Jacksonville Winterfest

December 1-3, 2017 at two locations:
Riverwalk Crossing Park, December 2
Jacksonville Commons, December 1-3

Jacksonville Transit will provide free shuttle service between the two locations on Dec 2 from noon to 7:30PM.
Sledding, Ice Skating, Gingerbread Contest, The Olde Towne Candy Shoppe, Pet Photos with Santa, Santa's Workshop, Hay & Pony Rides, Flotilla, Entertainment, Arts & Crafts Show, Children's Games and Activities, and More!

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Winterfest at Riverwalk, 421 Court Street
December 2, 1-6PM

Don't miss out on this festive family event! Enjoy sledding, ice skating, and snowball fights! Santa arrives at 1PM. Other activities will include a petting zoo, reindeer games, hay rides, pony rides, and train rides. An old fashioned candy shop will be available at the Riverwalk Marina. Stick around for the tree lighting ceremony at 5:30PM and the holiday flotilla after dark! Winterfest is free and open to the public.

Download the Winterfest Map (PDF)

Entertainment Schedule for Winterfest 2017

1:15PM     Onslow Winds Jazz Band
2:15PM     Bell Fork Elementary Chorus
3PM           Lees Cut
5:30PM      New River Harmony Barbershop
6PM           Tree Lighting & Flotilla

Free Admission & Parking!

Jacksonville Transit will provide a free shuttle service between Riverwalk Crossing Park and Jacksonville Commons on Saturday, December 2 from 12-7:30PM. Park at one location and access both the Winterfest outdoor activities at Riverwalk and the Arts & Crafts Show at the Commons with the convenience of Jacksonville Transit's shuttle service. Overflow parking for Winterfest at Riverwalk Crossing Park includes New Bridge Middle School, New River Shopping Center, Jacksonville Public Safety Complex, the County Justice Complex, and Jacksonville Landing. Free Admission and Parking will be available throughout the event.

30th Annual Christmas Flotilla

In partnership with the City of Jacksonville and Jacksonville Winterfest, the Jacksonville Breakfast Rotary will be presenting their 30th annual Christmas Flotilla on the New River. Join us during the tree lighting ceremony to view the decorated boats as they travel towards Wilson Bay. Viewing locations are L.P. Willingham Park (at the end of Riverwalk Park) and the River Front Park.

Have a boat and want to join the flotilla? Boat Registration Form (PDF)

Winterfest Artisan Market at Jacksonville Commons, 100 Recreation Lane December 1-3

Holiday Artisan Market

The show will feature artisans and crafters from all areas of North Carolina, providing you a chance to do some holiday shopping!

Friday, Dec 1, 5-8PM - Get the first look and shop the preview event.
Saturday, Dec 2, 10AM-6PM - The holiday shopping fun continues!
Sunday, Dec 3, 12-5PM - Find even more holiday treasures.

Interested in being a vendor at the Arts and Crafts Show? Vendor Application (PDF)

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December 1, 2017
Santa's Arrival!

Will he arrive by air or land? Join us to find out how Santa makes his grand entrance at 6PM on Friday, December 1 at the Jacksonville Commons!

The Winterfest Artisan Market will be open from 5-8PM at the Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center.

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December 2, 2017
Pet Photos with Santa!

Back by popular demand! You can have your pet's photo taken with Santa on Saturday, December 2 (time TBD). Dress your pet in their finest holiday garb for a festive photo with the big guy. Proceeds benefit Back to Nature-Second Chance Animal Rescue in Jacksonville.

Gingerbread Workshops

Join us for a fun afternoon of creating your own gingerbread masterpiece. Professional chefs will be on hand to assist! Pre-registration is required. Cost is $5 per kit and registration is open to the first 50 people. All ages are welcome.

Gingerbread house

Thank you to American Dream Cakes for their expertise.

Sunday, December 3 2-4PM
Commons Recreation Center, 100 Recreation Lane

Christmas Cheer Drop-Off

This is a great opportunity to give back while having fun! There will be a donation station for Christmas Cheer at Riverwalk Crossing Park during on December 2 from 1-6PM. Drop off a new, unwrapped toy for boys and girls ages 0-18. Donations will benefit local children.

Onslow Christmas Cheer began in the early 70’s and helps needy children and their families at Christmas. Through this drive, children are assisted with toys, families receive food donations, and the Onslow County community makes it all happen. Onslow Christmas Cheer


Event size in 2016 was 5,000+. Media & Food Vendors, contact 910 938-5314.

Thank You, Sponsors, for helping to make this event great!

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Thank you, Winterfest Partners!

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Winterfest is hosted by the City of Jacksonville and Jacksonville Recreation & Parks.