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Winter Fest opens at O.C. fairgrounds with snow, skating and lights

Winter Fest opens at O.C. fairgrounds with snow, skating and lights
Santa's sleigh and reindeer are carefully guided into position from a crane by two workers on the roof of the Hangar as workers prepare for Winter Fest at the OC Fair & Event Center on Thursday evening. (Don Leach / Staff Photographer)

Winter Fest opened at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa on Thursday.

It runs through Jan. 7.

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Now in its third year, the event features holiday-themed attractions, including a snow play area, petting zoo, ice skating rink and snow tubing mountain.

There is also the 150-foot Snowflake Summit with eight lanes of snow tubing and the Festival of Lights walk-through, which showcases holiday displays adorned with two million lights.

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For tickets and hours of operation, visit www.winterfestoc.com.

Santa's sleigh and reindeer, guided into position from a crane by two workers, near their destination on the roof of the Hangar at the OC Fair & Events Center for Winter Fest on Thursday.
Santa's sleigh and reindeer, guided into position from a crane by two workers, near their destination on the roof of the Hangar at the OC Fair & Events Center for Winter Fest on Thursday. (Don Leach / Staff Photographer)
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