WinterFest: Multi-Cultural Holiday Celebration in the Log Cabin
An Old-Fashioned Multi-Cultural Holiday Festival in the Log Cabin
WinterFest will be held as scheduled with a slight change in venue.
Due to recent construction projects in progress inside the Log Cabin, it has become necessary for us to shift this years event completely outside the cabin. We will have a large warming tent next to the cabin featuring most of the originally planned indoor family fun, including visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. We apologize for the inconvenience but hope you will still bundle up and join us for this very special holiday celebration!
Join People for Palmer Park for an afternoon of family friendly fun at WinterFest, a magical, multi-cultural holiday festival at the historic Palmer Park Log Cabin, on Sunday afternoon, December 8 from 2-5 pm. Enjoy old-fashioned horse and carriage rides, free wasaill (hot spiced apple cider), hot chocolate, holiday cookies, music, arts and crafts, and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Admission is free.
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 Hanukkah presented by the Downtown Synagogue, Kwanzaa presented by the New Prospects Baptist Church, Christmas, and other holidays will be showcased.
Children of all ages will have the opportunity to create ornaments to beautify our holiday tree, make Kwaanza necklaces, and learn to play dreidel and taste Hanukkah gelt. Storytelling and music from diverse holidays will fill the air. Enjoy live performance by violinists from Detroit Youth Volume, singers from Dream Arts and the South Grosse Pointe High School Choral, and the mighty bell ringers from Metropolitan United Methodist Church. Learn the art of cookie decorating and take home (or eat!) handmade gingerbread cookies from Black Dog Catering … but that's not all!
Bundle up for Horse and Carriage rides (suggested donation: $5 adults/families, $2 children) around the park. 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 — attendees will vote for their favorites. With beautifully restored and sparkling stained glass windows and our massive, original, wooden Dutch door, 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 a rare winter celebration in the Cabin, since the Palmers lived in the cabin primarily during the warmer months during 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.
PEOPLE FOR PALMER PARK OFFICIAL MERCHANDISE: As with all our events, we will have plenty of official PFPP merchandise for sale: Hoodie sweatshirts & winter hats are back as well as historic Palmer Park Log Cabin postcards, prints, magnets and books. Cash and credit accepted!
WinterFest is presented by People for Palmer Park with the support of the City of Detroit. PFPP thanks Motor City Brewing Works, Downtown Isaac Agree Synagogue, Metropolitan United Methodist Church, Bedrock Detroit, Black Dog Catering, MacDonald's, Tim Hortons, the Saturday Morning Cereal Bar, National Heritage Academies, and others 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; but small donations are suggested for carriage rides.