Since 2010. The event kicks off on Friday with an old-fashioned Ceilidh Irish barn dance with live music followed by a weekend schedule that includes winter fun for all ages. Included in the activities will be a chili cook off and beer/wine tasting in a heated pavillion, CandyLand ice village and maze, ice skating, pony rides, ice bowling, scavenger hunt, horse and carriage rides and much more! Headquarters for the Festival is in a heated pavilion at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park to accommodate the numerous activates that are planned for the Festival. Festival grounds are open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the cost is $5 per person, which includes entrance into the Festival and chili tasting. There is no charge for children under age three. Wine and beer tasting is an additional $20 per person. Especially for those who enjoy food, brews and wine The highlight for “foodies” is two days of eating chili and tasting Colorado beer and wine. There are two separate competitions of the Chili Cook-off. On Saturday, Colorado restaurants compete for “Best of the Fest” chili. On Sunday, chili cooks from throughout the region will compete in a Chili Appreciation Society International-sanctioned competition. Anyone can compete, visit the Winter Festival website for more details.There’s also a jalapeno eating contest for the brave. Nine Colorado wineries will showcase their award-winning wines.