There is still over a week left to visit Winter Fest OC at the Orange County Fairgrounds. We attended last week, and had a great time with all the activities available to do. There was Ice Skating, Sledding, Reindeer petting, bounce houses, carnival rides, games, amazing ice sculpting via chain saw, and great entertainment.
If you're able to get there at 5:30 every night you get fireworks and Christmas Tree Lighting.
The festival is open daily until January 3rd from 11am - 10pm. There is a lot to do there, and you can look up the schedule and pricing for Winter Fest OC and buy tickets online.
Winter Fest is proud to honor heroes in
the community by offering free admission to nurses, educators,
servicemen, law enforcement and firefighters. Every Wednesday is “nurse appreciation day” and nurses will be granted free admission with a valid workplace ID. Every Thursday is “teacher appreciation day” and
teachers will be granted free admission with a valid workplace ID. All
firefighters, law enforcement personnel, active and retired military
will be granted free admission daily through January 3, 2016. All participants are required to show proper ID verifying their profession at the ticket booth to receive admission.
The things we loved were the model trains, the fireworks, the ICE SKATING, with skating assistance was so beyond awesome, and the sledding. It felt like we were in the middle of a white Christmas smack dab in the middle of Orange County. The carnival rides are great, but can make it into a very pricey day, there are unlimited wristbands available for sale, and season passes for a pretty reasonable price.
There is a WHOLE week left of winter break, and I know I'll be there a couple more times to burn off the energy of these kids.
As far as special needs and autism, all rides and attractions were accommodating. It wasn't extremely loud or crowded so I didn't have a need for all my extra autism armory which was awesome, I would bring ear muffs for firework times and during the chainsaw ice sculpting. We really enjoyed our time there, and will make at least one more trip before our vacation is over.