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Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier

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Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier

Winter Wonderfest © Prescott Carlson

Winter Wonderfest In Brief:

Navy Pier turns itself into a "Winter Wonderfest" each Christmas season, featuring a number of different attractions, rides, and ice skating.

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Where:

Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago

Dates:

December 2, 2011 through January 8, 2012

Time:

December 2nd - 17th
Sunday - Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

December 18th - January 8th
Sunday - Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday, Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Christmas Eve: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year's Eve: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Admission:

General admission to Winter Wonderfest is free, but a wristband is required to go on rides. A "Regular Activity" wristband is $15, and includes unlimited single-day access to all attractions except ice skate rental. A "Premium Activity" wristband is $18, and includes ice skate rental.

Save some cash when you buy a family four pack of wristbands online -- $44 for four regular activity wristbands, $54 for four premium activity wristbands. Package deals that bundle other Navy Pier attractions are available as well. View all Winter Wonderfest purchase options here.

(prices subject to change)

Getting to Winter Wonderfest By Public Transportation:

CTA bus lines #29 (State Street), #65 (Grand Avenue), and the #66 (Chicago Avenue) all serve Navy Pier.

Parking at Winter Wonderfest:

Regular Navy Pier rates apply. Navy Pier has an on-site parking garage, accommodating 1,600 cars. Parking is a daily flat rate.

About Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier:

Winter Wonderfest is quite an event -- Navy Pier goes all out, further demonstrating why they are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Chicago. Winter Wonderfest is great fun for the whole family, featuring hundreds of trees, thousands of lights, and attractions such as an ice rink, an indoor ferris wheel, the Reindeer Express Train Ride, the Pepsi Create-a-Cookie Cottage, and lots more.

General admission is free -- wristbands are sold for unlimited access to rides and attractions. If you're a parent who has paid countless admission fees to various children's museums, amusement parks, etc., just for the privilege of standing around bored watching your kids, you can certainly appreciate the wristband setup.

Highlights include:

  • Chicago Blackhawks Indoor Ice Skating Rink
  • Bah Humbug Court
  • Extreme Ice Trail Ropes Course
  • Ferris Wheel
  • Glacier Run
  • Himalaya
  • Kringle Carousel
  • Lighthouse
  • Matterhorn Climb & Slide
  • Pepsi Create-A-Cookie Cottage
  • "Power Wheel" Mini Adventure Track
  • Reindeer Express Train Ride
  • Tilt-A-Whirl
  • Winter Wind Glider
  • Winter Wonder Climbing Wall
  • Winter Wonderfest Jr.
  • Winter Wonderstage
  • Various inflatable slides and obstacle courses
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