It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like WinterFest!



WinterFest Weather Update:

With the steady rain, ArtsConnect and Springfield Township staff made the early decision to cancel the parade and all outdoor student performances in the Winter Village, but this does not cancel the rest of the amazing activities at WinterFest today. Families can still look forward to the winter village being open - with food, photos with Santa, hair painting and tattoos, crafts and more! (no hay rides unless it clears up or petting zoo). There are LOTS of indoor activities to enjoy! 


Art/Craft/Vendor Fair 1-6pm, Cincinnati Civic Orchestra 1-3pm, Madcap Puppets 4:30 p.m, The Cincinnati Opera 4-6pm (15 min shows). 


We will make the decision on the fireworks later today. Please stay tuned and come down for a day of fun! Activities and posts from ArtsConnect can be seen on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/theartsconnect 



WinterFest - December 1

1-7pm

PARADE AT 3 PM, FIREWORKS at 7PM

MAP OF WINTERFEST: VIEW MAP

*Note this map was revised on 11/27. The Winter Village has moved to asphalt to avoid muddy conditions. 


Where to Park: On-site parking will be available until filled. Please be kind to our neighboring businesses and do not park in their customer parking spaces. Parking BEHIND the neighboring plaza is allowed but please, no event parking in front of the US Bank plaza or in the main Brentwood Bowl parking lot. Additional parking with a FREE shuttle from 1-7:45pm will be located at Northminster Church, 703 Compton Road. The first 500 vehicles will receive a swag bag from the event sponsors.


What is the Cost of Admission: WinterFest is FREE thanks to our sponsors. We are asking for donations of new and gently used coats for St Vincent DePaul, packaged toys for the Springfield Township Police Department's Heroes and Helpers Program, and/or canned goods to support our local school food pantries. Any financial donations support ArtsConnect and their mission to create community vibrancy through the arts, events, parks & recreation.


Major AttractionsThe Winter Village features 8 cottages, 2 food trucks, a S'mores Fire Pit, Free Hay Rides, Photos With Santa, Crafts, A Main Stage and a Petting Zoo. Fireworks will be held in the Winter Village at 7p.m. Other attractions include an Art, Craft Vendor Fair, 1pm Holiday Concert by the Cincinnati Civic Orchestra, 3pm Holiday Parade and 4:30 pm Madcap Puppet Show. Students from WInton Woods, Mt Healthy and Finneytown will also perform every half hour until 5pm


Social Media: Be sure to take your picture at WinterFest using our Snapchat Filter!!! Tag us at @ArtsConnect. Springfield Township's Hashtag is #Springfieldtwp   #Centertoitall


Shopping: Get a jump start on your holiday shopping at WinterFest!!! We have 28 art, craft and vendor booths located inside the Art Center. Be sure to stop by the ArtsConnect booth for skateboard decks, class gift certificates and rockinghorse kits! Outside, you can pick up all of your Charley Harper treasures! Ornaments, keepsakes and prints will all be on sale! Need a storage shed? Get that too at WinterFest! 


Eating: You can find all kinds of food at WinterFest this year! With JGumbos, LaRosa's, Dapper Doughnuts and The Fudge and Nut Hut, you can't possibly go home hungry!!


AMAZING SPONSORS MAKING THIS POSSIBLE! This community is incredible. Once businesses and organizations learned about WinterFest events, they jumped on board to make it all possible. Our premier sponsors include Cricket Valley Structures and Mt Pleasant Asphalt. High Contributing Sponsors of WinterFest include Construct Connect, Gracepoint Church, Finneytown Athletic Association, McIntire Photography, UDF and J Gumbos. Cabin sponsors include US Bank, STAR Soccer Club, Greenhills Forest Park Kiwanis, McDonald's, Visiting Angels and Northside Bank and Trust. Supporting sponsors include Torbeck's Auto Repair, Klei Mower, RA Consultants LLC, Brentwood Bowl, AJ's Bar & Grill, Finneytown Civic Association, Bachman's, University of Cincinnati Medical Research, Freddy's Steakburgers, Norton, Uncle Bills Garden Center, Warm 98, LaRosa's, Aaramark, Hamilton County Parks, Herc, Forrest Lytle and Sign Effects.




EVENT SCHEDULE:

INDOORS:

1-6 p.m. Art/Craft/Vendor Fair (Arts Center) - (Booth spaces all sold out) Raffle closes at 6pm

1-3 p.m. Cincinnati Civic Orchestra Holiday Concert (60 -piece orchestra at the Grove Event Center)

4:30 p.m. Madcap Puppet Show “A Christmas Carol” (Grove Event Center)

1-5 p.m. Student Art Gallery (Grove Event Center)


OUTDOORS:

1-7 p.m. Winter Village Featuring Eight Cottages with family activities (Outdoors)

1-7 p.m. Hay Rides (Candy Lane & Marview Terrace)

1-7 p.m. Petting Zoo

1-7 p.m. S'mores Pit (Smore's kit availabe for purchase at Mrs Claus' Kitchen Cottage)

1-7 p.m. Tree Display By Local Schools (Trees to be auctioned at 6:30 p.m. benefit the school the tree is decorated by)

3-6 p.m. Ice Sculpture Demonstration (Family Photo Op When Completed!)

3-4 p.m. Parade (*Winton Road from Arby's to the Fire Station will be closed during the parade) - CANCELLED

4-6 p.m. The Opera Express - Mobile Opera Theater Shows

7 p.m.     Rozzi's Holiday Fireworks Show 


Outdoor Stage - THESES ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED

1:30 p.m. Winton Woods Elementary 3rd & 4th Grade Choir
2:00 p.m. Finneytown Secondary Campus Chorale
2:30 p.m. Mt Healthy North Youth Choir
3:00 p.m. Parade
4:00 p.m. Mt Healthy Junior/Senior Choir
4:30 p.m.   Winton Woods Young Choir

6:30 p.m.   Live Christmas Tree Auction (Benefit schools)

7:00 p.m.   Holiday FIREWORKS to music *Fireworks will be on site - close and intimate. Unlike traditional 4th of July fireworks, these may only be seen from the Winter Village.



For more information, call 522-2108.