Walking In A Dutch Wonderland Winter Wonderland
Dutch Wonderland is located near Lancaster, PA. It is a 43-acre amusement/theme park for all ages, and it is one of my family’s favorite local places to visit. You can read my full review of the park HERE. This year we were invited back to experience Dutch Wonderland’s Winter Wonderland. We have never been before, but oh my gosh, it is going to be on our list of things to do as a family every holiday season. Below is a little bit about what Dutch Wonderland’s Winter Wonderland is like, and what fun my family and I had during our visit.
Disclosure: This year I am happy to announce I am a Dutch Wonderland Royal Ambassador! What does that mean? This means I received complimentary one-day admission to their park in exchange for my review, and posts. I also received a discount link for my followers/readers. (Yeah savings!) As always, I would not recommend a product or experience I, or my family, did not like.
Lights, Lights, Lights
Dutch Wonderland’s Winter Wonderland occurs on the weekends starting in November and goes through December. The park opens at 3 pm and is open till 8 pm or 9 pm. Which means you get to enjoy the park at night. Once the sun goes down the park glitters and twinkles to life with thousands of holiday lights. Starting at 5 pm they have their Royal Lights Show where lights flicker and flash to music every 15 minutes. (I really enjoyed this part.) The Prehistoric path even is all decked out with lights, decorations, and the Dinosaurs wear festive hats! It was so much fun to ride the rides and see all of the lights whirl by.
Rides, Shows, and Attractions
Even though it was a bit chilly my family and I tried to pack in as much as we could during our visit to Dutch Wonderland’s Winter Wonderland. We made sure to catch the Mistletail show, take pictures with Santa, play some games and win prizes, ride some rides, and meet some Characters. I love how holiday-themed Dutch Wonderland made everything. Princess Brooke changed into her holiday wardrobe, the shows were all holiday-themed, and even the prizes you could win were winter-themed. My kid’s favorite ride of all was the Wonderland Special train. The train itself was beautifully decked out with lights, and it gave you the ability to sit back and see all the park lights as you rode by.
When the kids go on rides I like to take that time to sneak some snacks or relax with a beverage. Haha! During Dutch Wonderland’s Winter Wonderland they have their regular food line up plus seasonal favorites like hot chocolate, S’mores, and more. You can also decorate cookies at Merlin’s Restaurant but see below about Dutch Wonderland’s Cookies with Santa activity. (It will save you some money.)
Cookies with Santa
During Cookies with Santa at Merlins Restaurant, you get to
Spend time with Santa Claus, Princess Brooke, the Knight of Safety, Merlin and Duke the Dragon. There is cookie decorating, snacks, drinks, and you get to take a picture with Santa! (5×7 photo included in price.) The cost is $11.99 per person plus tax. (Ages 3 and up) We personally missed booking Cookies with Santa. We didn’t purchase tickets for the day we were going to the park fast enough and they sold out. So, if you are like us and miss booking Cookies with Santa you still have the opportunity to decorate cookies and take a picture with Santa, but you will have to pay separately for the cookies and picture. (Booking Cookies with Santa will save you money. So, I do suggest if you are a family of 4 or more to get tickets before they sell out.)
Know Before You Go
During November and December Pennsylvania can be cold. (Ok, it is cold. Haha!) So, when attending Dutch Wonderland’s Winter Wonderland you will want to dress everyone appropriately in winter attire. Hats, gloves, scarves, and warm jackets are a must. We brought a blanket for our youngest, who is 2-years-old, to wrap her in while on some of the rides. Save your self some money and purchase the souvenir refillable mug because hot chocolate refills are only .99 cents. During Dutch Wonderland’s Winter Wonderland not all rides, or places to eat are open/running. (Such as the roller coasters, water rides, etc.) BUT there are still enough rides and places to eat open to keep you busy and entertained. Just make sure you grab a map of the park that will tell you what is open.
Cost and Discount Code
Dutch Wonderland’s Winter Wonderland starts November 23rd and runs through December 30th! ( 2019 Dutch Winter Wonderland operating schedule: November 23 – 24, 29 – 30 and December 1, 7 -8, 14 – 15, 21 – 22, 26 – 30. Weekdays 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Saturdays 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Sundays 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM)
Do you have your tickets yet? No? General admission tickets cost just $15.99 and Military discount tickets cost $12.99. (Children 2 and under are FREE.) You can use promo code: DWWBlog19 to get $3 off your general admission ticket or use the following link! https://www.dutchwonderland.com/DWWBlogReader