Downing-Gross brings Rise of the Guardians to life with annual Holiday Frost

Bringing imagination from the film to the facility on December 8th, 2017.

Since receiving “Best New Event” by the Virginia Recreation and Park Society in 2009, Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center continues to serve over 500 youth and families of the Southeast Community with their yearly Holiday Frost celebration. Created with the goal of giving every child the opportunity to experience the excitement and imagination of the season, it has become a highly-anticipated cornerstone of the facility’s annual programming.

Every December, the building transforms into a winter wonderland, with this year's theme being DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians. Children of all ages are invited to help the Guardians defeat Pitch Black. They can have an indoor snowball fight with Jack Frost, go on an egg hunt with E. Aster Bunnymund, create sand art with the Sandman, escape Pitch Black’s maze, and participate in many more games and imaginative holiday activities. There will be plenty of delicious treats and every child can receive a gift from Nicholas St. North.

As always, this event is free and open to the public. It will be held on Friday, December 8th, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Registration is available at


About Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center

The Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center is a multi-purpose cultural space in the Southeast community of Newport News, VA. Originally built as the Walter Reed School, the restored historic building has been open to the public since October 2008. The building is owned and operated by the City of Newport News, Parks, Recreation and Tourism department.

The center houses several event spaces and large/small group gathering rooms available for event rental. The core of the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center is the Ella Fitzgerald Theater, a 276-seat venue named for the “First Lady of Song.” Other event spaces in the building include the Anderson Johnson Gallery, the Newport News Community Gallery, the L. Marian Poe Meeting Room, the Banquet Room, and the Charles C. Allen Executive Board Room.

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