The Poway Winter Festival will be held Jan. 10 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Jan. 11 from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Poway Community Park.

Festival brings winter fun to Poway

The City of Poway’s popular Winter Festival, which celebrates the season in a most delightful way, will be held on Jan. 10 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Jan. 11 from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Poway Community Park. 

The event offers activities such as a man-made snow play area, a snow hill for sledding and a synthetic skating rink. Free events include snow, the skating rink, an activity bay with crafts and carnival games, and a bounce house for kids. Pony rides, face painting and food will be available for a charge. 

“It’s really about bringing to life all of the appeal and entertainment of a cold mountain town set right in Poway,” explained Carrie Sanchez, recreation supervisor for Poway Community Services. “We truck in 150 pounds of snow. We make a snow hill and we have a large snow play area and a small toddler snow play area.”

Huge blocks of ice are fed through what seem like giant snow cone machines that blow it out to make the snow play areas.

In addition, snow will fall from the sky near the tennis courts at regular intervals during the event. 

“We make it snow. We have music playing ... About every 30 minutes within the event we have a very specific clock tower-like chime that happens,” Sanchez said. “By the time you get halfway through the event and they (kids) start to know that sound means it’s going to snow, you will see people running from every part of the event to where it snows. Once that snow machine kicks on and the snow is filling the sky, that’s probably the epitome of what Winter Festival is. It’s cool.”

Plastic sleds will be provided for those wishing to experience the snow hill. Skates will also be available for those wanting to try the synthetic skating rink. 

A special hour has been set aside for special needs citizens on Jan. 11 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. so they can enjoy the activities with short lines and less noise. There will be a check-in table to obtain wrist bands for those participating. 

Parking will not be available at Poway Community Park, but free shuttles to and from the event will be available from the Poway City Hall parking lot, 13325 Civic Center Drive; and the Boys and Girls Club parking lot, 12988 Bowron Road. Parking will also be available at the library. The event is produced by the City of Poway and the major sponsor is Kelchlin Construction Inc.