Get ready for a bundled-up holiday family outing. The Global Winter Wonderland is set to transform 16 acres of Cal Expo into an awe-inspiring illuminated world like you’ve never seen! This holiday festival and multi-cultural celebration runs from Nov. 22 through Jan. 4 and will feature over 70 hand-built illuminated replicas of famous landmarks and icons from all over the world (think Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, Taj Mahal, etc.). Some of the illuminated displays will be massive, with the biggest ones towering to heights of around 50 feet! There will also be two stages with live music and dance performances, food and drinks available, shopping at the holiday bazaar, and all sorts of other fun activities. In its first three years, GWW drew more than 1 million visitors to Santa Clara in 2011 and 2012, and to Atlanta, Georgia in 2013. This year marks the first time GWW has come to Sacramento. “We explored many cities around the country and chose Sacramento because of all the culture, beauty and convenience the region has to offer,” writes GWW founder and CEO Lulu Huang at “It’s a family-friendly community and we look forward to welcoming people of all ages to experience the magic of Global Winter Wonderland.” Huang said they expect to host more than 400,000 visitors this holiday season! Admission is $16 for adults, $12 for children and seniors (kids under 3 are free), and unlimited ride wristbands are only $25. There are also family fun packs and season passes available, so visit their website to see all the different ticketing options. This fall/winter, let there be light!

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