Winter Fest OC 2019
Disclosure: I am attending the media night for Winter Fest OC but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
An annual holiday tradition is returning to Orange County beginning December 19th: Winter Fest OC! It is Southern California’s largest winter experience, that basically has the best things about winter all in one space!
The event takes place on the OC Fair Event Center in Costa Mesa, and as you walk in you are greeted with the Fest’s “Alpine Village.” There you will find a winter market where you can shop, gaze at one of the Fest’s stunning Christmas trees, or go for a train or carousel ride. In the center of the event space is an outdoor ice skating arena. At the end of the arena sits a cozy fireside lounge and a massive Christmas tree where you can experience the Winter Fest OC tree lighting ceremony along with a flurry of snow.
Take in the sights of more dazzling lights with the Festival of Lights holiday-themed pathway. Each night of the event, guests can enjoy fireworks. Exclusively from December 19-24 you can also see Santa Claus flying over the fairgrounds’ hangar.
Get in the holiday spirit with the So Cal Dickens London Towne, which has the feel of Victorian England. There you can find traditional English foods, enjoy high tea, live music, and even ballroom dancing. These are just some of the many offerings at Winter Fest OC, you can check out the complete list of what’s included in your ticket and what you can experience at an additional cost below.
Included in your Winter Fest OC Ticket:
- So Cal Dickens London Towne
- Alpine Village
- Snow play area
- Festival of Lights
- Model train exhibit
- Santa flying over the fairgrounds hangar (Dec 19-24th only)
- Meet-and-greet along with stage show with Paw Patrol characters
- Ice tubing slide (must be 42 inches tall)
- Character meet-and-greets (including Mayor Frosty, toy soldiers and more)
- Nightly fireworks
- Tree lighting and snowfall
- Nightly holiday parade
- World’s Largest Rocking Horse photo opp
- World’s Largest Ornament photo opp
- Family NYE Countdown Celebration (Dec 31st only)
- Winter bounce houses
- Snowboard simulator
- So Cal Dickens High Tea
- Trackless Train
- Outdoor ice rink
- Candy Cane Carnival rides and games
- Meet-and-greet with Santa (Dec 19-24th only)
- Face painting
- Ski lodge eatery and beverages
- Holiday treats
- Holiday cocktails
- Seasonal foods
With so many different offerings, a visit to Winter Fest OC is perfect for a date night, girl’s night, or family night out! The festival is from December 19th-January 5th at the OC Fair Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA. Weekday tickets start at $13, and weekend + holiday tickets start at $15. You can learn more about Winter Fest OC and get your tickets here.