Special Events - Deck the Halls at St. Vincent's Villa

Deck the Halls 2.0 - Changes ahead for 2019! See below!

Lots of Christmas trees

As you can see in the picture above, decorating the gymnasium at St. Vincent's Villa has been a Christmas tradition for many years. This year, we are switching things up and asking volunteers to help decorate key public areas, courtyards, and children's living spaces. We hope to make the decorations more visible as kids move around the building, as well as keep the gym free for more physical activities during December. We need all the help we can get decorating Christmas trees and hanging lights, both outside and inside. Together, we make the children's Christmas extra special. Family friendly! * You must be 16+ years of age to work in the children's living spaces, however (which does not include public areas).

St. Vincent’s Villa offers residential treatment and diagnostic services for children between the ages of 5 and 13 with significant emotional and behavioral challenges in a state of the art facility. We serve children from all of the State. The goal is to move the children back to the community as soon as they are ready with all the necessary supports and services to ensure long-term success. 

Deck the Halls (Saturday, December 7)

Over the course of the day, we decorate the trees and the gym while listening to Christmas music and enjoying light refreshments. Stay as long as you like!

Un-Deck the Halls (Saturday, January 11 - date change!!)

What goes up must come down. Help us pack everything away (we promise it's a lot quicker!), and we'll provide the Christmas cookies.


The tradition of converting half of the gym at SVV into a magnificent Christmas tree display started in 2007. Former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell and his wife, Pat, were huge supporters of St. Vincent’s from the moment they came to Baltimore, both personally and through the Ravens. In 2007 a Mass was held at SVV to celebrate their Anniversary and Pat took advantage of this event to plan an event for the kids as well. The children’s event was designed by Jake Boone, Pat’s designer, and featured 17 Christmas trees that first year. Since then, Jake and former Catholic Charities employee Ellen Torres have coordinated the display and organized the volunteers, continually growing the display and making it into the magical spectacle that it is today.

Schedule Summary

This activity generally occurs on

  • Friday - Afternoon, Evening, Through the night
  • Saturday - All Day