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Elkhart, In. 46515
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Benefiting nonprofit organizations and the entire community!
(Santa's Pantry, Church Community Services, Faith Mission, Guidance Ministries, Toys For Tots, Tolson Center, Pantries and Kitchens United, C.A.P.S,)


Fri Dec 6th
"Where's Santa?!"
6:30 p.m.
Civic Plaza (downtown Elkhart)
Mrs. Claus has lost Santa! Can you help her find him by following the clues given by Santa's elves along Main Street?
Cost: New un-wrapped toy or $3 cash donation
Parents must accompany child.
Benefits: Tolson Center, Santa's Pantry
Click Here for flier

Sat Dec 7th
Breakfast With Santa
8 a.m. - Noon
Elkhart Central Fire Station (500 East Street)
Admission: 12 and under- Nonperishable food donations. Over 12 $2 each.
Benefits: Faith Mission, CCS, CAPS
Sat Dec 7th
Holiday Activities
9am - 1pm
Main Branch - Elkhart public Library
Sat Dec 7th
Winterfest Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony
6 p.m. Civic Plaza
Click Here to download a parade application. Lighting of the tree immediately after the parade. Please join us in this fun family hometown tradition!
Sun Dec 8th
Santa's Community Christmas Party
High Dive Pavilion. 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Come have a snowball fight, play games and make crafts with Santa's elves.
Benefits: Santa's Pantry - Pay It Forward
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Mon Dec 9th
Movie at the Library
Main Branch 6pm - 8pm
Bring the family and enjoy The Santa Claus movie at the library
Admission: FREE
Tuesday Dec. 10th
Pay It Forward on the Plaza
What better way to make your holiday donations??!! Drive up to the Civic Plaza between 6pm - 8pm and drop off donations of food, personal care items and toys. You don't even have to get out of your car!!
Benefits: Pantries and Kitchens United of Elkhart County, Faith Mission and Toys for Tots
Wed Dec 11th
ArtWalk, The Gift of Art
5 8 PM, Downtown Elkhart will host the third 2012 ArtWalk Wednesday event which features a plethora of art related events and openings, activities, and special programming taking place all over downtown.
Visitors will find new and interesting places to visit from the 100 700 blocks of Main as well as the intersecting side streets. Participants can take the self-guided tour of art in downtown storefronts, meet the artists who created the work and purchase art.
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Thursday Dec. 12th
UPDATE: This has been rescheduled for Sat. Dec 14th 8am - 9am before the Santa Fun Stroll at the Knights of Columbus
Community Christmas Caroling

Bring the family and join us at 6pm for some old fashion Christmas caroling around the town's Christmas tree in Central park (behind Civic Plaza) from 6:30pm - 7:30pm. Sheet music is provided. Bring your own candles. FREE
Click Here to see the flier
Click Here for the song list

Friday Dec 13th
Ice Skate with Santa
Santa is taking a break and enjoying some ice skating from 7pm - 8:30pm at Nibco Ice and Water Park. Be sure to be a Santa's helper and bring nonperishable food donations to help local pantries
Friday Dec 13th and Saturday Dec 14th
A Christmas Carol
A holiday classic presented by Premier Arts at The Lerner Theatre. Doors open at 6:30pm. Show at 7:30pm. Purchase tickets at The Lerner Theatre
Sat Dec 14th
Santa's Family Fun Stroll
Enjoy a 5K walk or run through beautiful downtown Elkhart parks and along the RiverWalk starting at the Knights of Columbus, 112 E. Lexington Ave.
benefits: Santa's Pantry - Pay It Forward and Guidance Ministries.
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Sun. Dec 15th
Christmas at Woodlawn Nature Center
Enjoy fun holiday activities at Woodlawn Nature Center from 1 pm - 4 pm. Visit Woodlawn Nature Center for more details
Winterfest is a collaboration between: Santa's Pantry - Pay It Forward, Elkhart City Parks and Recreation department, City of Elkhart, City of Elkhart Fire Department, Elkhart Public Library and Woodlawn Nature Center

Co-Sponsored by the City of Elkhart

A Special Thank You To Dale Barlow Photography for being the official Winterfest photographer!



Thank you to our Winterfest sponsors. We couldn't do what we do without your support!








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