Grosse Pointe Woods hosts annual Winterfest

By: April Lehmbeck | Grosse Pointe Times | Published January 23, 2013

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Hundreds of residents will head out into the cold this weekend at Lake Front Park for a bit of wintertime fun.

Winterfest has become a bit of a tradition in the city with chili, cookies and activities for children.

This year marks the 12th year of the event. Winterfest, hosted by the Grosse Pointe Woods Citizens’ Recreation Commission, will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 26 at the park.

“In 2012, the Winterfest had over 200 residents and guests attend the event,” recreation supervisor Nicole Byron said in an email. “One of the highlights is the chili and cookie contest.

“This event has something for all ages, from participating in the chili and cookie contests to an inflatable slide,” she said. “Another popular part of our event is the Score-O hockey competition.”

The free event includes ice-skating, lunch and more.

With winter a hit-and-miss proposition in Michigan in the last couple of years, hosting a Winterfest might come at a time with no snowfall. With snow falling on the area early in the week, it appeared that the festival might get a little touch of winter after all.

“Snow or no, it’s still a ‘go’ at the annual Grosse Pointe Woods Winterfest,” the city stated late last year in its GPW Update newsletter.

For planning purposes, Woods asks residents to register by calling (313) 343-2408 or emailing