About Tenley WinterFest
What began more than a decade ago as a small student craft market has grown into a week-long celebration of the holiday season in Tenleytown. More than 25 businesses and community groups join together annually to host WinterFest events, including the signature Yeti Scavenger Hunt, WinterFeast restaurant week, and Winter Market. Thousands visit Tenleytown each year from across the District to enjoy our yeti-themed festival.
In 2004, the Janney Elementary School student council organized a winter market in the school cafeteria. School community members gathered to sell homemade crafts, baked goods, and toys and to raise money for their favorite causes. The market soon attracted a devoted following of students and families who returned each year to participate in this home-grown, community tradition.
The Janney Winter Market, which now includes more than 100 vendors of all ages selling handmade gifts, accessories and jewelry, artwork, toys, and sweet and savory treats, remains a cornerstone of Tenley WinterFest. The festival has expanded, however, with a week of events along Wisconsin Avenue, from Van Ness to Fessenden Street, that offer a range of dining, entertainment, and wintry fun for all.
Whether it’s live music at Middle C and Tenley Bar and Grill, dining specials at more than a dozen eateries, a movie screening at St. Ann’s, crafts and stories at the library, neighborhood walking tours with the Tenleytown Historical Society, or holiday tree sales at local schools, Tenleytown has become THE place to be at the start of the holiday season.
Organized by a dedicated team of volunteers, the goal of Tenley WinterFest is to showcase our charming neighborhood and build community among merchants, schools, local institutions, residents, and visitors.
As the event has grown, so have the demands of organizing it. In 2016, the organizing committee is pleased to partner with Tenleytown Main Street to produce Tenley WinterFest. This partnership will enable Tenleytown’s signature festival to continue to expand and welcome even more friends and neighbors to our great neighborhood.
Many thanks go to the Tenley WinterFest community partners and sponsors who support the event each year. If you or your organization would like to be a part of WinterFest, contact us here or check out these ways you can join the fun.
2016 WinterFest Committee
Rennie Anderson, Matt Frumin, Helen Gibson, Robyn Greenhouse, Kate Laguarda, Bette Land, Susan Leber, Elizabeth Levenson, Jane Malhotra, Amy Thompson, and Patricia Witalka.
Leigh Catherine Miles, Executive Director, Tenleytown Main Street