Global Winter Wonderland Festival

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Winter Holiday Season
Official name Global Winter Wonderland
Also called GWW
Global Lantern Festival
Observed by Multi-ethnicity
Type Cultural
Date November to January
2014 date November 22
Global Winter Wonderland Festival
Traditional Chinese 梦幻冬天嘉年华
Simplified Chinese 夢幻冬天嘉年華

Global Winter Wonderland is a multicultural lantern festival produced by the International Culture Exchange Group. It made its US debut in Santa Clara, California on November 25, 2011, and drew nearly 500,000 people by the end of its run in early January 2012. Two more Global Winter Wonderland festivals followed in 2012, Santa Clara, CA and 2013, Atlanta, Georgia. The Global Winter Wonderland festival is based on the Chinese Lantern Festival concept. This event will enable patrons to "Travel the World in One Night" by viewing large replicas of the world’s most famous landmarks such as India’s Taj Mahal, Paris’s Eiffel Tower, Mexico’s Chichen Itza, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and more. Giant illuminated structures, some nearly 50 feet high and 100 feet long, originate from China. These elaborate lantern displays are built by the engineers of several structures showcased in the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. They are then shipped to the venue of the event and completed over 6 weeks prior to the event's start date.

In 2014, Global Winter Wonderland will debut it California's capital, Sacramento at Cal Expo. The event will also features a diverse variety of global entertainment, shopping, international cuisine, a full carnival and Global Winter Wonderland's own Circus of Light to display world-famous acrobats, contortionists as well and balancing and juggling acts.


November 22, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Open Daily: Nov 22 to Nov 30
Weekends: Dec 5-7 & Dec 12-14
Open Daily: Dec 19 to Jan 4, 2015

4:30pm - 10pm Sunday to Thursday
4:30pm - 11pm Friday and Saturday



The Global Winter Wonderland features large replicas of the world's most famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, China's Temple of Heaven, San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge, etc... The festival hosts a Global Food Pavilion serving food and holiday delights from around the globe.



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