ExPIERence the Ultimate in Holiday Fun at Winter WonderFest

For the 17th year consecutive year, families will flock to Navy Pier to partake in the holiday thrills without the wintery chills at the Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest.

Credit: Heidi Zeiger Photography

From Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 through Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, escape the Chicago cold and step into the dazzling indoor wonderland that is Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier.

As in years past, Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest guests will be greeted by festive décor and a glittering forest of nearly 500 trees decorated with 25,000 ornaments hung on a mile of wire. Under the shimmering white lights and across the wintery blue carpet that blankets Navy Pier’s Festival Hall lies dozens of activities and 170,000 square feet of entertainment for all ages – from the ever-popular Chicago Blackhawks Ice Skating Rink to the Polar Extreme Obstacle Course.

Those with an appetite for adventure are invited to soar across the 40-foot Cliff Hanger or scale the Polar Ice Peaks Climbing Wall. Younger guests may enjoy a ride around Winter WonderTown on the Arctic Express Train or decorating cookies at the Cookie Cottage, a timeless holiday bonding activity. And of course, Santa Claus will be on hand for festive family photo opportunities.

To further elevate the experience this year, a ride on the 200-foot-tall Centennial Wheel will be included with every ticket purchase.

Winter WonderFest Tickets & Hours

Tickets to Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest can be purchased online or at the on-site box office. Ticket options include General Admission ($28) for guests over 42 inches and under the age of 65; Junior Admission ($13) for children between 36 inches and under 42 inches; and Senior Admission ($13) for guests 65 years and older. Children under 36 inches are permitted for free. All ticket options include one complimentary Centennial Wheel ticket – a $15 value – valid from the time of purchase through March 31, 2018. Guests may save $1 on Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest tickets when purchasing online in advance. Click here for other special pricing and offers.

Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with the exception of special hours as listed below: – Dec. 4–6 and 11–13: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Christmas Eve: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Christmas Day: Closed – Dec. 26–28: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. – New Year’s Eve: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Click here to view the full calendar and hours.

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