Attractions and Rides
Admission and Hours
Promotions and Discounts
New Years Eve
Celebrate our Grand Opening every day! Join Mayor Burl Evergreen as he picks one lucky visitor to open Winter WonderFest each morning. Our full brass band leads guests as the doors open to another day of wonder. Arrive early; visitor chosen just before 10 a.m.
New Year's Eve Fireworks
Two shows only on December 31, 2012
Monday, December 31 – NEW TIME! 7:00 PM
Families can ring in the New Year a little early with this spectacular fireworks display to end the New Year’s Eve Family Bash at Winter WonderFest presented by Bank of America. Winter WonderFest will close at 6:30 PM.
New Year's Eve Midnight Fireworks
Monday, December 31 at Midnight
Welcome in 2013 with Chicago’s only lakefront fireworks show on New Year’s Eve.
Located near the Arctic Ice Skating Rink
This all-new village is the place where your favorite Winter WonderFest characters come out to play! Visit this whimsical village featuring Miss Jackie’s Salon, Café Ambrosio, Herald’s Strings and Brass and Theodore Behr’s Emporium. Meet Officers Oakley and Oberndorf, writing tickets to all scrooges. Give your letters to the Postman for special delivery. Fun for kids from 1 to 92!
NEW! Craft Corner
Friday - Sunday plus Christmas Eve (December 24)
November 30 - December 24
FREE! Paint and decorate a picture frame to take home and display your favorite Winter WonderFest memory. Kids ages 12 and under. Activity wristband is not required. Four sessions Fridays - Sundays, November 30 - December 23 at 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:30 PM and 5:00 PM While supplies last.
Located in Winter WonderFest
Fun and exciting entertainment will be featured throughout the day at the Winter WonderStage. Click here for a schedule of events.
Mondays, December 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Dance to DJs spinning the hottest tunes every Monday!
LIVE Weekend Bands
Fridays and Saturdays
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Dance up a storm with your favorite hit bands performing the best of pop, rock, soul and more as the summertime’s Landshark Beer Garden experience moves inside.
Friday, Nov. 30: Matt Stedman Band (Pop)
Saturday, Dec. 1: Hit or Miss (Alternative Rock)
Friday, Dec. 7: Alex and the Allstars (Pop/Rock)
Saturday, Dec. 8: Frye Daddy (Classic Rock)
Friday, Dec. 14: Rod TuffCurls & The Bench Press (Pop/Rock)
Saturday, Dec. 15: Rendition (Pop/Rock)
Friday, Dec. 21: Suburban Cowboys (Country)
Saturday, Dec. 22: Reprieve Blues Band (Rock/Blues/R&B)
Friday, Dec. 28: Spoken Four (Pop/Rock)
Saturday, Dec. 29: Ultimate Concept Band (R&B/Soul)
Friday, Jan. 4: The Congregation (Soul)
Saturday, Jan. 5: Diving for Dynamite (Pop/Rock)
Daily free live performances featuring Chicago’s finest dancers, jugglers, magicians, musicians and puppeteers!
Consulate Community Ensembles & School Groups
Enjoy school group performances and multi-ethnic music and dance from local community ensembles.
New Year’s Eve Family Bash
Monday, December 31
Ring in the New Year a little bit early with entertainment at the Winter WonderStage! The evening begins with dance performances by the N4C Crew from Pro Dance Elite, showcasing the newest, hottest dance styles including hip hop, contemporary, free style and breakin followed by a popular top 40 cover band. The celebration culminates with a special 7:00 p.m. Family Fireworks show outside on Dock Street.
4:00 PM – 4:45 PM Dance performances by N4C Dance Troupe
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Live music with pop/top 40 cover band Your Villain My Hero
7:00 PM Fireworks on Dock Street
Family Pavilion Stage
Located at the west end of Navy Pier
Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus to tell them all of your holiday wishes. After Santa returns to the North Pole, live brass bands will play daily in the Family Pavilion.
Grand Staircase (outdoors near the Ferris wheel)
Saturday, December 1 at 5 PM
Welcome Santa to Navy Pier as he arrives by a Shoreline Sightseeing boat, marked by a pyrotechnic display and a live brass band.
Visit with Santa Claus
Family Pavilion Stage
November 30 (Special Sneak Preview) and December 2- 24
November 30 (Special Sneak Preview!)
11 AM – 4 PM
December 2 - 16
Mondays – Thursdays: 11 AM – 4 PM
Fridays – Sundays: 11 AM – 7 PM
December 17 – 23
Daily: 11 AM – 7 PM
11 AM – 3 PM
Live Brass Bands
Family Pavilion Stage
Wednesday, December 26 – Sunday, January 6
Questions about Winter WonderFest? Please call 312-595-5155. A Guest Services representative will be available to answer your questions five days a week, Mondays – Fridays, from 9 AM - 5 PM CST. If after hours, leave a voice mail and your call will be returned with 48 business hours.
Entertainment subject to change without prior notice.
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