Festival of Trees 2023

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Get into the holiday spirit by paying a visit to the City of Gainesville’s fourth annual Festival of Trees display!

The 2023 Festival of Trees display has been unveiled! Enjoy this festive tradition during the morning or afternoon hours on most weekdays now through Thursday, Dec. 21.


The City of Gainesville's Festival of Trees has induced smiles and feelings of nostalgia since it was introduced in 2020.


A festive display of themed Christmas trees decorated by City of Gainesville departments, many trees feature photoworthy details, plus interactive components (like photo props), to engage the public.

Participating departments include those based in the admin building: City Manager's Office, Communications + Tourism, Financial Services, Human Resources, Information Technology, Public Works and Water Resources.


Visitors may observe and photograph the trees any time from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday (excluding City-observed holidays). Trees are located on the first floor of the Gainesville Administration Building, located at 300 Henry Ward Way.

In observance of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, City administrative offices will be closed Thursday-Friday, Nov. 23-24, and Friday, Dec. 22 and Monday, Dec. 25. Departments will dismantle trees after Christmas.


Why not!? The Festival of Trees came about as City of Gainesville leadership brainstormed ways to restore the holiday spirit following the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The small gesture had a BIG impact, and the display continues to attract thousands of visitors year after year.

Additional information

Please note parking outside the admin building is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Find free and covered parking at any one of the following downtown parking decks, all located within walking distance to the Festival of Trees: Main Street Parking Deck, 301 Main St.; Gainesville North Parking Deck, 100 Brenau Ave.; and Hall County Parking Facility, 225 Green St.