Winter Fest Returns to Orange County on December 21st!

Orange County’s biggest winter tradition is returning! Winter Fest at the OC Fair & Event Center will run from December 21st, 2017 through January 7th, 2018 – giving families more time in the new year to enjoy the wide variety of wintry activities offered at Winter Fest OC!

Winter Fest OC is a giant wonderland of family fun at a great value – with tickets available starting at only $10! Season passes are also available for all 18 days of Winter Fest to give pass-holders plenty of opportunities to capture all of the Instagram-worthy wintry fun.

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.

Every admission ticket includes:

  • Unlimited ice tubing down Snowflake Summit’s 150-foot, 8 lane mountain of ice
  • Snow Play area with real snow blown in daily
  • Festival of Lights two-million-light stroll-through holiday display
  • Nightly tree lighting celebration with parade of Winter Fest characters, snow flurries, and fireworks
  • Santa and his Reindeer flying by (from December 21st through 24th only)
  • 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 with meet and greets from popular cartoons such as Thomas the Train and Sid the Science Kid
  • The Little Elves (toddler) play area
  • Santa’s petting zoo
  • Arcade games

Guests can also enjoy Ice Skating; the Candy Cane carnival with more than 30 rides, attractions and games; and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus for additional fees.

Also available for purchase are private, ice rink-side VIP cabanas that start at $69 per session – perfect as a destination for holiday office parties, birthday parties, family retreats or date night! Each cabana can accommodate two to 10 people and can be adapted 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.

In addition to all the fun activities, guests can purchase food, drinks, desserts, and even holiday cocktails from Winter Fest’s food and beverage vendors.

Winter Fest has become a go-to destination for Orange County families who are looking to celebrate the holiday season in a winter wonderland without having to drive up to the mountains, or into another state.

For more information on Winter Fest visit and for the latest updates on entertainment, food and fun follow Winter Fest on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or with the hashtag #WinterFestOC.

About Angela Bishop

Angela is a Florida transplant who has been living in Orange County since 2004. She loves music, driving on the freeway (even in the SoCal traffic), trying new foods, and traveling near and far. When she’s not covering local events, she’s traveling around with her crazy family and writing about it over on

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