Festival of Trees

Our most festive fundraiser of the year!

Experience the magic!

Festival of Trees is a unique holiday fundraiser designed with creativity and inclusion in mind. For one weekend, Washington County Humane Society is transformed into a beautifully-designed holiday display, featuring trees, wreaths, and other décor sponsored and decorated by community members and local businesses. The decorated items are raffled off throughout the weekend and available for pick-up or delivery just in time for the holidays. 


Festival of Trees is a family-friendly, community event open to all. In its 24 year history, over $750,000 has been raised to benefit the animals in our care.

2023 Dates & Times

Saturday, December 7 from 10am – 7pm

Sunday, December 8 from 10am – 4pm


Adults: $8.00

Seniors: $6.00

Children ages 4-12: $6.00


Tickets can be bought at WCHS the day of the event.

Décor Raffle

Most décor items (trees/wreaths/etc.) on display in the Sylvia Lutz Training Center will be available for raffle on Saturday and Sunday of the event. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the ticket table near the entrance of the training center. Raffle winners will be pulled and announced on Sunday, December 3 at 3pm.


Please note: Some décor items will not be available for raffle because they were sold during Preview Party, an exclusive, first-look event for sponsors and decorators the night before the weekend event. The evening’s beverages are sponsored by Jeff’s Spirits on Main.

Live Music

As you walk through our display, live music performances will serenade you into the holiday spirit! 

Bake Sale & Holiday Boutique

Bake Sale

Satisfy your holiday sweet tooth at Festival of Trees! All weekend long, freshly baked goods will be beautifully arranged and sold near the entrance of the shelter. If you would like to prepare baked goods for our event, contact Jessica Pillsbury and request the guidelines! 


Holiday Boutique

Browse a sprawling collection of holiday-themed gifts, décor, and countless other treasures at the Boutique, located in the WCHS Classroom. The Boutique is open the entire weekend and even has extended hours after the event!


Extended Boutique Hours

  • Monday (12/9): 8:30am – 6:30pm
  • Tuesday (12/10): 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • Wednesday (12/11): 8:30am – 7:30pm
  • Thursday (12/12): 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • Friday (12/13): 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • Saturday (12/14): 8:30am – 4:30pm
Please allow noon – 1pm for staff lunch. 

"Ugly" Holiday Sweaters

Need a holiday sweater or garment for an upcoming gathering? WCHS has you covered, literally! Starting in November, shop a variety of thrifted “ugly” garments in all shapes and sizes. Available pieces will be hung around the shelter corridors and can be purchased at reception. 


The Ugly Sweater display is sourced and sponsored by Just Call Me Mom Jeans Vintage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Parking is in the following areas:

  • Town of Polk lot (next door to WCHS)
  • The soccer field back lot (accessible on Scenic Road)
  • Midwest Food & Tobacco (3767 Scenic Rd, Slinger, WI 53086)

Attendants will be posted around to guide you as you enter. Please expect a longer wait to be parked if attending around mid-day.

Event Sponsors

Barb Heiligenstein
Eric & Leona Westphal
Linda & Peter Hotz
Daniel & Marion Unertl
Paul Zeigler

Decorator and Sponsor Resources

Tree/Wreath/Decor Sponsor Form - coming soon!