It’s a lush holiday tradition, tucked away on the corner of Barcelona and Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach – the Festival of Trees at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gallery.
Trust us, it’s magic. Twenty-five professionally decorated trees line the garden’s pathways; you’ll wind your way through the festive forest once, twice, maybe three times, trying to take in every last detail. A choreographed light display illuminates two of Ann Norton’s gigantic sculptures and reflects into one of the garden’s many ponds. Schoolchildren play, dance and sing each evening. (We must express a particular fondness for the Joy Ringers Handbell Choir from Lake Park Baptist School; they’re on at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.)
This year’s theme? Celebrating Design through the Decades. This tenth staging of the event is meant to emphasize the importance of design through history, and we can’t wait to see how the interior designers, artists and florists interpret the theme in the tree designs they create.
Inside, Worth Avenue’s Holden Luntz Gallery is staging an exhibition titled Eye on Photography: A Survey of Contemporary Themes, which explores decades of design. Each room of the ANSG Gallery will feature photographs from a different era.
The festival runs from December 2-14, and is sponsored by Sentient Jet. Special events include:
- Gala Evening in the Gardens (7-10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2): An elegant kick-off evening filled with music, dance, theatrical performances and amazing food provided by the some of the best restaurants in town. Purchase tickets here.
- Children’s Gala (5-7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11): A night of merriment and surprises around every turn of the garden. Child-friendly refreshments for young visitors and their parents. Tickets are $40 per person for both adults and children.
Community Days are open to the public, and admission is $25 for adults ($15 for seniors and members), and $8 for children. The gardens are open from 6-8:30 p.m. from Saturday, Dec. 3-Saturday, Dec. 10 and from Monday, Dec. 12-Wednesday, Dec. 14.
Visit the Ann Norton Sculpture Gallery website to learn more and buy tickets, or phone at 561-832-5328.
(Photo courtesy of the Ann Norton Sculpture Gallery)