12/9/17 update: Avail of Winter Fest Orange County Discount Tickets: COMP -$12 and visit the OC Fair & Event Center on December 21 through January 8. Your COMP or Discount ticket includes a fast pass, so you can skip the lines and go down the Snowflake Summit ice tubing slide. Go for the season pass and return as many times as you would like over the 18-day run of SoCal’s favorite winter experience!
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WINTER FEST OC 2017:
WHEN: December 21, 2017 – January 7, 2018
FUN THINGS TO DO AT WINTER FEST ORANGE COUNTY 2017:
- See Santa and his reindeer fly over the fairgrounds for four nights only before heading back to the North Pole on Christmas Day.
- Unlimited ice tubing down Snowflake Summit’s 150-foot, 8 lane mountain of ice
- Snow Play area with real snow blown in daily – expanded this year!
- Festival of Lights two-million-light stroll-through holiday displays – 7 new lands!
- Nightly tree lighting celebration with parade of Winter Fest characters, snow flurries, fireworks and flying Santa and his Reindeer until he returns to the North Pole
- Winter Fest themed bounce houses and slides for kids
- The world’s largest walk-through ornament and rocking horse
- Craft making and games in Santa’s workshop
- Daily entertainment including live bands, magic from Jimmy H, and strolling carolers
- Character live shows and meet and greets from popular cartoons such as Thomas the Train, Sid the Science Kid, PJ Masks, and Buddy from Dinosaur Train
- Little Elves (Toddler) play area
- Santa’s petting zoo
- Arcade games
- Snowboard Simulator
Additional attractions with a fee include:
- Ice Skating on a full outdoor rink
- Candy Cane carnival with more than 30 rides, attractions, and games
- Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus in their cabin
Each night, Winter Fest will celebrate with a parade of winter characters, featuring Mayor Frost, Mrs. Claus, the Ice Princess, Penny the Penguin, carolers, Toy Soldiers on stilts, and elves. With the Winter Fest characters circled around the 30-foot-tall Christmas tree, Mayor Frost will light the tree and thrill the crowd with fireworks, falling snow, and a surprise appearance from Santa and his Reindeer flying overhead through Christmas Eve.
Private, ice rink-side VIP cabanas start at only $69 per session, creating a 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.
NEW YEARS EVE
New Years Eve, Winter Fest plans to light up the sky with fireworks and a not-to-miss 3,000 beach-ball drop at midnight. For families looking for a fun experience to ring in the New Year with the East Coast, a special countdown, beach-ball drop and fireworks will be celebrated at 9pm.
AVAIL OF WINTER FEST ORANGE COUNTY DISCOUNT: COMP Tickets – $12
CHECK OTHER SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HOLIDAY EVENTS:
- Chill Queen Mary Long Beach Discount Tickets
- LA Zoo Lights Festival Discount Tickets
- Descanso Gardens Forest of Light Discount Tickets $24
- Beauty and the Beast Musical Discount Tickets $20
- Knott’s Berry Farm turns Merry Farm Discount Tickets $37
- The Nutcracker Ballet Discount Tickets $23.80
- Cirque Du Soleil Discount Tickets $59