Winter Fest February 25, 2023

Held at Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Rd  Harvard MA

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Winter Fest is included in The Trustees Membership. 

Non-Member admission is $5.


Add some sparkle to your mid-winter by joining the Harvard Lions Club and Fruitlands Museum for our annual Winter Fest celebration! We’ll kickoff the day with a frosty 5K road race.  Come to the heated tent and warm up with hot cocoa and a hot dog, then head off to shoot the apple cannon, visit our vendors, play kid’s games and scavenger hunt, play human foosball, toss a skillet, and enter the sun catcher contest.  Sign up for the human dog sled pull and then warm up by the fire pits.  Don’t forget to sign up for the chili, mac and cheese contests! End the day by Wassailing the Orchard, led by our singing, costumed Troupe. 


                5K Road Race                                           Wassail the Orchard

                Apple Cannon                                          Enchanted Field

                Chili and Mac&Cheese Contests           Vendors

                Nature Walks on Fruitland Trails            Food and Beverages

                Scavenger Hunt                                        Fire Pits

                Skillet Toss Contest                                 Snowman Glen

                Human Foosball                                        Heated Tents      

                Human Dog Sled Pull                               Indoor Kids Activities

                Sun Catcher Contest                               Sledding on the Hill

                Hot Chocolate Bar                                    Visit  the Galleries


Winter Fest 5K


Racing to raise funds for Lions sight and hearing research.

  • The race starts and finishes at Fruitlands and is run on paved roads
  • 5K is unsanctioned and manually timed
  • $35 5K registration fee includes long sleeve poly blend t-shirt (Sold Out), admission to the event, and four $5 coupons to local businesses
  • Limited $25 5K registration fee includes race and admission only, no shirt or coupons
  • Day of Registration opens at 10:30 am
  • Race starts at 11:15 am
  • Course map:  5K Course
  • Registering for races is a 2 step process. 
  • Full 5K is Sold Out.
  • Please fill out THIS FORM for limited registration with no t-shirt, and then come back here to click on the payment link below.



Human Dog Sled Pull

The Human Dog Sled Pull is a two person event pulling a weighted sled over a defined course.  Medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.


2023 Winners

1st Place: Dungeons

2nd Place: Team Brix

3rd Place: (Tie) Team M and Team Sytske




Sign up for our People's Choice Contests:

Medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each contest.

One free admission to Winter Fest per contestant.


2023 Contest Results
Chili Mac and Cheese
1st Place, Jim Croyle, Duck Chili 1st Place, Liz Hawkes, Ella's Macaroni Cheese
2nd Place, Jeff Schkeryantz, Lions Famous Chili 2nd Place, Pamela Sampson, Bacon Cheddar Mac
3rd Place, Howard Bloom, Bloomin' 2 Meat, 3 Bean Beer Chili 3rd Place, Sue Reedich, Alplermagronen, Alpine Macaroni





Skillet Toss Contest

Youth Winner: Cole, with a throw of 42 feet.

Adult Female Winner: Addy, witha throw of 42 feet.

Adult Male Winner: Pat, with a throw of 64 feet.

(We don't have your last names.  Please email us if you see your name here.


Sun Catcher Contest

Bring your homemade sun catcher to display and be judged by the HFA. Medals to top three winners!

2023 Contest Winners

Under 8:

First Place: Liam Wall                Honorable Mention: Cam Beaulieu


(Ages 9 to 15, No Entries)

Ages 16+:

Liz Hawkes


Additional Awards by the Harvard Family Association Judges:

“Most Out-of-the-Circle Thinking” for Evelyn Randall

“Best Use of Ice as Glass" for Martin Hawkes and Henry Anderson



Watch this video to learn how to make a sun catcher.

Please read the contest rules HERE.

Frozen Themed Kid's Activities, Indoors

Visit our Vendors' Booths



Wassail the Orchard with Us


Activities subject to change due to weather conditions.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dogs on leashes are welcome to join in the fun. A heated tent will be available throughout the day.

                       Fruitlands Museum - The Trustees of Reservations

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