The Festival of Cheer celebrates the holidays with a wintry mix of cultural performances, fun park entertainment, and visits with Santa, while piling on tons of snow to recreate the magic of a white Christmas in the desert. Kids 12 and under can leap around a bouncy house, dig into the slush for a massive snowball fight in the play land, or get their faces painted like their favorite pet or clown philosopher. In respect for the citizens of his winter wonderland, Santa smiles for pictures with both the naughty and nice and doles out take-home souvenirs. Cultural presentations feature live dance and music by Romanian, Mexican, German, African, and Irish troupes. Meanwhile, families can wield their provided passport to sample traditional cuisines and cultural histories from various country-representative booths. Children under 6 receive free admission, and all food and games are included in admission.
Winter Fest kicks off the holiday season with a fun-packed collection of attractions suited for revelers of all ages. The glittering lights of a 50-foot Christmas tree illuminate gracefully gliding ice skaters, and a 15-foot, life-size snow globe teaches a seasonal lesson on weather patterns. Santa Claus waits to snap smiling photos with guests. Carnival-style attractions, such as a Ferris wheel, laser tag, go-kart racing, and a bounce house provide recreation for visitors young and young-at-heart. Vendors supply tempting eats, refueling holiday shoppers as they visit 300 on-site craft and retail vendors.
Festival-goers come together at the Wigwam resort to celebrate bacon and beer at the Wigwam Beer & Bacon Festival. Guests receive a commemorative glass for sampling beers, taking breaks to munch on bacon and pose for photos with friends. Proceeds from the event benefit a local charity such as The Honey Foundation, which encourages compassion to make the world a better place.
At Arizona Kidstock, families meander through a ballpark full of live music, edifying activities, and popular PBS characters. Parked in VIP reserved seating on the field, guests dance to headlining artists that include the Kratt Brothers of PBS’s Zoboomafoo and the Elektrolytes as seen on America’s Got Talent. PBS stars including Sid the Science Kid and Maya and Miguel appear throughout the day to pose for photos and dispense stock tips.
Brewfest on Lincoln supplies each of its visitors with 20 sampling tickets, ensuring that they get ample 3-ounce tastings of their chosen brews to rinse their mouths. Local food vendors dish out plates to pair with each foamy pour. The afternoon's entertainment draws from a variety of genres, featuring bands from genres ranging from R & B to classic rock.
As toes twinkle onstage, visitors can bask in the renovated scenery of Symphony Hall, which couples hand-blown glass chandeliers with a quartet of designer tapestries. One of the largest machine-made draperies known to man, the theater’s colorful Grand Drape symbolizes the renewal of generations, creativity, and library books discovered during fossil digs.