18th Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival & Highland Games

September 15 & 16, 2018

Saturday 10am-10pm | Sunday 10am-6pm

Wishing Tree Contest

We're celebrating the 17th year our founders' wish come true with the creation of the Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival & Highland Games!

About Our Wishing Tree

Niagara Celtic's Wishing Tree joined the festival in 2015, and has become a mainstay for guests wishing to leave their mark while visiting. The tree's origins come from old traditions in Celtic nations; variations include Fairy Trees, May Trees, Votive Trees, and more. Visitors add their wishes to the trees as offerings to local saints, deities or wee folk, in hopes they can receive help or guidance towards the wish or prayer.

Public wishes are written on cloth or paper. Private wishes are called Clouties (Clootie in Scotland), which are rags, cloth or ribbons tied to the tree. Guests to our festival add to the tree all weekend, which is located in Region 4 near The Pavilion Stage, and at the end of the festival the wishes are ceremoniously sent to the heavens where we hope many receive help in coming true!


Jamie Monahan
Adrienne M.
Susan Wolf
Dennis Matthew Daley
Bonnie Reed
William ATR
Marcy D.
Kim M.
Catherine Close
Madison and Sam Torrie
Carol Harmon
Chelsea Carnahan
Lisa MacKay

Contest Details

This is your chance to have a wish added to our Wishing Tree before the festival begins! Even if you can't attend this year, we'd love to include your wish. Complete the form below, which sends us your private or public wish. Our festival staff will then place your wish onto the Wishing Tree before the festival; make sure to visit the tree and and look for find yours!


The Wishing Tree Contest is accepting submissions through August 31st. Limit ONE (1) wish per person/ per email; duplicate entries/ wishes will be discarded. Any wishes deemed innappropriate will be disqualified from the contest and will not be added to the tree. Odds in winning depend on number of participants. Winners will be notified by the email they've given, and will receive a complimentary day pass to the festival, good for use on either Saturday or Sunday.

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Wherever you go and whatever you do, May the luck of the Irish be there with you.

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