Memorial's Festival of Trees is one of Springfield's most popular holiday events, attracting 30,000-35,000 visitors in recent years. Big changes are coming to this year's event. For the first time, the Festival of Trees will be held throughout downtown Springfield and will be free of charge.
For years hundreds of creatively decorated trees and wreaths, along with children's activities and a myriad of holiday festivities, filled the Orr Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Many families enjoy going year after year, continuing the tradition into the next generation. While festive and fun, Memorial's Festival of Trees was begun to benefit the mission of Memorial Medical Center. It is sponsored by the Memorial Medical Center Foundation. Since 1989 the festival has raised more than $5.5 million to fund health care grants focused on education, research, technology and patient care.
This year's theme is "A Season of Caring." The move and collaboration with Downtown Springfield Inc. will give a boost to local small businesses that are still recovering from the pandemic. The event will take place over two consecutive Saturdays in November.