Our special holiday presentation of WinterFest, “North Pole Adventures,” includes a variety of family-friendly activities including the official tree-lighting ceremony with Mayor Debra March and Santa, fireworks display, gift and craft fair, food vendors, entertainment and an activity area where children can decorate cookies, mail a letter to Santa and build a toy in Santa’s workshop. The two-day festival is topped off with a spectacular evening light parade. WinterFest is open to all ages. Friday night festivities include the opening of the holiday season with a tree-lighting ceremony and festival. Saturday’s festivities conclude with our fabulous Evening Light Parade in the Water Street District.

Admission to the festival is free and there is no charge for most activities. Some carnival rides require $5 wristband purchase. Unlimited carnival rides with wristband. 

Friday, December 7

6pm - Tree Lighting Ceremony with Mayor March

  • Carolers from Schofield Middle School Choir and Basic High School Chorale Group
  • Fireworks display immediately following the ceremony

6pm-9pm - Festival

  • Jupiter Express train rides*
  • Carnival rides*
  • JingleFest Gift & Craft Fair
  • Gingerbread House Contest
  • Photos with Santa
  • Bounce houses
  • Food vendors
  • Photo booth

Saturday, December 8

Noon-5pm -  Festival

  • JingleFest Gift and Craft Fair
  • Cookie decorating in Mrs. Claus’ bakery
  • Carnival rides*
  • Pony rides*
  • Video game truck*
  • Gingerbread House Contest
  • Write a letter to Santa
  • Build a toy in Santa’s Workshop
  • Face painting
  • Photos with Santa
  • Bounce houses
  • Food vendors
  • Photo booth

5pm- Evening Light Parade

* requires $5 wristband purchase - includes unlimited rides

Road Closures

Ocean Avenue (From Van Wagenen to Haynes)

Closed to through traffic and street parking December 8 from Noon-7pm

Complete street closure December 8 from 4pm–7pm

Water Street (Minor to Victory)

Closed to street parking December 8 from 2pm–7pm

Complete street closure December 8 from 3:30pm-9pm

All remaining streets to be completely open at 9pm on December 8


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City of Henderson Special Events
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