DECEMBER 14, 2019

The brightest night in

Stafford returns to ring

in the holiday season!


Presented by the Town of Stafford, WinterFest brings together favorite community traditions while offering a host of new festivities to celebrate this one-of-a-kind experience on Main Street. 


Residents and visitors are invited to shop, dine and explore Stafford while experiencing a host of activities throughout the afternoon. The event kicks off at 3:00 p.m. with the “WinterFest Marketplace” featuring food and merchant vendors at Town Hall.  A Live Nativity performance also kicks off the event – with real actors and animals – at the First United Methodist Church (8 Church Street).  Refreshments and a warming area inside to follow. 


The WinterFest Parade of Lights steps off at 4:30 p.m. from Olympic Park and continues to Town Hall.  Intended to promote positivity while celebrating the season for all to enjoy, the parade aims to bring the community together while showcasing entries from local businesses, clubs, civic groups, and residents.  Commencing just after dusk, floats, vehicles and walking groups will each be illuminated for evening viewing. 


Immediately following – about 5:15 p.m. – lively music and caroling with the SHS Marching Band and Choir will accompany the celebration, along with a community bonfire, all in Haymarket Common (31 Main Street).  After the ceremony, Santa Claus will be waiting for families at Town Hall and all children are invited to visit and take photos with this season’s most jolly rock star.  Mix and mingle while enjoying refreshments and shopping with vendors, who will remain open until 7:00 p.m. 

2019 Schedule

3:00pm - 7:00PM


Featuring regional crafters & exhibitors (Town Hall, 2nd floor), & unique eats from specialty food trucks (Town Hall parking lot), in addition to town-wide restaurants & shops.


live nativity

On the front lawn of the First United Methodist Church (8 Church St.). Refreshments & warming area inside to follow.


Winterfest parade of lights

From Olympic Park to Town Hall, with entries illuminated for evening viewing & hundreds of luminaries on Main Street. 

5:00PM (appox.)

Community performances & bonfire

Enjoy caroling & music in Haymarket Common (31 Main Street) with neighbors, friends & the SHS Music Department.


Sweets with Santa 

Mix and mingle with refreshments, visits with Santa & featured vendors at Town Hall.

With hundreds of luminaries lighting the night on Main Street, Stafford truly comes alive with hometown holiday cheer.  While celebrating the spirit of the season, participants are prompted to dress for cold weather and to be mindful of the candlelit luminaries lining walkways and public spaces. 


A Main Street parking ban is in effect beginning at 3:00 p.m. and a road closure is scheduled from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., parking is available at: Public Parking Lot (2 Spring Street), Stafford Municipal Parking Lot (16 River Road/Route 32), Hyde Park Road, the Woodlawn Trailhead (opposite of Witt School), Stafford Family Services (20/21 Hyde Park Road), and on side roads, unless otherwise marked.  


The WinterFest Parade of Lights and Downtown Holiday Festival is free to attend, for details and updates, follow or call Stafford Town Hall at (860) 851-8102.