Momservation: If Christmas doesn’t make you want to sing “Jingle Bells” at the top of your lungs in a circle of friends with your fingers sticky with candy cane then you’re not doing it right.

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404Dip me in peppermint and pine, cover me with tinsel, crank up the “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and watch me groove—it’s Christmastime!

If you think you love Christmas more than me than I’ll give up my Over-Decorators Anonymous membership card. If you think you can 12 Days of Christmas me to the death—you might want to kiss your loved ones goodbye. If you think you’ve got the best holiday light display and festival this side of the Mississippi…

Okay, wait. I don’t think my front yard blow-up snowmen and 40 foot redwood tree lit up only to the height of a six foot ladder is going get me bragging rights.

That title belongs to the most spectacular holiday light festival that just showed up in Sacramento this Christmas season:

Global Winter Wonderland.392

If you don’t believe me then just drive down Business 80 toward Exposition Boulevard tonight and glance over at Cal Expo. The brilliant light feast for the eyes is enough to tear a teenager away from their smart phone to say:

“OMG! What is THAT? Can we go Mom? Please?!”

Really. My two teenagers really did look up from their phones long enough to say that.

And I said:

“Does Santa fart “Jingle Bells”? Heck ya!”

And, man, was it way cool. Or as my teenagers said, “Hecka tight!”

If you want to feel like a kid again, pulling into the parking lot on the West side of Cal Expo to see the awe-inspiring illuminated landscapes from around the world towering from behind the spectacularly lit entry, will cause your stomach to flip with excitement to take a closer look.


And Global Winter Wonderland won’t disappoint. From the “snow” falling around a 3-story illuminated Christmas tree, to the human-size glowing flower garden fronting the majestic White House, to the giant light-fantastic peacock and awesomely huge glowing dragons—this is a light display that begs for a camera and refuels adult imaginations.


And the kids! Oh my heavens the little kids will LOVE it! Because not only does Global Winter Wonderland have an orgasmic light display—it’s also a carnival! There’s a Christmas train, and pop-a-wheelie motorcycles, and a Minion ride, and cotton candy, and funnel cakes, and, well, little kids will think they’ve arrived in Santa’s village—because they can talk and get a picture with Santa too!


But let’s not forget that Christmas isn’t just for kids! There’s international food offerings, a main stage with Circus of Light performers doing amazing feats of contortion and skill, and thrill rides that include a Ferris Wheel with an unbelievable illuminated panoramic view—perfect opportunity for a magical smooch on a date or parents’ Date Night!


Okay, okay, you’re sold! Here’s the deets (teenage for “details”):


November 22, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Open Daily: November 22 – November 30

Weekends: December 5-7 & December 12-14

Open Daily: December 19 – January 4, 2015

Event Hours

Sunday to Thursday from 4:30pm to 10pm

Saturday from 4:30pm to 11pm


Where 406

Cal Expo

1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815


Admission 338 (2)

Daily Tickets:

Adults (ages 13-64)             $16.00

Children (ages 4-12) and Seniors (ages 65+)    $12.00

Children ages under 3        Free

Season Passes:

Adults             $42

Children (ages 4-12) and Seniors (ages 65+)    $34

*Prices are inclusive of all live entertainment

Buy Tickets or 510 962-8586

Parking 346


Although I do think the prices are a little steep, if you’re looking for a unique holiday adventure close to home Global Winter Wonderland is way cheaper than Christmas shopping with better memories.

And if you jump on it today (Tuesday, December 2) there’s a Groupon available that will save you $8 on two adult admissions.

There’s also a Family Fun Pack deal on the Global Winter Wonderland website that will save you $86 if you’re going for the whole shebang with 4 general admission and 4 unlimited ride wristbands.


You can WIN 4 FREE GENERAL ADMISSION passes by leaving a comment below or on my Momservations Facebook page (make sure to leave an email to contact you if you win via random drawing), or by Retweeting this blog on Twitter, or Sharing it on Facebook!!!

DRAWING CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS to Jenn Koerner of Sacramento!! You are the winner of the random drawing for 4 TICKETS TO GLOBAL WINTER WONDERLAND!! Thank you to everyone who entered — keep reading for more chances to win fun promotional prizes!





  1. Angela Aiesi says:

    We saw this the other night from Business 80 and it was a gorgeous site!



  2. Meghan Hamilton says:

    This looks amazing! Thanks for reviewing it. We had been thinking about it for some time and winning tix would be incredible!

  3. Jennifer Van Bibber says:

    What an amazing thing to do for the whole family. I am hoping to go but the prices are a little steep for some families.

    • kellimwheeler says:

      Erica – I think your family would love the light portion! It will have the feel of the state fair midway at the other end – especially on a busy weekend. Certainly worth checking out!

  4. kellimwheeler says:

    CONGRATULATIONS to Jenn Koerner of Sacramento!! You are the winner of the random drawing for 4 TICKETS TO GLOBAL WINTER WONDERLAND!! Thank you to everyone who entered — keep reading for more chances to win fun promotional prizes!

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