Winter Fest OC Returns to Southern California Through January 1st

Winter Fest OC returns to the Orange County Fair and Event Center, December 16th through January 1st and we’ve got the details on this spectacular annual event. Grab the family and join us in celebrating the holidays, the Southern California way with a whimsical winter wonderland Featuring ice tubing, a two million light walk-through show, ice skating, snow play with real snow blown in daily, nightly Christmas tree lighting ceremony, carnival rides, festive entertainment, seasonal eateries, visits with Santa and so much more.

Winter Fest OC

Enter Winter Fest OC and wander through the promenade. You’ll discover a variety of treats and eats to satisfy all. If it’s a little cold outside, the Mistletoe Lounge is a hot spot for adults at Winter Fest, offering holiday-themed cocktails, international craft beers, and comfortable seating. The Slippery Slope Ski Lodge (known as Baja Blues Restaurant during the OC Fair) is another exciting Winter Fest destination. The family-friendly eatery will capture a ski-lodge vibe with holiday-themed cuisine and drinks, mountain décor, nightly live entertainment, and staff decked out in ski gear.

At the end of the Winter Fest Promenade stands a 30-foot Christmas tree, where a heartwarming tree lighting ceremony with snowfall happens daily at 5:30pm.

 Snowflake Summit Ice Tubing Winter Fest OC

If you’re ready for a challenge, climb Snowflake Summit to take part in unlimited ice tubing down a 130-foot, six-lane ice slide. Height limit: 42 inches and taller. If you’d rather watch, Snowflake Summit also offers bleacher seating, allowing friends and family to cheer on loved ones while they zoom down the ice.

The Hangar building will be transformed into an ice-skating rink, where guests can enjoy skating around a 6,000 square foot ice rink for an additional fee of only $15 onsite. Skaters can circle the ice as beloved holiday films are projected onto a theater-sized screen in the background. Elegant rink-side VIP cabanas will be available for only $99 per session while they last, and accommodate 2 – 10 people but can adapt to fit parties of up to 100. The VIP cabanas offer exclusive menus with seasonally inspired food, cocktails, a private ice rink entrance and private servers. VIP cabanas are perfect for groups, parties, or a date with a loved one. Santa has transported several sleighs from his collection to the Hangar building, which will be on display for the first time ever at Winter Fest.

 Ice Skating The Hangar WinterFestOC

Winter Fest attractions include:

  • Festival of Lights
  • Unlimited ice tubing down Snowflake Summit
  • Snow play with real snow
  • Outdoor ice skating
  • Carnival rides
  • Carnival games
  • Snowboard Simulator
  • Bounce houses for kids
  • Santa’s Petting Zoo
  • Access to the world’s largest walk-through ornament
  • World’s largest rocking horse
  • Nightly Christmas tree lighting ceremony with snowfall
  • Photos with Santa
  • Pictures in a Winter Fest snow globe
  • Stories with Mrs. Claus
  • Craft making and games for kids
  • Daily & nightly entertainment

If you haven’t experienced it before, make sure you stop by the snow play area. Winter Fest Snow Play features real snow blown in daily for all kinds of fun including snow angels, snowman building and snow tubing for young children. The Snow Play area is free for all to experience and enjoy.


OC Fair & Events Center
88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Adult $15; Children $10 (4-11)
Snowflake Summit Fast Pass (Tubing) $10
Ice Skating $10
Unlimited Ride Wristband $15

Purchasing tickets online is highly encouraged to not only save money but also ensure the desired event date is not sold out.

Adult $45; Children $25
Unlimited admission into Winter Fest OC
Advance online purchase only

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