WHAT IS WINTERFEST
Winterfest evolved from The Wellington Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Tree Lighting. Eventually it grew into a business expo and holiday event. In 2010 (Then) Mayor Darell Bowen was able to acquire local and international celebrity musical sensation, philanthropist and DIY Network television star (Emmy Award Nominated) “Vanilla Ice” making our inaugural WINTERFEST at the Wellington Amphitheatre a community event drawing over 4000 people its first year! !
Due to the overwhelming response from the community, Winterfest quickly outgrew the amphitheatre and we were fortunate to have been offered the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center as our new Venue. 2012 drew over 5000 people with the implementation of a Food and Wine Festival (THE FOOD AND WINE TENT IS SOLD OUT. THE MAIN WINTERFEST EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL!), a breathtaking show jumping event, double our vendor and spectator space, a red carpet walk and photo booth, cigar lounges, kids winter wonderland and much more!
Winterfest is the most anticipated holiday event of the season! The exceptional hard work and dedication of sponsors, vendors and the seasoned professionals from the Team at Equestrian Sport Productions and the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center allow us to celebrate the success of this event. Managing Partner of Wellington Equestrian Partners, LLC Mr. Mark Bellissimo believes bringing a “hometown’ element to WinterFest is what makes it so successful. Family friendly events such as a reading of the “Twas the Night Before Christmas“, a visit from Santa, children’s area including carriage rides, reindeer and bounce houses, snow, business expo and vendor row, and the salute to the troops allow participation from the children and the families and make everyone an integral part of the festivities.
Mark your calendars…NOVEMBER 30th, from 6-10PM at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida!
Our performers could not be more phenomenal! The talents of our local superstars are amazing. If you have not heard or seen of the following please make it a point to check them out. They are exquisite each in their own….
Our local superstar and philanthropist “Vanilla Ice” astounds us each year. His spirit of giving and dedication to our community is outstanding. His efforts and those of his team- Frank, Wes, Tommy and Chuck make this event possible. Each is to be commended and thanked for their generosity and for giving back to Wellington. The Chamber is grateful to have the privilege of working with them!
The Chamber salutes all the exhibitors, sponsors, performers, volunteers and of course our gracious Presenting Sponsor Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC and the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center for making their contribution to Wellington’s unique lifestyle, its economy and this spectacular event! And to each of you for attending…for being part of this event and for being a part of our community. We look forward to seeing you each and every! Happy Holidays!