Cinnaminson Winterfest turns 21 this year

Stop by Dec. 3 at Cinnaminson High School to kick off the holiday season

It’s that time of year again: The volunteers with the Cinnaminson Elementary Home and School Association are back with the annual Winterfest, which turns 21 this year.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 3, kids from one to 92, as the Barry Manilow Christmas song goes, can enjoy a plethora of winter festivities, food and more than 80 vendors at Cinnaminson High School.

Volunteer Stacia Heath, who has helped stage Winterfest for the past three years, said attendees can anticipate in everything from a special children’s section to a choir to a poinsettia sale.

“It’s one of the biggest events of the year,” Heath said, adding the proceeds will benefit CEHASA. “All the money raised goes back into the elementary schools for the enrichment program for things like field trips, recognition days and different events like Family Fun Night.”

CEHASA, which is comprised of parents and guardians of New Albany and Eleanor Rush Intermediate students, expects the turnout for Winterfest 2017 to reach roughly 500 to 600 people, according to Heath.

The event also includes all-local entertainment and a full kitchen open for lunch and breakfast. Children on the nice list this year can get their faces painted, tell Santa Claus what they want for Christmas and pose for a classic holiday photo.

Vendors will sell their handmade crafts and treats, which Heath said run the gamut. Be it candles, cookies, wreaths or even hot sauces for the spice-lover in your life, holiday shoppers can likely cross more than a few items off their lists.

The whole family can enjoy a walk down Sweets and Treats Lane, where attendees purchase and fill a tin with all the candy and cookies they can muster. Decorate a donut, personalize elf and Santa hats and make your own crafts to decorate the house or give to your loved ones this season.

“It really puts you in the Christmas spirit,” Heath said. “I can’t think of a better way to kick off the season.

Some vendors take credit cards, but most booths are cash-and-carry. All are welcome to attend for shopping, crafts and more.