WinterFest at Worlds of Fun

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Worlds of Fun and Visit KC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Looking for a fun and magical way to celebrate the holiday season? WinterFest at Worlds of Fun goes above and beyond to truly put you in the holiday spirit.

We had the opportunity this past weekend to travel to Kansas City and check it out. Kansas City is about a 2 1/2 hour drive from Des Moines, it is a great way to get out of town and do some exploring.

Basic Details

This is the first annual WinterFest celebration for Worlds of Fun. I was shocked to hear that! The details and extent of the attractions made it seem like they have been doing this for years.

There are thousands of lights throughout the park. You have the opportunity to watch ten live show, meet your favorite characters, decorate cookies and ride on select park rides.


There are hundreds of things to see and do. I know we did not see everything. Some of the highlights of our night included:

Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tree Lot

Amelia was excited to give Linus and Lucy a big hug and high five!

Grand Carousel

What child or adult does not love a classic carousel? It was one of our first stops when we entered the park. The entire place was covered with blue lights.

Snoopy vs. Red Baron 

This time of year we are always watching the classic Charlie Brown holiday movies. The kids were thrilled to see they were able to visit Planet Snoopy and ride many kid rides including the Snoopy vs. Red Baron.

Sounds of the Nativity 

The kids loved petting the live animals at the Nativity area. The area included sheep, calves, donkeys and more.

Mrs. Claus Kitchen 

We were not able to make it here, but this is where you are invited to decorate cookies! You can purchase a ticket for $14 which allows you to decorate four large cookies with all sorts of fun toppings such as frosting and sprinkles.

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Photo Credit: Worlds of Fun

Note: If you are planning to do, make this one of your first stops!

Spinning Dragons

Monte has never been to an amusement park and when he saw this ride, all he wanted to do was go on it. He was just big enough, so we got in line and he did it! He had a blast. This was such a special place to remember his first roller coaster.


The Mistletones 

The Mistletones is one of the many shows you can see while WinterFest. The kids enjoyed the dancing, singing and festive attire they wore. A great place to rest and sip on some hot cocoa, before doing more exploring.

Take a look at the complete list of attractions here.

Hours + Cost

Ages 3 year or older 48″ tall or taller: $28

Age 3 year or older under 48″ or age 62 and older: $21

Parking: $15 (when purchased online)

Purchase tickets online and save money. There are also packages you can purchase that include ice skating, meals, hot chocolate souvenir mug with free refills, and more.

Take a look at all the prices here.

Winterfest is open December 1-3; 8-10; 15-23; 26-30. Park opens at 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.


  • Get there early! The parking lot opens at 3:30 p.m. The line to park backs up quickly. You will also need to go through Metal Detection. Arrive early so you have more time to spend in the park.
  • Get in line for cookie decorating, first thing. We did not do this and the line was extremely long by the time we got there.  The kids were exhausted and we decided to forgo.
  • Plan your time there. There is a LOT to see and do. Make a game plan of what you want to do for sure.
  • Be prepared to wait in lines. It was unseasonably warm the night we visited. I believe everyone had the same idea to visit WinterFest. Only a few rides are open for WinterFest, so if you or your children love to ride on rides, be ready to wait.


Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

One thought on “WinterFest at Worlds of Fun

  1. Hello Erin,
    I was wondering if I could get some insights from you on your post for a recap report I am working on.
    Please shoot me an email at rachel.spears@worldsoffun.com if you are open to it!

    Thank you for your consideration. Love the blog post about WinterFest!! 🙂


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