Tenley WinterFest is an eight-day celebration of the holiday season designed to showcase local businesses, community groups, and the neighborhood – all with a unique Tenleytown flair and lots of yetis.
What began more than a decade ago as a small student craft market has grown into a celebration of the holiday season in Tenleytown. More than 30 businesses and community groups annually host WinterFest events, including the signature Yeti Scavenger Hunt, Winter Feast restaurant week, and Winter Market. Thousands visit Tenleytown each year from across the District to enjoy our yeti-themed festival.
About Tenley WinterFest
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 nearly 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 Music and Tenley Bar & 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.
Tenley WinterFest is presented by Tenleytown Main Street, an accredited DC Main Street supported in part by the Department of Small and Local Business Development. 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.