For $10, today's side deal nets you a family pass for up to four people to the Festival of Cheer, which takes place December 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria (a $20 value).
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.
West Valley magazine recently featured the Festival of Cheer:
- The Festival of Cheer is designed to bring together all aspects of the community, both residents and businesses, to learn, share, and have fun while celebrating our different cultures, holidays, and backgrounds. – trish, West Valley