MMA Festival of Trees opens November 17


The Muskegon Museum of Art’s 12th annual Festival of Trees community holiday celebration runs Thursday, November 17 through Sunday, November 27. The Festival will be open daily 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, noon to 5:00 pm on Sundays, and closed on Thanksgiving. Vintage Downtown Muskegon holiday city scenes will be the backdrop of this year’s event. Professionally designed themed trees and décor will set a festive holiday mood and will be available for purchase through silent auction over the 10 days of the Festival. Raffles, music, and holiday gift shopping will add to the fun. Special events include the popular Teddy Bear Breakfast, Senior Day, Family Day, Deck Your Halls holiday design workshop, and two performances of A Christmas Carol.


Purchase admission tickets at the door:

$8 Adult | $5 MMA Member | $3 child 3-17 yrs. (under 3 free) | $14 All Festival Pass

Festival Title Sponsor is Alcoa Foundation/Howmet. Nichols is Festival Co-Sponsor.



Special Festival of Trees Events

Stop in the MMA Gift Store or call 231-720-2580 to purchase tickets.



Wednesday, November 16, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Festival of Trees Preview Party for Volunteers and Sponsors

This special party is for Festival volunteers and sponsors only. Appetizers are included with free admission and a cash bar will be available. To volunteer, call 231.720.2571 or email To learn how to sponsor Festival events, décor items, and trees, call 231.720.2577 or email Event is sponsored by Sherry Becker and Bob Garretson, Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors.



Friday, November 18, 7:30 pm

Matinee: Sunday, November 20, 2:00 pm

A Christmas Carol

As presented by Tom Harryman

$15 per adult, $10 MMA member, $5 for 15 years and under

Join us for Tom Harryman’s masterful one-man performance of the Christmas classic. The Friday night performance will be preceded by a special cocktail hour starting at 6:30 pm.


Tuesday, November 22, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Festival Senior Day

$1 off Festival admission for ages 65 and older. Enjoy free coffee and cookies, raffles, and entertainment throughout the day. Call 231.720.2571 for group bookings. Calling ahead to reserve an arrival time for your group will help us plan welcoming assistance and easier traffic flow. Sponsored by Sonus Hearing Care Professionals.



Wednesday, November 23, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Festival Family Day

Get out of the house for holiday fun the day before Thanksgiving! Discounted family rate and kids’ activities will add to the fun. Call 231.720.2571 for group bookings. Family Day Pass (for family of four): $15/$10 MMA members ($16-20 value). Sponsored by Meijer.



Thursday, November 24

Happy Thanksgiving! Museum closed.



Saturday, November 26, 8:30-10:30 am

Teddy Bear Breakfast

Grab your teddy bears and get ready for another Teddy Bear Breakfast—great fun for ages 3-8 (and their adults). Includes full breakfast, visit with Santa, craft activity, and teddy bear checkup. Like last year, the event is longer with one more breakfast seating and fewer diners per seating. This change will provide more seating room. Tickets are limited, and always sell out. Plan to purchase early. Tickets: $12 for adults/$7 ages 1-17. Includes Festival admission. Call 231.720.2580 for tickets. Sponsored by Hines Corp.



Sunday, November 27, 2:00-4:00 pm

Deck Your Halls Home Décor Workshop

Enjoy wine, coffee, and snacks while Le Fleur Shoppe and Wasserman’s Festival designers demonstrate how you can make creative and affordable décor for gifts or for your own home, using new ideas inspired by Pinterest and other DIY sites. The many items crafted during the program will be given away to one-dollar raffle winning audience members. Tickets: $20 per person/$15 MMA member/$25 at the door. Includes Festival admission. Cash bar. Call 231.720.2580 to purchase tickets.

Other ways to get involved

Volunteer for the Lakeshore Art Festival

A unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food and fun along the shoreline in historic Downtown Muskegon. More than 300 artists and crafters will be showcased with fine art in the park, crafts, children’s activities and Michigan food market – all wrapped up in a huge downtown street party atmosphere!   Come out and join us on July 6th,  and July 7th, 2018.

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