Winter Fest at OC Fair opens December 18th

The first Winter Fest at OC Fair & Event Center opens TODAY! We’ll be there late afternoon sharing pictures and videos of what to expect. Follow us on our social channels or follow the hashtag #WinterFestOC. Meanwhile, here’s more info on ticket prices, parking info and activities.

Winter Fest 2015 at OC Fair //

About Winter Fest

Winter Fest embodies the spirit of the winter season, bringing fun and merriment to sunny Southern California. Experience ice-skating with a theater-sized screen playing holiday films in the background, ice tubing down a 130-foot, six-lane ice slide, nightly snowfall and tree lighting, festive entertainment, reindeer feedings, and more than 30 carnival rides and games. Winter Fest is filled with seasonal foods, craft cocktails, magical lights, and holiday décor including the world’s largest ornament. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be present at Winter Fest every day and night through Christmas Eve, December 24.


December 18 through January 3


OC Fair & Events Center 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Hours of operation

Sundays – Thursdays: 11am to 10pm
Fridays & Saturdays: 11am to 11pm
Special Holiday Hours – Christmas Eve 11am to 5pm & Christmas Day 2pm to 11pm

Winter Fest at OC Fair in Costa Mesa //


Monday – Friday
Adults $20 online/$25 onsite (if still available)
Child (ages 4-12) $10 online/$15 onsite (if still available)
3 years and younger free

Saturday – Sunday
Adults $25 online/$30 onsite (if still available)
Child (ages 4-12) $15 online/$20 onsite (if still available)
3 years and younger free

Season Pass – Admission for all 17 days and nights for each season pass holder
Adult $45 online/$50 onsite (if still available)
Child (ages 4-12) $25 online/$30 onsite (if still available)
3 years and younger free

Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristband – $20 online/$25 onsite (if still available)

All Winter Fest admission tickets the following attractions and entertainment:

  • Unlimited ice tubing down Snowflake Summit, featuring 6 lanes and 130 foot long ice slide (must be 42” or taller to ride)
  • One complimentary carnival ride
  • One complimentary carnival game
  • Reindeer viewing and feeding
  • Nightly Christmas tree lighting ceremony with snowfall
  • North Pole building includes meet & greet with Santa & Mrs. Claus (only through Christmas Eve) model trains, craft making and games for kids
  • Entry to bounce houses for kids
    • Ice castle for 42” tall and smaller
    • Ice castle with slide for 42” and taller
  • Daily & nightly entertainment ranging from magic shows by Jimmy H. and ice carving shows by the Chainsaw Chicks to carolers, stilt walkers and live bands
  • Access and nightly entertainment in the Slippery Slope Ski Lodge also known as the Baja Blues Restaurant during the annual OC Fair


$7.00 per vehicle

Ice Skating Rink

The Hangar building inside the fairgrounds will be transformed into an elegant festival space with a massive ice skating rink, where brilliant hanging snowflakes light up the ice below. Onlookers can watch skaters circle the rink while beloved holiday films play on the theater-sized projection screen in the background.


  • Ice tubing Fast Pass – $10 online/$15 onsite (if still available)
  • Ice Skating in the massive Hangar Building with holiday classic movies projected on a theatre sized screen (includes skate rentals) $15 onsite purchase only
  • Private VIP Rink-Side Cabanas – $99 per cabana, per session.


Guests can visit Mrs. Claus’ Bakery for sweets while watching live fudge cutting and cinnamon roll making. Merry wanderers with a heftier hunger can enjoy seasonally and internationally inspired foods, including soups in bread bowls, potpies, tamales, Chinese food, crepes, and turkey and stuffing. Traditional SoCal fun foods will also be available, including pizza, tacos, grilled cheese, and BBQ kabobs. Kettle corn and popcorn will be offered for guests on the go, and thirsty festival-goers can indulge in a tempting hot chocolate and martini bar. The OC fairgrounds’ traditional Baja Blues Restaurant will be re-imagined as a snow-covered ski lodge, where guests can enjoy food, libations, and local bands.

For more information on Winter Fest and to apply for your group to perform or for employment opportunities visit

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