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Festival Information

2000 +
Volunteers Every Year
Trees Decorated
38000 +
Visitors in 2016
Raised in 32 years
Festival of Trees information
The Festival of Trees is an annual holiday celebration, decorated by Edmonton’s community spirit and philanthropic passion.


Now in its 33rd year, the University Hospital Foundation’s Festival of Trees is firmly established as Edmonton’s signature kick-off to the holiday season — and the flagship fundraising, and friend-raising, event for the University Hospital Foundation.



The Festival of Trees is brought to life by individual donors, corporate sponsors and the tireless efforts of more than 2000 dedicated volunteers. Volunteers have worked throughout the year to bring Festival traditions for all ages, including designer trees, holiday accent pieces, amazing gingerbreads and decorated cakes.

When you buy a ticket to the Festival of Trees...

…you’re doing more than enjoying Edmonton’s signature kick-off to Christmas event. You’re supporting the life-saving and changing care provided to patients at the University of Alberta Hospital, the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute and the Kaye Edmonton Clinic every day.

Over the last 32 years, the Festival of Trees has raised $20 million for critically important causes at the University of Alberta Hospital, the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute and the Kaye Edmonton Clinic.

University of Alberta Hospital

Great Holiday Shopping

The Festival of Trees is the home to great holiday shopping! Be sure to stop by our Gift Shop to purchase festive treasures. Kids can visit our Secret Shop, which has exclusive shopping for those 12 and under!

Hosting Over the Holidays?

Need some entertaining ideas? Visit Sweets, Treats & Entertaining for all your holiday entertaining needs!

Entertainment? You Bet!

The Entertainment Stage at the Festival of Trees allows you to ring in the season with great holiday entertainment! Every year, 85 community groups entertain Festival attendees — listen to choirs, bands and the sounds of the season or enjoy the many dancers and gymnasts on our Festival Stage.

The 2017 Festival of Trees Entertainment Stage is proudly sponsored by CCI Thermal Technologies Inc.


Children’s Christmas Lane

And for the kids (and the kids at heart)…Children’s Christmas Lane offers a wide selection of holiday fun for everyone!