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WinterFest Debuts November 25th at California’s Great America

By on 11/09/2016


The Bay Area’s newest and most immersive holiday tradition, WinterFest, will debut at California’s Great America on Friday, November 25. During WinterFest, Great America will be magically transformed into a winter wonderland where guests can skate in front of the iconic Carousel Columbia, admire magnificent displays of lights and décor, view spectacular live holiday shows, experience 20 rides and attractions, see Santa’s workshop and Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, and enjoy scrumptious holiday fare at numerous dining locations.

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. This amazing new 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.

“WinterFest will be one of Northern California’s most spectacular winter events, delivering a unique experience where friends and families can create memories and traditions during the holiday season.” – Raul Rehnborg, Vice President and General Manager

Nine unique and decorative themed areas will guide attendees through WinterFest. Guests can gaze at 20 ft. tall candy canes in Candy Cane Lane, experience the wonder of snow falling in Hometown Square, adore Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree in Planet Snoopy, and take photos with toy soldiers and oversized toys in Toy Land.


Live shows include a nightly tree lighting, carolers throughout the park, “It’s Christmas, Snoopy!” ice show and more. Holiday crafters will design unique creations and guests will interact with the countless holiday characters, including Jack Frost, Candy Cane and the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Children will relish decorating cookies with Mrs. Claus, taking a picture with Santa, writing holiday letters to family members and petting reindeer. Food specialties will include eggnog funnel cakes, peppermint churros, a turkey dinner sandwich, all-you-can-drink hot chocolate and many more traditional holiday favorites. (Some activities require additional fee.)

Among the 20 rides and attractions entertaining guests will be Gold Striker and Flight Deck for thrill seekers and the iconic Carousel Columbia, Flying Eagles and Planet Snoopy for younger guests.

Single day tickets are available online for as low as $24.99 and admission to WinterFest is included with a 2016 or 2017 Gold or Platinum Pass. The five-week WinterFest celebration will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with daily operations December 19-23 and 26-30 from 5pm-10pm (December 11 from 7pm-11pm).

From December 17-23, from 5pm-7pm, patrons can enjoy the Pavilion Holiday Buffet for $16.49 (plus tax) that includes roast turkey with festive dressing, baked ham, mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, vegetarian baked pasta, tossed salad, dessert squares, Christmas cookies and fountain drinks.

California’s Great America is currently hiring for WinterFest with opportunities available in all areas of park operation. Apply online at

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