A spectacular holiday festival featuring awe-inspiring illuminated landscapes celebrating Holidays Around the World, along with Cirque du Soleil level acrobatics, 35+ carnival rides, holiday-themed activities, games, international food, shopping and more.
Global Winter Wonderland is a multi-cultural celebration centered on large luminescent, hand-crafted lanterns inspired by international landscapes around the world. Crowd favorites include the Taj Mahal and Eiffel Tower. Nearly 100 artisans will arrive in San Diego to design and sew by hand intricate lantern displays that can reach heights of 20 feet. The art of designing and illuminating lanterns by hand is a rich custom dating back 2,000 years. This is the largest display of traditional Chinese lanterns outside of China.
The idea behind this event is for visitors to travel the world in just one day. For this reason, many consider the event to be a one-of-a-kind holiday experience that celebrates holidays around the world.
San Diego’s Global Winter Wonderland will include an interactive craft center for children to explore their creative side. Visitors can design their own ornaments, decorate lanterns and participate in a variety of interactive games. Children can also take photos with mascot Penny the Penguin and write letters to Santa Claus when visiting Toyland, Candyland and the North Pole.
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