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Winterfest lights up the season

Posted on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 10:46 am

Children of all ages lined the streets of Colonial Beach on Saturday at noon. The Annual Winterfest and Santa Parade was held on town hill.

Volunteers from the Chamber of Commerce took over the hill and filled it with activities, music, and vendors for the event. With everything from LipSense vendors to Carter’s Jams on the hill you could start, or finish, your Christmas shopping this weekend.

The annual bike raffle which helps raise money for the next year’s WinterFest and parade had five bikes this year. Several bikes were donated by Jan and Bob Swink and Chuck Woodruff donated a large tired Mongoose to add to the raffle.

One special bike was donated, and given, to a young man in the community by an anonymous donor who is new to the area. It seems Colonial Beach has its own Santa Claus.

The town hill area is decorated every year for the holiday season under the leadership of Jan and Bob Swink. With a small group of elves they turn the area into a winter wonderland of light, cutouts from the original “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and a myriad of other holiday decorations.

During the off season the Swinks restore some of the items and store them for the next year. In the fall they repaint, repair, and make sure all the lights work again for the season. The town Christmas tree is also hosted on the hill.

In front of the large brick Welcome to Colonial Beach sign sits the nativity placed every year.


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