During its recent announcement, Carowinds unveiled more than just a few new rides and attractions that will be added for the 2017 season; park leadership revealed that it was extending its 2017 operating season, adding WinterFest in late November and December. This new tradition is sure to be a hit as the park will look to open its main attractions [weather permitting, of course] and introduce an array of holiday-specific festivities. While it is unknown if the entire park will be open or if just certain sections of the park will be open during WinterFest, the winter weather trends in the Carolinas are much milder than those found at many of the other Cedar Fair parks offering WinterFest in 2017, so there is a better chance more of the most popular attractions, like Fury 325, may be open during these winter operating days. For now, however, park officials have announced the following holiday offerings:
- Midway Merryment will fill the paths of the park with melodious song and dance. Guests will also get to meet some of their favorite holiday characters, including Jack Frost and the Sugar Plum Fairy.
- Christmas crafts and activities will be available for the entire family. From ornament decorating and feeding Santa’s reindeer, to making cookies with Mrs. Claus and ice skating on Snowflake Lake, guests will be fully immersed in the Christmas fun.
- Holiday themed LIVE shows will be a must-see during this extravaganza. With Christmas musicals and the nightly lighting of our 70-foot tall Christmas tree- little kids and big kids alike are sure to be amazed.
- Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tree Lot will set up shop in Planet Snoopy. Guests can walk the lot and meet Linus and Charlie Brown from the PEANUTS™ gang.
This new addition to the operating calendar will offer a great holiday experience for an array of people – park enthusiasts, families, and so many others who love the Christmas holiday season. Possibly best of all is that admission to WinterFest will be free for those Gold and Platinum season passholders.
[Image courtesy of Carowinds.]