Start a new family tradition this holiday season by attending a Winterfest event at a state park. Winterfest is a statewide series of events showcasing the beauty of Nebraska in the winter.
Grab the kids and enjoy Christmas in the Woods at Ponca State Park or experience a Classic Christmas at Mahoney State park. Those looking for a bit more adventure can take on the Yule Log Quest or a First Day Hike.
WINTERFEST and "Christmas in the Woods" Saturdays Nov 29 through December 20 Celebrate "Christmas in the Woods"Winterfest will be held Dec 27, 2014
Remember those old family traditions of Wassail, cookies, a crackling fire during the holidays? Come and enjoy those traditions again at Ponca State Park! Crafts and activities will be offered. The Yule Log Hunt & bonfire will be held where participants can gather in teams to hunt for the infamous yule log. Lighted holiday hayrack rides conclude the day's activities.
Dec 27th at Ponca - Schedule of events
9:00am – 6:00pm - Refreshments, FREE "My Favorite Outdoor Winter Activity" Art work on display
9:00am – 11:00am Crafts, FREE
11:00am – 1:30pm Homemade Chili and Chicken Noodle Soup $5 per person
HIGH NOON National Championship Fruit Cake Fling, as seen on NBC's TODAY Show, FREE Participants fling wildlife friendly fruitcakes; competing for distance. Prizes awarded in three age groups.
1:30pm – 3:30pm 3K Yule Log Quest, FREE Pre-registration required 20 teams (consisting of 3-5 members) compete in five different Family- friendly challenges that will ultimately lead them to clues to find the Yule Log. Prizes will be awarded to the Champion Yule Log Team, the Best Themed Team, and the Team with the Most Unique Stocking Caps.
3:30pm Burning of the Yule Log & Awards Presentation, FREE
Rock Creek Station Historical Park is having living history re-enactors and educators who will provide a glimpse into the 1860's beginning Saturday, May 24th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This will continue with a monthly Living History day taking place every 3rd Saturday of the month through October.