Credit: Riverside Theatre

VERO BEACH — Riverside Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer Allen D. Cornell and Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer Jon R. Moses presents the 21st Annual Festival of Trees. Benefitting Children’s Theatre programming and scholarships, the Festival, begins on Friday, Nov. 16 with a glittering gala and “A Swingin’ Christmas” show. The Christmas show is starring Michael Andrew and continues with the regular showcase on Nov. 17 and 18, 2018.

Featuring a “Favorite Things” theme, the entire Riverside Theatre campus will feature a sparkling world of Christmas trees, holiday displays, a Santa’s village, community choirs, and a fun night of surprises for the whole family on Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Gala attendees on Nov. 16 will welcome the holidays with a progressive evening full of entertainment. The Gala begins at Riverside Children’s Theatre with the opening the Festival Forest and Silent Auction with passed hors d’oeuvres, then move to the Riverside Loop for a moveable feast under the stars, and finally enter the Stark Stage for a very special “A Swingin’ Christmas” Concert featuring Michael Andrew and his 8-piece Swingerhead Band.

Michael Andrew will be starring in “A Swingin’ Christmas” set for Nov. 17 and 18.

There will be four distinct areas on the Riverside campus for people to enjoy: The Festival Forest, Santa’s Village, the Festival Market and the Grand Festival Hall and Christmas Shoppe.

The Festival Forest in Riverside Children’s Theatre is transformed into a magical forest with over 50 beautifully decorated trees and 24 holiday wreaths. Designers from all over the area volunteer their time, talent and treasure to create these unique, holiday masterpieces. The gingerbread village, a magical mix of large and small creations, is always a focal point in the display area and completes any home, holiday décor.

What would a holiday party be without Kris Kringle in attendance? Santa’s Village will be an outdoor area that will feature music, performances, family activities, a synthetic skating rink, and Santa himself. Santa’s Village will also be the main location for Family Night where kids can enjoy crafts, games, and the twinkling decorations.

In the Grand Festival Hall and Christmas Shoppe located in Riverside Theatre’s main building, there will be a hub of activity with the Community Stage on the Waxlax Stage showcasing performances by local choirs and musicians, our 16 foot Christmas tree, and the festive Christmas Shoppe.

The Festival Market will allow you to take a stroll through the latest addition to the Festival of Trees. Guests will be allowed to visit vendors and peruse their sweet treats and festive fashions. Kids can try their skills at Maximum Velocity Gymnastics’ Obstacle Course, and parents can enjoy a relaxing chair massage provided by Serenity Solutions.

And of course, the ever popular Breakfast with Santa returns with a visit by St. Nick, musical performances, and a delectable breakfast. There will be a 9 a.m. Breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18.

The 21st Annual Festival of Trees takes place Nov. 16-18, 2018. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Box Office at 772-231-6990 or go online to

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