Baby, it’s cold outside.
Navy Pier’s 18th annual Fifth-Third Bank Winter WonderFest is exactly that, a winter wonderland. Even better? It’s entirely indoors, so you can have all the winter fun without freezing your buns off in the ice cold weather.
The indoor festival begins on November 30 and goes until January 6. Families can visit a 170,000 square-foot space with endless attractions that all ages can enjoy. A Blackhawks ice skating rink, an indoor Ferris wheel, and live entertainment are just a few of the things you’ll experience at Navy Pier’s annual winter bonanza.
Here’s What You Can See
A dual lane inflatable slide decorated for winter.
Candy Cane Lighthouse
The lighthouse lifts children 16 feet in the air and brings them back gently towards the ground.
Cliff Hanger is a hang glider that takes you as high as 40 feet into the air.
Both children and adults can marvel at the indoor wonderland from the 50-foot tall Ferris wheel. It’s easily the best seat in the house.
Giant Decorated Tree
This 42-foot behemoth is the centerpiece of the Winter WonderFest. It’s adorned with multi-colored ornaments, gift-wrapped presents, and twinkling lights.
Holiday Howdy Horse
Photo opportunities are available on this massive rocking horse.
Hot Cocoa Cups
Spin around in these large teacups, just don’t get too dizzy!
Ice Peaks Climbing Wall
Grab your gym shoes and challenge yourself to an exhilarating climb on a rock wall overlooking the fest.
Jingle Jym Jr.
This special section for smaller children only allows kids 46 inches or smaller to participate. It includes the Arctic Wonder Obstacle Course, Gumball Bouncer, Santa’s Workshop Bouncer, and Snowball Blitz.
Your classic Merry-Go-Round, decorated for winter.
Aquafina® Create-A-Cookie Cottage
This cottage allows children to decorate and eat freshly baked sugar cookies.
Race your way through a “frozen tundra” in this double-sided course that ends with a slide.
Reindeer Express Train Ride
Choo Choo! This trackless train takes the entire family around a 300-foot large holiday village.
Slides, Obstacle Courses & More
The visit wouldn’t be complete without a climb up Mount Reindeer, a ride down the Slippery Snowflake Slide, or a whack at Winter Rules Mini Golf.
No, this isn’t a large snowman standing beside the door. The Snowman Bouncer is a 38-foot tall bouncy castle.
Visit With Santa
The big man himself will be in the house with Mrs. Claus from Dec. 5th through 24th. As always, photos are available and professional photographers are on site.
This 15-foot tall snow tubing hill is sure to be a big hit. Who says you can only tube outdoors?
Take a quick spin around this family-favorite.
This ride spins slowly at first, then increases speed until riders are held to the wall by centripetal force. At top speed, you’ll be lifted into the air!
Don’t miss your opportunity to get in on the Winter WonderFest magic a little early this year at Cheer at the Pier on November 29 from 5 – 9 pm. Enjoy an open bar, appetizers, and access to the various rides and activities you’ll see this season. Tickets are available here; adults are $50 and children are $15.
Attendees ages 18 and under must be accompanied to the festival by a parent or legal guardian in order to enter.
Free trolleys at Navy Pier for holiday events are available for use! To check out the route map and schedule, click here. If you’re driving, there are two on-site parking garages, West Garage and East Garage located at 600 East Grand Avenue. There is a flat rate parking fee seven days a week. Find more detailed information and current rates here.
Tickets can be purchased online on Navy Pier’s website or at the box office on-site. General admission is $26 for adults, children over 42 inches, and anyone under the age of 65, if purchased online. Junior admission is $12 for visitors at 36 inches and under 42 inches when purchased online. Senior admission is $12 for guests aged 65 or older. Infant admission (children under 36 inches) is free. Group bundle are also available.
Hours and Dates
Navy Pier’s Winter WonderFest takes place from November 30 to January 6 and is open at 10 am daily with varying closing times. Winter WonderFest will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25.
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