Free Events in Winter Park Resort Village
There are many many activities in the Winter Park Village and almost all of them are absolutely free. The new Village is in its first full year of operation and there are now four eateries up and running:
Goodys is a European creperie offering made to order crepes and homemade ice cream.
Lime is a modern Mexican eatery with great tacos and margaritas.
The Back Bowl Soup Company offers homemade soups, breakfast burritos and fantastic breads.
The Cheeky Monk is a Belgium beer bar with great Flemish food with some of the best beers known to man.
Enjoy all these restaurants and spend a night in Village with some of their free events. From Mardi Gras celebration to free ice skating lessons there something for everyone in the Winter Park Village.
DISCO SKATE NIGHTS
Thursdays, January 7 & 21, February 4 & 18, 6-8pm
Get down tonight! Grab your skates and come dance to funky disco music! You are sure to have fun with your friends while ice-skating on the Village Ice Rink to a dj playing 1970’s disco music while the disco ball lights up the ice! Bring your costumes!
KIDS’ NIGHT OUT
Thursdays, December 17 – April 8, 5:30-8:30pm
The Village at Winter Park introduces Kids’ Night Out! This fun, activity-filled evening is for 4-12 year olds, and is loaded with activities – including dinner and s’mores by the firepit! Kids’ Night Out is a worry-free night out for Mom & Dad and a convenient alternative to at-home babysitting.
▪ Kids’ Night Out is held at Kids Ski and Ride School on Thursday evenings from 5:30-8:30pm
▪ Kids’ Night Out is a FREE childcare service offered to parents on the condition that $30 per child is spent in any commercial outlet at the resort during the hours that your children are in the program. We do require original receipts to verify the expenditure. If less than $30 per child is spent, parents will only be charged the difference.
▪ Kids’ Night Out includes dinner from Doc’s Roadhouse and indoor activities such as games, seasonal crafts and movies
▪ Please reserve your child’s space by 3pm on Thursday. Call Winter Park Guest Services at 800.729.7907 to reserve your child’s space. Enrollment is limited and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
MINI RAIL JAM
Fridays, January 15 – March 19, 4:30-6pm
*No Mini Rail Jam on February 19
Little jibbers come practice and show your tricks! Hit the mini rail park, Bouncer, in the Village for some fun after the mountain has closed for the day. Practice your rail slides and jumps in a training mini terrain park.
▪ Recommended for skiers and snowboarders ages 6 – 12 years old. Helmets are recommended.
▪ Located at the Bouncer Terrain Park located across from Doc’s Roadhouse and adjacent to the Discovery Center in the Village
Saturdays, January 9 – March 27, 3:00-4:00pm Join around the Discovery Center Plaza firepit for an animated story retelling the history of Winter Park Ski Resort, the railroad, early settlers and mountaineers. This FREE story-telling series is offered weekly from January through March and will include the stories of Fraser Valley locals such as: Doc Susie Anderson, the Byers family, the Cozens family and David Moffat. A perfect event for the entire family!
Fridays, December 18 – April 18, 4-5pm Come and join us by the campfire for our fun Cowboy Sing-A-Long just outside of the Village Gazebo, located at the base of Winter Park Resort. Cowboys and cowgals of all ages will enjoy this laid back and entertaining live show featuring all your campfire favorites! This FREE family entertainment is available Fridays from 4–5pm in the Village Gazebo.
Daily*, December 19—mid-March, 4-5pm
*Saturdays are Blade Capades, ice-skating games
Come join a FREE lesson to learn how to “hit the ice” (after “hitting the slopes”) or improve your skills on ice. An instructor and hot chocolate will be provided for each lesson. Bring your own skates or rent skates near the Village Ice Rink.
*Sign up by 3pm at Village Rentals on the day of the lesson
MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION
Saturday, February 13, 12:00-5:00pm
High Altitude Style! Come join the party in the Village to celebrate this New Orleans tradition Winter Park-style! This event features bands, street performers, festive decorations, food and plenty of beads to go around!
Music (in Starbucks Plaza)
12:00pm-1:00pm: Louisiana Clan Dogs
1:20pm-2:20pm: Aden Harrell & Friends Jazz Quartet
2:40pm-3:40pm: Otones Brass Band
4:00pm-5:00pm: Dikki Du & The Zydeco Krewe
Performers (throughout the Village)
12:00pm-5:00pm: Salida Circus Performers (includes flame throwers, jugglers, trapeze artists, jesters & unicyclists)
12:00pm-5:00pm: Face-Painting and Caricature Drawings
12:00pm-5:00pm: Children’s Crafts – masks and crowns
1:00pm-3:00pm: Giant Puppetry
2:00pm-4:00pm: Ear2Ear Photobooth
Food (in Starbucks Plaza)
Jambalaya, crawfish, etouffee, gumbo, crepes, bread pudding and beignets provided by Village restaurants
Lots of things to to do for free at “the Village”. If you would like to have a free family night out, the Winter Park Village can not be beat.
Chris February 1st, 2010