Soak up the festive beauty at the Festival of Trees

Now on it’s 28th year, the Festival of Trees brings holiday cheer and festive fun to visitors from all over Texas!

The festival is held each year at the Museum of Texas, in Lufkin, where the community comes together to decorate trees and show off their own flair. Businesses and families are able to rent the trees to decorate each year. For the 2022 event, there are 64 trees spread out through the museum, which now includes the original nativity scene from St. Cyprian’s in the museum chapel.

“I love the festival of trees,” said Executive Director John Handley. “The galleries are light up with beautiful trees and there is artwork to see.”

Proceeds raised from the rented trees is used to fund art events and camps throughout the year, mainly as scholarships. When children or young adults are wanting to attend the art academy courses the funds from the Festival of Trees is able to offset the cost and provide these educational opportunities for the community.

“This event is important to the community because I think especially smaller towns, like Lufkin, they love tradition,” added Handley. “They love things that the whole family can participate in. It’s something that they look forward to every year.”

The Festival of Trees is open 7 days a week, until Jan. 6th 2023, at the Museum of East Texas. Monday thru Friday from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM & Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM. (The museum will be closed for Christmas & Christmas Eve.)

Stay updated with the Festival of Trees and future events at the Museum of East Texas by visiting their website or staying up-to-date on their Facebook Page.

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Jade Allen

Jade Allen

Jade Allen explores East Texas to bring the most exciting activities and locations to The East Texas Weekend. Jade came to Texas in 2018, where it has steadily become a home and a place to explore.