Lights, crazy characters, Snoopy dressed as Santa . . . looks like it's time for Winterfest at Kings Dominion.
TPR was invited to a preview of this year's event last night. This was essentially a "dress rehearsal" for the opening lighting ceremony by the Eiffel Tower, so it involved food, music, and, of course, lots of lights. The event officially begins tonight (Saturday, November 23), so this amounts to just a "taste" of Winterfest.
But there was plenty of of food, ugly sweaters, ice skating, and other such holiday fun to be had--and the rest of the park (except for Safari Village) will be open and lit up tonight.
Here's a look at the preview. You just might see Santa lurking about, so be on your best behavior.
NOTE: Well, just noticed on Facebook that the park is closed today because of inclement weather. It's supposed to pour rain there later today.
Twas the night before Winterfest . . .
. . . and all through the park . . .
. . . the sun hadn't quite set, so the Tower was still dark.
So, this is that place that no other place is like.
Oh, the Hallmark Channel is on. I wonder which archetypal character is going to find his or her true love in a small New England town this time.
"We're gonna get Dickensian on your a**."
The dinner included cannelloni, carved ham, and (of course) turkey and stuffing. It was good.
Anyone for a donut bacon-burger slider?
Almost time to light up the tower. And, yes, you can buy the official Winterfest sweater like Maggie Sellars, the park's PR director, is wearing
Let the merriment begin!
Of course, Snoopy has to be in on this.
After a countdown, the Eiffel Tower was lit up!
I like how the colors change all night.
It's pretty underneath the Tower, too.
The show featured a medley of Christmas hits, but included Three Dog Night's "Joy to the World" (interesting choice).
"Am I not festive?"
"I'm even more festive!"
Old Virginia wasn't open, but it was lit up.
The car ride is themed to the "Twelve Days of Christmas."
Looking down the path behind the Eiffel Tower--this is the quickest was to get to Twisted Timbers.
Yep--I'm making a snow angel.
Nothing says "Christmas" like Snoopy on a Zamboni.
I like the huge "old-fashioned" lights in Planet Snoopy.
The Claus: Accept no substitute.
Who wants to decorate Christmas cookies?
Here are our creations (my friend Brenda's on the left, mine on the right).
I like how they rethemed the shop to Mrs. Claus's Kitchen.
Merry Christmas! Thanks for the look at Winterfest, Kings Dominion!
For adult coasters, it's just Twisted Timbers and Dominator. You need to click on the "Winterfest" button at the top of the page.
-Mike Total Coasters: 145 Top 10 Steel: Maverick, Skyrush, Intimidator 305, Fury 325, Banshee, Millennium Force, Raptor, Superman: The Ride (SFNE), Top Thrill Dragster, Big Bad Wolf Top 10 Wood: The Beast, El Toro, Phoenix (Knoebels), Boulder Dash, Thunderbolt (KW), Mystic Timbers, Comet (Hershey), Hercules, Shivering Timbers, Jack Rabbit (KW) Top 5 Hybrid: Twisted Timbers, Goliath (SFGAm), Wicked Cyclone, Great White, Gemini
I was thinking that if there is a b&m wing in the pipeline then it would be as a replacement for anaconda. The scale of that wing in the video would fit nicely over the lake. I don’t know if they’ve said it was going to go in Congo for sure. Especially since we didn’t know Volcano would be removed. It’s likely anaconda was going to be closed first.
I wonder who they’ve approached with replacements for volcano and timeframes. I want them to just get a 200’ wing. Seems like an easy record to take.
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