​WinterFest Event Schedule


​Friday, December 13

​Santa Arrives: 6:30 p.m.

​​Santa and his elves will arrive in the heart of Santa's Village on the Carpenter Park Fields, where they will assist the Mayor and City Council in turning on the Village's holiday lights.

​Fun in Santa's Village:
6:30 - 9 p.m.

For the remainder of the evening, there will be a variety of fun winter activities:

  • Visit with Santa 6:45 - 9 p.m.
    Due to Santa's overwhelming schedule, the line will be cut-off early in order to adhere to the closing time.
  • Ice skating on the Village Pond 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (minimal fee)
  • Community Choir Performances
  • Ice-carving demonstration
  • North Pole Nibbles food vendors
  • Wonderland Woods Community Tree Decorating Contest voting
  • TASHCO's Holiday Tent
  • Beer Garden 6:30 - 9 p.m.

​Saturday, December 14

​Breakfast with Santa
Active Adult Center: 7:30 - 10:30 a.m

Please note: The breakfast will be held at the Active Adult Center, located at 9471 Dorothy Blvd. The breakfast is NOT held at the festival site.

Before heading to WinterFest, bring your children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors to enjoy Breakfast with Santa. Breakfast will include pancakes, ham, eggs, orange juice and coffee. Sponsored by the 55+ Organization, the breakfast will cost $4 for adults and $2.50 for children 12 years and younger. Photos taken with Santa will be available for an additional $3 for each print or each emailed image file.  Questions? Please call 303-255-7850.

Thornton WinterFest 5K:
9 a.m. Start

​9 a.m. start at the Carpenter Park. Registration going on now! www.winterfest5k.com

​Fun in Santa's Village:
10 a.m. - 9 p.m. 

  • ​Visit with Santa 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 2 - 5 p.m.; 6 - 8:30 p.m.
    Due to Santa's overwhelming schedule, the line will be cut-off early in order to adhere to the closing time.
  • Ice skating on the Village Pond 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. (minimal fee)
  • Entertainment by  local choirs
  • North Pole Nibbles food vendors
  • Wonderland Woods tree displays
  • Children's Craft Shoppe  (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
  • North Pole Puppet Theatre
  • Children's Carnival Games (5 - 8 p.m. )

​Holiday Marketplace:
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

​Santa's Village Event Tent
During the day on Saturday, the Village's Event Tent will magically transform into the Village Holiday Bazaar which will feature a variety of vendors selling items perfect for your holiday gift-giving needs.

​North Pole Nibbles:
10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

​A variety of food vendors will be selling snacks and lunch or dinner items, including hot chocolate, hot cider, kettle corn, pizza, sandwiches and more!

​TASHCO's Holiday Tent

Join us at the TASHCO Tent and interact with a hi-tech art installation presented by Alt Ethos or hop into our video booth and record a video that will be submitted to the SCFD-funded Day in the Life Project! 

​Village Ice-Skating Pond:
10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

​The ice-skating pond will be open throughout the day and into the evening so come on down and give this fun activity a try! The rink requires the use of ice skates, which will be available at the skate shack, or you my bring your own.  The fee for ice skating will be $2 for children (12 and under) and seniors (60 and over) and $3 for adults.

Beer Garden:
Noon - 9 p.m.

​This venue is located in the large heated tent directly across from the North Pole Visitor's Center.  Stop on by and toast the holidays with family, neighbors and friends. There is a three beer limit and proper photo ID is required.

​Wonderland Woods Community
Tree Decorating Contest

​Businesses, schools and organizations will be decorating individual trees with their favorite holiday decorations.  The fee to enter is just $35 per tree for schools and organizations and $60 for business entries. At the end of the festival you may take your tree home or donate it to an organization or individual!  Deadline to enter is Monday, December 4 at 5 p.m.

​Ice-Carving Demonstrations:
10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

​Professional ice-carving demonstrations will be provided throughout the day by members of "Dazzling Ice."  At approximately 6 p.m. the sculptors will be completing a frozen surprise that will provide a fun holiday photo opportunity. Don't forget to bring your cameras to capture this special WinterFest memory! 

​Thornton Community Band
Holiday Concert
7-8:30 p.m.

​Saturday, 7-8:30 p.m.
Santa's Village Event Tent

Reserved Seats $2
General Admission Free

Don't miss the Thornton Community Band, as they ring in the holidays with you at this year's WinterFest. Compiled by members of the community, there will be tunes and faces that you are sure to recognize!

Reserved seat tickets ($2 each) will be available in advance at the Carpenter Recreation Center front desk from December 2 through  5 p.m. on December 13. Tickets will also be available at the WinterFest North Pole Visitors Center until 6 p.m. the night of the concert and at the door until 7 p.m.  The reserved ticket seating area will be in the front half of the tent and will be roped off until 15 minutes after the concert starts (7:15 p.m.), at which time ALL remaining seats will be available to general admission attendees at no charge.

Holiday Fireworks:
8:30 p.m.

Immediately following the Thornton community Band performance, the northwestern sky above Santa's Village will come to life with an awesome fireworks show choreographed to holiday music.

​Sunday, December 15

​Fun in Santa's Village:
5-9 p.m.

  • ​Visit with Santa 5 - 8:30 p.m.
    Due to Santa's overwhelming schedule, the line will be cut-off early in order to adhere to the closing time.
  • Ice skating on the Village Pond 5 - 8:30 p.m. (minimal fee)
  • Thornton Community Chorus, 5:30 p.m.
  • Ice-carving demonstration
  • Children's Carnival Games (5 - 8 p.m. )
  • North Pole Nibbles food vendors
  • Wonderland Woods
  • TASHCO's Holiday Tent
  • Beer Garden