Kennedy Krieger Institute Celebrates 30 Years Of Bringing The North Pole To Maryland

Festival Of Trees Returns To The Maryland State Fairgrounds


Not only is Santa coming to town, but Festival of Trees is coming to town for the 30th year in a row, and it will welcome its 1-millionth visitor!

From Friday, November 29, to Sunday, December 1, the elves from the Kennedy Krieger Institute will transform the Maryland State Fairgrounds into a winter wonderland complete with decorated trees, a gingerbread town, shopping, holiday activities and entertainment for children of all ages.

Guests can also share their wish lists with jolly St. Nick on Sunday, December 1, from 8:00am to 10:00am, while enjoying a delicious meal at the popular Breakfast with Santa event. At the breakfast, families will have the opportunity to explore the festival before it opens to the public, experience the rides and games in SantaLand, and children will receive a small gift from Santa himself. Tickets for this event can be purchased online.

Festival of Trees will feature more than 800 uniquely decorated holiday trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses designed by local artists, corporations and schools. While wandering through the winter wonderland, festival-goers will enjoy live entertainment and a visit to SantaLand. Santa’s ultimate theme park includes “reindeer” pony rides, carousel rides, carnival games, a race car simulator ride, and a LEGO display perfect for young engineers and builders. With more than 100 gift boutiques, a raffle and a silent auction, Festival of Trees is a one-stop-shop to check off everything on the holiday gift list.

Attendees and institute supporters can also start their own Happy Holidays Fund page to raise money to provide extra support to families and children in need at Kennedy Krieger during the holiday season, and throughout the year. For every $13 raised to support the children and families of the institute, supporters will receive one free ticket to Festival of Trees.


Friday, November 29

10:00am–8:00pm (open to the public)

10:00am–7:00pm (live entertainment)

Saturday, November 30

10:00am–8:00pm (open to the public)

10:00am–7:00pm (live entertainment)

Sunday, December 1

8:00am–10:00am (Breakfast with Santa – special tickets required)

10:00am–5:00pm (open to the public)

10:30am–4:00pm (live entertainment)


Maryland State Fairgrounds

The Cow Palace

2200 York Road

Timonium, Maryland


Adults: $14 in advance; $16 at the door

Seniors: $8 in advance; $10 at the door

Children ages 5-12: $6 in advance; $7 at the door

Children age 4 and younger: Free

To purchase discounted tickets in advance, visit


Adults and children ages 3-12: $35 after November 13

Children ages 2 and younger: Free (if they sit on an adult’s lap)

Family Four Pack: $120 after November 13

To purchase tickets, visit


Festival Line: 443-923-7330


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