Winterfest 2010, Happening in Henderson


There just isn’t a more perfect place to celebrate the season then Winterfest in Henderson. Besides being absolutely free and open to all, there is so much to do over the 3-day festival, everyone will find something to make their season even more magical. Winterfest takes place in the Water Street District in downtown Henderson, spanning from the events plaza to the convention center. It starts on Thursday, December 9th at 7PM with a concert from the Henderson Symphony Orchestra in the convention center. Relax to the sounds of classical music during the first half of the concert , and join in during the second half when the sounds of the orchestra are paired with choir voices to the tunes of some of the holiday favorites like “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” and “Jingle Bell Rock”. On the evening of Friday, December 10th, at 6PM witness a snow ball fight between light displays that measure 40 feet by 16 feet. A 30’ tree and two 24’ trees will light up the night during the official Tree Lighting Ceremony. In an attempt to “deck the hall”, they will wrap city hall in smaller Christmas lights. Santa Claus will also join this part of the celebration with his band of helpers giving out sweet candy treats.

A full day of events is planned for Saturday, December 11th starting at 10AM with a “Comic Strip” themed parade. The theme plays off the theatre presentation of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” that will show on Friday and Saturday of the event. The cast of characters from the performance will take part in the parade along with marching bands, scout troops, local organizations, and anyone who would like to participate in the parade float contest. The contest is open to everyone including individuals and families and cash prizes starting at $750 for first place are offered to the winners. This seems like the perfect way to bring families, roommates, and friends together to get creative and show off their talents! After the parade everyone can enjoy a craft fair with 60 vendors selling handmade gifts, a gingerbread decorating contest (also open to the public with cash prizes for the winners), wagon rides through downtown Henderson, food ranging from hot dogs to funnel cakes (and some healthier options), a tree decorating contest with trees to be donated to needy families, performances by local choirs and dance troops in the amphitheater, pony rides, a petting zoo, and snow play complete with blowing snow.

All aspects of the festival are accessible by wheelchair and the entire grounds follow ADA regulations. Parking is available in the public garage across Water Street (during the parade use the street to the south of Water Street to access), and another garage is available off of Basic and Lead. Restrooms are located in the convention center and near the amphitheatre.

It’s hard to believe all of this happens in one place and so close to your backdoor. Whether you come with old friends, or to meet some new ones, we look forward to seeing you at Winterfest 2010!

For more information about Winterfest 2010 visit the official website at There you can also find applications for entering the parade and gingerbread house contest.