• October 16, 2021
 WinterFest Goes Virtual with programs, events to be held online; Drive-thru events set as well

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WinterFest Goes Virtual with programs, events to be held online; Drive-thru events set as well

To start the WinterFest season, a special virtual launch celebration will be held on the El Paso WinterFest Facebook page this weekend.

The live, online event will run from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, December 5.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to modify this year’s WinterFest season,” said Deputy City Manager Tracey Jerome. “There are many virtual, interactive events for families to enjoy at home. Plus, we have moved to a drive-through WinterFest format that encourages visitors to enjoy the season as a drive-by experience when possible.”

This year’s WinterFest will run from December 5 to January 3, will include an array of virtual programs and festive events created by the City’s Quality of Life Departments, the El Paso International Airport and Destination El Paso.

In addition, the Parks and Recreation Department will highlight live, online performances starting at 8 p.m. on the first day of WinterFest.

Throughout the season, San Jacinto Plaza, the Arts Festival Plaza, Paseo de Las Luces, and the El Paso International Airport will be lighted with festive features, holiday trees and decorations. Visitors can enjoy the festive season by driving through these areas from the safety of their vehicles and following COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

As a safety precaution, signage throughout San Jacinto Plaza will remind people about social distancing, wearing face coverings and other best practices. In addition, security guards at the plaza will be assisting with enforcement of restrictions on gatherings.

“Although ice skating and downtown events will not be a part of our WinterFest programming for this season, we are excited to offer a variety of online programming, including concerts, crafts, and baking,” said General Manager of Destination El Paso Bryan Crowe.

“We have also partnered with El Paso Electric to bring a live theater experience to El Pasoans in the comfort of their own home. “Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol” is now available for streaming via smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop computer, or on a smart TV.

For more information or to purchase a streaming ticket visit www.elpasolive.com

Throughout the WinterFest season, the Parks and Recreation Department, the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, the Public Library, the El Paso Zoo, the El Paso International Airport and Destination El Paso will provide virtual programming such as arts and crafts, holiday concerts and much more. WinterFest is made possible in part by the Downtown Management District, Scherr Legate PLLC and El Paso Electric.

All virtual programs will appear on the El Paso WinterFest Facebook page. Additional information, including a schedule of online events is posted at www.epwinterfest.com.

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