Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees - Spread the Cheer

Since 1997, the Festival of Trees has raised more than $4.2 million for the community outreach programs and special health care initiatives of OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center. Each of these has allowed us to continue our Mission of serving others with the greatest care and love and provided much-needed support for many of our community’s most vulnerable residents. Proceeds from this year’s event will help individuals with transportation challenges get to medical appointments with the purchase of a Medivan. In addition, proceeds will benefit areas of greatest need within OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Schedule of Events

  • Paws for a Cause – build your own bear or other stuffed animal to support the new Medivan; or donate one to another local child in need. A fun and creative process with no sewing involved. While supplies last. Located on the South concourse.
  • New – Escape Room – you and your team must work together to find Santa’s naughty list and escape from the North Pole without being caught by the big guy & his elves. On the South concourse in rooms 123 & 124.  Limited time slots available from 12 – 6 p.m.
  • Story Hour with the Danville Public Library from 12 – 4 p.m. Located in the East bleachers by the Main Street front entrance.
  • Downtown Danville’s Night of Lights Parade – Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. at Williams and Vermilion Street.  Free admission from 6 – 8 p.m. with a donation of a basic hygiene item for the Dwelling Place.
  • Special Event: The Children’s Holiday Breakfast – 9 a.m., doors open at 8:30 a.m.
    Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a breakfast of goodies sure to please.  There will be a scavenger hunt, craft, photo booth, and games to enjoy. There might even be a special elf sighting for more fun! Reserved seating. Ticket price $15 each. 
    Sponsored by: Aramark, HealthCare Catering Services
    Chair: Lynette Morris
  • Special Event: Family Pajama Party – 8 to 10 p.m.
    Don’t be a South Pole Elf! Gather your night owls, put on your favorite festive pajamas, and join us as we party the night away. Activities include a glow-in-the-dark snowball fight, movies, crafts, and more! We will have the four major food groups: Candy, Candy Canes, Candy Corns and Syrup! Ok, not syrup, but there will be plenty of sugar. The night will also bring a special visit from Santa.  SAAANNNNTAAA!!! I know him. I know him!” A few other favorite Christmas characters will be at the party too. Come join us for all the holiday fun! General admission. Ticket price $15 each.
    Sponsored by: Arconic & Jodi’s Dance Unlimited
    Co-Chairs: Theresa Curtis, Rachel Seibert & Jenny Long
  • Family Day – Kids Free! – Pickle Day! – Veterans Free!
    • Family Day is also Pickle Day – the fifteenth annual presentation of the “Hunt for the “Pickle” ornaments hidden in six selected Christmas trees.  Families enjoy the search for the pickle ornaments and have a chance to win one of six prizes.
  • Paws for a Cause – build your own bear or other stuffed animal to support the new Medivan; or donate one to another local child in need. A fun and creative process with no sewing involved While supplies last. Located on the South concourse.
  • New- Escape Room – you and your team must work together to find Santa’s naughty list and escape from the North Pole without being caught by the big guy & his elves. On the South concourse in rooms 123 & 124.  Limited time slots available from 12 – 6 p.m.
  • Free books from Kohl’s while supplies last, beginning at Noon.
  • Story Hour with the Danville Public Library from 12 – 4 p.m. Located in the East bleachers by the Main Street front entrance.
  • Special Event: Princess Tea Party – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    The Princess Tea Party has a Royal Princess theme this year! All princesses are invited to wear their favorite princess costume and enjoy a party in their honor.  Where?  At the Festival Royal Palace of course! Royal décor, regal gifts, and a grand performance from a very special guest, Miss Illinois 2019, Ariel Beverly will all be a part of this magical time together! Reserved seating on the main floor. Ticket price $15 each. 
    Sponsored by: Escape Day Spa, Culver’s of Danville and Cheryl Keeran Photography
    Chair: Amy Thompson
  • Special Event: Star Wars Lunch – 11 a.m.
    Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character and enjoy an action- packed afternoon you won’t soon forget. McDonalds will provide you with a tasty lunch and a sweet treat! After lunch build your own light saber and learn how to be the best Jedi or Sith you can be! You will also be able to get your souvenir photo taken with some of your favorite Star Wars characters. Reserved seating. Ticket price $15 each.
    Sponsored by: McDonald’s, DND Witzel Enterprises
    Co-Chairs: Cody & Shauna Oakwood
  • Special Event: Art Party – 3 to 5 p.m.
    Do you have an artistic flare? Come and find out at the Festival of Trees Art Party. The wonderfully talented ladies from Posies and Pattycakes in Tuscola will give step by step instructions as you and the rest of the group paint along while enjoying a glass of wine and appetizers from the Heron. At the end of the event surprise your friends and family with your beautiful creation! Ticket includes admission to The Festival of Trees, appetizers, painting instruction, painting supplies and one drink ticket for an alcoholic beverage or soda. Additional beverages will be available for purchase. Reserved seating. Ticket price $45 each.
    Sponsored by: Envision Physician Partners 
  • Special Event: Ladies Holiday Luncheon – Seating begins at 11 a.m., meal served at 11:30 a.m.
    Spread the Cheer for all to hear while enjoying a delicious catered luncheon on the main arena floor of the whimsically decorated Festival of Trees. The luncheon will offer coffee, tea or wine to compliment the meal as well as live musical entertainment to get you in the holiday/Christmas spirit. Be prepared to sing along and again this year, browse and bid on a few generously donated silent auction items to be awarded to the highest bidders. All funds raised will benefit OSF’s new Medi Van which can be utilized by so many in need in our community. Reserved seating. Ticket price $40 each.
    Sponsored by: Shanna Fisher/Catlin Bank, Heather Cunningham/Classic Homes Realty & The Darby Family/Sunset Funeral Homes
    Co-Chairs: Toni Towne, Jill Bryant and Mary Surprenant.
  • Special Event: Craft Beer & Trivia – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    A night of food, fun, facts, and friends at the Festival of Trees. Ticket includes food, two drink tickets and pub style trivia. Join a team when you arrive or bring your friends. Teams are 4 – 8 people. Reserved for our guests 21 and older. Reserved seating. Ticket price $25 each.
    Sponsored by: Vermilion Chevrolet, Skeff Distributing and Vermilion River Beer Company
    Co-Chairs: Laura and Peter Blackmon and Ryan O’Shaughnessy & Cristin Prince
  • Special Event: Olaf and Friends Sweet Extravaganza – 6 to 7:30 p.m.
    Join Olaf and Friends for the tastiest dessert party ever! Families will enjoy yummy treats, a heart-warming story, singing and photos with the characters. Plus, everyone will take home a special goody bag. Reserved seating. Ticket price $15 each.
    Co-Chairs: Cheryl Clapp and Julie Ronto
  • Senior Celebration – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Main floor open.
    • All those 50+ are welcome and admission is FREE.
    • Visit with event sponsors, vendor booths & register for door prizes.
    • 8:30 a.m. Registration/Welcome
    • 9:00a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Continental Senior Day Breakfast
      • Must RSVP for breakfast presentation, call (217) 274-7239 to reserve your spot.
      • All breakfast guests will receive a welcome gift.
    • 9:30 a.m. Breakfast Presentation: Catherine Johns, renowned speaker and former WLS radio personality From Furious to Curious: Cordial Conversations in a Polarized World
      You love the President and his plans for a wall along the Mexican border. Or you think it’s a foolish obsession. You think the casino planned for Danville is a great idea. Or you think it will drive crime and gambling addiction. You know your grandkids need to go to college. Or it’s time for them to get a job.  There’s a lot to debate these days, isn’t there?  People disagree about everything from climate change to who will take that dining room furniture off our hands when we downsize.  It’s easy to fall into acrimony and argument. You don’t want to do that.  So how do you keep your cool when we’re facing hot issues?  No one wants to ruin the holidays.  As you get ready to spend time with family and friends, this program will give you specific strategies for giving conversation and mutual understanding a chance.  We’ll tell stories, experiment with new ways of responding to turn down the heat, and (this part is important) we’ll have some fun.
    • 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (main floor) Mike Ellis Band performs
      • Come dance the day away with line dancing instruction available. Coffee and cookies served.

Sponsored by: CRIS Healthy Aging Center, Liberty Village of Danville, Senior Source Consulting, Bowman Estates, John & Alice Krainock and Merrit Spicer, Yoga on the Go
Breakfast Catered by: Alice Krainock

  • Special Event: Family Night Bingo – Doors open at 5:45 p.m., dinner served at 6 p.m., event runs till approximately 7:30
    Grab the family and head to the Festival for dinner and fun!  Enjoy playing Bingo and win prizes the entire family can enjoy!  Each ticket includes spaghetti, salad and breadsticks from Jockos, 5 games of Bingo, and admission to the Festival.  Each family will receive a treat bag to take home. Reserved seating. Ticket price $15 each.
    Sponsored by: Sentry Roofing, Inc.
    Co-Chairs: Cheryl Clapp and Julie Ronto
  • Student Tours – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Take a field trip to the Festival of Trees!  Danville area students get their very own special guided tour of the Festival, complete with a visit from Santa and the other Festival mascots.  Again this year, the Student Tours will include a focus on literacy.  All students will be treated to a special story and a musical presentation featuring Olaf and his friends from Arendale.  Plus, each teacher will receive instructional materials and treats for their class so every child can take home the magic of the Festival.
    Sponsored by: Danville Metal Stamping, Inc.
    Co-Chairs: Cheryl Clapp and Julie Ronto
  • Event Schedule
    • Friday, November 15, 2019
      • Opening Gala – Invitation only 7 to 10 p.m.
    • Saturday, November 16, 2019
      • 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Sunday, November 17, 2019
      • 12 to 7 p.m.
    • Monday, November 18, 2019
      • 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Tuesday, November 19, 2019
      • 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Wednesday, November 20, 2019
      • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • General Admission
    • Adults – $5.00
    • Seniors (55+) – $3.00
    • Children (ages 3 through 12 years) – $2.00
    • Children (under age 2) – Free
    • Family Pass – 15 tickets for $30 – good any day
  • For General Information or Group Admission Tickets – Call: (217) 442-6803
  • Tickets on sale at the David S. Palmer Arena. Buy in person at the box office, online at  https://palmerarena.com or by phone by calling (800) 514-3849.

Please note the following for all of our special ticketed events:

  • All guests attending a special event must have a ticket to enter.
  • All tickets will be scanned prior to entering the event.
  • If the event says reserved seating; you will have a seat or chair at a table.
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult, as we do not offer babysitting services.
  • Breakfast with Santa (Arena floor)
    • Saturday, November 16
    • 9 to 10:30 a.m.
    • Ticket price $15 each
    • reserved seating
  • Family Pajama Party (entire Arena)
    • Saturday, November 16
    • 8 to 10 p.m.
    • Ticket price $15 each
    • general admission
  • Princess Tea Party (Arena floor)
    • Sunday, November 17
    • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    • Ticket price $15 each
    • reserved seating
  • Star Wars Lunch (Room 127)
    • Sunday, November 17
    • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Ticket price $15 each
    • reserved seating
  • Art Party (Room 127)
    • Sunday, November 17
    • 3 to 5 p.m.
    • Ticket price $45 each
    • reserved seating
  • Ladies Luncheon (Arena floor)
    • Monday, November 18
    • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Ticket price $40 each
    • reserved seating
  • Craft Beer & Trivia (Room 127)
    • Monday, November 18
    • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    • Ticket price $25 each
    • reserved seating
  • Olaf & Friends Sweet Extravaganza (Arena floor)
    • Monday, November 18
    • 6 to 7:30 p.m.
    • Ticket price $15
    • reserved seating
  • Family Bingo (Room 127)
    • Tuesday, November 19
    • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    • Ticket price $15 each
    • reserved seating
  •  Additional Free Events
    • Night of Lights Parade
      • Saturday, November 16
      • Starts at 5:30 p.m.
      • Free admission with a hygiene item for the Dwelling Place
    • Family Day
      • Sunday, November 17
      • 12 to 6 p.m.
      • Children are free with a paying adult
    • Senior Celebration
      • Tuesday, November 19
      • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
      • Guests 60+ are free
      • Free refreshments & entertainment
    • Student Tours
      • Wednesday November 20
      • 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for students only

Front Entrance Display
Sponsored by: Aqua Illinois, Inc.
Every year the décor changes on the front entrance display to welcome and entertain our guests.  As soon as you enter our front doors, you’ll escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and experience the magic of this wonderful kick off to the holiday season.
Designed by Michelle Chesnut and Chris Chesnut     

Junior Parade of Trees
Sponsored by:
Heatcraft Refrigeration Products & Silgan Containers
Beautiful 4 ½ foot trees decorated by local school children and youth groups are sponsored by area businesses then showcases on concourse where they offered up for silent auction. Ribbons are awarded for 1st & 2nd place in each category, and the class earning the Best of Show Award will win new technology equipment for their classroom.
Rick Rotramel, Chris Griffin & Pete Goodwin, Co-Chairs

Festival Volunteers
Sponsored by:
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois
Watch for our smiling “elves” in their red and green Festival of Trees aprons.  Their generous spirit allows us to put on this magical community event. Over 1,000 volunteers from Danville and the surrounding areas come together to contribute their time and talent to make the Festival of Trees a reality.
Mary McMillan, Chair

Children’s Area
Sponsored by:
Dr. Jomel and Dorothy Labayog
Children are invited to make craft projects and have some fun in an atmosphere that abounds with holiday creativity! Paint an ornament, make a handprint memory or decorate a cookie with icing and sweets. The cost of projects ranges from $1 to $4. Now located in Room 154.

Hours of Operation:
Saturday, November 16, 2019 – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 17, 2019 – 12 to 7 p.m.
Monday, November 18, 2019 – 4 to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 – 4 to 8 p.m.

Erin Griffin, Shelley Kennedy and Juli Leverenz, Co-Chairs

Senior Hospitality Area
Sponsored by:
OSF HealthCare Anesthesia Department
Area seniors can relax and enjoy complimentary refreshments on the upper level of the Arena over-looking the Festival. Hours for Senior Hospitality are:

Saturday, November 16, 2019 – 12 to 6 p.m.
Sunday, November 17, 2019 – 12 to 6 p.m.
Monday, November 18, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Starna Dudley & Jennifer Reffett, Co-Chairs

Gallery of Wreaths
Sponsored by:
WCIA 3/ Illinois Home Page
Featuring an elegant display of beautifully decorated wreaths that showcase the talent of our wonderful designers. Their creations are sure to brighten your holidays. The Gallery of Wreaths is located on the upper concourse near the Café.

Showcase of the Festival
Julius W. Hegeler II Foundation – Designed by Scott Mathis
Iroquois Federal – Designed by Crafts by Carolyn, Carolyn Smith & Doris Lickfett

Holiday Café
Sponsored by:
OSF HealthCare Food and Nutrition Services – Aramark
Make a day of it and meet your friends for lunch at the Holiday Café. Featuring soups, salads, sandwiches, and a daily dinner special, the Café is a great place to take a break. Located on the upper concourse overlooking the Festival, the Café is open for lunch and dinner.  See menu for more details.

Saturday, November 16, 2019 – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 17, 2019 – 12 to 7 p.m.
Monday, November 18, 2019 – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Parade of Trees
Sponsored by:
Anderson Electric, Inc.
The Parade of Trees features over 100 holiday trees with designs from the traditional to the whimsical. Decorated by professional designers, individuals, service organizations, businesses and craftspeople, these displays are the main attraction of the Festival of Trees.

Santa’s Wonderland
Sponsored by:
Shore Wealth Management, Eric & Lesley Shore and Wade Anderson Contracting, Inc.
Built by: Georgetown Ridge Farm Building Trade Class
Make your way through the Parade of Trees and stop down Memory Lane for a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at their brand new home in the center of the Arena. A photographer will be on hand for souvenir photos. Santa’s House will be closed temporarily while he makes special appearances at the Downtown Night of Lights Parade, the Star Wars Lunch and Olaf and Friends Sweet Extravaganza. Prices for photo packages vary.
Monty & Sherrie Schroeder, Co-Chairs

Saturday, November 16, 2019 – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 17, 2019 – 12 to 7 p.m.
Monday, November 18, 2019 – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Paws for a Cause
Sponsored by:
Vermilion Chevy GMC
Again this year, you can create wonderful memories as you build your own bear or other stuffed animal to support the hospital’s new Medivan or donate one to another local child in need. It’s a fun and creative process that does not involve sewing. All of the animals are different this year. The building station is located on the South Concourse this year. While supplies last.

Story Hour with the Danville Library
The Danville Public Library is hosting Story Hour on Saturday and Sunday from 12-4 pm. The first 200 families attending Story Hour will receive a free Storybook donated by the Danville Library Foundation. The Story Hour readings will take place in the East bleachers by the Main Street front entrance.

Santa’s Gift Shop
New this year candles, gifts and floral designs from Anker Florist plus sweet treats for the kids.  Open during regular Festival hours. Located adjacent to the Raffle House.

 Elfin Gingerbread Village
Sponsored by:
Depke Gases & Welding
The tastiest village keeps getting sweeter! Again, this year the village shines with the combined display of gingerbread creations donated by area individuals, families, businesses and organizations; and a forest of miniature trees decorated by area Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade children. The gingerbread entries will be sold to the public through a silent auction held during the Festival and the small trees will be donated to classrooms, nursing homes and other local agencies to be enjoyed after the Festival is over.
Cindy Parr-Barrett and Cassie Keister, Co-Chairs

Entertainment Stage
Sponsored by:
MB Music & Sound and KISS & KOOL Radio
Take a seat and listen to some of the best musical and theatrical talents from the Danville and surrounding areas showcased on the Festival stage.  Music, sound and lighting brought to you courtesy of MB Music & Sound. The Festival emcee is Larry Weatherford of KISS and KOOL Radio.
Larry & Rhea Ann Weatherford, Co-Chairs

Festival Mascots
Sponsored by:
D & J Entertainment
Our Festival mascots light up the room and everyone who sees them can’t help but smile. Grab your camera and look for our cute Christmas trees, Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, Frosty the snowman and even the Gingerbread Man strolling through the Festival
Rachel Seibert, Chair

Gingerbread Bakery
Sponsored by:
FLP Wealth Advisors of Raymond James
The smell of freshly baked gingerbread and sugar cookies from County Market fills the air and beckons to Festival-goers looking for a tasty snack or a take home treat. Cookies are $1.50 each or $17 for a baker’s dozen.
Elaine O’Shaughnessy, Chair

Main Street Raffle House
Sponsored by:
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Get your tickets and enter to win a beautiful basket of goodies. This year the Raffle House features even more wonderful treasures than ever before. You won’t want to miss your chance to win one of our special packages. All items sponsored and donated by local area businesses and individuals.