Winterfest TODAY on JBLM

By Ruth Kingsland/JBLM PAO on December 16, 2017

Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s new Winterfest event will take place at American Lake Conference Center Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Winterfest is expected to offer all the fun of the previous reception that used to take place at Family and MWR’s Fest Tent after the Lewis Main Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, with some new offerings and activities.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun for children and adults,” said Gloria Tomczewski, Family and MWR special events coordinator.

This is the first year the event has been organized by a combined Family and MWR and Child, Youth and School Services.

There will be carnival games, crafts for the kids and a wreath-making craft for adults. A variety of other booths also will be available, including airbrush tattoos and the creation of balloon animals.

An announcement is planned of the winners in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Armed Forces Community Services Treasure Hunt.

Also scheduled are performances by America’s I Corps Band from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and several dance groups from SKIES Unlimited, including: step, jazz, ballet and performances from “The Nutcracker.”

Three hundred trees will be given away to service member families through Trees For Troops, which held its annual giveaway at American Lake Conference Center Dec. 2. Five-hundred trees were given to service members ranks E-5 and below. The remaining trees were saved for Winterfest distribution.

Food will be available for purchase at the event, and a visit from St. Nicholas also is expected.

“Santa will be there,” Tomczewski said. “It wouldn’t be a Christmas event without him.”

Events will take place indoors at the center, with the exception of the Christmas tree giveaway.

If you’re looking to see Santa more than once this holiday season, don’t miss the annual Breakfast with Santa at the Club at McChord Field, located at 700 Barnes Blvd. on McChord Field, Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. There’s a cost for that event, and tickets must be purchased in advance at or by calling: 253-982-5581.