In 2002, the Museum’s annual winter kids’ event got a makeover from Christmas at the Cabin to Winter Festival – celebrating the holidays in countries around the world. In 2018, we re-envisioned the event again. Winter Festival now highlights holiday traditions with activities, crafts, and much more! The Storytellers Network’s and The Lower Columbia Woodcarvers always share their holiday tales and wonderful carvings with visitors, but each year has a little something new to enjoy at the Museum! Winter Festival is a free, open house for families during the first weekend of December. 

In 2018, we highlighted Nutcrackers with a small exhibit on loan from the Nutcracker Museum in Leavenworth. Kids made nutcracker ornaments and decorations, recipe books, nutcracker paper bag puppets and “dancing” ballet finger puppets, and German shoes stuffers (instead of stockings stuffers). They played nutcracker themed tic-tac-toe, Jenga, memory cards, and a bean bag toss into nutcrackers’ mouths beautifully painted on a backdrop by Kimberlee Manolis. The most popular activity of all was when they got to try out different types of nut crackers including dolls, mallets, classic kitchen handhelds, and spring loaded nutcrackers! Everyone had a wonderful time!

Check back for news about upcoming Winterfest plans!