Newton Community Pride (NCP) will hold its first WinterFEST, a citywide event built around winter-themed family gatherings, in Newton Highlands, Cold Spring Park and Newton Center on February 12-13.
“This all-new event will provide free and accessible family entertainment, fantasy and winter fun for all to enjoy,” said Gloria Gavris, chair of ASC’s board of directors, in a statement. Release.
NCP is a non-profit organization dedicated to arts and cultural programs in the City of Newton.
The inspiration for the event came from seeing other cities and towns in cold weather hold winter carnivals and festivals, Gavris said in the statement.
NCP Executive Director Blair Sullivan said that despite heightened COVID-19 concerns associated with the Omicron variant, all events will still take place.
“We were thrilled that nothing really needed to change because of the surge in cases,” she said. “Because everything is outdoors, we were able to continue with our initial plans, which is wonderful.”
Newton’s WinterFEST will include a wide variety of music, food and shopping, as well as other outdoor activities.
Hyde Playground will host a community soup social, where local restaurants will serve soup to community members, on February 12. Newton-based band The Porch Rockers and Newton North High School’s Melocotones, the school’s co-ed a cappella band, will perform during the event.
WinterFEST will also host the Winter Walk, a 1.5-mile hike in Cold Spring Park, on the morning of February 13. Hot chocolate and coffee will be served afterwards.
Later in the afternoon, at Newton Center Village Park, Newton residents can shop for crafts, chocolates and other gifts at a winter pop-up shop. The event will feature a live ice sculpting demonstration while Boston College a cappella group The Acoustics perform.
“We want this to be a hit,” Sullivan said. “We’re really excited to have the community come out to see these events and hope they have a great time.”
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