Winter Fest OC is returning this year presenting Night of Lights OC, a magical and immersive winter wonderland drive-thru experience running this holiday season at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. From the safety of their own vehicles, guests will be guided through a clearly defined mile-long course featuring over one million lights, themed holiday scenery and characters including Santa (through December 23), animated light shows, and tunnels synchronized to music through a car radio or smartphone, special effects, a Christmas tree lighting spectacular, and more.
“The 6th annual Winter Fest OC is excited to return in a different format in these unprecedented times as the demand from the community has been overwhelming with families looking for alternative ways to still celebrate the holidays,” said Katrina Carlson, executive producer of Night of Lights OC. “Night of Lights OC is an immersive event that allows everyone to safely experience the magic of the season and keep annual holiday traditions alive.”
Night of Lights OC begins Thursday, December 3, and will run every night through January 3 (excluding Christmas Eve). The entrance begins at 5 p.m. with time sessions available until 10 p.m. (Sunday to Thursday) or 11 p.m. (Friday and Saturday). Santa will make an appearance through December 23.
“Night of Lights OC is a must-see holiday experience with a Christmas tree lighting spectacular, including a mile-long drive-thru complete with dazzling and animated lights, plus themed experiences with characters and special effects such as snow fall and bubbles,” continued Carlson. “Guests will be transported to a winter wonderland through a Snow Globe, Icicle Playground, Luminary Village, Inside an Ornament and more. Whether it’s a family outing, date night, or girls night, Night of Lights OC is sure to bring holiday cheer to all ages.”
Holiday favorite treats will be available before entering the Night of Lights OC experience through a pre-order when purchasing your tickets. Seasonal favorites include hot cocoa, cinnamon sugar donuts, as well as Mom’s Bake Shoppe cookie buckets and brownies, tamales, Holiday ‘Family 4 Pack’ meals, and much more. Food is available to order online by 10 a.m. on the date of admission and will be available to pick-up prior to entering the drive-thru experience.
Entry to the event is through online ticket purchases only at NightOfLightsOC.com. Limited reservations are available per time session and guests are encouraged to buy in advance to reserve their date and time session before they sell out.
Early Bird general admission starts at $49.99 per vehicle (up to five people) on select nights. Larger vehicle tickets (six to nine people) start at $69.99 on select nights. Vehicle height is limited to 8 feet or less, due to the light tunnels. Pricing will increase after Early Bird tickets are sold out.
Every Monday, Night of Lights OC will honor local community heroes with a special $5 off coupon for teachers, military personnel, law enforcement, medical workers, and firefighters.
- December 7 Salute to Teachers: Eligible guests can use the code “TEACH” and bring their relevant Teacher ID for onsite verification.
- December 14 Salute to Military and Law Enforcement: Eligible guests can use the code “SERVICE” and bring their relevant Military or Law Enforcement ID for onsite verification.
- December 21 Salute to Medical Workers: Eligible guests can use the code “FIRSTAID” and bring their relevant Medical ID for onsite verification.
- December 28 Salute to Firefighters: Eligible guests can use the code “FIRE” and bring their relevant Firefighter ID for onsite verification.
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