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Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest

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Find thrills without the chills inside the 18th annual Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier, featuring 170,000 square feet of attractions, including indoor ice skating, a festive carousel, inflatable rides, and so much more! See below for a full list of rides, activities, and photo ops at this year’s celebration. 

Tickets go on sale Thursday, November 8, 2018! Buy your tickets in advance online for special savings. 

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Rides & Activities

Alpine Slide

Slip on down the festive, inflatable Alpine Slide!

Restrictions and height requirements: 36” and up

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Arctic Express Train Ride

All aboard! The Arctic Express Train Ride is a family-style, trackless train which travels more than 300-feet around a holiday village display. Commemorate your train ride with a photo captured before boarding the train.

Restrictions and height requirements: None 

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Arctic Plunge

Take a ride on this fun-packed dual lane inflatable slide topped off with a polar bear and penguins.

Restrictions and height requirements: 42” and up

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Aquafina® Create-A-Cookie Cottage*

At the Aquafina® Create-A-Cookie Cottage, children’s holiday creativity comes alive in the sweetest way – decorating freshly baked sugar cookies with frosting and sprinkles! Purchase cookies at the cottage for $3 each.

Restrictions and height requirements: None

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*Cookies not included in price of admission

Candy Cane Lighthouse

A kiddie favorite, Candy Cane Lighthouse will lift fearless little ones 16-feet in the air and “hop” them back down to the ground.

Restrictions and height requirements: 36” and up

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Cliff Hanger

Soar through the air on this thrilling ride!

Restrictions and height requirements: 46” and up; maximum three riders per car, not to exceed 540 lbs.

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Dashers Crashers Bumper Cars

Go on a wild ride with this classic attraction.

Restrictions and height requirements: 42” and up; children 42” – 47” must be accompanied by an adult.

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Hot Cocoa Cups

A beloved attraction is part of Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest! Come spin round and round with your friends inside an oversized teacup.

Restrictions and height requirements: 36” and up; children 36” – 42” must be accompanied by an adult.

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Ice Palace

Slide on down the festive, inflatable Ice Palace!

Restrictions and height requirements: 36” and up

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Ice Peaks Climbing Walls

Grab hold of the ropes and challenge yourself to climb to the top of our interactive climbing walls!

Restrictions and height requirements: 48” and up, and at least 40 pounds. Gym shoes are required.

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Indoor Ice Skating Rink

Trade the winter chills for thrills at this popular indoor ice skating rink. Bring skates from home, or rent a pair from our friendly staff. 

Restrictions and height requirements: Guests of all heights welcome. For your safety, personal items including cameras, backpacks and purses are prohibited on the ice. 

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Jingle Jym Jr.

A special section gives small kids – and elves of all ages! – access to four fun activities: Arctic Wonder Obstacle Course, Gumball Bouncer, Santa’s Workshop Bouncer, and Snowball Blitz.

Restrictions and height requirements: 36” and under

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Kringle Carousel

This family favorite offers visitors the opportunity to ride round-and-round atop painted animals.

Restrictions and height requirements: 36” and up; children 36” – 42” must be accompanied by an adult

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Mount Reindeer

Description coming soon.

Restrictions and height requirements: 42” and up

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Polar Extreme

Challenge your friends to a race through this double sided course! Battle your way through the frozen tundra to escape down the slide at the end.

Restrictions and height requirements: 42” and up; 200 lbs. maximum

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Slippery Snowflake Slide

Zip down this fun inflatable slide!

Restrictions and height requirements: 36” and up

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Snowman Bouncer

Bounce inside the tallest snowman we’ve ever seen, standing at 38 feet tall!

Restrictions and height requirements: 36” and up

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Winter Rules Mini Golf

Kids and adults of all ages and skill levels can try to sink a put at this fun, indoor mini golf course. 

Restrictions and height requirements: None

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Wintertube

No mittens required at this indoor, dual lane 15-foot-high “snow” tubing hill!

Restrictions and height requirements: 42” or taller, one rider per tube and riders must carry up their own tube

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Wonder Whirl

The classic and beloved family attraction encourages you to jump on board for a fast and furious spin on this wild ride.

Restrictions and height requirements: 36” or taller; children 36” – 42” must be accompanied by an adult

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Zero Gravity

Hold on! As this ride begins to spin, riders are held to the wall with the use of full Winter WonderFest force! Once it reaches top speed, riders are lifted into the air at a 45-degree angle and spun round.

Restrictions and height requirements: 42” or taller

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Photo Ops

Visit with Santa

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Claus Residence from December 1 through 24. You can meet one of Santa’s elves or tell Santa Claus your wishes! See event staff for souvenir photo pricing.  

Giant Decorated Tree

This 42-foot magnificent, giant tree is the centerpiece of Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest and expertly decorated with red, green, purple, gold, pink and blue ornaments, gift-wrapped boxes and sparkling lights.

Giant Rocking Chair

Snap a picture with your loved ones on a whimsical rocking chair! See event staff for souvenir photo pricing.

Country Lane

Hear the sleigh bells ring as you stage a photo in a festive sleigh. See event staff for souvenir photo pricing.

Holiday Howdy Horse

Treat your family to a unique photo opportunity on a giant rocking horse! See event staff for souvenir photo pricing.

Attraction Restrictions & Height Requirements

See the guide below for more information about the attractions included with each ticket type, along with height and other restrictions.

Attraction General Admission Junior Senior
Alpine Slide: 36″ and up X X X
Arctic Express Train Ride: no height restrictions X X X
Arctic Plunge: 42” and up X   X
Candy Cane Lighthouse: 36” and up X X X
Indoor Ice Skating Rink: no height restrictions X X X
Cliff Hanger: 46” and up; maximum three riders per car, not to exceed 540 lbs. X   X
Dashers Crashers Bumper Cars: 42” and up; children 42” – 47” must be accompanied by an adult. X* X* X
Hot Cocoa Cups: 36” and up; children 36” – 42” must be accompanied by an adult. X* X* X
Ice Palace: 36” and up X X X
Ice Peaks Climbing Walls: 48” and up, and at least 40 pounds. (Gym shoes required.) X   X
Jingle Jym Junior (includes Arctic Wonder Obstacle Course, Gumball Bouncer, Santa’s Workshop Bouncer, and Snowball Blitz): 36” and under (Chaperones Only) X (Chaperones Only)
Kringle Carousel: 36” and up; children 36” – 42” must be accompanied by an adult X* X* X
Mount Reindeer: 42” and up. X   X
Polar Extreme: 42” and up; 200 lbs. maximum X   X
Slippery Snowflake Slide: 36” and up X X X
Snowman Bouncer: 36” and up X X X
Winter Rules Mini Golf: no height restrictions X X X
Wintertube: 42” or taller, one rider per tube and riders must carry up their own tube X   X
Wonder Whirl: 36” or taller; children 36” – 42” must be accompanied by an adult X* X* X
Zero Gravity: 42” or taller X   X

*Rider may be required to be accompanied by an adult. See left column for details.

Attraction Policies

  • All attractions are subject to early line closures to allow all waiting guests to participate.
  • Ice skate rental/pick-up will stop distribution 30 minutes prior to event closing time. The indoor ice skating rink will close 15 minutes prior to event closure.
  • Line jumping is strictly prohibited. Guests are not allowed to save places in line or exit the line and return to their previous position for any reason. Violators will be ejected from the attraction.
  • All bags are subject to search.
  • Persons who appear to be under the influence of alcohol or other substances are not permitted on any attraction and will be asked to leave the event without a refund. Read here for Navy Pier’s Code of Conduct.
  • Personal items such as cameras, handbags, backpacks and any other item are not permitted on the indoor ice skating rink. Lockers will be available to rent near the rink. Skaters may not carry children.
  • Attractions may be substituted without prior notice.

Questions about Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest?

A Guest Services representative will be available to answer your questions at 312-595-5155. The operator is available during Pier operating hours. If after hours, leave a message with your name and phone number and your call will be returned within 24 hours.

All event details subject to change.

 

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