City of Lowell’s Winterfest Kick – Off

LOWELL WARMS UP TO WINTER WITH CELEBRATION

OF CITY’S ANNUAL FAMILY FRIENDLY WINTERFEST

Massachusetts’ premier winter festival offers new attractions to commemorate its tenth year!

LOWELL, Mass. – The City of Lowell today announced details for its 10th Annual Winterfest, which kicks off on Friday, February 5th and continues through Saturday, February 6th at various indoor and outdoor locations throughout the downtown area.

Join us at the WinterFest Press Conference on Wednesday, January 27 @ 10am in the Mayor’s Reception Room, Lowell City Hall. Speakers on hand will include Mayor James Milinazzo, City Manager Bernie Lynch, representatives from UMass Lowell and the WinterFest fundraising committee, and short entertainment provided by performer/magician Peter O’Malley.

To commemorate the 10th Annual Winterfest, organizers have added many new attractions at City Hall Plaza, including Friday evening’s ‘Lowla’s Dance Party’ and Saturday’s ‘Lowlapalooza’ which features an outdoor skating rink and family friendly interactive games, including a climbing wall. Both events feature “Lowla,” the ever-adorable teddy bear mascot of Lowell’s Winterfest.

“There is nothing quite like the Lowell Winterfest and this year’s 10th anniversary event is no exception,” said Bernie Lynch, Lowell City Manager. “The addition of an outdoor skating rink and family friendly attractions at City Hall Plaza provide the perfect central location for the festivities.”

The 10th Annual Winterfest also features popular events from years’ past, including the world’s first-ever National Human Dog Sled Competition, “Mittens and Museum Madness” activities for kids, the Glacier Gallery Artisans Market, the North Bowl Soup Competition, and “On the Lookout for Lowla” – a fun, family activity that encourages visitors to search for Lowla around downtown at various businesses.

The 2010 Winterfest festivities will finish with a bang at a 5:30 p.m. on Saturday evening as a fireworks display takes flight high over the Tsongas Arena.

For more information about Winterfest 2010, please visit www.lowellwinterfest.org for a full schedule of events, or call 978. 446.7162.

Lowell Winterfest is programmed by the City of Lowell and the Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL) in partnership with the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau, Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce, Lowell Memorial Auditorium, and The Tsongas Arena/SMG Management.  It is made possible by the support of Lowell Five Savings Bank; Trinity EMS; Eastern Bank; Demoulas Foundation; Mill City Management; Enterprise Bank; August A. Busch & Company; Lowell General Hospital; Lowell Sun Publishing; Lowell Development Financial Corp; Greater Merrimack Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau; Woodard and Curran; Comcast; 980 WCAP; Dunkin Donuts/Marino Organization; University of Massachusetts Lowell; Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union; Lowell Spinners; Lowell National Historical Park; Eastern Salt Company, Inc.; Mike Kuenzler’s All Sports—Heroes; Courier Corp.; New England Doll & Novelty Co., Inc.; Washington Savings Bank; Madison Security Group, Inc.; Lowell Housing and Youth Activities Program, Inc.; Lowell Cooperative Bank; Zaim Law Firm; Watermark, Middlesex Community College and many more! For a full list of sponsors please see www.lowellwinterfest.org. To become a sponsor, please contact Deborah Belanger from the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau at 978.459.6150.

About The City of Lowell

A crossroad of commerce and creativity, the City of Lowell is a diverse urban environment. Named one of the best places to live by Boston Magazine, the City is characterized by its established arts community, distinct residences and commercial vitality.  The fourth largest city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Lowell is home to an eclectic mix of cultural attractions and events including the Lowell Folk Festival, Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell Memorial Auditorium and the Tsongas Arena.  A leader in urban redevelopment, Lowell offers a variety of residential and commercial space from renovated mills to modern high-rises.  Strategically located at the intersections of Routes 495, 93 and 3, Lowell has established itself as a leading business and entertainment destination throughout Massachusetts and Greater New England.

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