The festivities kicked off with the Winterfest Holiday Hunt, a three-week, scavenger hunt-style contest at more than 30 businesses throughout Mill Valley. The contest centered around Silver Stars, which business owners placed in storefront windows or inside their businesses. Kids accompanied by a parent took photos of silver stars, as selfies in front of the stars they choose, in at least eight participating businesses, including some amazing local restaurants and retail shops. The Holiday Hunt kicked off Nov. 27 and runs through Dec. 18, with holiday Hunters who emaiedl at least eight of their photos as attachments to email@example.com entered into a raffle for one of 20 $40 gift cards to participating businesses (one gift card per raffle winner). We posted a series of clues about participating businesses for Holiday Hunters on the EMV Blog on Nov. 27. The other half of this COVID-friendly Winterfest is a film that highlights the spirit of this landmark event, featuring local arts organizations, a pre-recorded tree lighting and, of course, appearances by Santa Claus at locations around town, including the Mill Valley Fire Department, as seen above. Marin filmmaker Norm Hunter, who spearheaded our ongoing EMV Films series highlighting some of the myriad creative businesses, organizations and people in Mill Valley, helmed the Winterfest film. We debuted this Winterfest film on the EMV Blog via YouTube on Sunday, Dec. 6, the usual arrival of Winterfest.