November 17, 2023-January 7, 2024
1101 W McKinley Ave
Pomona, CA 91768
The holiday experience billed as the biggest holiday light show in Los Angeles is made up of lighted displays, lighted lanterns and more than five million lights. Traveling to cities throughout the U.S. it landed at Pomona's Fairplex, home to the Los Angeles County Fair.
Billed as an interactive festival of lights for all ages, the top activity at this event is taking photos, selfies and group shots and the crazy, unique, colorful displays providing a feast for the eyes. From fields of lighted flowers to dragon-like creatures, the immersive attraction that's made for exploring offers an evening of entertainment and amazement.
The company that introduced Global Winter Wonderland to the Sacramento and Central Valley that some may recall is also credited with introducing the first Chinese Lantern Festival to the United States more than a decade ago. Wow-ing the public requires constant invention so each year is like a progression, combining elements of previous shows with new concepts to keep the public interested. Imaginarium employs imagination in creating interactive displays where guests can step into the scenes for perfect pictures. If you're feeling romantic, you may see a huge outdoor lighted display emboldened by the word LOVE. Or you may take your love interest to a stage set with a swing surrounded by oversized, artificial, lighted-flowers.
Mixed with the displays are food vendors, acrobats, magicians and entertainment and in Sacramento the winter theme includes snow tubing and ice skating.
Past event from 2018-2019
Global Winter Wonderland
1600 Exposition Blvd. Green Gate
Sacramento, CA 94538
$19 general admission, globalwonderland.com
Back at Cal Expo in Sacramento, that lantern festival features all new designs in "Magic of the Seasons" with beautifully-lit experiences representing Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. An ice rink open to the public is used several times each day for a spectacular Chinese acrobatic / ice skating show, free with admission. Billed as the largest lantern festival outside China, the Global Winter Wonderland returns for it 5th year in the United States (and fourth season in California,) featuring more than 70 large-scale light displays, millions of LEDs, 100 tons of steel and 200,000 feet of silk and countless recycled bottles, CDs and other objects. You can buy an annual pass to go back and be entertained time after time. The skating shows are held daily.
Global Winter Wonderland includes large inflatable scenes that illuminate from within at night. Guests wander the fairgrounds filled with food kiosks, vendors selling holiday gifts, a midway with carnival rides and entertainment.
Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.