There may be no better kick-off to your holiday season than a trip to the 28th Annual Norton Children’s Hospital Festival of Trees. From the enchanting indoor forest of beautifully-trimmed trees to the decadent hot chocolate, this over-the-top crowd pleaser is a tradition worth making.

It’s one of our city’s annual events that helps makes the season magical. While it has moved and grown over its quarter century of existence, the Festival of Trees (now at Louisville Slugger Field) continues to wow crowds and raise funds for the very worthy cause of the Norton Children’s Hospital neonatal intensive care unit through the Children’s Hospital Fund.

Walking through row after row of lavishly decorated trees is a thrill for both adults and children. And if you fall in love with one of the trees, you don’t have to drag it to your car, by the way; delivery can be arranged!

Trees aren’t the only trimmings on site. There are wreaths, garlands and all kinds of décor that can update your standard seasonal decorations or inspire some craft projects of your own.

The fun doesn’t stop with oohing and aahing at the seasonal greenery. There’s a flurry of fun activities for kids of all ages, many included with the price of general admission. Here’s the short list:

  • Pictures with Santa
  • Stage and roving entertainment
  • Hanukkah display, activities and dreidel games
  • Sweet Shop
  • Gift Shop
  • Face painting
  • Crafts
  • Candy cane mouse
  • Candy cracker
  •  Gingerbread house
  • Reindeer antlers
  •  Model train display
  • Crazy elf cars
  • Obstacle course
  • Snowball toss

For additional fees, there’s a train ride through the indoor forest; while outdoors, there’s Elf Town. It’s a fun-filled day that captures what this season is really all about: making memories with your family while helping other families in the process. 


Thursday, November 9, is the 2017 Preview Party from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at the door. Holiday cocktail samples will be provided by Heaven Hill.

Friday, November 10, is a General Admission day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults; $5 for children 12 and under and seniors 65+; free for children 2 and under.

Friday, November 10, 6 p.m to 9 p.m. is Festival Family Night. Visit with Louisville Ballet performers from “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker.” Delta Dental will provide a photo opportunity with a free take-home picture. The evening concludes with fireworks over Louisville Slugger Field and free hot chocolate and cider.

Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12 are Scout & Community Days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at Louisville Slugger Field. Scouts in uniform receive a special event patch.

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Posted on 2017-11-03 by Christine Fellingham