Wreath Festival Fundraiser

Information for Daytime Decorating sessions

Thursday, December 5th and 12th, 11am - 1:30pm

Wreath Festival is our biggest fundraiser of the year. It raises more than $70,000 for our educational programs.

We are grateful for your support!

*This is a sold out event. We cannot accept walk-ins to any portion of the event. A ticket is required for both the pavilion and decorating sessions. Tickets are not sold at the door. Attendees must be 21 and over.

Where should I park?

Park along the sides of our driveway. Please carpool whenever possible. We have a long and narrow dirt driveway. You can help make parking an easy experience for everyone in the following ways…do not park head in; parallel park only and pull as far over as possible; close the gap between the car in front of/behind you whenever possible; always leave room for traffic to flow; do not attempt to turn around in the middle of the driveway. There is a turnaround at the top of the driveway. Please. If necessary, proceed to the top and follow the turn around. If you are getting out of your vehicle on the wooded side, watch your step. Some areas have a slight drop off.

How does the timing work?
The daytime session is a relaxed experience. The event will run from 11am – 1:30pm. When you arrive, come to the wreath tent to check in (on the hill in front of the Nature Center). From there you can opt to decorate your wreath in the Nature Center first and then head to the pavilion fireside relaxing or vice versa. If you plan to spend time in the pavilion first, please head to the Nature Center to decorate your wreath no later than 12:30pm (to ensure you have enough time to finish before the event ends at 1:30pm).  

What should I bring?
Food, beverages, bottle openers, cups, paper goods, utensils and a trash bag (we do not provide any of these items). You will be sharing space with other groups. Please consider this when making your food choices (allergens, odors, etc.). You will be moving your party from the pavilion to the nature center or vice versa. Bring only what you can carry conveniently and please consider the environment when planning your celebration.

What should I leave at home?
We do not allow the following: aerosol cans (no spray-able décor or fragrances), open flames (no candles, sterno, etc), music (we provide our own festive soundtrack; please don’t play personal music in the decorating rooms).


What should I do with my trash?

We have limited trash disposal resources. Please bring a trash bag to collect your group’s trash and plan to discard of it at home. We will be collecting empty bottles, etc. for recycling.

I hate to be wasteful. What can I do with my leftover food/drink?
Bring them home for your hungry family, or better yet…notify our hungry, hardworking staff, who will gladly take and enjoy them! 


How should I dress?
We want you to be comfortable! Dress how you like but we recommend you wear appropriate footwear for walking our dirt driveway, wood chipped grounds and gravel pavilion (and potentially muddy paths!). You will be outdoors at times, walking between your car, the Nature Center, the Pavilion and the wreath tent. The Nature Center and Pavilion are enclosed and heated.

Will there be a raffle to win great prizes as you've had in the past?

Yes! Our fundraising raffle offers chances to win wonderful prizes including unique Woodcock experiences. There will also be an opportunity to adopt one of our resident animals (providing financial support for their care). Cash, checks and credit/debit cards will be accepted. ​


What about winter weather?

If a winter storm prohibit us from running a session, we will send an email to attendees as well as put a message on our website and outgoing voicemail. 

​​I have more questions. Who can I talk to?
Feel free to call our office at (203) 762-7280 or email us at wnc@woodcocknaturecenter.org.