Frequently Asked Questions

How many people attend the Festival of Trees?

This family-centered event draws over 10,000 attendees and has raised over 2 million dollars in its 23 year history.  100% of proceeds from the Festival go directly toward serving the children and families of The Baby Fold.

How do I buy a tree at Festival of Trees?

You may purchase at our Angel Price to ensure that you take “your tree” home come Sunday.  Otherwise the trees are on silent auction during the course Festival.  For sponsorship opportunities in which you can sponsor a tree so that your name or business name is listed next to it for the duration of Festival – please call our Festival hotline: 309.454.7534

How do I attend the special events at Festival?

Tickets go on sale October 1 and may be purchased here

To see what groups and talented individuals will be performing throughout the event, take a look at our Main Stage Entertainment and Special Events schedule!

How can I donate to the Festival by designing a wreath, tree, gingerbread house or other decorations?

You can visit our Be a Designer page to learn all about designing and fill out the sign-up form.

How can I become more involved with the Festival of Trees?

The Festival of Trees needs the support of over 1000 volunteers to put on this wonderful community event.  We have positions from greeters and ticket-takers to set-up and tear-down to committee members to designers.  Please visit our How to Help page.

Do I have to be present to win the auction?

You do not need to be present.  However, the Festival committee member must be able to reach you by phone on Sunday evening or be able to leave a message for you on an answering machine. Please make sure that the number you write on your bid sheet is the number where you can be reached or where we can leave a message. Be sure your message box is not full.

What happens if I am not at home and have no answering machine? Either leave a cell phone number or a number where you can be reached immediately. When you fill out the bid sheet, you may leave a number of a friend or family member who will accept a message for you.

How do I get the item that I won?

You may pick it up Sunday night between 4:05-5:30 p.m.

Is there an ATM located inside Festival?

Yes. There are two ATMs at Festival – one in the Mini Expo building and one in the West Expo building.

How are the trees and the many other designs sold at Festival of Trees?

The first opportunity anyone has to purchase the designer trees and other items is at the Festival of Trees Preview event. If you find something that you just love, but you don’t want to take the time to continue to bid on it throughout the 3 day event, you can choose to buy it at our Angel Price. Most items up for bid have an angel shaped tag with a price. Identify a Festival staff member and they will help you purchase the item right away. Those items not receiving the Angel Price at the close of the silent auction Thursday evening will then go on sale via a continuous silent auction method for the duration of Festival or until someone purchases them at the Angel Price. This means that for the remaining days of Festival, the public may continuously bid on these items or purchase them at the Angel Price. Bidding will close on Sunday, November 20, at 2:00p.m.

Who provides the financial support for Festival?

Each year, more than 100 businesses serve as Festival of Trees sponsors providing the critical seed money for Festival operations.  Additionally, many designers generously donate their time and decorations to create the incredible items that are shown and sold at Festival.  Hundreds of local businesses provide donations, services, and discounts for the event.  However, Festival’s success depends on the support of the thousands of people who attend the event each year.

When is the 2016 Festival of Trees?

The 2016 Festival will be hosted at the Interstate Center (Mini Expo and West Expo Buildings) at 1106 Interstate Drive in Bloomington and will be held November 18 – 20 (with the Festival of Trees Sneak Peek Event on November 17.)

The Baby Fold’s Festival of Trees Hours:

Friday, November 18 – 9:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday, November 19 – 9:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday, November 20 – 9:00am – 4:00pm (Auction closes at 2:00pm, Auction pick-up 4:05-5:30pm)

Will there be food at the Festival of Trees?

Yes, BraiZe will be returning to The Baby Fold’s 2016 Festival of Trees! They will be located in the West Expo Building during the following dates and times:

Friday, November 18                    11:00am – 3:00pm

Saturday, November 19                11:00am – 3:00pm, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Sunday, November 20                   11:00am – 3:00pm

What are the Hours of Operation of the Festival of Trees?

The Baby Fold’s Festival of Trees will be open to the public during the following days and times:

Friday, November 18 – 9:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday, November 19 – 9:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday, November 20 – 9:00am – 4:00pm (Auction closes at 2:00pm, Auction pick-up 4:05-5:30pm)