WinterFest: Multi-Cultural Holiday Celebration in the Log Cabin
Free Fun for Families, snow or shine!
Join People for Palmer Park for an afternoon of family friendly fun at WinterFest, a multi-cultural holiday festival at the historic Log Cabin, on Sunday afternoon, December 10 from 2-5 pm. Enjoy old-fashioned horse and carriage rides, hot cider, hot chocolate, holiday cookies, music, arts and crafts, and meet Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus and some special elves. Free admission.
Senator and Mrs. Palmer's home, built in 1885, is a rare gem lovingly being restored by PFPP and the city of Detroit. Decorated for the holidays, the Log Cabin — a Victorian home disguised as a rustic cabin — will be transformed with the magic of the season as we celebrate diverse holidays treasured in Detroit and around the world.
Experiences and displays about Kwanzaa presented by the Wright Museum of African American History, Hanukkah presented by the Downtown Synagogue, Christmas, and other holidays will be showcased. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to share magic, holiday cheer and candy canes.
Children of all ages will have the opportunity to create and decorate paper birds and snowflakes to beautify our holiday tree; and adults and older children can learn how to fold origami cranes to add good luck and peace to the Log Cabin and all who visit it. Storytelling and music from diverse holidays will fill the air, as well as a live performance by violinists from Detroit Youth Volume.
Enjoy horse and Carriage rides (suggested donation: $5 adults, $2 children) around the park. The Almond Hut will have candied nuts, hot coffee and other offerings for a small charge.
In the spirit of giving and sharing, please bring NEW, unused mittens, gloves, hats and scarves to "Mittens for Detroit" to donate to those in need. Thank you to mittensfordetroit.org for their partnership!
Teams of neighbors and artists will decorate the Cabin in a friendly competition for fun and prizes (details soon!)— attendees will vote for their favorites. With newly restored and sparkling stained glass windows, and the debut of its original front door now being restored, the Cabin will be dazzling.
WinterFest is a free annual community event that encourages families to visit and enjoy the beauty of the park during the colder months. This will be the first winter celebration in the Cabin, perhaps in history, since the Palmers did not live in the cabin during the winter in the late 1880s. Reopening the Log Cabin in the winter — which has been closed for most of the past 40 years — with this magical and inclusive celebration, will be an enriching and memorable event for all ages.
AND...Official PFPP merchandise will be for sale for all your gift-giving needs: t-shirts, winter hats, Palmer Park Log Cabin prints and postcards and more. 100% of the proceeds to People for Palmer Park.
WinterFest is presented by People for Palmer Park with the support of the City of Detroit and Quicken Loans. We thank the Wright Museum, the Downtown Synagogue, Detroit Youth Volume and Mike's Market on Livernois for their support.
LOCATION: WinterFest will take place in Palmer Park, in and around the Log Cabin which is located just north of McNichols (Six Mile Road) and just west of Woodward Ave. in Detroit. Follow the signs to free parking. Admission is free; small donations are suggested for carriage rides.