Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s 8th annual Festival of Trees will take place from Friday, November 25 through Sunday, December 11, at Mass Hort’s Elm Bank property, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley. The festival will showcase over 65 trees and feature Snow Village, an extensive model train and holiday village collection. The Festival of Trees, in the Hunnewell Building, offers beautifully decorated holiday trees that are donated and decorated by local businesses, garden clubs, and individuals. Visitors “vote” with their raffle tickets in hopes of being the tree winner at the end of the Festival. Visitors can enjoy the decorated buildings and grounds at Elm Bank with a stroll or a horse- drawn wagon ride. For the young at heart, there are visits from Santa and fun activities in the Parkman room.
Snow Village is an enchanted exhibit of holiday villages and trains. Its creator, Bill Meagher of Needham, continues to add more intricate figures to the towns and villages. Snow Village is located in the Education Building, where model trains wind through Dicken’s Village, as well as old favorites, Fenway Park, Beacon Hill, and Snow Mountain. New additions include: Downton Abbey, 3 new trains, an amusement park with a Ferris Wheel and Spin Ride, and at the North pole there’s a new climbing Santa and a new Santa Observation Tower.
Holiday Festival hours:
Friday – Sunday, November 25-28: 10am – 8 pm
Wednesday – Thursday, November 30 – December 1: 4 pm – 8 pm
Friday – Sunday, December 2-4 – 10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday – Thursday, December 7- 8: 4 pm – 8 pm
Friday – Saturday, December 9 – 10: 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday, December 11: 10 am – 6 pm
Admission is $10 for adults, children under 12 are free. Mass Hort members are $8.00.