Porchfestmas returns Sunday with a new location

News Tribune file photo: 
Lina Forrester makes intuitive art as "Those Guys" perform Christmas classics in the background during the inaugural Porchfestmas in 2022.
News Tribune file photo: Lina Forrester makes intuitive art as "Those Guys" perform Christmas classics in the background during the inaugural Porchfestmas in 2022.

Porchfestmas is returning for its second year, this time with a new neighborhood and more crafts.

After a great first event on Forest Hill, a condensed version of Porchfest is moving to Elmerine Avenue.

"We're really excited because Elmerine has been a street we've wanted to bring Porchfest to, but because of parking logistics, it's really not set up to be for the big event because it's a dead-end street, so that's why Porchfestmas -- being a kind of smaller, condensed version -- was perfect to be able to kind of travel around," said Leann Porrello, Jefferson City Parks Cultural Arts Specialist.

This year, five houses will be participating with a mix of musicians, carolers, singers and visual artists bringing Christmas cheer to the peaceful neighborhood. Porchfestmas will be held from 4-6 p.m. Sunday.

And of course, it wouldn't be a Christmas event without a visit from Santa Claus -- you can find him on one of the porches and take a photo with him.

There will be a coloring station and an ornament craft, and quick snacks from Miracle Whip Mobile Cafe and Freeze Dried Sweet Treats to enjoy while listening to the music.

"Elmerine actually has quite a few residents that enter the Christmas light competition, so that's one thing that we're really excited about is that a lot of the residents on this particular street participate with decorating so there's going to be a lot of cool houses to see light-wise," Porrello said.

Don't forget to dress warm, wear comfortable shoes and bring cash to tip the musicians.

Parking will be available on Moreau Drive (the cross street) or at McClung Park.

  photo  News Tribune file photo: Samuel Starr, 6, left, and Gemma Starr, 4, right, visit with Santa Claus during last year's Porchfestmas.
 
 
  photo  News Tribune file photo: Samuel Starr, 6, makes a Christmas ornament during last year's inaugural Porchfestmas.