Even though winter is on its way, there’s still plenty of fun things to do in Orange County. However, most of us are looking forward to Winterfest OC! This event is three weeks long, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to check it out. In the meantime, here’s our guide to Winterfest OC to give you a better idea of what to expect and the kind of fun you can have with your family and friends this winter.

Winterfest OC: When & Where

Winterfest OC will be held at the Orange County Fairgrounds at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. Winterfest OC kicks off on Thursday, December 21st at 5:00 p.m. The event itself lasts until Sunday, January 7th at 10:00 p.m. On Christmas Day, the doors open at 11:00 a.m., but every other day, Winterfest OC opens up around noon and goes until 10:00 p.m., or 11:00 p.m. on the weekends. There’s even a New Year’s celebration that goes until 1:00 a.m., so you can make Winterfest OC your destination for your last minutes of 2017. There are different tickets and passes available to help you plan your perfect evening at Winterfest OC!

What to Expect at Winterfest OC

There will be fun for all ages at Winterfest OC. You can enjoy walking through the Festival of Lights, which features 10 different holiday-themed areas complete with more than two million Christmas lights. There will even be authentic snow, so you can make snow angels with the family or build snowmen.

Winterfest OC will also feature arcade games, bounce houses, and snowboard simulators. There will be holiday-themed attractions as well, including a reading from Mrs. Claus, Christmas tree lighting, Santa’s Petting Zoo, and even photos with Santa. Everyone can have fun on the Snowflake Summit, which features a 150-foot, 8-lane ice slide for tubing.

Adults will certainly enjoy the Mistletoe Lounge. This lounge is located right next to the ice rink, and it’s your chance to get a delicious cocktail while at Winterfest OC. They’ll have craft beers, holiday-inspired cocktails, coffee concoctions, and hot chocolate. This event will also feature a variety of food trucks, as well as sweet stations to sell some delicious holiday-themed treats.


Now that you know what to expect at Winterfest OC, you’re ready to plan your trip to the Orange County Fairgrounds this holiday season. Stay up to date on Winterfest OC and the detailed events by following the festival on Facebook or Twitter.