Carowinds Introduces All-New Winterfest Wonderland Parade
Winterfest at Carowinds is already known as one of the area’s most sought-after immersive holiday celebrations as the park is completely transformed for the season. This year brings an even more spectacular experience with the debut of the larger-than-life WinterFest Wonderland Parade, a Christmas parade brimming with dazzling displays, exciting performances and extravagantly decorated holiday floats.
The lavish floats for this one-of-a-kind parade are being custom designed and built by Kern Studios, the same family business that’s been creating world-famous Mardi Gras floats for decades. The Wonderland Parade will bring holiday cheer to WinterFest nightly, capping each evening with wonder and joy. And, of course, an appearance by Santa Claus himself.
“The WinterFest Wonderland Parade will entertain our guests in a very special way,” said Brent Barr, corporate vice president of entertainment for Cedar Fair. “This is an over-the-top production that comes right to you on the midway. It’s absolutely the perfect complement to a magical evening at WinterFest.”
Barr said that during idea development he and his team focused on finding a way to allow guests to really get close to the show, to feel a part of the experience. That’s when the magic happens.
“As a new idea like the WinterFest Wonderland Parade comes to life, my favorite thing to do is go out onto the midways and see parents watching their children just become enchanted,” he said. “That’s when I know we’ve done the job right. And we’re really proud of this parade. It’s truly a ‘statement piece’ for WinterFest.”
This is the second Kern Studios project for Cedar Fair this season. In June, Kern Studios helped design the floats for the Grand Carnivale event that debuted at Kings Island, Kings Dominion, Worlds of Fun, and Dorney Park. The floats were beloved by guests, and were a focal point of the parade. For those wanting a taste of what this new parade may look like, check out the video below.
Experience the parade for yourself at WinterFest nightly on select dates Nov. 24 – December 31, 2019.
For tickets and more information, visit the official Carowinds website by clicking here.
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