In Chicago? Don’t Miss Navy Pier’s Winter WonderFest

I will receive complimentary tickets in exchange for sharing this information.

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Runs now thru January 10, 2016

This year marks the 15th year of the Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier in Chicago. It is prepped to be the biggest and best Winter WonderFest yet. This year every square inch of its 170,000 square foot space was used to create the ultimate holiday experience with over 25 attractions and endless entertainment for all to enjoy! There is even an indoor Ferris wheel and ice skating rink.

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We went to the Winter WonderFest a few years ago and my son loved it, every year since we have missed out but this year we are determined to go.

Here is a video from last year’s Winter WonderFest:

Included with a General Admission Ticket are:

JINGLE JYM JR.

A special section for small kids – and elves of all ages! – ensures younger children do not miss out on the fun. All guests must be 46” or smaller to participate.

KRINGLE CAROUSEL

This classic family favorite offers visitors the opportunity to ride round-and-round atop painted animals.

REINDEER EXPRESS TRAIN RIDE

All aboard! The Reindeer Express Train Ride is a family-style, trackless train which travels more than 300-feet around a holiday village display. Commemorate your train ride with a photo captured before boarding the train.

VISIT WITH SANTA

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Claus Residence from December 5 through 24. You can meet one of Santa’s elves or tell Santa Claus your wishes! Professional photographers will be ready to capture your visit with Santa. This fun photo op is included with General Admission Ticket.

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Included with a Activity Admission Ticket are:

POLAR EXTREME

Challenge your friends to a race through this double sided course! Battle your way through the frozen tundra to escape down the slide at the end.

ICE PEAKS CLIMBING WALLS

Grab hold of the ropes and challenge yourself to climb to the top of these new interactive climbing walls. Gym shoes are required.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS ICE SKATING RINK

Trade the winter chills for thrills at this popular indoor ice skating rink. For your safety, personal items including cameras, backpacks and purses are prohibited on the ice rink. Purchase of an Activity Ticket (includes skate rental) is required. Participation is subject to wait times.

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ARCTIC PLUNGE

Fun-packed dual lane inflatable slide topped off with a polar bear and penguins.

CANDY CANE LIGHTHOUSE

A kiddie favorite…Candy Cane Lighthouse will lift fearless little ones 16-feet in the air and “hop” them back down to the ground.

CLIFF HANGER

Soar on this hang glider attraction as you are swept 40-feet high into the air.

FERRIS WHEEL

Capture the best views of the entire event from atop the 50-foot-high indoor Ferris wheel. Perfect for adults and children alike!

GIANT DECORATED TREE

This 42-foot magnificent, giant tree is the centerpiece of PNC Bank Winter WonderFest and expertly decorated with red, green, purple, gold, pink and blue ornaments, gift-wrapped boxes and sparkling lights.

HOLIDAY HOWDY HORSE

A unique photo opportunity on a giant rocking horse! This fun photo op is included with General Admission Ticket.

HOT COCOA CUPS

A beloved attraction is part of PNC Bank Winter WonderFest! Come spin round and round with your friends inside an oversized teacup.

Arctic Wonder Obstacle Course
Gumball Bouncer
Santa’s Workshop Bouncer
Snowball Blitz

AQUAFINA® CREATE-A-COOKIE COTTAGE

At the Aquafina® Create-A-Cookie Cottage, children’s holiday creativity comes alive in the sweetest way – decorating freshly baked sugar cookies with frosting and sprinkles!
Purchase cookies at the cottage for $3 per cookie.*Not included in price of General Admission or Activity Tickets.

SLIDES, OBSTACLE COURSES & MORE

Mount Reindeer
Slippery Snowflake Slide
Winter Rules Mini Golf

SNOWMAN BOUNCER

Bounce inside the tallest snowman we’ve ever seen, standing at 38-feet tall!

WINTERTUBE

No mittens required at this indoor, dual lane 15-foot-high “snow” tubing hill!

WONDER WHIRL

The classic and beloved family attraction encourages you to jump on board for a fast and furious spin on this wild ride.

ZERO GRAVITY

Hold on! As this ride begins to spin, riders are held to the wall with the use of full Winter WonderFest force! Once it reaches top speed, riders are lifted into the air at a 45-degree angle and spun round.

About Admission:

All attendees (ages 3 and up) must have a ticket to enter PNC Bank Winter WonderFest. General Admission ticket includes the three attractions and photo os Holiday Howdy Horse and Snowglobe Live! This is a perfect ticket for adults who do not wish to participate in rides or activities or smaller children who would only participate in the few rides above that are included in General Admission. So definitely check out the height requirements before you go so you know what your child can and cannot go on.

  • General Admission: $9
  • Activity Admission: $23

Check out the PNC Bank Winter WonderFest website to learn about admission, hours, height restrictions and more.

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