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Festival of Trees and Lights ushers in the holiday season

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Many trees, wreaths and garlands are featured at the Festival of Trees and Lights. Many trees, wreaths and garlands are featured at the Festival of Trees and Lights.
A madrigal chorus performs at the Festival of Trees and Lights. A madrigal chorus performs at the Festival of Trees and Lights.
Santa Claus arrives at the festival on Friday. Santa Claus arrives at the festival on Friday.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Thanksgiving isn't here yet, but Louisville Slugger Field already is lit up for Christmas and the Festival of Trees and Lights.

The 25th annual event, held November 9 to 11, will benefit the Addison Jo Blair Cancer Care Center at Kosair Children's Hospital.

Hundreds of beautifully decorated trees, wreaths and greenery of all sizes decorate Louisville Slugger Field. Some are sponsored by area businesses and individuals as a show of support for Kosair Children's Hospital, and creative designers generously chose different themes to bring them to life.

Trees and other decorations are for sale. And if you buy a big tree, organizers will deliver it to your home and make sure it looks just right.

General admission to the Festival of Trees and Lights is $5 for adults, $3 for children with an additional nominal fee for children's activities. Trees, wreaths, greenery and Sweet Shop and Gift Shop items are for sale to benefit Kosair Children's Hospital and are not included in the admission price.

Children's activities include booths set up with activities for kids of all ages. A small fee applies for each activity. Some of the activities include ornament making, face paintings and decorating gingerbread houses out of graham crackers, icing and candy. Roving and stage entertainers add to the holiday fun.

Schedule of general admission events:

  • Friday, November 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Preview Day: Shopping and enjoyment of holiday décor; no children's activities

  • Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Scout and Community Days: Scouts in uniform receive a special event patch and free admission; shopping, entertainment and children's activities

Schedule of ticketed events:

  • Friday, November 9, 6 to 9 p.m.
    Dickens Family Night: Dickens-era costumed characters and carolers, the festival's first appearance by Santa Claus and special free children's activities.
    Admission: $8 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, $25 for families of four or more. Tickets available at the door or in advance by calling 502-629-KIDS.

  • SOLD OUT – Saturday, November 10, 8 to 10 a.m.
    Breakfast with Santa at Louisville Slugger Field
    $12 per person (free for ages 2 and younger). Ticket cost includes pancakes, a picture with Santa, arts and crafts and Festival of Trees and Lights admission.
  • Saturday, November 17, 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
    Special finale event: The Snow Ball
    This black tie gala features a silent auction, gourmet meal and dinner at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. Call 502-629-8060 for tickets or information.

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