health System and the Springfield community.

Last year, more than 35,000 visitors attended Memorial’s Festival of Trees. The event is underwritten by PNC.

For more information about Memorial’s Festival of Trees, contact the Memorial Medical Center Foundation at (217) 788-4700 or visit

[Michael Leathers | Media Relations and Communications Editor | Public Relations
Memorial Medical Center]


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