El Pasoans weren't sure if the City was going to allow this huge, downtown holiday celebration but we finally know it's back and better than ever. Around this time last year, the City of El Paso was in a pretty somber mood, there were still morgue trucks outside local hospitals and the National Guard was in town assisting with the mounting deaths from the coronavirus pandemic. Many families suffered losses of loved ones, my own included.

For the safety of the public, the City of El Paso made the decision to cancel Winterfest so people could continue to socially distance themselves and try to keep themselves and their loved ones safe from illness. Since then, the COVID vaccines have become widely available and the City of El Paso has one of the highest vaccination rates in the country. Because of the hard work of our people, El Paso is one of the cities that has been able to reopen and have large gatherings in a safer environment. That means one of the biggest gatherings in downtown El Paso is back- Winterfest.

During the months of November and December, the City of El Paso transforms the downtown district into a sparkly winter wonderland. And now that the event is back and in-person, that means people can enjoy all the Winterfest wonder together. There will be plenty of winter-themed treats and gifts for sale through the vendors, and activities for you and the family. One of the biggest draws of the Winterfest is the downtown ice skating if you're talented on some skates. Myself, I'd rather stand to the side and watch the more talented El Pasoans on the ice.

Winterfest will kick off on Saturday, November 20th with the traditional Scherr Legate Celebration of Lights Parade, followed by the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at San Jacinto Plaza. Winterfest will run throughout the holiday season till January 2, 2022.

For more information on Winterfest, please visit the Winterfest website.

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