Columbus State University Hosts Second Annual WinterFest

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University’s main campus was transformed into a winter wonderland Thursday, Dec. 1 for WinterFest, a new tradition that brings CSU and the community together to celebrate the start of the holiday season. Admission to WinterFest was free and open to the public.

"We are delighted with this year's turnout," said CSU President Chris Markwood. "WinterFest is a great opportunity to bring everyone together for the holidays."

An estimated 4,500 people attended this year's WinterFest. Attractions included:

-- Holiday performances from more than a dozen local schools and organizations
-- Campus lighting ceremony
-- Train, merry-go-round, horse-drawn carriage and fire truck rides
-- Cookie decorating and craft stations from around the world
-- Free hot chocolate and popcorn
-- Photo opportunities with Santa and Elsa and Olaf from Disney’s “Frozen”
-- Story-telling and outdoor movies

WinterFest was celebrated on CSU’s main campus around the Thomas Y. Whitley Clock Tower. For more information, visit