Winter is Coming to Orange County at the OC Fairgrounds

Here’s something fun to do with the family during Christmas break!

From a Press Release

Orange County, Calif., (November 23, 2015) – Absolute Event Solutions (AES) are bringing winter to the OC with an all-new holiday spectacular, Winter Fest. The inaugural event unfolds over the OC Fair & Event Center December 18 – January 3, revealing a whimsical getaway that features unlimited ice tubing, the world’s largest walk-through ornament, festive entertainment, ice skating, VIP rink-side cabanas, live reindeer, a nightly Christmas tree lighting ceremony with snowfall, seasonal-themed eateries, libations, a carnival and much more. Winter Fest offers an unforgettable experience at a remarkable value with tickets starting at only $10 online while they last. Many of Winter Fest’s attractions are within buildings, making the event as “El Nino-proof” as possible.

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The Winter Fest entertainment begins each morning with a snow-capped opening moment led by resident master magician, Jimmy H. The wildly entertaining Chainsaw Chicks will also be on hand at Winter Fest, carving out fantastic ice sculptures while engaging the crowd with their unbridled charm. More live entertainment comes courtesy of local bands, strolling carolers, and performances by community organizations from around Orange County.

The Winter Fest Promenade will bustle with the sights and sounds of winter, offering a variety of food and beverage options in a holiday atmosphere. At the end of the Winter Fest Promenade stands a 30-foot Christmas tree, where guests will gather nightly at 5:30 p.m. for a heartwarming tree lighting ceremony with snowfall. Near the Christmas tree are two of Santa’s reindeer, available for viewing and feeding.

The Mistletoe Lounge is a hot spot at Winter Fest, offering holiday-themed cocktails, international craft beers, and comfortable seating amid the holiday décor and entertainment of the Winter Fest Promenade. 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.

Thrill seekers can climb Snowflake Summit to take part in unlimited ice tubing down a 130-foot, six-lane ice slide, where guests 42 inches and taller can race down the slope and experience the exhilarating side of winter. 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.

All Winter Fest admission tickets, held December 18 – January 3 include remarkable value by providing not only access to Winter Fest but also the following attractions and entertainment:

  • Unlimited ice tubing down Snowflake Summit
  • One complimentary carnival ride
  • One complimentary carnival game
  • Entry to bounce houses for kids
  • Reindeer viewing and feeding
  • Access to the world’s largest walk-through ornament
  • Nightly Christmas tree lighting ceremony with snowfall
  • Craft making and games for kids
  • Daily & nightly entertainment

Ticket prices Monday through Friday start at only $10 online, $15 onsite for children age 4 – 11, and $20 online, $25 onsite for adults. Ticket Prices Saturday and Sunday are $15 online, $20 onsite for children age 4 – 11, and $25 online, $30 onsite for adults. Children 3 and under are free. Purchasing tickets online is highly encouraged to not only save money but also ensure the desired event date is not sold out.

Adult season passes for unlimited admission into to all 17 days and nights of Winter Fest are available for $45 advance and online (limited supply); children’s season passes (ages 4-11) are available for $25 advance and online (limited supply).

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