Celebrate the holiday season at the Winter Wonder Forest
By Katrina Turchin | November 18, 2021
Spend a day walking in a winter wonderland at the Winter Wonder Forest.
Experience seven acres of Christmas activities including sleigh rides, Santa photos, a snow maze and holiday light displays. The second annual event is a fundraiser for True Start Foundation, an affordable housing initiative, and was inspired by extravagant light displays often featured in Christmas movies.
“We’re looking forward to servicing as many people as we possibly can out here again,” says Stephen Sande, founder of True Start Foundation. “We just want everybody to get into the Christmas spirit and celebrate Christmas with family and friends.”
Last year, Winter Wonder Forest was a drive-thru light show at Rainbow Valley Campground. The event had over 26,000 cars over 30 days, but this year is bigger and better. The 52 day event is hoping to bring in around 150,000 guests. All proceeds from the event go towards True Start Foundation’s housing and literacy initiatives.
“We’re really grateful for everybody that’s been able to support us up until now,” says Sande. “We’ll just continue to grow the show and create a nice family orientated experience.”
Winter Wonder Forest (located at 23136 Secondary Highway 643 near Gibbons) is open seven days a week from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. General admission for 18 to 64 years olds is $23.50. Youth and senior admission is $17.50. Family discount packs are available.
Winter Wonder Forest is also hosting two celebration nights this year. Send off Santa on Christmas Eve from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. or ring in the new year on December 31 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.