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Festival of Trees at Elm Bank

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Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s 8th annual Festival of Trees will take place from Friday, November 25 through Sunday, December 11, at Mass Hort’s Elm Bank property, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482. The festival will showcase over 65 trees and feature Snow Village, an extensive model train and holiday village collection. The Festival of Trees, in the Hunnewell Building, offers beautifully decorated holiday trees that are donated and decorated by local businesses, garden clubs, and individuals. Visitors “vote” with their raffle tickets in hopes of being the tree winner at the end of the Festival. Visitors can enjoy the decorated buildings and grounds at Elm Bank with a stroll or a horse- drawn wagon ride. For the young at heart, there are visits from Santa and fun activities in the Parkman room.

Bill Meagher, the creator of Snow Village.  Photos by John Harmon

Bill Meagher, the creator of Snow Village. Photos by John Harmon

Snow Village is an enchanted exhibit of holiday villages and trains. Its creator, Bill Meagher of Needham, continues to add more intricate figures to the towns and villages. Snow Village is located in the Education Building, where model trains wind through Dickens Village, as well as old favorites Fenway Park, Beacon Hill, and Snow Mountain. New additions include: Downton Abbey, three new trains, an amusement park with a ferris wheel and spin ride, and at the North Pole, there’s a new climbing Santa and a new Santa observation tower. This amazing scenery in miniature is sure to get kids excited about the holiday season.

Holiday Festival hours include:
Friday - Sunday, November 25-28: 10am - 8 pm
Wednesday - Thursday, November 30 - December 1: 4 pm - 8 pm
Friday - Sunday, December 2-4 - 10 am - 8 pm
Wednesday - Thursday, December 7- 8: 4 pm - 8 pm
Friday - Saturday, December 9 - 10: 10 am - 8 pm
Sunday, December 11: 10 am - 6 pm
Admission is $10 for adults, children under 12 are free.

Mass Hort members are $8.00. Please check out /festival-of-trees for a detailed schedule of events. Join Mass Hort and admission is free for that day. Special membership promotion held during the Festival. The Festival is open on weekday mornings for senior visits by appointment; call (617-933-4988) for more information.

johnharmon2The Festival of Trees is presented by Massachusetts Horticultural Society, a 501 (c) (3) environmental organization that provides plant-based education and manages a public garden in Wellesley, The Gardens at Elm Bank.

Founded in 1829, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and to developing the public’s enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment.
Located on 36 acres in the historic Elm Bank Reservation, Wellesley/Dover, The Gardens at Elm Bank provide a beautiful open space where people of all backgrounds can come together for inspiration and education. For additional information please visit

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