by Kevin Epps
In a heartwarming collaboration between the Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre and the SF Bay View National Black Newspaper, the eagerly awaited Winter Wonderland and toy giveaway event returned for its ninth annual celebration. Drawing over 400 excited children and families, the festive gathering unfolded on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Ruth Williams Opera House and Joe Lee Rec Center.
“We’re thrilled to host the ninth annual Winter Wonderland event here in Bayview Hunters Point. The turnout has surpassed our expectations. It’s fantastic to see the community come together,” expressed Interim Executive Director Theo Ellington.
The lively affair catered to all ages, offering many activities, including ice sculpting, snowman building, video gaming stations, and arts and crafts stations, courtesy of the Museum of Craft and Design.
The highlight of the evening was the presence of Black Santa Claus, spreading joy and posing for memorable photos. Local food trucks, including The Waffle Roost, Lil Alijo’s and Rome’s Kitchen, satisfied culinary cravings, while attendees explored and supported local vendors.
District 10 Supervisor Shamann Walton remarked, “The holiday celebration and toy giveaway at the Opera House is amazing for the community. This event demonstrates how the Bayview Hunters Point community is a family and will continue to love on each other.”
Kevin Epps is a Dad, award-winning filmmaker, community activist, author, executive editor of the SF Bay View “National Black Newspaper” and chairman of the board for the SF Bay View Foundation. Reach him at email@example.com or on ig: kevinepps1.