The Winters District Chamber of Commerce and local businesses are working together to bring a weekend full of holiday cheer, family-friendly fun, and traditional Winters events. To see details from the Winters Chamber, visit www.discoverwinters.com/holidays.
Dec. 3 Winters Wonderland: Visitors and community members can participate in an Elf Hunt and Cocoa Stroll by first checking in at the Farmer’s Closet Boutique (9 Main St.). Participating businesses will be offering delicious versions of hot cocoa. There will also be Elves hiding along Main Street. Find them to win a sweet treat.
At Rotary Park Santa Claus will be visiting with children. Students from the Winters elementary schools, and the Winters Middle School and Winters High School Band and Choir will be hosting a sign along with traditional holiday music. The annual Winters Tree Lighting ceremony will cap the evening festivities.
Schedule of Events:
4–7 p.m. Elf Hunt & Hot Cocoa
4–7 p.m. Meet Santa Claus
5–7 p.m. Holiday Music
7 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony
Food trucks and local businesses will be present at the event. They will be set up on Second Street, First Street and Railroad Avenue. Select local businesses will also have specials and food booth opportunities available.
Dec. 4 Tractor Parade: The Holiday Tractor Parade features dozens of farm tractors and equipment decorated in twinkle lights and holiday decor representing local businesses and community organizations. Food trucks and live music will be on site to help get the festivities started before the main event.
Visitors can watch this year’s Tractor Parade from anywhere along Main Street. The official route begins from Haven Street (on the west side of the City Park and Little League fields) and ends at Elliot Street (which is on the east side of Rotary Park.)
Schedule of Events:
4 –10 p.m.: Street Closure will be along Main Street between Elliott Street and First Street, and on Railroad Avenue between Russel Street and Abbey Street.
6–8 p.m.: Holiday Tractor Parade down Main Street. The Parade is expected to begin at 6:30 p.m.
Parade announcers will be stationed at Second Street and on Railroad Avenue. There will be limited viewing space available along Main Street from First Street To Railroad Avenue this year due to this year’s set up in the downtown area. This year pergolas are set up along Main Street as private spaces for local business who have sponsored them.
Trees & Tractors competition
The second annual Winters Trees & Tractors competition is back. The inaugural contest was launched last year after the pandemic caused the cancellation of the Tractor Parade. The Winters Chamber wanted the community to be able to celebrate the tradition in its absence.
Participating Winters residents and businesses have decorated a wooden tractor cutout or put up a decorated tree display as an entry. Visitors and community members can vote on their favorite tractor from Dec. 1 through Dec. 20. The link to submit an official vote is available on the Winters Chamber Facebook page (www.facebook.com/winterschamber/) and on their website www.winterschamber.com/.
Voting is limited to one vote per an email address or phone number. Winners will be announced on Dec. 21.
The Winters Chamber is asking participants to keep their tractors and trees up through Jan. 2 to keep the celebration and good cheer going into the new year.