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Philbrook hosts its 30th annual Festival of Trees

The Philbrook Museum of Art will be presenting its 30th annual Festival of Trees Nov. 22-Dec. 14, with it’s 2014 theme, “Home For Christmas.”

This theme is intended to reflect the annual tradition of the Philbrook Festival of Trees along with the significant amount of people returning to Tulsa from around the world.

“The importance of the Festival of Trees today is really a tradition, as an outreach to the community, rather than as a fundraiser,” said Tricia Milford-Hoyt, director of communications at Philbrook.“The attendance for this event keeps growing every year. We get many guests from outside the Tulsa area during this time, and it’s really become an event that brings the community together.”

The Philbrook Museum will present its public opening of the Philbrook Festival of Trees with its annual Garden Glow on Nov. 22.

The Garden Glow will be free to the public and all guests will be provided with complimentary hot cocoa and holiday art-making activities. Tens of thousands of Christmas lights will be displayed outdoors in the Philbrook Gardens. Inside the museum, decorated Christmas trees and a gingerbread village will be on display.

One of the central focuses of the Philbrook Museum’s showcase is the Gingerbread Village. The village relies solely on the creativity of local schools, scout troops, churches and other non-profit organizations to donate gingerbread houses to help fund Philbrook holiday events.

Over 60 gingerbread houses will be showcased at the Philbrook this year. Gingerbread houses in the past have included everything from three-story pink Fruit Loop mansions with intricate peppermint cobblestone walkways to a comical three-foot exhibit of Santa getting stuck in a chimney made out of Rice Krispies Treats.

Other exhibits at the Philbrook Museum feature holiday themed trees, sculptures, paintings and crafts presented by artists in the Tulsa community. The proceeds from the Festival of Trees will fund the year-round educational programs and Museum operations along with the Holidays at Philbrook events.

The 2014 Festival of Trees will be open through Dec. 14. Hours for The Philbrook Museum are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursday. Admission to the Philbrook Museum is $12 for adults and free for university students with a schoolID. For more information, visit


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