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The City of Taylor will welcome in the holiday season during its annual Winterfest on Saturday, November 25. The celebration will include the first-ever Winterfest 5K, holiday parade, opening of Santa’s Magic Forest, Fill the F-350 Toy Drive, official tree lighting celebration and fireworks display.
The Taylor Winterfest is presented by Taylor Ford. Other major sponsors and contributors are 100.3 WNIC Detroit, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Masco, Wade Trim and Taylor Chevrolet.WINTERFEST 5KThe day kicks off with the “Whoville”-themed Winterfest 5K, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield. The Winterfest 5K will be held at 2 p.m., starting at the Heritage Park Petting Farm before the runners make their way down Pardee Road to Goddard, eventually on the streets of neighborhoods in the City Hall area, and then back toward the Heritage Park. The race begins and finishes at the Petting Farm.
The event features custom Winterfest 5K beanies and gloves for all participating; medals; age group awards; costume contest with awards; overall top male and female finish awards; bib tag timing by Everal; and a Christmas treat.
Entry fees are $30 before Friday, November 24. Registration will be $35 on the day of the race. Race day packet pickup is scheduled to being at noon on November 25.
Proceeds from the run will benefit the Downriver Fish & Loaves Food Pantry. Race coordinators will also be accepting donations of canned goods during race day packet pickup.THE PARADEThe entire day is one of family fun. After the 5K run, the Winterfest Parade, sponsored by Masco and featuring marching bands, floats and many organizations, will travel from City Hall to the Heritage Park’s Sheridan Center Open Air Pavilion. Once there, crowds will be entertained by music and various activities.SANTA’S MAGIC FORESTThe official opening of Santa’s Magic Forest will take place, Downriver’s premiere Christmas display is housed in the Heritage Park Activities Building using many of the former J.L. Hudson displays that bring the season to life. Tickets are $3 per person and photos with Santa are $8.TREE LIGHTING AND FIREWORKSEventually, the official Christmas Tree (housed in the Sheridan Center all winter), will be lit by Mayor Rick Sollars and his special guest for the day, Santa Claus. The tree lighting is sponsored by Wade Trim. The Taylor Chevrolet Fireworks will cap off the evening.TOY DRIVE AND DRAWING
The Fill the F-350 Toy Drive will be ongoing throughout the day’s activities. Anyone donating a toy to the campaign will receive a chance at a drawing for four free tickets to Elf the Musical, scheduled at Detroit’s Fox Theater. The donated toys will eventually be distributed by the Taylor Goodfellows.Admission to the Winterfest is free. Food and refreshments will be available at for a reasonable cost.PARKINGParking is free. Thanks to the Winterfest 5K and parade, both Goddard and Pardee roads will be closed off and on during the entire day. Those attending the festivities in Heritage Park should use the Northline Road (south) entrance, and park in any of the lots inside the park. The Pardee Road entranceway, and the adjacent parking lot, along with the Taylor Community Library lot, will be inaccessible.PLEASE NOTE: Taylor residents can help themselves through various online services offered free of charge by the City, including iCare Taylor and Notify Me. The iCare Taylor program is a free app that can be downloaded from The App Store. It enables you to file individual service requests directly with the City of Taylor. No long waits in line or delays on the telephone. If you want to stay informed about City happenings, sign up for Notify Me and received emails or text messages on key news, activities and alerts.