A new celebration of our coldest season is headed to NoMa this month with Winterfest (http://www.winterfestwg.com) starting Dec. 1 and running though Dec. 17. During Winterfest, Wunder Garten (1101 First St. NE, http://wundergartendc.com) will transform into a winter wonderland, complete with twinkling lights and decorations galore.
A main draw of Winterfest will undoubtedly be a makers market featuring District artists and vendors selling locally made art and goods such as clothing, greeting cards, accessories, special ingredients for your home bar, and more. It’s a great opportunity to cross a few items off your Christmas list. You’ll want to visit the market more than once as the vendors and artists will rotate over the course of the festival.
Winterfest is more than just a fun place to shop. Grab a seat by the fire and linger while you sip a spiked hot chocolate, mulled wine, warm cocktail, or one of Wunder Garten’s winter brews. Perhaps you’d care to roast a marshmallow or two for your s’more? If you desire something more substantial, Timber Pizza will bring their mobile wood-fired oven along, and Holy Crêpes and CaliBurger will also make appearances. The combination of drink, fire, good food, and festive spirits calls for a healthy dose of live music, and Winterfest will provide plenty of that.
The centerpiece of Winterfest will be an interactive installation by local artist Hernan Gigena (http://hernangigena.com). Always dog-friendly, Wunder Garten also invites you to bring your furry friends for photos with Santa. You’ll even be able to snag a Christmas tree. Their tree lot will stock mostly Frasier firs from four to ten feet tall, and there will be staff on hand to help you bundle and tie your trees to make sure you and your tree make it home safely.
The hours for the Makers Market are Thursdays from 4 P.M. to 8 P.M., and Fridays through Sundays from noon to 8 P.M. Overall hours for Wunder Garten will be Monday through Thursday from 4 P.M. to 10 P.M., Friday and Saturday 12 P.M. to midnight, and Sunday 12 P.M. to 10 P.M. Winterfest is a collaborative effort of Wunder Garten, NoMa BID (https://www.nomabid.org), and People Make Place (http://www.peoplemakeplace.org).