• 1820 Valkyrie Drive NW,
  • Rochester, MN 55901
  • HHI: 507-289-7222
  • HHF: 507-289-8683

What is the Festival of Trees?

This annual fundraiser allows us to partner with the community to kick off the holiday season. Together, we continue to raise funds and awareness for our mission. To date, we have raised over $4 million to support individuals with disabilities!

A Mission to Believe In

It may seem like another great holiday event, but it is so much more! Proceeds from this event support individuals with disabilities in our community. Your support may help with purchasing a piece of adaptive equipment or technology, fund a social gathering, or help maintain safe and clean homes. The possibilities are endless!


As we kick off the holiday season, we do it in support of the individuals supported by Hiawatha Homes. We provide quality support services to individuals with disabilities at home and in the community through residential and community-based settings. We support individuals to live fulfilling lives of their choice in a community that values and includes them. Learn more about the services we provide at https://hiawathahomes.org/about/hhi/.


Many people ask, what is the Festival of Trees like? Imagine this, a stroll through downtown Rochester with a cup of cocoa in hand. While you stroll, you seek out uniquely decorated trees displayed in the storefront windows. Throughout the week, you will also have the chance to join us with your friends and family as we host virtual and smaller in-person event programming. Bottom line – you’ll be in the holiday spirit at first sight!

If you’re familiar with a non-pandemic Festival of Trees, it will be quite different. This format will allow our volunteer planning committee to ensure a great event and avoid pivoting due to unexpected pandemic curveballs. The Foundation elves are hard at work on the details, so please stay tuned.


Photo by Alpha Digital


The event will be held from November 22-28, 2021 in downtown Rochester, MN. Here are a few of the highlights:

Tree Designer Days (November 12-14) – Tree Designers will create their masterpieces at the Empire Event Center.

Underwriter Tree Selection Reception (November 21) – Underwriters will be invited to the premier viewing of the trees. As a benefit for their support, they will choose a tree to Underwrite for the event. The Reception will be held at Empire Event Center at 2 p.m. with light hors d’oeuvres. Each underwriter can bring one guest to the event.

Opening Night Gala (November 23) – A night of dining, raising funds, and mixing and mingling with our community. This event is open to the public. Tickets are one sale now! Click here to purchase your tickets.

Trees on Display in Downtown Rochester (November 22-28) – The trees will be available for the public to view throughout Downtown Rochester. A digital map will be made available on November 22.

Online Silent Auction (November 24-28) – The auction is full of surprises; baskets, mini trees of all sizes, holiday décor, and more! Bidding will start on November 24 at 4 p.m.



We are excited to announce that the Opening Night Gala will once again be held at the Mayo Civic Center! Other events will be hosted in several parts of downtown Rochester. Stay tuned, more information coming soon!

Get Involved

We invite you to be our guest, make a gift, and volunteer! Together, we will work to organize this community fundraising event. For more information on how to get involved please fill out the interest form above and we will reach out with more information.

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