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Ormewood Park’s new ‘Winterfest’ aims to extend Atlanta festival season

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Neighborhood fests in December will soon be a thing.

The official logo for Ormewood Park’s Winterfest in Atlanta. OrmewoodPark.org

In the spring and autumn, Atlanta has a ridiculous bounty of massive neighborhood gatherings to choose from.

But in winter? Not so much.

Outside of the Pink Pig bonanza at Lenox Square, the lighting of Atlantic Station, and a Latino festival in Piedmont Park (both this weekend), all goes quiet on the ATL festival front when chilly temps descend.

But now, Ormewood Park is aiming to change that with a makers-themed event they’re calling “Winterfest.”

Scheduled for Dec. 9, Winterfest will be a merry yuletide version of Ormewood Park’s Meet the Makers Festival, which debuted in March.

The inaugural Meet the Makers Festival this past spring.
OrmewoodPark.org

Expect live music, more than 20 local artisans (think: woodcarvers, jewelry-makers, painters, candlemakers, and other providers of Atlanta-made stocking-stuffers), a kids craft area, and food vendors including Smokin’ Mo's BBQ and Pallookaville. Plus, cider. And hot cocoa.

Elsewhere, a series of festive workshops will lend the feeling the Holiday Season is in the air, said organizer Hannah Thompson.

Workshop sessions will include wine pairing ($45) and ornament crafting ($10). Also for $10, the alleged “real” Santa will be on hand for photos.

Find the festival’s epicenter outside the Ormewood Church (1071 Delaware Ave.) Merriment will go down Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.