Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Festival of Trees, the East Coast’s largest holiday extravaganza, also known as Santa’s theme park, will return to the Maryland State Fairgrounds Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, with fairyland forests, a gingerbread town, a toy train garden, shopping, holiday activities and entertainment for all ages.

It will feature more than 600 decorated trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses. While strolling through the winter wonderland, festival goers will enjoy live hourly entertainment, as well as a visit to SantaLand, Santa’s ultimate theme park complete with “reindeer” pony rides, carousel rides, carnival games, train rides, a remote
control car racetrack and more.

And with more than 100 craft boutiques, Festival of Trees is a one-stop-shop to mark off everything on holiday gift lists.

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 a Disney vacation including airfare and hotel accommodations! Raffle tickets can be purchased for $2 at the event or online at

Proceeds from Festival of Trees, presented by BB&T, directly benefit Kennedy Krieger,

marking the beginning of the holiday season by giving the gift of hope to the thousands of children treated at the Institute.