Dear Friends,

We are so excited to be kicking off the holiday season with our 3rd annual Festival of Trees, A Multicultural Celebration of the Holidays on December 11! Gather your family and friends and join in the fun. With nearly 30 decorated trees to view, along with stories, vendors, food, and music, it is the perfect opportunity to get into the holiday spirit!

Speaking of holiday spirit, be sure to check out our Festival of Trees Preview Party for adults where we will be sampling several cocktails representing different cultural traditions. Details for these events and our other holiday-themed programs can be found below.

Wishing you and your family all the best this Holiday Season!

Until next time,

Festival of Trees


Sunday, December 11, 11am - 3pm

Join us for this outdoor winter festival celebrating Hanukkah, the Winter Solstice, Christmas, and Kwanzaa featuring crafts, games, entertainment, market vendors, photos with Santa, and 30+ trees decorated by local non-profits, families, school and scout groups, and local businesses.

For event details and tickets, click here.

To register to decorate a tree for this event, click here.


Saturday, December 10, 7 - 9 pm

Enjoy a "Spirited Celebration of the Holidays!" See details below under adult programs.

Holiday Greens Pre-Sale

Wreaths, swags, and centerpieces, oh my! Help support Reeves-Reed Arboretum this holiday season by ordering your holiday greens in advance. Wreaths, swags, centerpieces, bows, and more are available.  The income raised contributes directly to the care and upkeep of our gardens and grounds. 

The deadline has been extended to December 6 at 3 here!

Please click on the program titles for more information and to register.

Registration is required unless otherwise noted.

Adult Programs

The Secret Tea Room

December dates: 12/4, 12/14, 12/15, 12/18

Celebrate a "tea-riffic" holiday season with the Secret Tea Room! Cream Tea on Wednesdays and Afternoon Tea on Sundays. Make your reservations today!

P.S. GIFT CERTIFICATES are now available and make the perfect holiday present! Call 908.273.8787 x1010 for details.

NEW! Festival of Trees Preview Cocktail Party

Saturday, December 10, 7 - 9 pm

On the eve of our Festival of Trees, come enjoy a “spirited” celebration in historic Wisner House by sampling a collection of cocktails and desserts representing various customs enjoyed during the holiday season. You'll be invited to take a winter walk and get a "first look" at the lighted trees being featured at Sunday's Festival. A magnificent tree decorated by a local designer will also be auctioned off.

Forest Bathing

Winter Solstice, Wednesday, December 21, 1 - 3:30 pm

Live in the present moment while immersing your senses in the sights and sounds of the Arboretum. This guided walk takes approximately 2.5 hours and requires no exceptional skill or physical exertion. 

Children & Family Programs

PLEASE NOTE: Member registration for our 2023 winter classes begins Monday, January 2 at 9 am; Non-member registration begins Monday, January 9 at 9 am.

Winter Solstice Celebration (families w/ children ages 4+)

Wednesday, December 21, 4 - 5 pm

Celebrate the shortest day of the year with stories and cocoa around the campfire as we reflect on the ancient traditions surrounding the first day of winter.

Annual Appeal

Year-End Giving

Please give generously to our annual appeal so we can continue to be YOUR arboretum. Your fully tax-deductible gift provides the general operating support needed to carry out our mission of engaging, educating and enriching people of all ages to become better stewards of nature and the environment.

With deepest gratitude,




Registration is required for all volunteer opportunities.

Please click on the titles for more information. For questions or to register,

email Trish Cassin here or call (908) 273-8787, x1616.

Holiday Prep and Decorating (ages 18+)

Now through December 14, 2-Hour Sessions 

Various dates

Prep volunteers will assist with set-up and clean-up; those who are artistic and crafty help create unique centerpieces, wreaths, topiaries, and more!

Festival of Trees (ages 14+)

Sunday, December 11

Shifts: 10:30 am - 1 pm or 1 pm - 3:30 pm

Volunteers are needed for this outdoor festival to help with set-up, crafts, activities, and more. Volunteers should be ages 14+.

Woodland Restoration (ages 18+)

Fridays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Help restore our existing woodland trails, plant native trees, identify and remove invasives, and more! Email Trish for more information.

Ground Force (ages 14+, 12-13 w/an adult)

Thursday and Saturday, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Join our horticulture staff working outdoors to maintain and enhance the beauty of our grounds.

Other News



Visits to the Gallery

Environmental Educator, Lisa Lukas, takes the children on inspirational nature journeys in our art gallery, fostering perception, exploration, and imagination!

Read all about it here.


Choose Reeves-Reed Arboretum as your charity at and a percentage of your eligible Amazon purchases will be donated back to the Arboretum at no cost to you! Same products, same low prices, and same service.

Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping!


Looking for a special gift for the person who has everything? Give them the gift of NATURE with a

one-year Arboretum membership that includes: free entry to our community festivals and summer concerts, discounted programs, and more!

Email our office manager here or call 908.272.8787 x1010 for details and to purchase a gift membership.

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Come for a walk outside. We are here for you.

Be well and stay healthy!

Reeves-Reed Arboretum

165 Hobart Avenue

Summit, NJ 07901

(908) 273-8787

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Wisner House Open: 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday - Friday
Grounds Open: 9 am to 4 pm daily (November - March)
7 am to 7 pm daily (April - October)
Programs and events at RRA are made possible, in part, by support from:
Novartis; Lois Schneider Realtor; Bartlett Tree Experts; Infantini Landscaping; Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation; E.J. Grassmann Trust; Mary Reinhart Stackhouse Foundation; The Summit Foundation; Hyde & Watson Foundation; Union Foundation; Kessler Foundation; Garden Clubs of America; Summit Garden Club; Junior League of Summit; Ciel Power LLC; NJ Historic Trust; Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust; DEP/Green Acres Grant Program; Union County Board of County Commissioners, a division of the Department of State, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Department of Parks & Community Renewal. 

Special thanks to our media partners including
TAPInto, Summit Living, Macaroni Kid, Patch, and Renna Media.

Signature membership activities for 2022 are underwritten with generous support from Investors Bank.