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Winterfest Night Markets Create New Opportunity to Shop Local in Downtown This Holiday Season

November 15, 2021
Winterfest Night Markets
Two Winterfest Night Markets will take place on Saturday, December 11 and Friday, December 17 from 4-8 p.m. Each event will feature 20 diverse vendors selling gift items and handmade goods, and live, interactive entertainment.

Two unique night markets featuring 20 local makers, purveyors, and entertainers will take place in Kiener Plaza on Saturday, December 11 and Friday, December 17 from 4-8 p.m. as part of Winterfest hosted by Gateway Arch Park Foundation.

The Markets were developed as part of the Downtown Engagement and Public Safety Initiative, which is working with Mayor Tishaura O. Jones’ Office to find creative and engaging ways to activate Downtown for residents, youth, and employees returning to the office.

“The city is proud to work alongside civic, business, and community leaders to make our Downtown a place where everyone can feel safe, welcome and can enjoy all the great amenities it has to offer,” said Mayor Tishaura O. Jones. “Events like Winterfest and the accompanying night markets contribute to making our downtown corridor a vibrant place to live, work and play.”

The Winterfest Night Markets are sponsored by the Downtown St. Louis Community Improvement District, Gateway Arch Park Foundation, Greater St. Louis, Inc., and PGAV Destinations. 

“We are thrilled to return in person this year for our sixth annual Winterfest in Downtown St. Louis,” said Ryan McClure, executive director of Gateway Arch Park Foundation. “Gateway Arch Park Foundation is excited to host the Winterfest Night Markets alongside our new partners to bring even more vibrancy and holiday joy to the festival and contribute to the vibrancy of our beloved Downtown.”

The markets, which each have their own distinct theme, are being produced in partnership with Asha Hornaday, founder of Slay City Events, and Ohun Ashe of For The Culture STL and will feature curated local shopping, music, interactive art experiences, food, drinks, special guests, and other activities to be announced leading up to the events.

On Saturday, December 11, a Fire & Ice Family Festival will feature carolers, fire spinners, street musicians, and an all-ages art activity.

On Friday, December 17, a Frozen Masquerade emceed by legendary local radio personality and influencer Staci Static will include a magical interactive art installation, roaming performances by Circus Harmony circus artists, and street musicians.

“Collaborations like this one help invigorate Downtown’s vibrant culture by creating fun-filled activities that support local businesses and celebrate our art community, ” said Sarah Arnosky, Vice President of Greater St. Louis, Inc.

“The return of Winterfest and its night market addition brings a collaborative, diverse collection of partners and vendors to the Downtown neighborhood – embracing all who work, visit, and play in Downtown,” said Kelli McCrary, executive director of the Downtown St. Louis Community Improvement District.

Interested vendors can apply at bit.ly/nightmarketapp.

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