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Winter Fest OC 2023 Returns for Holiday Cheer in Orange County!


Winter Fest OC 2023 is transforming the Orange County fairgrounds into a winter wonderland with plenty of Holiday Cheer for all ages. Beginning November 24, 2023 – January 7, 2024 guests will be able to enjoy 32 days and nights of attractions, live entertainment, holiday food, and fun!


Activities at Winter Fest OC

Enjoy the magic of the holiday season with past Winter Fest OC favorites as well as all-new activities, including outdoor ice skating under the stars, a nine-lane 150-foot-long ice tubing slide, ice bumper cars, Polar Putt-Putt, new real snow play area, and carnival rides. Also returning are winter-themed bounce houses, an arts and crafts area, a holiday market, and seasonal food and drinks. 

Real Snow Play

This year there will be a new revamped real snow play area. Returning to Winter Fest OC by popular demand, guests can enjoy real snow that is refreshed daily, with free play zones, snow sledding, snowball tossing zone, and a snow carousel for the little ones included in general admission.


Nightly Live Entertainment

At the center of Winter Fest OC is the 40-foot-tall holiday celebration tree and the Holiday House stage, where guests can enjoy live entertainment, community acts, interactive kid activities, and even more holiday magic. Daily entertainment includes meet-and-greets with favorite Winter Fest OC characters such as Yowie the Yeti, Pep the Penguin and Snowdrop the Polar Bear, snow angels on stilts, plus the popular nightly parade, tree lighting and live stage show with snow flurries. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and winter treats and enjoy a variety of entertainment at the Holiday House Stage to celebrate the holiday season.

NEW! Holiday Market

Support small local businesses and discover talented local artisans at the all-new Winter Fest OC holiday market. With a variety of vendors, it’s easy to find a gift for everyone on your list this holiday season. 

New North Pole Journey Guided Tour

Embark on a magical adventure in the guided “North Pole Journey” experience where guests learn to become a certified elf! Whether you’re a child or just young at heart, this immersive journey promises to fill your heart with holiday cheer and create cherished memories that will last


VIP Experiences

Several VIP experiences will also be available like a toasty fireside lounge package, cabana ice-skating experience, and the perfect way to ring in the new year.

Meet & Greets With Santa & The Snow Queen

Guests this year can upgrade with a private meet-and-greet and photo with Santa (through
December 24th) or the Snow Princess (December 25th through January 7th) for up to eight people in your group. Each experience includes a printed picture and a digital image for capturing memories.

Private VIP Fireside Igloo

Enjoy a cozy igloo for up to 10 guests complete with plush seating, a private fire pit,
and an exquisite view of the nightly Holiday celebration and Holiday House live stage shows. Fireside Igloos are available to rent in 2-3 hour time blocks, and s’more roasting kits are available for purchase. A private server is available for the purchase of specially themed food and drinks including craft cocktails, beer and wine. VIP Fireside Private Igloos can also be adjoined to accommodate up to 100 people for memorable corporate parties, date nights, birthdays, or private parties.

Rink-Side VIP Private Cabanas

Private, ice rink-side VIP cabanas for up to 10 guests are available to rent for 2-3 hour time blocks, creating the ultimate premium lounge for intimate holiday gatherings and other special occasion celebrations. A private server is available for the purchase of specially-themed food and drinks including craft cocktails, beer, and wine. VIP Arctic Cabanas can also be adjoined to accommodate up to 150 people for memorable corporate parties, date nights, birthdays, or private parties.

In previous years I’ve gotten a cabana with my girlfriends and it has been 100% worth it.


Ticket Information

Below are the various ticket options which can be purchased at

General Admission

Includes access to the North Pole Journey guided tour, unlimited snow play and slides,
unlimited Snowflake Summit ice tubing, access to the holiday market, live entertainment including the nightly Holiday celebration tree lighting show, dazzling light displays, winter photo opportunities, and much more.

Season Pass:

Enjoy holiday magic all season long with a Winter Fest OC season pass, which provides unlimited general admission entry for all 32 days.

Ultimate Experience Admission:

Includes all of general admission, plus a VIP Snowflake Summit ice tubing slide pass and unlimited carnival rides, trackless train rides, and winter inflatables.

To Purchase tickets for this awesome holiday event, head to and visit our Events Page for the best events coming soon.


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