CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carowinds introduces WinterFest, an all-new immersive holiday entertainment tradition. WinterFest transforms the park into a winter wonderland adorned with more that five million holiday lights, a 70-foot Christmas tree and festive décor displayed throughout the park. WinterFest activities include a tree lighting nightly, live holiday shows and strolling performers, ice skating, up to 16 family rides, a special holiday menu and falling snow. The immersive event will be open select evenings through Dec. 30.
At WinterFest, children can write a letter to Santa at the North Pole Post Office, take a picture with Santa at St. Nick, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, create take-home keepsakes at Sally Brown's Christmas Crafts and visit a live nativity and 38-animal petting zoo. Jack Frost, Ice Princess, Sugar Plum Fairy, the "Peanuts" gang and other holiday characters will meet and greet guests along the midways.
Families will enjoy up to 16 rides, including Afterburn and all four classic rides in the new County Fair section, skating on Snowflake Lake - a rink that magically stays frozen no matter the weather - and horse drawn carriage rides. Festive live entertainment includes Cool Yule, Jingle Jazz and the Miseltones, Tinker's Toy Factory and Charlie Brown's Christmas Spectacular.
Carowinds' chef has prepared more than 20 new menu items just for WinterFest, including Turducken burgers, gourmet mac and cheese, gingerbread-eggnog and chocolate-peppermint funnel cakes, and homemade specialty hot chocolate.
Shoppers can hunt for gifts crafted by local artists at Artisan Alley and browse for unique finds at Santa's Stocking Stuffer, Jack Frost's Ugly Christmas Sweaters, the North Pole Mercantile and more.
A complete listing of shows and attractions, and advance-purchase tickets, are available at carowinds.com.
Activities not included with park admission and are available for an extra fee.