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Wadsworth Atheneum Festival of Trees and Traditions

December 2 through 12, 2021

Established in 1973 by the Women’s Committee as a museum fundraising event, Festival of Trees & Traditions has become an annual holiday custom for visitors from throughout the state and beyond. Every year community members, artists and organizations decorate holiday trees and wreaths to be displayed in the galleries throughout the week. All items are for sale, and profits help fund the museum’s special exhibitions, educational programs, and operating expenses. Purchase a tree or wreath for your home or donate it to a local charity.

Thursday, December 2–Sunday, December 12 (closed Monday–Wednesday)

Members: $5
Hartford Residents: $5
Adults: $20
Seniors: $17
Students: $10
Youth (age 17 & under): $5

Please note: The prices above reflect a $5 fundraising surcharge that is added to all museum admissions during Festival of Trees & Traditions.

The Wadsworth usually waives admission fees from 4–5 pm. Guests visiting the museum at these times during the Festival of Trees & Traditions fundraiser will be charged $5 for their admission.

Groups of 10 or more will receive a discount by reservation only. To schedule a group visit, call (860) 838-4046.

Your donation helps to make the
Festival of Trees & Traditions a success while supporting the Wadsworth and our community. Each submission is offered for sale during the festival and remains on display for visitors to enjoy during the entire event. Proceeds provide financial support for the Wadsworth, and many of the items that are purchased by visitors are given as donations to local shelters and non-profit organizations. We hope you consider joining us in making the 2021 Festival of Trees & Traditions another memorable celebration! Click here to access the 2021 Festival of Trees Contributor Contract. 


Festival of Trees & Traditions is presented by the Women’s Committee of the Wadsworth Atheneum. All proceeds from this event fund the museum’s special exhibitions, educational programs, and operating expenses.

Are you visiting the Wadsworth Atheneum for the first time, or returning after some time away? You’ll find lots of helpful information on our Directions & Parking page, and even more tips on our FAQs page.