Thanks to Kings Dominion for providing Tickets for this post What to Expect at Kings Dominion Winterfest This post is written by Julie S.
My kids and I can’t get enough of holiday lights, whether it’s around the neighborhood OR a larger-than-life hotel tree; we will travel to see a cool light situation! So we took the easy 30-minute drive from Richmond to Kings Dominion for the new WinterFest where they transform the park into a winter wonderland with millions of lights. What to Expect at Kings Dominion WinterFest.
I was SO impressed with how unique each section of the park was decorated; not one light display was similar to the next. AND the displays are remarkable, so distinct at every turn. I would pay to go again simply to walk around and take in the lights. Their “Eiffel Tower” even becomes a glimmering 300 foot Christmas Tree!
Beyond the incredible light displays, there is much more to-do and see at Kings Dominion WinterFest:
My girls (9, 7 and 5) were so excited to ice skate “Snow Flake Lake” on what has to be the most gorgeous ice skating rink I’ve ever seen. Lights can be seen through the ice and when it’s dark, Kings Dominion’s light displays in the background creates an amazing scene for skaters. We were also pleasantly surprised at how many “ice skate trainers/helping aids” they had for kids to use to get comfortable on the ice. Some places don’t have many so you’re stuck waiting! Wasn’t the case here at KD!
Want to write a letter to Santa at the “North Pole Post Office?” C’mon in! How about a visit with the big guy himself? Yep, kids can get their picture taken with Santa at “Saint Nick’s Pics!”
Decorating enormous sugar cookies (ie, a tree, a snowman, a stocking) at Mrs. Clause’s Kitchen was a hit.
But the favorite of the night had to be stumbling upon a petting zoo with camels where our girls wanted to be lifted up to steal a kiss. So fun and unexptected! Many times throughout the night, it even “snowed” which my kids quickly discovered is actually soap.
Still, the effect was amazing! There were also activities like carriage rides, real igloos and Charlie Brown’s Christmas Town for toddlers: we barely touched all the holiday activities they had nestled within each section of the park!
Those other mouse parks have nothing on Kings Dominion! Throughout the park, we were greeted by some very cheery holiday characters like Jack Frost, a Toy Soldier, Elves and Gingerbread People.
They loved taking pictures with kids and would later star in one of the many shows Kings Dominion has running at WinterFest. There are over twelve live holiday shows! We caught the cast of “Cool Yule Christmas” performing holiday carols at the opening lighting ceremony. The kids and I loved their festive costumes and fun choreography; really got us into the holiday spirit!
Again, the light displays alone are worth the price of admission! Nonetheless, we did have time to ride Racer 75 and the Flying Eagle rides; a limited amount of rides are open. A live caroling show, “Jingle Jazz” entertained us as we waited in line for one ride. Doesn’t get much better than that if you have to wait in line!
If there is a downside, it does get crowded so pick your night wisely! Nonetheless, if you want to simply take in the lights at Kings Dominion, there’s plenty of room to walk around with your family and bask in the energy of the holiday season. Go to WinteFest at Kings Dominion: when I say our family’s expectations were shattered, that’s an understatement!
Kings Dominions WinterFest is open Dec 14-31 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas); Hours are generally 4/5PM-10PM with the exception of NYE closing at 1AM