Santa Anita Park kicked off the holiday season with it's very first Winterfest on Sunday, November 23, 2018. The infield of the track was decked out with a giant Christmas tree, holiday lighting and music, an ice skating rink, a snow globe photo booth and of course Santa himself.
The Ice skating rink was a hit! Families gathered to test their balance on the ice, some twirled, some fell, but everyone had a blast and then enjoyed treats rink-side in the cabanas. Cabanas come with a private server, cozy seating and the option to purchase food, sweets, and drinks, which include warm beverages, beer, wine and soft drinks.
For those who needed a break from the ice, there were shopping vendors to get a few Christmas gifts crossed off of the shopping list and food trucks to feed the hungry bellies and for animal lovers and kids a petting zoo, pony rides and horse drawn carriage rides.
The evening concluded with the tree lighting ceremony countdown led by Arcadia Mayor Sho Toy, The mayor also gifted Santa Anita with a plaque for their Inugural year of Winterfest and that was the official start of the holiday season.