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October 10, 2017

Festival of Trees kicks-off holiday season in Central Florida

Long-running annual tradition provides visitors chance to
purchase exquisite pieces and benefit the arts

ORLANDO, Fla. (October 10, 2017) – Tickets are now on sale for one of Central Florida’s favorite holiday traditions, Festival of Trees.

Each year, Council of 101 transforms the Orlando Museum of Art into a sparkling wonderland of trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses. Now in its 31st year, Festival of Trees offers the Central Florida community the chance to experience the joy of the season. Visitors also have an opportunity to purchase any of the designer-decorated trees, elegant holiday wreaths, elaborate gingerbread houses and holiday centerpieces.

“Many of the items on display would make wonderful gifts for anyone on your holiday list,” says Virginia Kane, Council of 101. “The trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses make a great addition to any family’s holiday d├ęcor.”

Together, the Festival of Trees and the other Council of 101 events have raised over $7 million for the Orlando Museum of Art’s educational programs and operational expenses.

The Peace Tree, designed to remember how the city rallied together in love following the Pulse attack, will be on display again this year in the rotunda at Orlando City Hall.

General Admission:
Saturday, November 11 – Sunday, November 19
10am – 5pm

Tickets can be purchased in person, over the phone by calling 407-896-4231 ext. 254, or online through Eventbrite.

Ticket Costs:       
$15 for adults
$5 for children 3-11
$10 for seniors, first responders, military with official ID

Special events at this year’s Festival of Trees include:

Friday, November 10
  • Tree Lighting, 6pm – 7pm
  • Gala, 7pm – 10pm
  • $150/person
  • Reserved table seating is available for purchase
Tuesday, November 14
  • Festival Salutes Seniors (65+)
Wednesday, November 15
  • Rudolph’s VIP Pass, 5pm – 8:30pm; $30/person
  • Reindeer Romp Children’s Party, 6pm – 8:30pm; $20/person
Friday, November 17
  • Ugly Holiday Sweater Date Night, 7pm – 10:30pm; $25/person
Saturday, November 18
  • Breakfast with Santa, 8:30am – 10:00am; $30/person
Admission to the Festival of Trees includes entry to the entire Orlando Museum of Art and its current exhibitions.

“This event blends the artwork hanging on the walls and displayed throughout the Museum with sights of the holiday season,” says Kane.

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 $7 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.