Christmas Is Officially Starting This Weekend in South Park


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in SouthPark. Winter Wonderland, Charlotte’s favorite open-air ice-skating rink and ultimate Instagram photo op bucket-list destination, kicks off their 2018-2019 season this Saturday with ice skating, treats, games and more.

After a successful 2017 season, this year’s guests will enjoy a 40% larger, 142-foot rink and additional features, and fun, for the entire family. More holiday lights, décor and attractions, including a daily afternoon snowfall, have been added in addition to two 30’ X 30’ heated tents for private holiday parties. Seasonal beverages, like hot chocolate and coffee, and delicious food options will be available. For the second year, Santa’s Pub, the popular adult bounce house with a full bar, and Tree Elves, a service that sends real elves to deliver premium Fraser Fir Christmas trees to your door, will have locations at the event.

The grand re-opening is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. and the first 100 people in line will skate for free plus skate rental. From 2-6 p.m. King of Pops will celebrate this year’s launch of Tree Elves by handing out free pops at the event. They will also host a live DJ and games, in addition to a popsicle eating contest, raffle, tie-dye station and food trucks. The winner of the popsicle eating contest will earn a year’s supply of free pops and the winner of the Tree Elves raffle will win a Christmas Tree-Trimming Bash for their business.

“We are so excited to kick off the 2018 Winter Wonderland season with King of Pops and Tree Elves,” said Bob Durkin, of Winter Wonderland. “Last year’s success made has made this Holiday Festival Experience a staple of Charlotte’s holiday season you won’t want to miss.”

Winter Wonderland will kick off their 2018 season Saturday, Nov. 17, and will continue through Monday, Jan. 7.  This Holiday Festival Experience will open at 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 11 a.m. on the weekends until Monday, Dec. 17 when opening hours change to 11 a.m. daily for the remainder of the season.

Admission to Winter Wonderland is free; ice skating with personal skates is $12 and skating, plus skate rental, is $17. Season passes will be available for $99 opening weekend and $149 for the remainder of the season.

Winter Wonderland is located at 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28211 at Symphony Park in the parking lot behind South Park Mall/Dicks Sporting Goods.

Winter Wonderland is an open-air holiday experience in Charlotte, North Carolina nestled between South Park Mall and Symphony Park. It features an ice-skating rink, pub and other rink-side attractions including special events, guests and parties throughout the holiday season.