The Official start of winter is just under 8 weeks away, but in Southern California temperatures are dropping into the 60’s and a chill is in the air. Soon, houses will be lit up with festive lights, Christmas music will fill the air, and the stores will be a buzzing. Wouldn’t it be fun to get even more in the spirit with a fun family holiday outing? Winterfest OC is coming back and will be even bigger and better than last year! So put on those sweaters and pull on those boots and lets get ready to have some fun!
This event takes place at the OC Fairgrounds and engages and delights guests of all ages. From December 20th and continuing through January 6th, The festival embodies the spirit of the winter season, bringing fun and merriment to sunny Southern California. Experience ice-skating with a theater-sized screen playing holiday films in the background, ice tubing down a 130-foot, six-lane ice slide, nightly snowfall and tree lighting, festive entertainment, character live shows, and more than 30 carnival rides and games. Winter Fest is filled with seasonal foods, craft cocktails, magical lights, and holiday décor including the world’s largest ornament.
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Events at Winter Fest
Back by Popular Demand:
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 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.
3 Must See Attractions at Winterfest OC
If you are a fan of the OC Fair then you will enjoy Winterfest. It’s a scaled down version of the fair with all the big thrills still available. Here are 3 things your kids will enjoy while you are there:
Cartoon Live Mini Shows & Meet & Greets
The Kids will love watching 20 mins of their favorite kids shows like PAW Patrol, Rusty Rivets, Thomas The Train, Orange County’s very own Phil Shane, Abbey Road and many more! Look for the Alpine Village Stage Show Schedule for dates and times!
Instead of sliding down wet ice, guests can slide down white slick carpet and they get the same speed and stay dry. My kids loved staying dry all night last year and went down the slides over and over again.
Inside one of the buildings, there are little scale trains that run along elaborate cities and backdrops. Guests can control the train themselves, you just need to take turns. It so fun to watch all of them run together and the kids were content for a long time!
Who doesn’t love endless carnival rides. You can even purchase an Online Platinum Ice Pass for unlimited rides. They have rides for big kids AND little kids so everyone can have fun!
VIP Rink-Side Cabanas
An Exclusive & Limited Experience!
Private, ice rink-side VIP cabanas start at only $69 per session, creating a special destination for holiday office parties, birthday parties, family retreats or date nights. Each cabana will accommodate two to 10 people and can adapt to fit parties of up to 100 guests. The VIP cabanas offer exclusive menus with seasonally-inspired food, cocktails, a private ice rink entrance and private servers. Reserve your cabana today as space is very limited.
* Does not include admission & ice skating access
How much is WinterFest?
There are various price tiers for admission to Winterfest. For a full listing click here. Keep in mind that a lot of things will cost extra (i.e. face painting, ice skating, food, rides and games) OR you can purchase Value Packs, Premium Passes and unlimited ride wristbands. There are also various promotions and deals daily for WinterefestOC.
- Tickets could cost more when purchased at the gate.
- 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
- Military/Veterans are guaranteed free admission on Thursday, December 20th, 27th, and January 3rd.
- If you are going to go ice skating and have a skater who needs a Bobby (stand up pusher) it will cost $5 extra
- The ice is wetter than the average ice rink so expect to get wet.
- Do not walk away from your pusher. You might risk losing yours.
- It randomly snows at various times throughout the day. Check map for location.
- There are some really great photo ops.
- The Hot Coco is really delicious.
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 onFacebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube or with #WinterFestOC.