Events and Info

Festival Events and Info

Viewing Hours

Viewing Hours run from Monday, November 28 through Sunday, December 4. Come on by Liberty Hall to see the amazing creations of our wonderful donors. The schedule is as follows:

Monday, November 28 – 10 am – 8 pm
Tuesday, November 29 – 10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday, November 30 – 10 am – 4pm
Thursday, December 1 – 10 am – 5 pm
Friday, December 2 – 10 am – 9 pm
Saturday, December 3 – 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, December 4 – 10 am – 2 pm

A suggested donation of $5 is requested for adult guests and children over the age of 10.

Gingerbread Houses on Parade

New this year, O’Connell Children’s Shelter has taken over Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County’s beloved Gingerbread House Fundraiser. We will be displaying the gingerbread houses throughout the downtown in various store front windows. Remember to grab your map/scavenger hunt form at the front table so that you can ensure you see the Gingerbread Houses on Parade.

Cookies with Santa

You have TWO opportunities to get your picture with Santa this year at Festival.

Monday, November 28 – 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Tuesday, November 29 – 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Suggested Donation of $5 per person over the age of 3 or $20 for families of 4 or more people.

Auction Party - Wednesday, November 30

Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts
Check in begins at 5:30 pm; Live Auction begins at 7:00 pm
Go to to purchase your tickets today!

Pulling for a Change

Thanks to the generous involvement of McGrew Real Estate, the horse carriage rides throughout downtown Lawrence are back for another year.

Proposed Dates (weather permitting) are as follows:
· Sunday, November 27 – Noon – 5 pm
· Tuesday, November 29 – 4:30 – 8 pm
· Monday, December 5 – 4:30 – 8 pm
· Tuesday, December 6 – 4:30 – 8 pm
· Sunday, December 11 – Noon – 5 pm

General Tickets are $10/person, $40/family of 4+ people. VIP Tickets are $25/person. Information re: purchasing of tickets will be released in the coming days.

Mitten Tree

Each year, the Festival of Trees showcases a “Mitten Tree” with the wishes of families in need in your area. If you prefer a more personalized approach, come down to Liberty Hall during viewing hours to pick out your “mitten” that will have the wishes, including ages and sizes of family members, so you may personally shop for your adopted family. Instructions, restrictions and due date will be provided so you can shop for your neighbors in need. Of if you prefer to have someone else do the shopping, you make a directed donation toward the “mitten tree” at the $25, $50, $100 level so we can complete the shopping for our families in need at