20th Annual Festival of Trees to be full of ‘Sugar & Spice’


Riverside Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director/CEO Allen D. Cornell and Managing Director/COO Jon R. Moses presents the 20th Annual Festival of Trees. Benefitting Children’s Theatre programming and scholarships, the Festival, begins on Friday, November 17 with a glittering gala and continues with the regular showcase on November 18 & 19, 2017.

Featuring a “Sugar and Spice” theme, the entire Riverside Theatre campus will feature a sparkling world of Christmas trees, holiday displays, a Santa’s village, community choirs, and a fun night of surprises for the whole family on Saturday.

Chaired by the affectionately named “Tree Amigos” – Nancy Large, Lyn Law and Barbara Woodward, the Festival of Trees is Riverside Theatre for Kids’ largest benefit and supports children’s theatre programming and scholarships.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this year’s Festival of Trees! ‘Sugar and Spice’ is gearing up to be the biggest and the best, with the whole theatre campus once again involved,” says Lyn Law for the Tree Amigos. “This fun-filled event is not to be missed. There will even be room for a skating rink!”

Gala attendees on November 17th will welcome the holidays at the merry celebration which includes sumptuous food and drink, live entertainment by the Howl at the Moon musicians, and the grand event – the opening of the Festival Forest.

There will be four distinct areas on the Riverside campus for people to enjoy: The Festival Forest, Santa’s Village, Grand Festival Hall, and The Christmas Shoppe.

The Festival Forest – Riverside Children’s Theatre is transformed into a magical forest with over 50 beautifully decorated trees and 24 holiday wreaths. Designers from all over the area volunteer their time, talent and treasure to create these unique, holiday masterpieces. The gingerbread village, a magical mix of large and small creations, is always a focal point in the display area and completes any home, holiday décor.

Santa’s Village – What would a holiday party be without Kris Kringle in attendance? This outdoor area will feature music, performances, family activities, a synthetic skating rink, and Santa himself. Santa’s Village will also be the main location for Family Night where kids can enjoy crafts, games, and the twinkling decorations.

Grand Festival Hall – Riverside Theatre’s main building will be a hub of activity with the Community Stage on the Waxlax Stage with performances by local choirs and musicians and our 16 foot Christmas tree.

The Christmas Shoppe – The ever-popular Christmas Shoppe is the one stop location for unique gifts, gourmet edibles, and holiday cheer.

And of course, the ever popular Breakfast with Santa returns with a visit by Ole St. Nick, musical performances, and a delectable breakfast. There will be a 9am Breakfast on Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19.

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Festival hours:

  • Friday, November 17 – 6pm to 10pm (Gala Party)
  • Saturday, November 18 – 10am to 8pm (Regular Showcase & Family Night)
  • Sunday, November 19 – 10am to 5pm (Regular Showcase)


  • Glittering Gala – $175
  • Regular Showcase – $10 adults and $5 children (good for admittance on Saturday, Sunday, and/or Family Night)
  • Breakfast with Santa – $22 adults, $18 children, and FREE for children under 3 (Breakfast tickets include admission to the regular showcases on Saturday and Sunday)

The 20th Annual Festival of Trees takes place November 17-19, 2017. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or go one line to www.riversidetheatre.com.

Thank you to our Festival of Trees sponsors: Bill and Mary Ann Becker; George E. Warren Corporation; The Minotty Family Foundation; The Ueltschi Family; The Catering Revolution; Mrs. Herman F. Becker; Berkshire Hathaway Florida Realty; J. Scott Beckwith IV Family; Treasure Coast Sotheby’s International Realty; Boston Barricade; White Glove Moving and Storage; Robin LLoyd & Associates, P.A.; Vero Beach Magazine; Brown & Brown Insurance; Dental Partners of Vero Beach; Disney Vacation Club; Betty Foster; Girard Equipment, Inc.; Indian River Medical Center; Rosato Plastic Surgery Center; Sebastian River Medical Center; Sea Turtle Real Estate; Treasure Coast Dermatology; Dr. Arthur LaBella; Lyn and Richard Law; WaWa; Mulligan’s Beach House

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