SEBRING-As part of the Heartland Holiday Festival in downtown Sebring, organizers have announced the start of Cookiefest, which will run Thursday, Dec. 12 through Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Sebring Civic Center, 355 W. Center Ave., located on Lake Jackson.
Thursday and Friday's hours are from 4-8 p.m.; Saturday's Cookiefest returns from 8-10 a.m.
Stations will be set up for attendees to decorate their own cookies for Santa with Chef Mac from the Palms of Sebring.
Plus, they can learn how to frost and decorate cupcakes for Santa or for gifts with Chef Jen from Jen's Cakery & Bakery.
Plain cookies and cupcakes will be supplied.
The Highlands Art League will offer interactive arts and crafts activities for the kids, such as pop up holiday cards and a Santa letter writing station.
Once completed, these letters will be delivered to Santa via Macy's, which will donate $1 for each letter received to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. All projects will be available while supplies last.
"Cookiefest is a way to introduce kids to the culinary arts and a wonderful tradition for families and friends to do together during the holiday season," said Casey Wohl, of Push Event Productions. "And the addition to arts and crafts, as well as a Santa letter writing station, will round out the creative experience."
Everything made by attendees will be available to take home, except the Santa letters, which will go to Macy's. Goodies will be provided by the Florida Dairy Farmers Inc. while supplies last. Admission to the civic center is free; there's a small fee to participate in the creative fun!
In addition, the Holiday Gift Mart will take place Dec. 14-15 in the Sebring Civic Center.
The mart will showcase nearly 20 vendors from around the South Central Florida area showcasing holiday gifts. Admission is free.
For more information and a schedule of events for the four-week Heartland Holiday Festival, go to www.HeartlandHolidayFest.com.