There’s a lot to do in Winchester today as the hol­i­day sea­son kicks into high gear!

First, there’s the Jingle and Mingle event going on from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street. There will be a food truck, ven­dors offer­ing hol­i­day-themed wares and gifts, let­ter-writ­ing for the kids, and a vis­it from the jol­ly old elf him­self – Santa Claus.

And while you’re down­town, be sure to drop in at some of the shops. You will find friend­ly faces and unique items in Winchester’s local­ly-owned stores and eateries. 

Later in the evening, take in the beau­ti­ful­ly dec­o­rat­ed trees in Heritage Park on Washington Street, near Maple. Presented by Clark County Parks & Recreation in con­junc­tion with the Heritage Park Tree com­mit­tee, this new event fea­tures trees dec­o­rat­ed by orga­ni­za­tions in the com­mu­ni­ty in the themes of angels, kind­ness, uni­ty, love, and giv­ing. Judging of the trees will take place at 6 p.m. There will be cook­ies and hot choco­late for everyone.

Finally, the whole fam­i­ly can hop in the car and take in the Festival of Lights! The city of Winchester has pre­pared maps of loca­tions sub­mit­ted by res­i­dents, busi­ness­es, and church­es of their hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tions. Grab a map and take in the dri­ving tour of some of the best hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tions in town. 

  • Pete Koutoulas

    Pete is an IT pro­fes­sion­al work­ing in Lexington. Formerly of Campton, he and his wife have lived in Winchester since 2015. Pete is a for­mer week­ly news­pa­per pub­lish­er and for­mer colum­nist for the Winchester Sun. These days, when not work­ing he can often be found on his back porch read­ing or writ­ing, in the back­yard tend­ing to his toma­to plants, or put­ter­ing around in his garage or work­shop. Reach Pete at