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 King’s Dominion for the new Winterfestwhere they transform the park into a winter wonderland with millions of lights.
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 King’s 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!
What to Expect at Kings Dominion Winterfest
Beyond the incredible light displays, there is much more to-do and see at Kings Dominion WinterFest:
The Most Beautiful Ice-Skating Rink
My kids (10, 8, 6 and 3) were so excited to ice skate “Snow Flake Lake” on what has to be the most gorgeous ice skating rink I’ve ever seen. King’s Dominion’s light displays in the background and holiday music create an amazing scene for skaters.
King’s Dominion’s ice skate trainers for young kids are SO cute and helpful. They have whale-shaped trainers that kids can either push OR sit on (great for toddlers!). We pushed our three-year-old around the rink about twenty times and he felt like he was ice skating!
We were also pleasantly surprised at how many they had. Some places don’t have many so you’re stuck waiting! Wasn’t the case here at KD.
Activities for the kids
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 “live nativity scene” petting zoo with camels where our kids wanted to be lifted up to steal a kiss. So fun and unexpected! 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!
Shows and characters
Those other mouse parks have nothing on Kings Dominion! Throughout the park, we were greeted by some very cheery and elaborately dressed holiday characters like Jack Frost, a Toy Soldier, Elves and Gingerbread People and of course, Santa himself.
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!
Rides During Kings Dominion Winterfest
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” and “Blitzen’s Brass Band”entertained us as we waited in line for one ride. It 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 Winterfest at Kings Dominion: when I say our family’s expectations were shattered, that’s an understatement!