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Festival of Trees Will Once Again Transform Downtown Rochester

Release Date: April 16, 2021

Media Contact: Katie Adelman
Rochester Downtown Alliance
Direct: 507-216-9886



Festival of Trees Will Once Again Transform Downtown Rochester

ROCHESTER, Minn.—The Hiawatha Homes Foundation and the Rochester Downtown Alliance are uniting this holiday season to bring the Festival of Trees – A Celebration of Giving to the local community. This unique partnership will showcase decorated trees throughout the 44-block downtown area. Downtown Rochester will be lit up with these holiday masterpieces from November 22-November 28, 2021.

“In 2020, the RDA hosted a portion of the Festival of Trees in storefronts within walking distance of each other and it was a great success. As we continue to plan around the pandemic, we are excited to continue the success of this partnership and create another safe and accessible holiday experience in 2021,” said Lindsay Birr, development associate from Hiawatha Homes.

This long-standing, holiday event has been the signature fundraiser for Hiawatha Homes since the 1980s and has raised more than $4 million. The success of this event is due to the generous community support it has received throughout the last three decades.

The Festival of Trees will feature fully decorated trees from local community members. There will also be opportunities for sponsorship and volunteering, as well as smaller in-person and hybrid events and activities. Stay tuned for more details about this exciting partnership.

For the latest Festival of Trees announcements, visit the Hiawatha Homes website at

About the Rochester Downtown Alliance
The Rochester Downtown Alliance is a nonprofit corporation comprised of a broad range of people representing property owners, business leaders, the city and others with a direct stake in enhanced business and economic development conditions in the downtown district. We work together to build a vibrant downtown community. We believe a strong core positively impacts the greater city of Rochester. Through a series of special events, activities, and initiatives, we create energy, excitement, and a unique character to Downtown Rochester, Minnesota.

About Hiawatha Homes
Hiawatha Homes Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Rochester, MN. Founded in 1976, their mission is to provide quality support services to people with disabilities at home and in the community. Together with the community, Hiawatha Homes works to ensure the people they support are living a fulfilling life of their choice in a community that values and includes them.