17th Annual Winter Wonderfest

The snow is beginning to fall, the days are getting shorter and holiday carols are upon us. The holiday season is back, and with it comes the 17th annual Fifth Third Bank Winter Wonderfest! Join in on the Christmas spirit this year and take your family to Chicago’s Wonderfest anytime now through January 7.


The Festival

Returning for its 17th year, the Fifth Third Bank Winter Wonderfest is held at the Navy Pier and runs from December 1 through January 7. Winter Wonderfest is Chicago’s biggest and best indoor winter playground, packed with 170,000 square feet of rides, giant slides and the Chicago Blackhawks Ice Skating Rink. All of the fun festivities are accompanied by plenty of food and drink, and rumor has it that Santa Claus might even make a guest appearance!


The Attractions

The Navy Pier has over 20 indoor attractions that are perfect for the whole family! They range from thrill rides like the Arctic Plunge and Ice Peaks Climbing Walls, to more child-friendly options like train rides and Santa. Visitors will also have the opportunity to skate on the indoor rink, home to the Chicago Blackhawks. For more in formation and a map of the attractions, visit this webpage.



General admission for this event is $28 for adults and $13 for seniors/juniors under 48 inches tall. Admission for infants and toddlers under 36 inches tall is free. Be sure to purchase tickets online to save a dollar on any tickets! Additional information, ticket deals and bundles are available online at the Navy Pier’s official website.


As you purchase your tickets, start considering a place for you and your family to stay! The Majestic Hotel is a perfect option that will transport you across the pond, as you stay in comfort similar to an English estate. With 52 rooms full of countless amenities, it will be the perfect stay for you and your friends or family!



Fifth Third Bank Winter Wonderfest

Where: Navy Pier | 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

When: December 1 – January 7 | Hours vary by day

Admission: General Admission – $28 | Juniors/Seniors – $13



Where to Stay

Majestic Hotel

This hotel has lots of charm with its comfortable, delightful atmosphere of an upscale English manor, amidst the energetic city life of the bustling Lakeview neighborhood. 528 West Brompton, Chicago, IL 60657.