A line of families snaked all the way to the main entrance, ready for an afternoon of presents, carolling, and dancing.
It was a celebration by the community for the community.
Santa and Mrs. Claus were there, and plenty of local businesses and organizations giving away toys and sweets, painting faces and leading kids in games and activities. Kids munched on fresh empanadas from one of the neighborhood’s Colombian bakeries and sipped on hot chocolate loaded with mini marshmallows. The library’s community room was packed in spite of the rain outside.
Iris Caple was there too. Lured by posts she saw on social media, she came with her two grandchildren.
“It’s good to get the kids out for a little while,’ she said. “I think it’s an excellent idea.”
In one of the city’s fastest growing neighborhoods, the Winter Fest is a rare opportunity for families to celebrate their community together, in public and for free.