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Winterfest welcomes 38,500 visitors to Downtown St. Louis

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Winterfest 2022 was a huge success! 

The seventh annual Winterfest, presented by Bank of America and World Wide Technology, featured 22 days of ice skating,100,000 twinkling lights, music, gooey s’mores, and countless moments of holiday merriment.

It kicked off with the second annual Winterfest 5K presented by Caleres, which saw 209 registered participants on one of the coldest days of the year who nevertheless showed up to run through the beautiful Arch grounds on Opening Day. (View photos)

The Winterfest Cafe was helmed by Chef Juwan Rice of JR’s Gourmet for the second year. Rice curated an incredible menu and an all-star team of local businesses including Pour Decisions STL for handcrafted cocktails, De'Lish Emporium for exquisite desserts, Work & Leisure for staffing support, Natural Tableware for environmentally friendly dishes and cutlery, Larson’s Medical Supply for all things safety-related, and UnLtd Ventures for production assistance.

“It’s an experience you can’t get anywhere else in St. Louis.”

Juwan Rice
JR’s Gourmet

Special events this year included a two-day Winter Market, presented in partnership with Greater St. Louis, Inc., which included #STLMade fan favorites like Arch Apparel, Series Six, Good Life Candle Co., Truly Melanin, and other local businesses.

New Year’s Eve smashed attendance records with 6,649 attendees! Guests of all ages got to enjoy fire dancers and a figure skating showcase before the fireworks spectacular at 8 p.m.

One Nation Day saw visits from Fredbird and Louie, and we welcomed the return of St. Louis Blues-sponsored three-on-three hockey classic tournaments, ice skating lessons, and Sunday rinkside visits from princesses and superheroes. This year also featured new events, like “Festive Friday” happy hours and Pride Night.

Kids got to skate for free every Friday courtesy of the Blues, and everyone skated free on Opening Day, courtesy of Ameren Missouri and the Foundation.

“We love the joy that it brings to families.”

Kaje Sanford
Pour Decisions STL

Thanks to the generous support of all our sponsors, 5K sponsors, and patrons, this was our biggest Winterfest yet! We are honored to continue to be a staple St. Louis holiday tradition for so many residents and out-of-towners alike.

With more than 38,500 attendees, 220 igloo rentals, 30 volunteers, and six weeks of holiday magic, we are so proud to create this lively, thriving atmosphere in the heart of Downtown St. Louis.

View our Facebook photo album.

And check out our Faces of Winterfest videos on social media, featuring Foundation volunteer Pete Graham, Kaje Sanford of Pour Decisions STL, and Marilyn Bush and Katie Fischer of Bank of America St. Louis.

Group with Louie at Winterfest
Snowfall at Winterfest
Family skating
Roasting s'mores
Group playing build-an-arch
Couple roasting s'mores
Fredbird looking at Market merch
Women taking selfie with hot chocolates
Couple in igloo
Men walking alongside ice rink with food
Igloos at Winterfest