Press Release by Council of 101
Celebrate 35th Year with Sparkling Holiday Traditions from Nov. 13-21, at OMA
ORLANDO, Fla. (October 18, 2021) — Strolling through dazzling Christmas trees, festive wreaths and unique gingerbread creations at the Festival of Trees has long marked the start of the holiday season for Central Floridians.
The beloved event will celebrate a landmark 35 years with the theme “Sparkling Holiday Traditions.” The event, presented by Council of 101, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 13-21 at the Orlando Museum of Art. This year’s platinum presenting sponsor for Festival of Trees Orlando is Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center.
During this time, the museum will be transformed into the festive holiday wonderland the Central Florida community and beyond have come to expect. The fact that record crowds have been awed and inspired by the glittering displays is why the theme was selected according to Council of 101.
“We’re so proud to have created an event that has become the fabric of holiday celebrations in Central Florida,” said Joan Kennedy, president of Council of 101. “It’s truly an honor to see generation after generation make Festival of Trees part of their holiday traditions.”
During Festival of Trees, visitors can see more than 25 designer-inspired decorated trees, all available for purchase, as well as exceptional gingerbread houses, wreaths and more. There will be a holiday shopping experience, as well as pop up shops and live entertainment.
A variety of special events, including Opening Night Gala and Tree Lighting, Breakfast with Santa, and a children’s Reindeer Romp party will add a special holiday touch to this year’s Festival of Trees. Specialty events require separate tickets and can be purchased in advanced via Eventbrite.
Events presented by Council of 101, including Festival of Trees, have raised more than $12 million over the years, benefiting the Orlando Museum of Art’s educational and life-long learning programs. These programs reach deep into the community by helping many that are in different walks of life, ages and income groups.
Advanced tickets are encouraged and now available via Eventbrite. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door. For more information, visit councilof101.org.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – General Admission Hours
Saturday, November 13 to Sunday, November 21
• Children (3-12)—$8
• Seniors (60+)—$12
• Military Personnel and First Responders (with valid ID)—$12
About the Council of 101
The Council of 101 was founded in 1965 to further the cultural development and appreciation of the visual arts in Central Florida. Today, this outstanding group of volunteers comprises an organization of nearly 300 women. These dedicated members devote countless volunteer hours, boundless energy and strong personal skills to annual fund-raising projects that provide significant financial support to the Orlando Museum of Art. This level of support is achieved through the Festival of Trees and the Antiques Vintage & Garden Show projects. The Council of 101 purchases, through the Corporate Lease Program, Museum-quality prints created by contemporary American artists and gifts them to the Orlando Museum of Art. Prints from this collection may be leased by local businesses through the program administered by the Council of 101. The Council of 101, since its inception, has contributed over $12 million towards art, exhibits, facility renovation and Orlando Museum of Art’s operating expenses.
About the Orlando Museum of Art
The Orlando Museum of Art is located in Orlando’s Historic Loch Haven Park at 2416 North Mills Ave., Orlando, Fla. From I-4 take the Princeton Street exit 85. Drive east on Princeton Street, and at the corner of Princeton and Mills (US Highway 17 / 92), turn left. Go one block to east Rollins Street and turn left. The entrance is the first driveway on the left.
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Orlando Museum of Art is a Blue Star Museum supported by the Museum’s Board of Trustees, the Ambassadors, Council of 101, Friends of American Art, Acquisition Trust, earned income, contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations, and is sponsored in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on the Arts and Culture. The National Endowment provides additional support for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.