WinterFest, Carowinds' immersive holiday entertainment tradition, opens Sunday, November 18. WinterFest transforms the park into a winter wonderland adorned with more than five million holiday lights, a 70-foot Christmas tree and festive décor displayed throughout the park. WinterFest activities include a nightly tree lighting, live holiday shows and strolling performers, ice skating, family rides, a special holiday menu and falling snow. WinterFest will be open select evenings through December 31.
New for this year, Carowinds introduces New Year's Eve at WinterFest, a family-friendly celebration that starts at 10 p.m., after a full evening of WinterFest. New Year's Eve will feature live bands, Snoopy's Rockin' New Year's Eve Party, fireworks at midnight and more. New Year's Eve at WinterFest is included with WinterFest admission or a gold season pass. Two new themed areas will also debut this year, the nostalgic, 50s-inspired Tinsel Town and the whimsical North Pole Excursion. Also new this year, Saturday hours are extended to 2-10 p.m. for a full day of holiday magic.
At WinterFest, children can write a letter to Santa at the North Pole Post Office, take a picture with Santa at St. Nick's Pics, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, create take-home keepsakes at Sally Brown's Christmas Crafts and visit a live nativity and petting zoo. Jack Frost, Ice Princess, Sugar Plum Fairy, the PEANUTS gang and other holiday characters will meet and greet guests along the midways.