Frosted at Franklin Park 2023: A Winter Wonderland Extravaganza



12/02/2023 - 12/17/2023 All Day




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Walk into a winter wonderland as Franklin Park transforms into a luminous display of lights and festive activations. Frosted at Franklin Park returns Saturday, December 2 and runs through Sunday, December 17! On weekdays, seize the chance to capture heartwarming holiday moments with delightful photo opportunities, turning memories into cherished treasures. And as the weekends unfold, brace yourself for winter activities, live performances, entertainment, and delectable treats that will warm your heart. Frosted at Franklin Park is sponsored by Amazon and Events DC.

Make Way for Festive Appearances
Witness holiday toys come to life during the Favorite Christmas Toys Parade on Saturday, December 2, 2023. The park will be alive with the joyous sounds of sleigh bells and laughter as the parade unfolds, bringing to life the whimsical spirit of the season. 

Mark your calendar for special appearances by none other than the big man himself, Santa Claus, and the mischievous Grinch and Lulu on Saturday, December 9, 2023. Santa will be spreading holiday cheer while The Grinch and Lulu add a dash of mischief with playful antics. Santa Claus will return on Saturday, December 16, 2023, for one last enchanting appearance ensuring every wish is granted and every heart is filled with the warmth of the season. 

So bundle up and embark on a whimsical journey, where winter wonders unfold, and the magic of “Frosted @ Franklin” comes alive.

Festive Appearance Schedule:

Saturday, December 2

  • Christmas Tree
  • Gingerbread Girl
  • Nutcracker
  • Snowman

Saturday, December 9

  • Santa Claus
  • The Grinch and Lulu

Saturday, December 16

  • Santa Claus

Frosted Elements Unveiled

Ice Sculpture Island

  • Dates: Saturday – Sunday, December 2-3, December 9-10 and December 16-17
  • Time: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Step into a world of frozen imagination on Ice Sculpture Island. Marvel at shimmering ice sculptures defying time and temperature. Skilled sculptors bring the ice to life with chainsaws and chisels, a mesmerizing dance between art and the elements. Live ice sculpting demonstration.

Frozen Candy Island

  • Dates: Saturday – Sunday, December 2-3, December 9-10 and December 16-17
  • Time: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Roam free in the sugary dreamscape of Frozen Candy Island. Wander through a land of confectionery delight, where giant gumdrops live and are ready to be savored. It’s not just an activation; it’s an invitation to a world where winter magic meets confections, leaving memories that sparkle long after the event melts away. 

The Illuminated Story of Baby & Momma Bear

  • Dates: Saturday – Sunday, December 2-3, December 9-10 and December 16-17
  • Time: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Embark on a heartwarming journey through “Baby and Momma Bear.” This captivating story comes to life through enchanting illumination, revealing the bond between a mother bear and her cub. Read stories by students from Strong John Thomson Elementary School, adding community warmth to the winter wonderland. 

Holiday Lane

  • Dates: Saturday – Sunday, December 2-3, December 9-10 and December 16-17
  • Time: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Embark on a harmonious celebration on Holiday Lane, weaving traditions of Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas into joy and harmony. It’s a reminder that, regardless of the holiday, the true essence lies in the bonds we create and the joy we share during this festive season. 

Frosted Maker’s Market
Unleash creativity in Frosted Maker’s Market, where the season’s magic comes alive. From wreath-making to screen printing, punch needling to gingerbread house crafting, each workshop is a celebration of creativity. Immerse yourself in the joy of crafting, surrounded by the scent of evergreens and warm beeswax. Workshops include: 

Intro to Punch Needle Snowflake Workshop 

  • Date: Saturday, December 2
  • Time: 1:00
  • Cost: $10 

Discover the art of punch needling in this workshop. Learn the fundamentals and create a unique snowflake mug rug on a 6-inch embroidery hoop. Take home a one-of-a-kind fiber art piece, combining skill and creativity. 

Gingerbread-Making Workshop

  • Dates: Saturday, December 2 and December 9
  • Time: 4:00
  • Cost: $5 

Enter a whimsical realm in the gingerbread house workshop. Frosting becomes snow, and gumdrops transform into decorations. With pre-baked gingerbread pieces, colorful candies, and icing bags, let your imagination run wild. Create a sugary abode that’s as delightful to look at as it is to nibble on. 

Wreath-Making Workshop

  • Date: Sunday, December 3 and Saturday, December 9
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $20 

Immerse yourself in the joy of crafting while enjoying the scent-sational ambiance of evergreens and warm beeswax. 

Candle-Making Workshop

  • Date: Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $10

Explore the art of candle creation with material at your fingertips, you’ll create your own candles, infusing them with your chosen scents. The gentle glow of candlelight is not only a symbol of warmth but also a medium for expressing your creativity. Our experienced candle-making artisans are on hand to share their expertise, ensuring your candles turn out as beautifully as you envision.

Beginners Crocheting Workshop

  • Date: Saturday, December 16 and Sunday, December 17
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $10

Are you ready to embark on a creative journey into the enchanting world of crochet? In this session, we’ll be diving into the art of crochet to craft charming star ornaments. Whether you’re a complete novice or have some experience with yarn and hooks, this workshop is designed to be a stellar introduction to crochet, guiding you through the steps to create beautiful and celestial ornaments. Get ready to weave your magic with yarn, as we explore the stitches and techniques needed to bring these twinkling stars to life. Let’s stitch together and discover the joy of creating something delightful with our hands!

Screen-Printing Workshop

  • Date: Sunday, December 3
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $10 

Experiment with layering images and colors on heavy-weight paper in this creative workshop. Unlike traditional methods, participants collaborate on texture, color, and image placement, assembling one-of-a-kind cards. 

Snow Globe Main Stage
Experience an immersive journey on the Snow Globe Main Stage. An enormous snow globe showcases a winter landscape. Performers in exquisite winter costumes twirl and dance, creating a harmonious celebration. Weekend performances featuring Matthew Critteden and the Washington Performing Arts Men and Women of Gospel Choir, Brad Linde and Frenchie Davis, Justin Trawick and Kyaira. Stay tuned for more details.

  • Time: 4:00 p.m.

December 2
Washington Performing Arts Men and Women of the Gospel Choir
Mathew Crittenden
Holiday Carolers by Romez3Arts

December 9
Frenchie Davis
Brad Linde
Holiday Carolers by Romez3Arts

December 16
Justin Trawick
Holiday Carolers by Romez3Arts