Celebrate the holiday season at the 40th Annual Festival of Trees & Traditions from December 5 to December 15, 2013.
The Festival is one of The Wadsworth’s largest fundraisers, attracting over 11,000 visitors from throughout the state and beyond. This nine-day event features holiday trees and wreaths decorated by Hartford area artists and organizations displayed throughout our galleries. All items are for sale and proceeds fund special exhibitions, educational programs and operating expenses. Enjoy daily musical entertainment, family-friendly activities and more!
Friday, December, 6th, Celebrate the Night of Illumination! Sample festive cocktails and hors d’oeuvres provided by Onyx Moonshine and local restaurants. Enjoy a cash bar, live music by William Hall High School’s Choraliers and Jazz Combo, and a preview performance of CONNetic Dance’s production of The Nutcracker Suite and Spicy! $55; $45 Members.
Tickets include two drink tickets for cash bar, access to all Festival galleries and The Museum Shop.
Purchase tickets online or call (860) 838-4100.
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103
Use entrance on Atheneum Square North (opposite the Travelers Tower).
Parking available for $5 at the Front Street South garage, in the Spotlight Theatre complex.
December 5, 5 – 8 pm (First Thursday)
December 6 – 15, 10 am – 5 pm
Closed Monday & Tuesday, December 9 & 10
Seniors (62+): $11
Students (13+): $8
Children (2-12): $3
Groups of ten or more will receive a discount by reservation only. To schedule a group visit call (860) 838-4046.
Group rates: Adults $12, Seniors $10, Students $8.
$3 is added to all admissions during Festival of Trees & Traditions.
Other Special Events for December
December 5, 5 – 8 pm
First Thursday: Festival: Have the first opportunity to purchase your favorite trees and wreaths! Listen to jolly tunes spun by DJ Jon Eastman and enjoy cocktails, snacks and a holiday-inspired art activity. Stay for an 8 pm screening of Love Actually! $8; $3 Members and students with ID.
December 6, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Night of Illumination: Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Festival! Sample festive cocktails and hors d’oeuvres provided by Onyx Moonshine and local restaurants. Enjoy a cash bar, live music by William Hall High School’s Choraliers & Jazz Combo, and a preview performance of CONNetic Dance’s The Nutcracker Suite and Spicy! $55; $45 Members; tickets include two drink tickets for cash bar, and access to all Festival galleries and The Museum Shop. Purchase tickets online or call (860) 838-4100.
December 14, 2 & 4 pm
The Nutcracker, Hartford City Ballet
Weekend Family Fun
December 14, 10 am – 1 pm, Free admission
Second Saturdays for Families: Lights: Celebrate world holiday traditions and learn about Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, and other holidays from our community partners.
Candy Lane – hands on art-making activities for children of all ages!
Dec. 6 & 13, 10 am – 1:30 pm
Dec. 7, 8 & 15, 11 am – 3 pm
Dec. 14, 1 – 3 pm
Visit from Mr. & Mrs. Claus
Dec. 8, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Dec. 14, 1 – 4 pm
Dec. 15, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Bella the Clown
Dec. 7 & 8, 11 am – 1 pm
Dec. 14, 1 – 3 pm
Dec. 15, 2 – 4 pm
Wadsworth Museum Tours
Docent-led tours meet in the Main Lobby and are free with admission.
December 5, 6 – 6:30 pm
Inspired by Trees: Join a docent for a close look at art works in our collection that focus on the subject of trees.
Museum Highlights: Daily at 1 pm
European Art in the Collection: Saturdays & Sundays at 2:30 pm (Dec. 7, 8, 14 & 15)