Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Festival of Trees, now in its 25th year, is easily the largest of its kind on the East Coast and annually creates a kind of wonderland that people from near and far can hardly resist.

The holiday fantasyland returns Nov. 28-30 to the Maryland State Fairgrounds with fairyland forests, gingerbread towns, holiday goodies and activities for all ages.

While walking in Festival of Trees’ winter wonderland – complete with more than 700 trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses decorated by local designers, corporations and schools – festival goers will enjoy hourly entertainment and a visit to SantaLand, Santa’s ultimate theme park featuring “reindeer” pony rides, carousel rides, carnival games, train rides, a remote control car racetrack and more. In addition, the Festival of Trees will feature over 100 gift boutiques and a silent auction, making it a great place to kick off the holiday shopping season.

Attendees and Institute supporters can also start their own online Happy Holidays FUNdraising page to raise money for Kennedy Krieger. For every $10 raised to support the children and families of the Institute, supporters will receive one free ticket to Festival of Trees.

The raffle at this year’s Festival of Trees features $2,500 in cash prizes. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $2 at the event or online at www.festivaloftrees.kennedykrieger.org.

Proceeds from Festival of Trees, presented by BB&T, support programs at Kennedy Krieger and give the gift of hope to the thousands of children treated at the Institute.