Global Winter Wonderland Santa LanternIt was really exciting to learn that Global Winter Wonderland, the successful holiday lantern festival, which played host to nearly 420,000 people last  year, is returning to Santa Clara. And it was even more exciting to find out the plans for this year’s festival.  The announcement that the Festival is moving inside California‘s Great America is huge. Not only is the size of the event almost twice as big, there will also be six Great America rides that will be operating. There will be multiple entertainment venues throughout the park, arcades, and many more food options.  That’s all in addition to carnival rides and games.

While giant lanterns will light up the sky night after night, there’s also going to be a laser light show that will emanate from a beautiful princess palace.  The greater size and the existing infrastructure of the park (light poles, trees, and other islands of foliage) means a lot more opportunity to dazzle visitors with interesting light displays.  Imagine walking the winding paths of Great America and finding a stunning display of light and artistry around every turn.

The multiple entertainment opportunities including outdoor stages and street entertainment provides choices for guests and provides the opportunity for Global Winter Wonderland to bring in an array of entertainers including Kung Fu Romance, a Chinese acrobat troupe coming to the festival from China.  Another example of how this year’s Global Winter Wonderland will be bigger and better than ever.