Santa Clara to host Global Winter Wonderland Inside California’s Great America


Witness the extraordinary brilliance of the Holiday Lantern Festival during the 2nd Annual Global Winter Wonderland event, now inside California’s Great America, running Nov. 23, 2012 through Jan. 1, 2013.  These breathtaking recreations have toured the globe, illuminating some of the world’s greatest architectural achievements, including the Statue of Liberty, Egyptian Pyramid, and the UK London Bridge. The eco-friendly lanterns, some towering more than 50 feet high and nearly 100 feet wide, were powered with low voltage LEDs and fluorescent lights. This holiday festival features Holiday Lanterns, spectacular laser light shows and world famous entertainment including acrobats and martial arts performances. Go back in time as you wind your way through the Dinosaur Maze, experience the world’s culture with illuminating, sight-seeing attractions at the Global Village and meet up with your favorite holiday characters including Rudolph and, of course, Santa Claus.

Attended by some 419,000 patrons during its US debut in 2011, the family friendly event is even bigger and better in 2012.  2011 Highlights can be seen here.

DETAILS: California’s Great America Theme Park, 4701 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA.  Select dates & times are Nov. 23, 2012 to Jan. 1, 2013, Sundays – Thursdays, 4pm to 10pm; Fridays-Saturdays, 4pm to 11pm: Adults $18; Children (5-12) & Seniors (62+) $16; Children 4 & under FREE.  Call (888) 598-9035 or go to, open Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day!

WORLD RENOWNED ENTERTAINMENT includes Karaoke, Fire Dancers & Eaters, Jugglers, Stilt Walker, Magicians, Illusionists, Martial Arts, Belly & Hula Dancers, Mimes, Face Painters, Balloon Twisters, holiday music on the grounds, festive themes in Spanish, Indian, Chinese, Brazilian plus Santa and our amazing 70 ft. Christmas tree!

More than 20 rides in total: Six Thrilling Great America rides – Carousel Columbia, the world’s tallest double-decker carousel; Celebration Swings spin you around in a 70-foot diameter circle up to 11 revolutions a minute; Flying Eagles allow you to pilot your own bird of prey while zipping through the sky; Delirium, a powerful spinning pendulum, Bumper Cars and Beserker.   In addition to the Great America rides, there will be more than 15 carnival style rides – the 120ft high Super Slides and; Century Ferris Wheel with over 3000 multicolored LED lights!


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