16th Annual Lowell WinterFest
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16th Annual WINTERFEST
February 19 & 20, 2016

Don't hibernate, celebrate!

 

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THANK YOU TO OUR 2016 WINTERFEST SPONSORS

Do you want to be a Winterfest sponsor?

Contact Deb Belanger at the Greater Merrimack
Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau.

dbelanger@merrimackvalley.org or call (978) 459-6150.

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Schedule of Events
(Subject to update/change - check back often!)

February 14 - 20
Lowell Kids Week!
Lowell Kids Week consists of nearly fifty free programs happening during school vacation week in February. Movies, stories, crafts, sports, and more. Visit their website for more information!

Parking is just $5 at the Ayotte, John St., Market St. garages in downtown for the duration of Winterfest!!

Friday, February 19
Free Ice Skating
1:15 - 3:15pm | Tsongas Center, 300 MLK Jr. Way
Bring your own skates and skate for free!

WinterFest Craft Bonanza
2-3:30pm  |  Counting House @ Boott Cotton Mills Museum, 115 John St.
All ages, no registration required
Baby, it’s cold outside! Hang your hat and mittens up to dry while you thaw out from the winter chill. In celebration of Lowell’s 16th annual Winterfest, join us at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center anytime between 2PM and 3:30PM for fun, winter-themed family crafts that you can take home and decorate your house with.  Hosted by Lowell National Historical Park.

Opening Ceremony
5:30pm | Arcand Drive
Join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony to open the carnival area and officially kick off Winterfest 2016! Fermata Nowhere, UMass Lowell's premiere all-woman a cappella group, will be singing our National Anthem.

Snowman Photo Trail
All day | Locations throughout downtown Lowell - Pick up your map at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitors Center
Put on your snowshoes and follow the map to discover the decorated snowmen set in store windows throughout downtown. While you are on the trail, bring your camera because there will be a dozen artist created "photoboards" so that you can pose for pictures: as a ballerina, an acrobat, on a flying carpet, and more. These colorful boards are sponsored by local businesses and painted by Lowell artists, and will be set up outside on the sidewalk for one and all to enjoy! Sponsored by DTL, Little Delights Bakery, Van Gogh's Gear, and Downtown Lowell First Thursdays.

Winter Carnival
5:30 - 9pm | Arcand Drive
Outdoor fun for the whole family! Giant inflatable Snowzilla Slide, a classic carousel, Extreme Rush inflatable obstacle course, food trucks, and marshmallow roasting courtesy of the Rotary Club.
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Merrimack Canal Light Display & More
5:30 - 11:30pm | Lucy Larcom Park
Join us in Lucy Larcom Park where there will be heated tents with food & beverage, fire pits, an outside ice lounge, fire dancers, canal lighting display, and Imperial Soundz Entertainment featuring DJ Jess & DJ Khartez playing your favorite requests all night long.
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Fire Dance Performances
6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm | Lucy Larcom Park
Take in a fire show with Cirque de Light - this amazing fire duo will wow you with their pyrotechnic display. Free!

Projection Lighting on City Hall 
All evening | JFK Plaza

Ice Sculptures
6 - 9pm | Lucy Larcom Park and other downtown locations
Ice sculptures begin to take shape before your very eyes!

Progressive Party and Beer Tasting
6 - 9pm | Begin at Lucy Larcom Park
Admission: $25 in advance, $30 day of event. 21+ only.
Craft brew samplings start at Lucy Larcom and continue at participating downtown establishments. Advance tickets on sale now!​

Participating Craft Breweries so far:
  • Samuel Adams
  • Hidden Cove
  • Ipswich
  • Long Trail
  • Otter Creek
  • Narragansett
  • Newburyport
  • Revolution
  • Shipyard
  • Harpoon
  • Foolproof
  • The Shed
  • Angry Orchard
  • Curious Traveler
  • Baxter
  • Stoneface
  • Two Roads
  • Boulevard
  • Navigation
  • Bantam Cider

Participating locations (so far) include:

Lucy Larcom Park, Merrimack Street
The Old Court Irish Pub, 29-31 Central Street
Blue Shamrock Pub, 105 Market Street
Athenian Corner, 207 Market Street
Village Smokehouse, 98 Middle Street
Cobblestones Restaurant, 91 Dutton Street​
Worthen House Café, 141 Worthen Street

 


GLOW Party
Masonic Center, Arcand Drive
Admission: $2 per person. Free glow-in-the-dark treat while supplies last!
6 - 8pm: All ages  |  9 - 11:30pm: Ages 18 and over
Friday night at the Masonic is for those who want to GLOW! The COOL Street Team will be presenting this black-light GLOW Party with the help of volunteers and performers Fermata Nowhere and Protohype of UMass Lowell, as well as the LHS Black Unity Club and Lowell High School.  Be sure to wear your best whites. And keep an eye out for WinterFest mascot Lowla—she’ll be the fluorescent bear in the middle of the dance floor!

From 6 to 8 pm, the all-ages GLOW Party will feature performances by:
6:30 pm - Lowell High School Step Team
7:00 pm - UML Fermata Nowhere
7:30 pm - UML Protohype

From 9 to 11:30 pm, the dance party will glow on for the 18+ crowd, with performances, by UML Protohype and more!

Saturday February 20

Parking is just $5 at the Ayotte, John St., Market St. garages in downtown for the duration of Winterfest!!


Wildlife Tracking
9 - 10:30am | Hawk Valley Farm, Varnum Ave
Learn the signs of wildlife, including deer, fisher, fox, skunk, opossum, and more.  There is plenty to explore as a winter naturalist! FREE event, but RSVP is required as space is limited - call 978-934-0030. Sponsored by the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust.

All-You-Can-Eat Chocolate Festival
11am - 4pm | St. Anne's Church
Admission: $6 per person
Indulge your sweet tooth at this annual event.

Maple Sugaring
12pm | Rogers Fort Hill Park, 53 Park Ave E
Explore maple sugaring in a historic park.  Learn how to identify a sugar maple tree, how to tap it for its sap, and how to turn the sap into syrup.  Enjoy taste testing – can you tell the real stuff from the fake?  This is a fun hands-on activity for the whole family.  Meet at the granite pillars on Park Avenue, middle of the lower park. Wear warm clothes and boots. FREE event, but RSVP required as space is limited - call 978-934-0030. Sponsored by the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust.

North Bowl Soup Competition
12 - 3pm | Masonic Center, Arcand Drive
Admission: $6 per person
A Winterfest favorite! Taste samples from a variety of local establishments and vote for your favorite hot soup.

Horse-drawn Wagon Rides
12 - 4pm | Meet at the corner of Kirk and Merrimack Streets
Take a relaxing loop around downtown. Free!
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Winter Carnival
12 - 7pm | Arcand Drive
Giant inflatable Snowzilla Slide, a classic carousel, Extreme Rush inflatable obstacle course, food trucks, and marshmallow roasting courtesy of the Rotary Club.
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Winterfest Indoor Family Play Space
12 - 5pm | Lowell High School
Children's games, DJ music, craft activities, and entertainment!


Model Train Display
12 - 5pm | Lowell High School
Display by HUB Division model railroad clubs.
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Ice Sculptures
12 - 5pm | Lucy Larcom Park and other downtown locations
Ice sculptures begin to take shape before your very eyes!
 

”FROZEN” Paper Puppet Workshop
2-4pm  |  Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center
246 Market Street
All ages, no registration required
Hosted by Lowell National Historical Park. Come join us for a frosty, frozen, wondrous Winterfest workshop! Create a fun paper puppet of your favorite Disney “Frozen” character and bring home the magic of the Kingdom of Arendelle!
 
 
Free Movie! Walt Disney's “FROZEN”
4:30-6:30pm  |  Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center
246 Market Street
All ages, registration required: (978) 970-5000
Hosted by Lowell National Historical Park. Join us for the Kids Week 2016 Grand Finale with a free screening of Disney’s “Frozen.” Limit of 5 tickets per group. Please call the Park’s reservation line for more information at (978) 970-5000 or come into the Visitor Center to reserve your spot in person.


Fire Dance Performances
6pm, 7pm, 8pm | Lucy Larcom Park
Take in a fire show with Cirque de Light - this amazing fire duo will wow you with their pyrotechnic display.

Merrimack Canal Light Display & More
12 - 4pm  and  7 - 11:30pm | Lucy Larcom Park
In the afternoon, enjoy food and beverage in our heated tents. In the evening, take in the beautiful canal lighting, fire pits, an outside ice lounge, fire dancers, and Imperial Soundz Entertainment featuring DJ Jess & DJ Khartez playing your favorite requests all night long.
 
Snowman Photo Trail
All day | Locations throughout downtown Lowell - Pick up your map at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitors Center
See Friday's description. Sponsored by DTL, Little Delights Bakery, Van Gogh's Gear, and Downtown Lowell First Thursdays.

Closing Ceremony & Grand Finale
6:30pm | Arcand Drive
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Did you know...4th graders can get a FREE pass to all federal parks, forests, lands and waters?

Participate in the Every Kid in a Park program!
Any US 4th grader can download their own voucher to gain unlimited, free access to any federal lands or waters for a WHOLE YEAR!

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THANK YOU TO OUR
2016 WINTERFEST SPONSORS
 
 Frozen Tundra Sponsors

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Nor'Easter Sponsors

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Blizzard Sponsors

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Snowstorm Sponsors
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Flurry Sponsors

Snow Squall Sponsors

Snowflake Sponsors


Icicles Sponsors

  • Athenian Corner Restaurant
  • Cox Fuel Co., Inc.
  • New England Medical Insurance Agency, LLC

 

Slush Fund Sponsors

  • Anton Cleaners
  • Brew'd Awakening Coffeehaus
  • Community Teamwork, Inc.
  • Eno, Martin & Donahue, LLP
  • Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce
  • Hardy Doric
  • Joni’s Skin Care and Make-up Boutique
  • Lowell Amusement Co., Inc.
  • Lowell Firefighters Credit Union
  • Lowell Housing Authority
  • McDonough Funeral Home
  • Merrimack Valley Emergency
  • Merrimack Valley Food Bank
  • O'Donnell Funeral Home
  • Single Source M.A.P., Inc.
  • State Representative Dave Nangle
  • Stonehedge Inn & Spa
  • TMI Property Management & Development
  • UMass Lowell Athletics

 

Snow Angel Sponsors

  • Anstiss & Co., P.C. Certified Public Accountants
  • City Councilor Rita Mercier
  • City Councilor Danny Rourke
  • D'Youville Senoir Care Foundation, Inc.
  • El Potro
  • Farley White Management Co., LLC
  • George B. Leahy, Esquire
  • Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell
  • GLTHS Committee Member Paul E. Morin
  • Jimmy and Paula Good
  • L&M Auto Spring Service
  • Lowell Parks and Conversations Trust
  • Marcotte Law Firm
  • Shannon & Associates CPAs
  • Stafford, Gaudet & Associates, LLC