Located inside Great America, Global Winter Wonderland includes carnival rides, nightly entertainment, weekend laser shows, visits with Santa and of course lanterns, lanterns and more lanterns. Dinosaur lanterns, magical castle lanterns, dragon lanterns, phoenix lanterns and even a London Bridge lantern with some towering over 50 feet tall.
Global Winter Wonderland will be open weekends from Nov 23 - Dec 9th and then every day from December 14 through January 1st (including Christmas and New Year’s Day). Each weekend will feature a different cultural theme with entertainment to match. While these amazing Chinese style lanterns look their best at night, you should still get to the park early to view the shows which start at 4:30 pm or to take pictures with Santa who is available each evening from 5 pm to 9 pm until December 23rd.
Schedule & Hours: Nov 23 – Dec 9, 2012: Fri & Sat (4 pm – 11 pm), Sun (4 pm – 10 pm)Dec 14 – Jan 1, 2013: Sun – Thu (4 pm – 10 pm), Fri & Sat (4 pm – 11 pm)
Tickets: Single day admission to the festivalAdults (Ages 13-61) $18; Jr./Sr. (Ages 5-12/62+) $16
Rides: All day wristband: $15
Discounts: Season Pass admission which includes the festival and rides: $29.99 Gilroy Gardens & Global Winter Wonderland (Admission Only) $24.99Buy 3 or more 1-Day tickets (must be purchased online) $12 per person.
Helpful links:Global Winter Wonderland website
Entertainment schedule Online ticket purchase
All photos courtesy of Global Winter Wonderland.