46th Annual Christmas Tree Festival


The Christmas Tree Festival was founded in 1972 by the late Helen Mack for the purpose of providing a traditional holiday event for all members of the community.  The event is co-sponsored by the Church Women United, Johnny Appleseed Metro Park District, and the Allen County Historical Society.  Overflow parking is available in St. Rita’s Medical Center parking lot, north of the Museum off of High Street.  For more information call the museum at 419.222.9426.  Admission is free but donations are very much welcomed!

Days and Hours

            WED        Nov 28        10 - 5

            THU         Nov 29        10 - 5

             FRI          Nov 30        10 - 8

             SAT         Dec  1         10 - 5

             SUN        Dec  2         12 - 5

2018 Theme

“A Shiny, Bright


Evergreen, the Talking Tree

A small, unadorned tree symbolizes the purity of Christmas and visits with children, listening to their innermost thoughts.  EVERGREEN, the Talking Tree, has become the heart of the Christmas Tree Festival.

Art  Exhibit

Courtesy of Lima City Elementary Schools.


Live entertainment in the Folsom Auditorium of the Museum is scheduled throughout the festival - caroling, story-telling, high school ensembles, elementary school choirs, bands, organ music on the Page Theater organ, and other specialty groups.

Victorian MacDonell House

The beautiful 1893 historical mansion captures the elegance of Lima’s former “Golden Block” - propertly decked out for the holidays.

The Log House

A country Christmas, as celebrated in Ohio in the 1860’s, is portrayed in the restored log house which was moved in from the Steiner Farm of Perry Township.

The Children’s Discovery Center

Inside the Museum, the Children’s Discovery Center features a “hands-on” experience for children.  During the Festival, children learn how Christmas is celebrated in other places or times.  This year’s theme is “An Old Fashioned Christmas - 1925 - 1950.”  Children can make crafts to take home.

Gift Shopping

Instant Photos:  keepsake photos in a holiday frame.

Gifts from the Earth:  Area garden clubs sell baskets and gifts from nature.

Holiday Boutique:  Small items, old and new, including books and games, jewelry, toys, linens, and decorations may be purchased with pocket change.

Bake Shoppe:  Home made cookies, candies, and baked goods provided by area churches.

Little Children’s Shoppe:  Children 3rd grade and younger can purchase gifts for their families on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday only.

Festival Sponsors

Allen County Historical Society

Church Women United in the Lima Area

Johnny Appleseed Metro Park District


(Saturday & Sunday)

Wood Carving

Rug Hooking

The Polar Express

Read by Ann Miller on Sunday Afternoon.