Festival of Trees - Octagon Center for the Arts

Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees

Nov. 10 - 26, 2017

The Festival of Trees is an annual holiday event hosted by the Octagon Center for the Arts. Each year over 1,000 people come to see the Octagon's Main Gallery transformed into a truly spectacular forest of festive trees and wreaths decorated by local businesses, organizations, groups and individuals. Approximately 70 trees and wreaths will be on display. 

Please Note: We are not asking for donations of trees or wreaths this year. The trees and wreaths are for display only -- for the enjoyment of the Ames community and to showcase the artists, organizations, and businesses that are participating. There is a nominal fee to help cover the costs, such as electricity and promotion.

Click here for the Participation Form.


Mark Your Calendars:


Important Dates:

Thursday, October 26

Participation forms due

November 6 - 8

Festival set up days

Friday, November 10, 5 – 8pm

Festival of Trees Kick Off / Snow Magic

November 10 - 26

Festival of Trees on Display (Closed Nov. 23 – 24)

Wednesday, November 29

Trees and wreaths must be picked up by 5pm


Viewing Hours Nov. 10 - 26 (Closed Nov. 23 – 24):

Mon - Fri :: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sat - Sun :: 1:00 - 5:00 PM


Friday November 10 :: Festival of Trees Kick Off

Join us to celebrate the opening of the Festival with refreshments, holiday music and holiday craft activities for the kids!

Visit Santa from 6-8 PM opening night!


Get Involved:

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 Decorate a Tree or Wreath:

We welcome all groups and individuals to participate in this year's Festival of Trees by decorating a tree or wreath! 

We encourage participants to feel free to be creative and think outside the box -- decorate your tree with items that represent your group or business, or get creative with the tree or wreath itself (for example, an automotive and tire repair shop might create a 'wreath' from a steering wheel or decorate a 'tree' of stacked tires) -- have fun with it!

This year, visitors to the Festival of Trees will vote for the  People's Choice for the Best of Show, based off of popular vote and creativity in design. The winner will receive a gift card to the Octagon Gallery Shop! So have fun thinking of new and creative ways to represent your business or organization.


Support the Event:

  • Decorate a tree or wreath
  • Become a Sponsor:  Sponsors are a vital component to the Festival of Trees each year. Contact Heather Johnson at director@octagonarts.org to learn more about how to support the event through sponsorship.
  • Volunteer:  Volunteers help with all aspects of the event. Whether it's set-up, Festival attendance, helping with the children's crafts, or helping with clean-up, we have a place for you on our volunteer team! You can contact Rhonda Scott at info@octagonarts.org to let her know you're interested in helping.


Please contact Rhonda Scott with any questions -- she is always happy to chat about the Festival of Trees!

You can reach Rhonda by . . .

Phone :: 515.232.5331

Email :: info@octagonarts.org

Stopping By :: The Octagon, 427 Douglas Ave, Ames, IA 50010


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