Celebrate 30 years of making miracles!
Providence Festival of Trees is the premier holiday event in Portland. Stroll through our village streets as you survey over 80,000 lights on more than 30 exquisitely decorated trees! Vote for your favorite tree and gingerbread house in the festival’s “People’s Choice Award” contest. Create holiday memories by having a photo with Santa. Kids will want to capture the holiday fun creating crafts in Santa’s Workshop and visiting the model trains display. There is always something fun for everyone at the Festival of Trees.
Event open to the public
Friday, Nov. 30 - NEW HOURS FOR 2012
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – “Little Elves,” with activities for ages 5 and under
1:30 to 4 p.m. – “Honored Citizens,” with activities for ages 55 and over
4 p.m. – Closed for private events
Saturday, Dec. 1
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Audiences of all ages
Groups of all ages are welcome at the Festival of Trees. Each year hundreds of honored seniors from area care centers, school groups, day care centers and children's groups with special needs are welcomed to this holiday tradition. Request tickets.
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All events will be held at the Oregon Convention Center, Hall A. For your convenience, consider riding MAX to the Oregon Convention Center from one of the metro-area Park & Ride locations.
Santa’s Workshop could use a few more elves this year, so stop by and make a special gift for your loved one. This hands-on feature of the festival offers guests a variety of activities. Crafts will vary each session to match our elves with an age-appropriate project.
Photos with Santa
Santa Claus himself will be on hand to help at this year's festival. Photos with Santa are available for just $10. Personal cameras are welcome.
Everyone has an opportunity to take home one of the festival's amazing trees. A $5 ticket provides the chance to win a tree decked out with treasures for the entire family.
Entertainment on the main stage
Community music groups, dance troupes and other performing acts add spirit and excitement to the festival. The festival offers one of the few public performance stages during the holiday season. Please note there will not be live entertainment on the Main Stage on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012.
What would the holidays be without the magic and wonder of toy trains? The festival features a wonderful model train display that adds just the right Christmas flavor for boys and girls of all ages.
Enter your creation in the fourth annual Providence Festival of Trees Gingerbread House Competition, now open to professional and amateur bakers alike! Winners will receive gift cards and the honors of live TV appearances, featured photos on the Festival of Trees website and Facebook pages, and two days of viewing by festival-goers. All contestants will receive a professional photo of their gingerbread house and a commemorative ribbon. Entry packet information coming soon!
Light Up a Life Tree
Memories of loved ones can light up our lives throughout the year. Your contribution to Light Up a Life will help Providence meet the needs of hospice patients and their families while giving you a heartfelt way to pay tribute to a loved one. The name of the person you are celebrating will be written on a heart-shaped ornament and placed on the Light Up a Life tree at the festival. After the event, ornaments will be transferred to the tree at the hospital you designate. The name of the person you are celebrating will be read as part of a ceremony at the hospital you have selected.
Stop by the Information Center for your commemorative program and for information on your visit to festival.
Friday, Nov. 30
“Little Elves” public show – for ages 5 and under
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
“Honored Citizens” public show – for ages 55 and over
1:30 to 4 p.m.
Dancing in the Trees
A festive yuletide fundraising event
7 to 11 p.m.
Advance ticket purchase required
Saturday, Dec. 1
Public show for all ages
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.