Avondale celebrates the Winterfest holiday season with a “virtual kick-off” and tree lighting Saturday, Dec. 5.
In lieu of the traditional Winterfest event, residents are invited to participate throughout the season in a variety of ways.
The Civic Center Amphitheater will be lit up with lights synchronized to music starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. The lights and music will be synchronized nightly from 5 to 9:30 p.m.
Also, on the first three Saturdays of December, food trucks and treats will be available to purchase, in a “stroll and food to go format” to include COVID-19 safety protocols. Social distancing measures will be in place, with masks required.
The Avondale Civic Center Amphitheater is at 11465 W. Civic Center Drive.
The synchronized musical light display will be up throughout the holiday season, with the light show to display every 30 minutes.
The virtual tree lighting ceremony will be streamed on the Avondale Events Facebook page at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.
For a child to receive a “call from the North Pole,” with Santa Claus calls to be made between 5 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, register at avondale.recdesk.com.
A “Letters to Santa” drop box will be at the Civic Center Complex.
For a reply from the North Pole, drop off or post a letter by Dec. 13 including a self-addressed, stamped envelope. The mailing address is Santa Claus, North Pole c/o City of Avondale Recreation, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale, AZ 85323.
Virtual Storytime with Santa
Families with children 5 and younger are invited to join virtual story time for crafts and a story with Santa from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11.
Pre-registration is required for this special Zoom access program sponsored by the Neighborhood Family Services Center, provided in partnership with First things First and Care1st Health Plan of Arizona.
To register, call 623-333-2751 or email AFERT@avondaleaz.gov.
“Virtual Storytime with Santa” will be posted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, on Avondale Public Library’s YouTube and Facebook pages.
To submit a question for Santa to read and answer, email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Avondale Library hosts a virtual “Adult Holiday Storytime,” with a virtual reading of an excerpt from “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens followed by a brief discussion Wednesday, Dec. 14. To participate, email email@example.com and the Zoom meeting details will be forwarded.
These programs are hosted by the city of Avondale. Winterfest season is sponsored in part by Avondale Toyota, Desert Diamond, Alamar, APS, SRP, Biolife and the West Valley View.
For more information, visit avondaleaz.gov/events or call the Avondale Parks and Recreation Department at 623-333-2400.