City of Thornton News Release Logo For Immediate Release:   12/9/2019
Contact: Recreation Manager
Chris Steinke, 720-977-5939

Welcome the holidays at Thornton's WinterFest
Family festival features Santa, skating, and spectacular fireworks

THORNTON, CO…Kick-off the holiday season at Thornton’s WinterFest, presented by Bellco Credit Union. This annual event covers nearly five acres with 460 holiday trees, 125,000 lights, a skating ‘pond’, four fire pits, ice sculpting, food court and eight custom-built holiday buildings, and is a unique and fun experience for the whole family. The festivities take place at Carpenter Park Fields, at 108th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard on:

  • Friday, December 13, from 6:30-9 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 14, from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 15, from 5-9 p.m.

On Friday, December 13, at 6:30 p.m., Thornton’s mayor and city council will help Santa turn on the lights in Santa’s Village. Throughout the festival, there will be performances by local choirs, professional ice-carving demonstrations, skating on the Village Pond, the North Pole Nibbles Food Court, the Community Tree Decorating Contest, walk-around entertainers, and other holiday kid and family-friendly activities. 

On Saturday at 9 a.m., the WinterFest 5K runs from Carpenter Park. Sign up at Enjoy holiday shopping opportunities from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Holiday Marketplace in the large event tent, and children can enjoy a craft activity the Children’s Craft Shoppe. Saturday night includes carnival games for the kids from 5-8 p.m.), and a holiday concert by the Thornton Community Band from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Santa’s Village Event Tent. The night will end with a spectacular fireworks show starting at 8:30 p.m.; one of the few December fireworks displays in Colorado.

Come back on Sunday evening for more holiday fun including ice-skating, kids carnival games from 5-8 p.m. and a free concert by the Thornton Community Chorus at 5:30 p.m. in the Santa’s Village Event Tent with some of the most talented voices in the area and performances by local musicians.

Visit for a complete schedule of events and for more information.

Fireworks at WinterFest in Thornton