26th Annual Festival of Trees opens at OMA
Saturday, Nov. 10 â€“ 26th Annual Festival of Trees
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
through Nov. 18
Orlando Museum of Art
2416 N. Mills Ave.
We donâ€™t mean to sound like the Grinch, but come November, weâ€™re hesitant to jump into the annual holiday pastime of frenzied shopping and gluttonous bingeing. Thatâ€™s why weâ€™re thankful for OMAâ€™s annual Festival of Trees, where the museumâ€™s volunteer board, Council of 101, eases us into the season with an extravagant showcase of more than 50 decked-out (by local businesses) holiday trees for sale, all of which are exquisitely adorned within this yearâ€™s â€śOnce Upon a Time â€¦ A Fairy Tale Festivalâ€ť theme. This nine-day Orlando holiday staple not only attracts the young ones with the Reindeer Romp: Peter Panâ€™s Pajama Party (Nov. 14), but it also appeals to the grown-ups with food, wine and music at the Holiday Stroll (Nov. 16). And because thereâ€™s no chance youâ€™ll find us anywhere near a shopping mall (did someone say Amazon.com?), this fest takes care of all the gift-getting with its Holiday Boutique and Gingerbread Village. Soldier on, fellow holiday survivalists. â€“ Aimee Vitek