Winterfest Weekend Activities!

Friday, February 2

Shinny
Goderich-Huron YMCA
6:00 – 8:30 AM
Lace-up those skates and get out on the ice this morning for a little pick-up hockey.

Open Skate
Goderich-Huron YMCA
9:00 – 10:30 AM
It wouldn’t be Winterfest weekend without a proper open skate! Proudly sponsored by the Town of Goderich.

Rec Swim
Goderich-Huron YMCA
12:30 – 2:00 PM
No polar dips here! Get out that swimsuit and hit the pool this Winterfest Weekend!

Drop-In Ringette
Goderich-Huron YMCA
12:30 – 2:00 PM
If hockey isn’t your style, try on some Ringette for size!

Shinny
Goderich-Huron YMCA
3:30 – 4:30 PM
Need a little more pick-up in your life? If you missed the 6:00 AM Shinny, you can always hit the ice this afternoon. Proudly Sponsored by the Goderich Lions.

PA Days at the Library
Goderich Library

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
February 7th is National Send a Card to a Friend Day! For this PA Day we’ll have everything you need to create your own card (or valentine) to give to a special friend.

MTA Candlelight Walk
Maitland Trail – Columbus Centre Trailhead

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
The Maitland Trail Association organizes this annual event as part of the Town of Goderich’s Winterfest, and it is always a magical adventure. A one and one-half kilometer portion of the trail in the Maitland Woods will be transformed by the flickering beauty of candlelight. Participants can set out from the trail entrance at the east end of the Columbus Centre parking lot (Parson’s Court) anytime between 7:30 and 8:30 p. m. trail closes at 9:00 p.m. – trail surface and boardwalk conditions vary according to snow or ice accumulations. This is a Level 1, Leisurely pace, ¾ – 1 hour event. Anyone who has their own candle lanterns (home-made or bought) is welcome to bring them and display them anywhere along the trail to add to the magic of the experience. More information on lantern making may be shared in the new year. Volunteers are welcome.
Call Con Melady at 519-524-8730 if willing to help light the trail or assist with other aspects of the event. Follow the MTA website and local media for confirmation of the event in the weeks prior to February 2, 2024.

Saturday, February 3

Winterfest Outdoor Activities
Courthouse Square

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Bring the kiddos and dress for the weather! There will be lots of fun activities for all your young ones to enjoy! Inflatables, mini-sticks, games, and more!

Outdoor BIA Winterfest Market
Courthouse Square Plaza

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Bundle up and come to downtown Goderich for the first-ever Winterfest Vendor Market! 

Winterfest Petting Zoo 
Courthouse Square

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Even the animals at the Little Hobby Hill Petting Zoo love to celebrate the winter season! Come out and enjoy a winter petting zoo as part of the Winterfest activities!

Winterfest Square Brew Bar
Courthouse Square Plaza

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
It’s the Winterfest outdoor activity for adults! Cozy up to the Winterfest Square Brew Bar, located at the South corner of the Courthouse Square Plaza.

Winterfest Sno-Pitch Tournament – CANCELLED
Bannister Park

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The snow won’t keep them away! Batter up and enjoy a base run through the snow at the Winterfest Sno-Pitch Tournament. Spectators are welcome to watch the creative sno-pitch gear in action.

Rotary Chili Cook-Off
Goderich Legion

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Bring a donation for your local food bank or a small cash donation and you can enjoy over 20 chilis to taste! Have your say and vote for your favourite chili recipe. 

Game Day at the Library
Goderich Library

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Drop into the Goderich Library to warm up and play some fun board games!

Drop-In Winterfest Activities
Huron County Museum

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Stop by the Huron County Museum between 1 pm and 4 pm to enjoy some fun Winterfest activities!

Winterfest Open Swim
Goderich YMCA
1:30 PM – 3:45 PM
Splish-splash, enjoy a winter dip (we promise the water temperature won’t be too cold!) at the Goderich YMCA.

Winterfest Mega Meat Draw
Goderich Legion

DRAW STARTS AT 5 PM 
Broson Line will rock the night away while you get the chance to win some Winterfest Meat!

 

Sunday, February 4

Winterfest Petting Zoo 
Courthouse Square

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Even the animals at the Little Hobby Hill Petting Zoo love to celebrate the winter season! Come out and enjoy a winter petting zoo as part of the Winterfest activities!

Winterfest Outdoor Activities
Courthouse Square

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Bring the kiddos and dress for the weather! There will be lots of fun activities for all your young ones to enjoy! Inflatables, mini-sticks, games, and more!

Winterfest BINGO
Goderich Legion

Noon 
Stop by the Legion where they will keep the snow off your card to play some Winterfest Bingo! The early bird draw starts at 1:25 pm.

Check Out the Warm Winter Tastes Around Town!

Winterfest Poster 2024
What's on for Winterfest!

Winterfest 2024 Is Coming To Downtown Goderich
By Aidan Doherty

Get ready for a variety of fun and exciting events for this year’s upcoming Winterfest starting on February 2nd to the 4th in Couthouse Square! 

If the weather permits, on February 3rd, from 10 am – 4pm, the Goderich BIA will be hosting the first ever Vendor Winterfest Market! Unique items and food from the local community will be available to purchase, so come on by and see for yourself.  

Also starting at 10 a.m. there will lots be outdoor activities for the kids! Goderich Tourism is bringing a variety of different games and lots of fun is to be had including snowmen ring toss, racing an inflatable horse derby, competing with your buddies in a game of mini sticks and so much more!         

In addition, from 11 am to 2 pm there will be a petting zoo provided by Little Hobby Hill Farm. The animals expected to be there include alpacas, chickens, bunnies, and goats – animals that like the Winterfest weather! Prepare to have your heart melted by these adorable guys! This event is made possible by the good folks at Royal Le Page Heartland Realty.

And while the kiddos play, the adult kids can enjoy a beverage at the Winterfest Square Brew bar between 11 am and 4 pm.  

So, get bundled up for the winter weather and come to Downtown Goderich to have some fun! If you can’t make it out on the 3rd, not to worry, the outdoor activities and the petting zoo, will be there again on the 4th. Now, if we get one of those notorious winter storms, or extreme windchill, we will be moving the outdoor activities to Memorial Arena (180 MacDonald Street).  

While you are out and about on Winterfest weekend, be sure to enjoy some of the other fantastic events taking place. 

In honor and preparation for National Send a Card to a Friend Day which occurs on February 7th, the Goderich library will be hosting a crafty “make a card” day on Friday, February 2nd from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. This is the perfect activity for this PA Day, creating cards to share your appreciation with friends and family. Supplies will be provided. 

Once you have used some your creative juices and need some time for relaxation, you can spend the evening between 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm, on a nice stroll through the Maitland Woods enjoying the beautiful candlelight lanterns placed along the path by the amazing Maitland Trail Association (MTA). Don’t forget to bring your special someone! The trail is approximately 1.5 km long and is lit with extraordinary paper lanterns. The entrance is located on the east end of the Columbus Centre parking lot in Parson’s Court. Furthermore, you are welcome to bring your homemade or store-bought lantern. The MTA is always welcoming interested volunteers and should you want to join in on the fun, contact Con Melady at 519-524-8730 for more information. If you plan on coming, make sure you dress accordingly.    

If you need a break from the chilly February air on Saturday, February 3rd, the Goderich Legion will host the highly anticipated Rotary Chili Cook Off from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Have your chance to taste and help judge over 20 different homemade chilis. To enter and become a chili connoisseur, you can either donate perishable goods or make a small cash donation in support of our local food bank. Here at Goderich Tourism, we personally enjoy sausage in our chili as it adds a nice texture and depth of flavor, you should try if you haven’t already!  

Also, on February 3rd, don’t forget to stop by the Goderich Library between 11 am to 4 pm to play board games with your friends and get the chance to new make ones! Outsmart your opponents in chess, checkers or Connect 4, become the richest in Monopoly, or test your flexibility in a game of Twister. We have a variety of games for all ages so there will be something for everyone.  

And if you need some time to soak those sore, snow-shoveling muscles, head to the YMCA between 1:30 pm and 3:45 pm where there will be a Winterfest Open Swim. Grab your swimwear and dive in! (Don’t worry, the Winterfest theme does NOT apply to the water temperatures…)  

Finish off your Saturday with a Winterfest MEGA Meat Draw at the Goderich Legion. The draw will begin at 5 pm, so get there early to get a seat. Broson Line will be providing the entertainment while you win some meat! And come on back Sunday for Winterfest Bingo at Noon. It’s a perfect weekend to win big at the Goderich Legion! 

If the winter weather isn’t your favourite, you can still enjoy Winterfest at one of our participating local restaurants. Our amazing local restaurateurs have joined in on the Winterfest fun and are providing a specialized Winterfest menus.  

It’s another big weekend in Goderich and we hope to see you at Winterfest 2024!    

For More information and details please visit our website https://exploregoderich.ca/goderich-events/ and or contact us.  

Phone: 519-524-6600, Toll-Free: 1-800-280-7637, Email: tourism@goderich.ca