The Family Museum Celebrates Winter with Annual Event Winterfest Event

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

 The Family Museum will continue the tradition of Winterfest on Sunday, Dec. 5, from 1 – 4 pm. There will be a host of joyful family activities for everyone including a dance performance from the Family Museum LimeLight dancers, refreshments, fun activities, and a visit from Santa from 2 – 4. Admission to this event and the Family Museum’s hands-on gallery is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item or monetary donation for the Churches United food pantry. This event is sponsored by DHCU Community Credit Union.

Following in the tradition of decorating department store windows that dates back to the 1820s, the Family Museum will be showing off its collections by assembling some of the most popular window dressing themes of all time including toys, dolls, model trains and animated Christmas scenes.  

A huge, 300 square foot train set will be set up again this year, and each passenger on the “Polar Express” will be enjoying hot chocolate in their seats, with all of the lights burning bright and the smokestacks going full blast as the “Polar Express” winds its way on its journey to the North Pole.   

The centerpiece window dressing is the last set of animated figurines from the Petersen Harned Von Maur store in Davenport.  

Created by the (George) Silvestri Art Manufacturing Company, this Santa’s House scene includes a Living Room with a decorated tree and fireplace, a Kitchen with a very busy stove, a workshop where elves are busy making toy trains, and a snowball battle in the woods among the elves who are gathering firewood.  The display was built in Chicago during October of 1966, and was donated to the Family Museum in 1990 when the historic Downtown Davenport store was sold.   

Family Museum hours are Monday-Thursday 9am-8pm; Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday noon-5pm. The Museum is located at 2900 Learning Campus Drive. For more information, please call (563) 344-4106 or visit