Festival of Trees Links
The Festival of Trees has been a major project for the Rochester Woodcarvers going back to 1989. Here are the themes to all of our trees and links to all of the pages of photos and information going back to 1994.
A link to Extras and Challenges is at the bottom of this page.
|2023||Undercover Santas, 3-D intarsia Santa topper|
|2022||Gnome for the Holidays, gnome village, feast table, houses, trees, Swedish Star Topper|
|2021||Gingiville – Village of Gingerbread Folks, 6 foot tree|
|2020||Fun in the Snow, multiple activities from sledding & skating to snow sculpture contest|
|2019||A Trio of Trees – 3 foot chainsaw red pine tree with birds, owl topper & grape vine, 4 foot with woodland and other spirit faces with raccoon in tree topper, 4 foot “Christmas Time” with woven star|
|2018||A Trio of Trees – 2 foot with 6-8″ flat style nativity figures, 4 foot Signs at the North Pole and Sweet Christmas Eats|
|2017||A Trio of Trees – 2 & 4 foot trees as Christmas Memories with wooden toys around the base AND a 4 foot tree as a Nature tree with bird, animal and plant ornaments along with bird houses underneath|
|2016||A Trio of Trees – 2, 4 & 6 foot trees, Theme-Colorful Christmas, White picket fence on 2 larger trees|
|2015||A Teddy Bears’ Picnic, woodland scene with one tree trunk holding the decorated tree, Bee hive topper|
|2014||First Christmas – a nativity complete with a manger and hand carved figures, emu egg shell topper|
|2013||The Old Country Church (on Christmas Eve), including choir loft with organ and stained glass window|
|2012||The Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe, Huge shoe plus Mary, Mary Quite Contrary; Three Blind Mice; Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater; Jack and Jill; and Humpty Dumpty|
|2011||Candyland Carousel, fully functional 28″ diameter model with 16 animals and calliope music – Fantastic craftsmanship and artwork!|
|2010||Woodcarver’s Cottage with the theme “Carving the Dream”, nisses living underneath|
|2009||Cabin In The Woods, complete with canoe and lake as well as outhouse|
|2008||Santa’s Workshop, many elves and toys|
|2007||Seasons on the Farm, barn surrounded by 4 sectional seasons|
|2006||Christmas Remembered, 4 sided fireplace with toys plus silhouette crèche|
The only documentation from 1994 through 2007 is a single photo album.
Click here for 1994-2007 photo album
2005 All God’s Creatures, bird houses and feeders
2003 A Reason for the Season, simple 4 sided box with fretwork crèche on each side
2002 A Whole Lot of Santas Going On
2001 The True Heart of Christmas, open crèche, simple stylized figures
2000 A Millennium Christmas, Globe surrounded by half circle apron with around the world scenes
1999 A Camelot Christmas, round table surrounded by medieval characters
1998 Two by Two – Noah’s Ark, including skunks in their own dingy
1997 It Takes a Village, Carved characters in front of painted Rochester buildings
1996 Unending Spirit of Christmas, wraparound Crèche
1995 Carving the Spirit of Christmas, 4-sided Crèche scenes
1994 Winter Whittling
1993 No tree this year
1992 Keepsakes from Holidays Past
1991 Woodcarvers Celebrate the Holidays
1989 No Theme
Tree Challenges and other Extras
Some years the Festival of Trees designs had something extra. There is a page of links that provide a detailed look at some of them. Some are stories that go with the tree. Others are challenges for those who viewed them. These involved finding certain decorations on or under the trees. A description of the extras and all of the challenges are listed on this page.
Each of the pages for the trees have a link to its extras at their bottom.