Join People for Palmer Park for an afternoon of family friendly fun at WinterFest, a multi-cultural holiday festival at the historic Log Cabin, on Sunday afternoon, Sunday, Dec. 10 from 2-5 p.m. Enjoy old-fashioned horse and carriage rides, hot cider, hot chocolate, holiday cookies, music, arts and crafts and more. Santa, Mrs. Claus and several Elves will be on hand to share magic, holiday cheer and candy canes. Admission to the event is free.
Experiences and displays about Kwanzaa presented by the Wright Museum of African American History, Hanukkah presented by the Downtown Synagogue, and Christmas will be showcased. The Log Cabin will be transformed with creative decorations installed by competing teams who participating in a friendly competition for fun and prizes — Preservation Detroit, City Detroit Tour, Blossoms, Bagley Design Belles, and several neighborhood groups from Palmer Woods and Sherwood Forest are volunteering their talents. Attendees can vote for their favorites. With newly restored and sparkling stained glass windows, and the debut of its original massive front door now being restored, the Cabin will be dazzling.
Senator and Mrs. Palmer’s home, built in 1885, is indeed a rare gem. Lovingly being restored by People for Palmer Park and the City of Detroit, the Log Cabin — a Victorian home disguised as a rustic cabin — will be filled with enchantment as we celebrate diverse holidays treasured in Detroit and around the world.
Children of all ages will have the opportunity to create and decorate paper birds and snowflakes to beautify our holiday tree; and adults and older children can learn how to fold origami cranes to add good luck and peace to the Log Cabin and all who visit it. Storytelling and music from diverse holidays will fill the air, as well as a live performance by violinists from Detroit Youth Volume.
In the spirit of giving and sharing, please bring NEW mittens, gloves, hats and scarves to Mittens for Detroit to donate to those in need.
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 the first winter celebration in the Cabin, perhaps in history, since the Palmers did not live in the cabin during the winter in the late 1880s. Reopening the Log Cabin in the winter — which has been closed for most of the past 40 years — will be an enriching and memorable event for all ages.
WinterFest is presented by People for Palmer Park with the support of the City of Detroit and Quicken Loans. We thank the Wright Museum for African American History, the Downtown Synagogue, Mike’s Market on Livernois, and Detroit Youth Volume for their support. Learn more at peopleforpalmerpark.org.