Get ready to have some fun SoCal friends because Southern California’s largest winter experience is returning to the OC Fair & Event Center December 20th – January 6th with over 40,000 square feet of new attractions, plus back-by-popular-demand activities. Winter Fest OC is an incredible Winter Wonderland that is sure to please everyone in your family. Check out all the fun and exciting addition in store this year.
Winter Fest OC 2018 – SoCal’s Ultimate Winter Wonderland is Back
Winter Fest is returning for its fourth consecutive year this time with new entertainment, new seasonal food and beverages & more! Here are the new things we can’t wait to check out!
What’s NEW for Winter Fest OC in 2018!
SoCal Dicken’s Village -Take a trip down memory lane through the 1800s with holidays past, present, and future. Decorate Christmas cookies, listen to holiday storytelling, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus (through Christmas Eve), take a pony ride, and visit the new Victorian holiday shops.
Candy and Snowflake Wonderland- Step into an interactive wonderland full of candy and snowflakes with a new selfie experience that is sure to delight visitors and capture the picture-perfect Instagram moment.
Festival of Lights- Stroll through Winter Fest’s 100-foot-tunnel of two million lights to explore five lands with animated displays. For additional fun for the kids, make sure to ride through the Festival of Lights on the trackless train.
Orange Ball New Year’s Eve Celebration- Ring in the New Year not once, but twice, with a special countdown, Orange Ball drop, fireworks and an unforgettable balloon drop at both 6 pm and midnight. Multiple live bands will be playing to commemorate the end of the year, and the start of a new one.
Club Winter Fest- Private, ice rink-side VIP cabanas are available nightly starting at only $69 per session, creating the ultimate destination for holiday office parties, family retreats or date nights. Enjoy the all-new lounge area with exquisite views of the nightly Christmas tree lighting ceremony featuring fireworks, snow flurries and a free drink upon entry. Tickets are limited.
Families will be excited to know that the outdoor ice-skating rink is back, along with favorites like ice tubing at Snowflake Summit, real Snow Play and more!
Snowflake Summit – Visit Snowflake Summit for unlimited ice-tube racing down the 150 foot, eight-lane slide. Fast Pass wristbands are available starting at only $10 to skip the general admission line.
Flying Santa and his Reindeer – Don’t miss the magic of the North Pole as Santa and his reindeer fly over the fairgrounds December 20th – December 24th. This spectacle takes place during the nightly Christmas Tree Lighting celebration and features fireworks and snow flurries.
Penny’s Snow Play – Fresh snow is blown in daily to make SoCal’s largest snow play attraction with two snow arenas: one caters to toddlers and the other, to kids (and kids at heart.)
Also returning are the world’s largest rocking horse, wintery-themed bounce houses for kids, a giant walk-through ornament, strolling carolers, petting zoo, character meet and greets, crafts, arcade games, more than 30 carnival rides and games, and seasonal food and beverages. Families are also invited to celebrate El Dia de los Reyes or Three Kings’ Day on January 6th where Winter Fest will honor the tradition of the Three Kings with a parade and live camel.
Check out the highlights from last year on the YouTube Video Clip below-
We went to Winterfest OC and the kids had a blast!! We loved tubing down the man-made hills, playing in the snow play area, checking out the lights, and the kids couldn’t get enough of the carnival/ fair rides.
I think my favorite part was just walking around and snapping cute photos of the kids. I loved the giant Christmas Tree and listening to the music as the bands played too!
After going I have a few tips. 1) Try to go on a weekday when it is less crowded, 2) If you want to ice skate go there and get a time as soon as you arrive, 3) The food was expensive so it may be better to eat first.
Discounted Ticket Offers (Teachers, First Responders, Military)
Select discounts are offered for First Responders, Teachers, and Military/Veterans with proof of ID. First Responders are guaranteed free admission on Wednesday, December 26th and January 2nd, Teacher Appreciation Days are Friday, December 21st, 28th, and January 4th and Military/Veterans are guaranteed free admission on Thursday, December 20th, 27th, and January 3rd.
Where to Purchase Tickets
Tickets and select value packages are available now starting at only $10. For more information on Winter Fest OC, visit www.WinterFestOC.com and for the latest updates on entertainment, food, and fun follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube or with #WinterFestOC.
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