It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year


(Updated December 1, 2013) A veritable feast of ornaments, lights and delights is how some might have described the Kennedy Krieger annual fundraiser, the Festival of Trees. Something resembling a Santa's workshop – a one stop shop, that is, filled with the wonderment of the holidays for anyone brave enough to be a kid again.

And it never disappoints. This year's event, held Nov. 29 through Dec. 1, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, offered shoppers so many options.

For those with a penchant for elegant decor for their own holiday settings, hundreds of fully decorated trees in various shapes and sizes were be available for purchase.

For those who just wanted to play, children from ages one to 92, there was a Harry Potter castle, decoration of gingerbread cookies, carnival games, “reindeer” pony rides, a remote control racetrack, a carousel, crafts and more. Little ones could also meet Santa and send their wish lists directly to the North Pole at the Santa Letter Writing Station.

For those who just wanted to escape the everyday rigor venture into a holiday haven, local celebrities will read favorite holiday stories. And then there was SantaLand, the ultimate theme park.

The critically acclaimed children’s rock band Milkshake performed at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Nov. 29. With authentic rock ‘n’ roll spirit and kid-friendly fun, the performances featured all of the group’s hit songs. ??For those who play Santa themselves, more than 100 gift boutiques offered choices ranging from sportswear to jewelry and clothing.

The raffle at this year’s Festival of Trees featured a Disney vacation including airfare and hotel accommodations. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $2 at the event or online at www.festivaloftrees.kennedykrieger.org.

For all things Festival, call the Festival Line at 443-923-7300 or become a fan of Festival of Trees on Facebook by visiting www.facebook.com/KennedyKriegerFestivalofTrees.

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