It’s become one of the most anticipated family events of our local holiday season. The Norton Children’s Hospital Festival of Trees & Lights transforms Slugger Field into a magical forest while raising money for a cause we can all celebrate.

Looking for a new holiday tradition for your family and a way to help a great organization? Slugger Field will be transformed into a winter wonderland featuring hundreds of beautifully decorated trees, wreaths, and handcrafted holiday items designed by local artists for the Festival of Trees & Lights, to benefit Norton Children’s Hospital from November 9th through 11th. Families can enjoy train rides, photos with Santa Claus, crafts, games, Hanukkah activities, an outdoor Elf town, and more.

The Festival of Trees & Lights is in its 29th year and continues to be the largest annual fundraiser for Norton Children’s Hospital. It attracts more than 7,000 guests that marvel at the splendor of the sparkling decor. Proceeds from this year’s event will help Norton Children’s Hospital construct the Jennifer Lawrence Intensive Care Unit, a dedicated, state-of-the-art facility slated for completion in 2019. It will also aid in the purchase of the latest cardiovascular technology and equipment along with hiring more specialists to care for the growing population of local children with heart issues. More than 550 children are born each year with heart defects, which happens to be the most common birth defect. This event is the ideal way to honor the spirit of the holiday season.


Here, a list of activities and events that are part of this annual holiday kick-off. Plan your visit around the ones that appeal to your crew.

Tree, wreath, and greenery sales
November 9 to 10 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and November 11 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hundreds of exquisitely decorated trees, wreaths and assorted greenery of all sizes will line the corridors of Louisville Slugger Field. This happens through the generosity of area businesses and individuals who show their support by sponsoring these items. The items are brought to life by the creative ingenuity of talented designers. Contests for the most unique designs will be awarded and items will be available to purchase with proceeds benefitting Norton Children’s Hospital through the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Festival Family Night
November 9 – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The magic of the season comes alive with family friendly activities along with the Festival’s first appearance of Santa Claus and a fireworks extravaganza.

Scout Days
November 10 and 11 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
All Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Brownies, and Cub Scouts are invited to the Festival of Trees & Lights with their troops, packs, or families. All scouts in uniform will receive a free event patch.


Norton Children’s Hospital Festival of Trees will be held at The Louisville Slugger Field on Friday, November 9th 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, November 10th 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, November 11th 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets are $9 for adults, $6 for children under 12 and seniors (65+), children under 2, free. Children’s crafts are free with admission, other activities included for a nominal fee. To purchase online and for more information about the event, go to 

Posted on 2018-11-02 by Allison Jones