Winter Fest OC adds Dickens Village to ice skating, tubing, rides, lights

Your family and friends can get into the holiday spirit at Winter Fest OC, with ice skating rink, ice tubing, holiday lights, carnival rides, SoCal Dickens Village, VIP cabanas, snow play and more Dec 20-Jan 6 at the OC Fair grounds in Costa Mesa.

With a record-breaking attendance in 2017, this fourth consecutive year of Winter Fest OC features new attractions including SoCal Dicken’s Village, Candy and Snowflake Wonderland, VIP cabanas, and an expanded Festival of Lights tunnel.


SoCal Dicken’s Village Take a trip down memory lane through the 1800’s with holidays past, present, and future. Decorate Christmas cookies, listen to holiday storytelling, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus (through Christmas Eve), take a pony ride, and visit the new Victorian holiday shops, including jewelry and hat stores and more.

Don’t miss tea time in the rear of Dicken’s Village. Cuthbert Tea Shoppe features tea, hot cocoa, scones, jam, and sandwiches, perfect for your family to take a break and warm up. Extra charge.


Festival of Lights– Stroll through Winter Fest’s 100-foot-tunnel of two million lights to explore five lands with animated displays. For additional fun for the kids, make sure to ride through the Festival of Lights on the trackless train.

Club Winter Fest– Private, ice rink-side VIP cabanas are available nightly $69 per session, perfect for your holiday office parties, family retreats or date nights. The all-new lounge area has views of the nightly Christmas tree lighting ceremony featuring fireworks, and a free drink upon entry. Tickets are limited.

Orange Ball New Year’s Eve Celebration– On New Year’s Eve: Ring in the New Year not once, but twice, with a special countdown, Orange Ball drop, fireworks at both 6pm and midnight with multiple live bands.

Candy and Snowflake Wonderland– Step into an interactive wonderland full of candy and snowflakes with a new selfie experience so you can get lots of fun pics for your Instagram.


Ice Skating. Kids love the ice skating rink. There are even ice skating aids (red and blue plastic walkers) to help young skaters.

Snowflake Summit: Ice Tubing – Enjoy unlimited ice-tube racing down the 150 foot, eight lane slide. Fast Pass wristbands are available starting at only $10 to skip the general admission line.

Snow Play Fresh snow blown in daily to make SoCal’s largest snow play attraction with two snow areas: one caters to toddlers and the other for kids.

Performances are back on the main stage.

Popular characters make appearances through the run of the show through January 6.

Also returning are the world’s largest rocking horse, wintery-themed bounce houses for kids, a giant walk-through ornament, strolling carolers, petting zoo, character meet and greets, crafts, arcade games, more than 30 carnival rides and games, and seasonal food and beverages.

Families are also invited to celebrate El Dia de los Reyes or Three Kings’ Day on January 6th where Winter Fest will honor the tradition of the Three Kings with a parade and live camel.

Tickets and times are available at

We attended the WinterFest Media event on Opening Night including fireworks and Santa appearance.