Festival of Trees

Lawrence Festival of Trees

Thank you for your generous support of the 2023 Lawrence Festival of Trees. O’Connell Children’s Shelter raised about $200,000 through this event, which will support our youth and families. 

We appreciate you!

The annual Lawrence Festival of Trees, held during the holiday season, is the primary fundraising event for The O’Connell Children’s Shelter. Businesses, clubs, children’s groups, families and organizations donate Christmas trees and wreaths to be displayed for the entire Lawrence community to enjoy. The trees and wreaths are all decorated with inventive and whimsical themes in mind, and are auctioned off at the gala Festival of Trees event.

All of the money raised by this event goes to benefit the children, youth and families served by The O’Connell Children’s Shelter. Proceeds from this event have been used to enhance services as well as make capital improvements. 

The 2024 Lawrence Festival of Trees will be held Friday, November 29 – Sunday, Dec 8 at Maceli’s Banquet Hall & Catering, 1031 New Hampshire Street. Mark your calendars and start planning now!



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Decorate A Tree

Groups, individuals and businesses decorate themed trees or wreaths or gingerbread houses for the auction. Join in the tradition!

Attend The Auction

A Lawrence holiday tradition for more than 30 years!

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Become A Sponsor

Corporate Sponsorships help kids in need and have great benefits. Contact us to learn more!


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Champions for Children

Cherry Hill Properties


Edmonds Duncan registered investment advisors


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Child Advocates


Bank Midwest Where common sense lives

Lawrence Craft Company logo


MAR LAN Construction logo

p! Group Inc logo

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Friends of the Family

CEK Insurance * Roark Group * Scott Temperature * Sloan Law Firm
SSC CPAs + Advisors * Stephens Real Estate * Truity Credit Union

Friends of the Children

Care Source * Lawyers Title of Kansas

Individual Events

Cherry Hill Properties * Edmonds Duncan * Josie Polk * Kessler Construction
Scott Temperature * Stewart Team of Realtors * Truity Credit Union