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October 11, 2018

Celebrate the "Most Wonderful Time of the Year" with Central Florida's Festival of Trees

'Tis the season to buy your tickets to the event that kicks off the 
holidays in Central Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. (October 11, 2018) - Those in Central Florida might already have their minds on gift giving, decking the halls, and warm gatherings with friends and family - but it's not really the holidays in Orlando without the annual tradition of the Festival of Trees.

Tickets are now on sale for Council of 101's annual event, which transforms the Orlando Museum of Art into a winter wonderland with sparkling trees, glittering holiday vignettes and stunning d├ęcor. Now in its 32nd year, the Festival of Trees is celebrating the "Most Wonderful Time of the Year" with the Central Florida community. Visitors can admire designer Christmas trees of all sizes, custom wreaths, a gingerbread village and more, all created by Orlando's finest designers. Each piece is available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the Orlando Museum of Art.

"The purpose of this event is two-fold," said Susan Harris, president of the Council of 101. "The Festival of Trees brings joy and holiday spirit to our community, all while supporting the arts. Each handcrafted piece would make an excellent gift for your loved ones and will benefit your community."

Over the years, the Festival of Trees in combination with other Council of 101 events have raised over $7 million for Orlando Museum of Art's educational programs and operational expenses.

General Admission:

Saturday, November 10 - Sunday, November 18 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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 ages 3-11
  • $10 for seniors (65 and over), OMA members, first responders, and military with official ID
Special events at this year's Festival of Trees include:

Friday, November 9
  • Tree Lighting, Champagne Reception and Gala, 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • $200 per person
  • Opening Night Gala, 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • $175 per person, reserved table seating is available for purchase 
Saturday, November 10 
  • Breakfast with Santa, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • $30 for all ages
  • Havana Nights, 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • $45 for adults
Tuesday, November 13
  • Festival Salutes Seniors,  10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $10 for seniors
Wednesday, November 14
  • Rudolph's VIP Pass, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • $30 for all ages
  • Reindeer Romp Children's Party, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • $20 for all ages
Friday, November 16
  • Ugly Holiday Sweater Date Night, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • $30 for adults
Saturday, November 17
  • Breakfast with Santa, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • $30 for all ages 
Admission to the Festival of Trees includes entry to the current Orlando Museum of Art exhibitions. Parking is available on-site for a fee.

"We're thrilled to kick off the holiday season in Central Florida for another year," Harris said. "We look forward to seeing everyone at the Festival of Trees to support the museum."

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.