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Winter WonderFest – Best Of Guide

November 17, 2011

If you haven’t been to Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier yet to experience the wonderful assortment of characters, rides and SO much holiday family fun… you might need to grab a hot chocolate and check out this Beginner’s Guide to Winter WonderFest!

The 11th Winter WonderFest presented by Bank of America at Navy Pier runs from

December 2, 2011 – January 8, 2012. For the first time we’ve extended the extravaganza for an extra week of Holiday Family Fun!

Enjoy more time to have more fun inside an enchanted 170,000 square foot winter playground! Bring the entire family for days of entertainment, Chicago Blackhawks indoor ice skating, huge inflatable slides, rides and so much more.


Chicago Blackhawks Indoor Ice Skating Rink

Start out by ditching those winter boots and trade the winter chills for thrills at this popular indoor ice skating rink!

Bring your own ice skates and skate for FREE, or pick up a Premium Wristband with ice skate rental included!

Bah Humbug Court

Watch out for the Winter WonderForce holiday cops, who are continually on the watch and won’t hesitate to issue tickets to unsuspecting guests for exhibiting non-cheerful behavior.

You can protest your tickets in front of the Honorable Mayor Evergreen in this all-ages courtroom. Or, take your ticket and serve a temporary sentence behind candy cane bars at the Jolly Jail — a perfect photo opportunity for all those suspected of the holiday blues.

Extreme Ice Trail Ropes Course

Extreme Ice Trail is a ropes obstacle course stretching 27.5-feet in the air and challenges the adventurous to maneuver their way across beams, staircases and platforms. No sandals, open toe shoes, shoes with heels or dress shoes allowed. Please note: skirts or dresses will not be allowed on this attraction.

Ferris wheel

Capture the best views of the entire event from atop the 50-foot-high, indoor Ferris wheel. Perfect for adults and children alike!

Glacier Run

Buckle up for this fast-paced, simulated snowmobile ride that will transport passengers through the glacial mountains of the frozen Arctic amidst the colorful display of the Northern Lights.


Jump inside this big action thrill ride and feel the excitement and exhilaration as you are swept up, down, backwards and all around.

Kringle Carousel

This classic family favorite offers visitors the opportunity to ride round-and-round atop painted animals.


A kiddie favorite… The Lighthouse will lift fearless little ones 16-feet in the air and “hop” them back down to the ground.

Reindeer Express Train Ride

The Reindeer Express Train Ride is a family-style, trackless train which travels more than 300-feet around a holiday village display.

Winter WonderFest Jr.

A special section exclusively for small kids 46” and under— and elves of all ages — ensures younger children do not miss out on the fun! Attractions include the Gumball Bouncer, Snowball Blitz and Tinsel Tunnels. Must be 46″ or smaller to participate.

Slides, Obstacle Courses & More:

Arctic Wonder Obstacle Course

Candy Cane Bouncer

Holiday Howdy Horse — a unique photo opportunity on a giant rocking horse!

Ice Caverns Obstacle Course

Mount Reindeer

Slippery Snowflake Slide

Starry Slide


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