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A celebration of the season!
December 2-4 at two locations!
Riverwalk Crossing Park (Dec 3)
Jacksonville Commons (Dec 2-4)

Sledding, Ice Skating, Gingerbread Contest, Local Idol Talent Show, Santa, Hay & Pony Rides, Flotilla, Entertainment, Arts & Crafts Show, Children's games and activities, and more!


Winterfest - real snow!Winterfest at Riverwalk, 421 Court Street 

December 3, 1-6PM -  This is a must do event for the family who likes winter fun. Winterfest attendees sled on real snow, ice skate, visit with Santa, see the tree lighting and holiday flotilla. Children enjoy the petting zoo, reindeer games, hay rides, pony rides, and train rides. WInterfest is free and open to the public. 

Christmas Cheer Drop-off 
Winterfest had a donation station for Christmas Cheer. Onslow Christmas Cheer began in the early 70’s and helps needy children and their families.  In 2013 2,300 children were assisted with toys, 1,200 food boxes were distributed, 18 schools donated food and volunteers throughout the community helped to make it all happen. Onslow Christmas Cheer

Free Admission & Parking!

The City provides a free shuttle from designated parking areas to and from the event. Free Admission and Parking. Event size in 2015 was 5,000+. Media & Food 
Vendors contact 938-5314. Winterfest Event Images 

Arts and Crafts Show
Winterfest at Jacksonville Commons, 100 Recreation Lane

December 2-4
Holiday Arts and Crafts Show 

Located at the Jacksonville Commons, 100 Recreation Lane, this event was designed for the entire family. Attendees have the opportunity to shop for holiday goodies from local artists and crafters.

Interested in being a vendor at the Arts and Crafts Show?  Download this application.


Local Idol Talent Show - Winterfest 2014December 2, 2016
Santa's Arrival!
He may arrive by air or land, join us to find out how Santa makes his grand entrance!  The Winterfest Arts and Crafts Show will be open from 5-8PM at the Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center.  The show will feature artisans and crafters from all areas of North Carolina, providing you with an opportunity to get some Holiday shopping done.  The fun will continue on Saturday, with the show being open from 10AM-6PM, so bring the whole family for the festivities!


December 4, 2016
Gingerbread Contest                            

Back by popular command is our Gingerbread Contest.  Contestant creations will be displayed and judged at the Arts & Crafts Show on December 4, with winners being announced at 3:30PM. This is an opportunity for youth to showcase their baking and crafting abilities. For more information view our 
rules and registration form.

Gingerbread Workshops
Interested in creating your special masterpiece for entry in the Gingerbread House Contest?  Then join us at one of our Gingerbread House Workshops to fine tune your technique.  With the assistance of professionals from American Dream Cakes, you will receive your own gingerbread house kit and special tips on creating you special masterpiece.  Registration is required on a first come first served basis and the fee is $5 per person.  Call 910 938-5312 to reserve your seat today!

Thank You Sponsors for helping to make this event great!
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Winterfest Partners, Thank you!- 

CCACGuild      Local Idol logo

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



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