Friends of Portsmouth brings in an estimated 40,000 locals and visitors annually to the Historic Downtown Boneyfiddle District on Market Square for Winterfest.
The festival began in 2018 and will celebrate its 6th year in 2023. It magically transforms Portsmouth into a winter wonderland with thousands of lights and Christmas decorations throughout the downtown area.
Winterfest will kick off after the Christmas parade on November 16, followed by the tree lighting and seven weeks of Christmas ice skating. There will also be a Reindeer Run for Kids and a Team 5K Run for adults. Pancakes With Paw Patrol is organized by the Candyland Children’s Museum annually and held at Patties & Pints.
There are multiple Replica Vehicles from the various themes of the past, including the RV Cousin Eddie drove in “Christmas Vacation.” Also, a Station Wagon Replica from the same movie. The Grinch Sleigh and a replica van from Home Alone’s “Sticky Bandits.” Of course, a new theme for 2023 will be revealed soon.
Other attractions at Winterfest include horse and buggy rides, miniature train rides, Candyland Children’s Museum, face painting, Nativity scene, live music, ice skating, character skating, and hockey school on Winterfest’s ice rink. “Santa Claus is there during certain hours for children, and there is also a vendor village with booths ranging from hot chocolate and s’mores ( at the Grinch Hut), apparel, Christmas decorations, and a variety of food trucks each weekend.
Winterfest is held on Market Square at 201 Market Street, Portsmouth, OH 45662. Winterfest takes place November 16 – December 31, with open skating every Thursday – Sunday except Nov 23 (Thanksgiving) and Dec. 25(Christmas).