Winter Fest OC Returns to Southern California

Winter Fest OC returns to the Orange County Fair and Event Center, from November 25th through January 1st. Plan on celebrating the holidays, the Southern California way with a whimsical winter wonderland Featuring ice tubing, bumper cars, LED mini golf, trackless train rides, a snowboard simulator, bounce houses, show flurries, visits with Santa and so much more.

Winter Fest OC

This year, Winter Fest OC will include:

NEW! North Pole Journey – Travel from Forest Gate to North Pole Village in the all-new “North Pole Journey” walk-through experience that will immerse you in the sights, sounds, and smells of five magical lands on an important mission from Santa. Stop in three Holiday Towns and collect an element of the holidays in each that will help Santa take flight. Enjoy dazzling lights, music, unique photo opportunities, interactive activities, and visits with your favorite Night of Lights and Winter Fest OC characters including Yowie the Yeti, Snow Princess, Toyland Troupe, Toy Soldiers, Polar Bear, and Santa in this unforgettable experience!

SoCal Dicken’s Village – Take a trip down memory lane through the 1800s with holidays past, present, and future. SoCal Dicken’s Village brings you a taste of the holidays in Victorian England. Enjoy over two dozen shops with unique items, holiday storytelling, and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus (through Christmas Eve), plus British Pub favorite foods and beverages. Be sure to not miss Santa’s Favorite Furry Friends petting zoo with more than 25 animals.

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.

 Snowflake Summit Ice Tubing Winter Fest OC
Holidays & VIP Experiences:

New Year’s Eve Orange Ball Celebration: Ring in the New Year not once, but twice, with a special countdown, Orange Ball drop, fireworks, and an unforgettable balloon drop at both 6 pm and midnight. Live bands will be playing to commemorate the end of the year, and the start of 2023! Awarded by Reader’s Digest as one of the top New Year’s Celebrations in the U.S.

Fireside Lounge: Enjoy an exclusive fireside lounge area with comfortable seating, fire pits roasting s’mores, and an exquisite view of the nightly Holiday celebration. With a private bar, Fireside Lounge is perfect for groups and holiday corporate parties.

Rink-Side VIP Private Cabanas: Private, ice rink-side VIP cabanas for up to 10 people are available to rent, creating the ultimate premium lounge for families, date nights, and girls’ nights out. Cabanas can be adjoined to accommodate up to 250 people for memorable office parties. A private server is available for the purchase of specially-themed food and drinks. Reserve now as they typically sell out early.

Entertainment – Every day, guests can enjoy live entertainment, community acts, and more.

 Ice Skating The Hangar WinterFestOC

Alpine Village – Alpine Village includes Penny’s Snow Play and slide area that is double the size with fresh snow blown in daily! Alpine Village also features Festival of Lights, a brilliantly illuminated pathway that you can walk through to explore holiday-themed lands with animated displays and more than two million lights. For additional fun, make sure to ride through the Festival of Lights on one of two trackless trains*.

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
  • 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

Purchase your tickets online to save some money. Adult ticket prices range from $17 to $30. Children’s ticket prices range from $12 to $25. Purchasing tickets online is highly encouraged to not only save money but also ensure the desired event date is not sold out.

Adult $60; Children $46
Unlimited admission into Winter Fest OC
Advance online purchases only

For more information on Winter Fest and to apply for your community group to perform or for employment opportunities visit

Sharing is caring!

Leave a Reply