Frequently Asked Questions

Winter Wonderland is a joint collaboration with the YMCA and two premier local companies, Sun Power Lawn Care and Twinkle Nights. They’re bringing a fantastic holiday experience to the Gainesville area.

Wondering what is going on this year at Winter Wonderland? 

Expand each answer to find out!

When is Winter Wonderland being held?

Every Friday and Saturday night, beginning November 17th and lasting through December 30th, Winter Wonderland will be open. You can purchase tickets for any of those events HERE.

Will there be photo opportunities at Winter Wonderland?

Yes, and plenty of them too. First, keep an eye out for the well-known Snow Queen and her trusty Snowman sidekick. They’re sure to bring a royal, fun-filled experience to the event and are always willing to stop and pose with the kiddos!

In addition, there is a rumor that the Big Man himself — Santa Claus, that is — may also be around for a photo op or two.

(In other words, yes, this is a great opportunity for your kids to get their picture taken with Santa!)

Are you open Christmas eve and Christmas day?

We will be closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

What is the standard price for admission?

Remember, early bird pricing is good through November 1st, 2023. After that, you can buy a ticket at any time for just $15 per person.

There will be a limited number of tickets available for each night, and as always, children under the age of 3 are free!

What other activities do you have planned?

Winter Wonderland is sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face with our diverse lineup of games, activities, and more. Some of what we have planned include:

  • Photo opportunities;
  • A cookie kitchen;
  • Our singing and animated Winter Wonderland music show;
  • Games, such as Snowman Attack and Operation: Find Rudolph;
  • A gift shop;
  • Our direct-to-the-North Pole post office mail center;
  • A Christmas tree farm;
  • And so much more!
What does the price of admission include?

Our Winter Wonderland experience is a fun-packed value at just $15 per ticket. All admissions include access to:

  • All of our shows;
  • Our light-up walk-through experience;
  • All meet and greets;
  • The opportunity to make an ornament, decorate cookies, and send a letter to Santa; plus;
  • Access to all games.
Who is putting this show on?

You can learn more about our sponsors here. In addition, be sure to head over to our About page to learn more about sister companies Sun Power Lawn Care and Twinkle Nights. Plus, many thanks to the YMCA for providing access to this event.

Are you on social media?

Yes, we are! If you’re into Facebook, click here to visit and follow our page. For those who prefer Instagram, click here to see our stuff. You can subscribe to our YouTube channel here.

If you’d like to sign up for our email newsletter updates, scroll to the bottom of this page to find our subscribe form. And finally, if you’re a fan of TikTok, we’re joining in on the action there too. Visit here to follow us on that platform and see our recent videos.

Can I bring my dog?

Due to insurance and safety precautions, we can only allow certified service dogs/animals at the Winter Wonderland Gainesville event.

Do you have to go at the specific timeframe on the day you are buying the tickets for?

Yes. You’ll need to be there at that time frame, but you’ll be able to stay until close at 9pm.

What is the address?

North Central Florida YMCA: 5201 NW 34th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32605

Is there going to be snow?

We will have a small snow machine(the bubble kind), a snow pit(which is a polymer based powder we add water too, also available for sale at the gift shop), and snowballs for sale from the drinks stand.

Where do I buy tickets?

That’s easy: just click here to buy tickets today! Remember, early bird pricing is good through November 1st!

Winter Wonderland Gainesville Florida
Winter Wonderland Gainesville Florida
Winter Wonderland Gainesville Florida