Winterfest

Jacksonville Winterfest

Winterfest logoDecember 1-3, 2017 at two locations:
Riverwalk Crossing Park, Dec 2
Jacksonville Commons, Dec 1-3

Sledding, Ice Skating, Olde Towne Candy Shoppe, Pet Photos with Santa, Santa's Workshop, Hay & Pony Rides, Flotilla, Entertainment, Artisan Market, Children's Games and Activities, Gingerbread Workshop, and More!

Winterfest at Riverwalk Crossing Park
December 2, 1-6PM

Don't miss out on this festive family event! Enjoy sledding, ice skating, and snowball fights at Riverwalk Crossing Park, 421 Court Street! 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! 

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 Crossing Park and the Artisan Market at the Jacksonville Commons. 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.  

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

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

Winterfest Artisan Market

Shop holiday treasures at the Winterfest Artisan Market located at the Jacksonville Commons, 100 Recreation Lane. The show will feature artisans and crafters from all areas of North Carolina, providing you a chance to do some holiday shopping! A free shuttle will transport shoppers to and from the Winterfest event at Riverwalk Crossing Park.
Interested in being a vendor at the Artisan Market? Vendor Application

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 - Last chance to shop holiday treasures. 

Also at the Jacksonville Commons:

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 5:30PM on Friday, December 1 at the Jacksonville Commons! 

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 bakers 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 entry
Thank you to American Dream Cakes for their expertise.

Friday, November 17, 6-8PM
Jacksonville Commons Adult Center, 100 Recreation Lane

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


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

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