The Bay Area’s newest and most immersive holiday tradition, WinterFest, opens at California’s Great America on Friday, November 24 and will entertain guests on select dates through December 30.
During WinterFest, Great America will be magically transformed into a winter wonderland where guests can experience unique new features, as well as fan favorites such as skating in front of the iconic Carousel Columbia, admiring magnificent displays of lights and décor, viewing spectacular live holiday shows, experiencing 25 rides and attractions, seeing Santa’s workshop and Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, and enjoying scrumptious holiday fare at numerous dining locations.
The event will feature more than 7 million LED lights, creating such a vibrant experience that it will be visible from the International Space Station, more than 270 miles away. The winter scene will be dominated by one of the Bay Area’s tallest Christmas trees adorned with thousands of twinkling lights accompanied by giant toy soldiers greeting guests.
New for 2017 will be an enlarged crafters area where more than 20 Bay Area artisans will showcase their talents; an expansion of Candy Cane Lane, one of the most photographed scenes in 2016; and a fire pit setting to keep guests warm near the Patriot roller coaster. Also in 2017, every Planet Snoopy ride, including GR8 SK8, PEANUTS 500, Woodstock Express, Sally’s Love Buggies and more, will be open and providing fun for kids and parents alike.
Runs Nov 24–Dec 30:
Fri-Sun, 5-10pm (closed Dec 24)
Nov 26 & Dec 17: 6:30-10:30pm
4701 Great America Pkwy., Santa Clara