Mendon Ponds Park Winterfest

Winterfest 2023: Coming Soon!

Last Year's Information:

Sunday, January 9th 2022 - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Winterfest is back! We're excited to bring back this beloved community event.  Bring the whole family and come on out to Mendon Ponds Park for a FREE, fun-filled, action-packed day, brought to you by County Executive Adam J. Bello, and the Monroe County Department of Parks!

The event is spread throughout the park, including the Nature Center area, East & West Lodges, Evergreen Shelter, Hopkins Point Lodge, on the trails, and on the sledding hills!

Event runs from 11:00 am till 3:00 pm.

Heberle Stables hayrides at Winterfest 2020 (Note: Photo taken Jan. 2020 pre-COVID restrictions)
Families enjoying hayrides provided by Heberle Stables at Winterfest in January 2020.

Activities include*:

  • Arts & Crafts, Kids Activities
  • Sledding- in designated areas, near East Lodge and Stewart Lodge, only.
  • Demos and Try-it opportunities at many booths/stations.
  • Hikes and Learning Opportunities

Organizations setting up a booth/station include:

Nature Center Area (including Wild Wings, Inc. and Sheriff’s Horse Barn)

  • Monroe County Sheriff: Mounted Patrol (DEPENDENT ON SERVICE CALLS)
  • Monroe County Sheriff: Snowmobile Unit (DEPENDENT ON SERVICE CALLS)
  • Monroe County Forestry: Chain Saw Demo
  • Genesee Valley Audubon Society (GVAS): Chickadee Feeding & Nature Hikes on Birdsong Trail, and Bird ID
  • Wild Wings, Inc.: Birds of Prey Educational Demos & Programs

East Lodge

  • GeoROC, Geocachers of the Rochester Area: Info display and props providing overview of Geocaching. Live demos/Try-it & Q&A
  • Sledding: next to East Lodge
  • Monroe County Department of Environmental Services: Recycling Education

West Lodge

  • Hay Rides courtesy of Heberle Stables (11:00-2:00pm only)
  • Seneca Park Zoo: Zoo Mobile (12:00pm-2:00pm only)
  • Pittsford Mendon & Sutherland HS Interact Club: Games, Face Painting, Ballon Animals

​Stewart Lodge Area

  • Mercy Flight, Information table and helicopter landing (landing at 1pm) (DEPENDENT ON SERVICE CALLS AND WEATHER)
  • Green Spark Solar Energy: A local, employee-owned B Corp providing information about powering your home with clean, local solar energy.
  • GROC: Genesee Regional Off-road Cyclist information table
  • Cornell Cooperative Extention: Information table and Demos
  • Sledding
  • Cornell Cooperative – Program info and Outdoor experiences
  • Rochester Ecology Partners – Adaptive Species Scavenger Hunt
  • Chefs Food Truck
  • 501st – Costumed Appearance of Star Wars Characters and Photo Ops
  • MC planning Board - A Year in Review
  • County Executive Bello - (Speach 12:45)

Evergreen Shelter

North Meadow Trail

  • Open Cross-Country Skiing on Groomed Trails (Weather Dependant)

*Activities Subject to change

Important Information

Parking- at each shelter, lodge, or parking lot. East and West Lodge closed for ahy rides to turn around and load in, as well as Stewart lots closed for display purposes.  

Bathrooms- there are flush toilet facilities, portapotties, and pit toilets conveniently distributed throughout the park.

Staying Warm- each lodge has a warming fire.

Covid-19 subjects all things to change, the Monroe County Parks Department will require all those attending to wear a mask while inside facilities for the safety of all those attending the event