Winter Festival is a free open house event for families during the first weekend of December. Each year we celebrate by learning through crafts and games about a cultural and historical theme. The Storytellers Network’s and The Lower Columbia Woodcarvers always join us to share their holiday tales and wonderful carvings with visitors. Every new year has a little something new to enjoy!

Lunar New Year has been celebrated for thousands of years in most East Asian and Southeast Asian countries. On our most recent Winter Fest we celebrated Lunar New Year here at the museum. We learned through crafts, games, and fun how this holiday is observed in different countries. We made paper dancing dragons, wrote the character “Fu” for good luck, learned the zodiac animal for the year we were born, and much more!

Even though Winter Fest has passed, please come in anytime through February 2024 to do our Lunar New Year scavenger hunt. Kids and adults alike can challenge themselves to find all 13 plush zodiac animals hiding throughout the museum!