Find the Magic of the Season at the 2022 Festival of Trees
Yule be pining for more holiday cheer after seeing this enchanting display
Friday, Nov. 25 - 27
This holiday season, the Bayfront Convention Center will once again host the annual Festival of Trees, a tried and true tradition of the Erie community that's celebrating its 38th year.
More than 80 uniquely decorated trees will come together to create the Gallery of Trees, with a number of the professionally decorated trees up for auction at the end of the weekend, all in support of AHN Saint Vincent and the Children's Miracle Network.
The festival boasts more than just beautifully decorated trees, though: there's more fir the whole family to enjoy! From noon until 5 p.m. each day, live reindeer will dash, dance, and prance through the festival, and holiday displays and rooms from Santa's Castle will be available to visit. Santa himself will even attend, waiting on stage in the Great Hall following your visit to the Gallery of Trees.
For families with stuffed toys who have been a bit under the weather recently, a team of AHN Saint Vincent teddy bear specialists will be on-site to offer examinations to ensure each toy is in tip top shape for the holiday season.
Live entertainment will also be on hand, along with local vendors offering holiday shopping opportunities and deals.
This year also marks the return of Festival After Dark, a 21+ event supporting nursing education at AHN Saint Vincent Hospital. The After Dark event will take place Saturday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. and will feature adult train rides, Santa's reindeer, tastings from local breweries and distilleries, as well as hors d'oeuvres and live music from The Groove to accompany dancing in the Gallery of Trees.
Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Festival After Dark: Saturday at 7 p.m.) // Bayfront Convention Center, 1 Sassafras Pier // $10 adults, $6 children (ages 2-12) // supportahn.org