is Santa’s Wonderland? Top
Santa’s Wonderland is a Texas Christmas Experience and is the Biggest Christmas attraction in the state of Texas! It's a happy place that exists to preserve & perpetuate the true meaning and “Spirit” of Christmas! Santa’s Wonderland is also here to brighten the lives of all of our guests each Christmas season!
What will I experience at Santa's Wonderland?
Santa’s Wonderland is composed of Santa’s Town, our nostalgic Texas Christmas Village, and our headlining attraction, the magnificent Trail of Lights! Santa’s Town is the place for food, musical entertainment, shopping, and a myriad of fun and unique activities for people of all ages and our Trail of Lights provides our guests with the opportunity to tour exquisitely crafted Christmas scenes that sparkle with over 3 million lights! Santa’s Wonderland is a place for making memories!
Do you offer a season pass? Top
We offer a limited number of Santa's Season Passes. For more information, go to the Season Pass page.
What is included in the price of admission? Top
Improving the experience and adding value has been our goal at Santa’s Wonderland since our beginning in 1998. Well, You have spoken and we have listened! So, by popular demand, Santa’s Wonderland has moved to a much more inclusive admission ticket and now there is more value than ever before!
Selecting an admission ticket to experience Santa’s Wonderland is easier than ever before and now there are only two types of admission tickets.
Ticket Option 1:
Santa’s Hayride Tour - Santa's Hayride Tours offer the total quality Texas Christmas Experience at Santa's Wonderland. The views on a hayride tour are absolutely spectacular with open visibility, festive holiday music, freshly bundled hay and raised seating for better views during your tour of millions of dazzling holiday lights.
NOTE: Santa's Hayride Tours originate inside Santa's Town, operate every evening and there are no reservations required. Our hayride trailers hold up to 25 people per trailer and each truck pulls two trailers for a total of up to 50 people. Horse & Carriage Tours, The Petting Zoo and Pony Rides are NOT included in this ticket purchase.
Ticket Option 2:
The VIP Horse & Carriage Tour - Santa's Horse & Carriage Tours offer the V.I.P. Texas Christmas Experience at Santa's Wonderland in total class. Included in this fabulous experience are pearl white limo carriages pulled by beautiful Clydesdale and Percheron draft horses. Hot cocoa is provided and there is full visibility of the holiday light displays. Also included are surround sound holiday music, magical L.E.D. Christmas lighting and fabulous holiday décor displayed throughout the carriage.
NOTE: Santa's Horse & Carriage Tours originate inside Santa's Town and operate every evening. Walk-ups are welcome but reservations have priority and are highly recommended! Santa’s Hayride Tours, The Petting Zoo and Pony Rides are NOT included in this purchase.
BOTH tickets include the following activities:
- Entry into Santa’s Town, our Life Size nostalgic Texas size Christmas Village! Inside you’ll get to experience all the unique shops and many other exciting activities. This unique village was built to resemble an old western Texas ghost town with overwhelming Christmas holiday décor and thousands of dazzling Christmas lights!
- Marshall Frostbite - Santa's Wonderland has its own town marshal! It’s our 7ft tall, lovable mascot named Marshall Frostbite. Marshall Frostbite is a huge cuddly snowman dressed as a Texas Lawman and he is in charge of defending the “Sprit of Christmas”. Marshall Frostbite is available every evening inside Santa’s Town to meet kids of all ages and there is no additional costs for personal photos with him.
- Let it Snow – Does it snow in Texas? Well, it snows every night at Santa’s Wonderland! That’s right! Come and experience a Texas WHITE OUT at Santa’s Wonderland! You’ll absolutely enjoy capturing the wintery holiday photos with friends and family as our snow machines create the perfect White Christmas! “Let it snow!”
- The West Pole Express – Catch a ride and get ready for adventure on our new Texas size trackless train called The West Pole Express! This amazing train is absolutely covered in hundreds of LED Christmas lights and transports folks of all ages on their own magical light-filled adventure inside Santa’s Wonderland. It’s an amazing experience!
- The Santa’s Wonderland Kids' Train - Our children’s train is a unique experience is also covered in beautiful LED Christmas lights. This colorful glowing train travels through Santa’s Town and is designed specifically to provide the little ones with a fascinating experience. To ride this train, children must be no taller than 48”.
- Santa’s Mechanical Bull – Deep in the heart of Texas, Santa’s mechanical bull still remains one of the most popular and challenging activities at Santa’s Wonderland and you won’t want to miss it! His eyes glow and smoke rolls out of his nose as he awaits his challenge! Are you up for the 8-second bull ride! You’ll have a blast taking a bull ride in Texas under the Bright Lights and Big Texas Stars!
- Live Musical Entertainment – Experience the Music at Santa’s Wonderland! Every evening, the most talented musicians in the Lone Star State perform your favorite sing along Christmas tunes on our GIANT Texas stage. Dueling fiddles, big base, guitars and amazing vocals make for an unforgettable evening to celebrate the season with friends and family! The sights of the lights and the sounds of Christmas will definitely put you in the mood for Christmas!
- Cozy Campfires - If you feel like taking it easy or just warming up, sit for a spell around one of our warm and cozy campfires. Relax under the stars while you enjoy our nightly musical entertainment. There are so many amazing vantage points for you to take it all in. Are you ready for Christmas in Texas?
- Our Texas Santa – Does Santa spend more time in Texas? You’ll have to ask him. So, once inside town, head over to Santa’s Cottage, where you can sit and have a little visit with Santa himself! Have you ever seen a Texas Santa? Just look for the big black boots and the huge black Texas cowboy hat!
- GIANT Outdoor Movie Screen – if you love classic Christmas movies as much as we do, you can mosey on over to our Texas size GIANT outdoor LED Movie Screen. It’s HUGE and you get to see some of the Christmas season’s funniest and most memorable movies. These classic Christmas movies play on the GIANT LED screen daily, daytime or nighttime!
The West Pole Mountain Adventure – Do you love the view from on top of a mountain? Are you ready for the experience of your life? The brand new West Pole Mountain Adventure is the tallest mountain slide in the Lone Star State! It’s a GIANT and it’s a Texas size slide, which reaches a height of 35ft tall and stretches 90ft in length. It’s definitely a WOW experience and The West Pole Mountain Adventure is for kids and adults alike.
To slide you must be at least 44” tall and no taller than 80”.
Frostbite’s Toboggan Chute - Get ready for the most exhilarating ride you will take this winter! The brand new Frostbite's Toboggan Choot combines speed, adrenaline and mystery into one amazing experience! At over 15' tall and 45' long this slide is made to look like a mountainous adventure has landed at Santa’s Wonderland. With the twin roller lanes covered by a snow-covered tunnel, there is mystery and intrigue with lots of exciting action. Once inside, guests will bring their toboggan to the top of the slide and prepare to take flight! Frostbites Toboggan Chute is for kids up to 12 years of age only.
To ride, you must be at least 44” tall and no taller than 60”.
Frostbite's West Pole Bouncy House – How about something very special for the little ones? Tucked inside the GIANT Mountain Slide is Frostbites Bouncy House. Tucked inside the GIANT Mountain Slide is Frostbite’s West Pole Bouncy House. Children only. Maximum weight - 150lbs.
Tex Kringle’s Synchronized Christmas Light Show - Another attraction included with your admission is Tex Kringle’s Synchronized Light Show. This fabulous high tech Christmas Light Show features thousands and thousands of LED Christmas Lights dancing to the beat of Christmas music. This fabulous display of lights features several classic Christmas songs with various lit elements all dancing to the beat of the holiday music. If you love Christmas lights put to holiday music, you’ll love Tex Kringle’s synchronized light show!
What else is there to do in Santa’s Town? Top
Santa’s Town features an assortment of unique retail shops where you can buy charming Christmas décor, clothing, and gift items. If you’re hungry, you will find an abundance of tasty treats in Frostbite’s Food Village where mouth watering Texas foods such as Texas B.B.Q., Border Tacos, Chicken Strips, Texas Twister Potatoes, Texas ½ pound Hamburgers, and that famous Chuckwagon Chili are available nightly. Other tasty foods included are: Sausage on-a-stick, Turkey Legs, Hot Dogs and Funnel Cakes. Now there's even Marshmallow Roasting, Graham Cracker S’mores, and our famous Hot Cocoa!
For those who want to keep things on the lighter side, we have expanded our menu to include several healthy soups and salads. You can find mouthwatering Turkey Kale Soup and delicious Tomato Basil Soup in Maw’s Country Kitchen, located in the General Store, or visit the Pecos Brothers to purchase a Texas-sized salad with all the fixings! You can even add grilled beef or grilled chicken fajita meat for a little extra protein! Tasty and healthy- two thumbs up!
Located inside the General Store, we have our own Wonderland Winery where you can savor a glass of our locally made wine while you delight in a bird’s-eye-view of our nightly entertainment on the grounds below. Bottles of our charming, seasonally named wines are also available for purchase to enjoy at home or give as gifts.
In addition to its satisfying soups, Maw’s Country Kitchen serves up an endless selection of fudge and other taste-tempting treats! So much CHOCOLATE!!! MMMMM!
While most of the activities in Santa’s Wonderland are included in the price of admission, there are a few items that will be paid for separately. There is a charge, of course, for consumable items like food, drinks, and merchandise. Additionally, pictures with Santa are available for purchase even though there is no cost to just sit and visit with this special guy. Also, there is a slight charge to enter and to feed the animals in the petting zoo, and if you would like to take a pony ride, there is also a nominal charge. These purchases are not required but are available if they are to your liking!
do Santa’s Hayrides and Carriage rides go? Top
Your hayride or carriage ride will be through the spectacular Trail Of Lights! The views are amazing! See the Things to Do section for more information!
Wonderland close the drive-thru? Top
Over 18 years ago, Santa’s Wonderland began as a “Drive-Thru” Christmas holiday attraction, but today has grown into something quite unique and different. Today, “Hayride Tours” and “Horse & Carriage Tours” are used to view the Trail of Lights. Starting in 2015, Santa’s Wonderland discontinued all “Drive Through Tours” in order to reduce congestion, improve safety, and improve the Texas Christmas Experience. This means, tour buses and personal vehicles are no longer able to drive through the Trail of Lights. However, “Hayride Tours” and “Horse and Carriage Tours” will operate every night during our entire season! We sincerely regret any disappointment this may cause to our guests who have enjoyed the “Drive -Thru Tours”, but “safety” and the “experience” at Santa’s Wonderland remain our primary concern for our patrons.
Behind the Scenes:
many Christmas lights are there at Santa’s
Upon opening in 1998, Santa’s Wonderland displayed over a million incandescent Christmas lights and we’ve been adding more lights every year since. Since 2008, Santa's Wonderland has invested enormous dollars in "Going Green". Now, more than 90% of the holiday lights on display in the park are L.E.D. Christmas lights. The colors are extremely bright, rich, and vivid and use about 90% less electricity. Today, Santa's Wonderland is the largest Christmas attraction in the entire state of Texas as it sits on 69 acres boasting a winding trail of lights over a mile long. It’s estimated that there are over three million total L.E.D. Christmas lights on display at Santa’s Wonderland.
much electrical power does Santa’s Wonderland
use each year? Top
Santa’s Wonderland uses enough electricity during the Christmas holiday season to power several neighborhoods within the Brazos Valley. There’s just about enough wire to stretch from Bryan/College Station, Texas to Navasota, Texas and back.
Santa’s Wonderland leave all the Christmas
lights up year round? Top
Most of the Christmas lights remain up during the off-season, especially now with the L.E.D. holiday light conversion in recent years. However, wind, rain, and the sun’s UV rays do serious damage to the lights, so some have to be stored away once the park is closed for the season. Replacing the damaged lights is a very tedious and time consuming process, but maintaining the brilliant colors for the holidays is always worth the extra effort.
Santa’s Wonderland make changes and add
new scenes each year? Top
Every year Santa’s Wonderland adds new scenes and holiday light displays to the park. Santa’s Wonderland is also always improving and enhancing other aspects of the Texas Christmas Experience from parking to entertainment and shopping!
much time does it take to get Santa’s
Wonderland ready each season? Top
Although Santa’s Wonderland is only open to the public during the Christmas holiday season, the preparations and maintenance have quickly become a year round endeavor. The spring and summer months of the year are used to create, build, and maintain the various Christmas scenes and displays. Wind, rain, heat, and humidity all have a serious effect on the Christmas lights and park displays which require hundreds of hours of troubleshooting and repairing prior to opening for each holiday season.
Santa’s Wonderland open year round? Top
Santa’s Wonderland is only open during the Christmas holiday season from Mid-November to Early January. The park is open every evening during these dates including all holidays such as Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
is Santa’s Wonderland located and how
long has Santa’s Wonderland been here? Top
Santa’s Wonderland is located just 6 miles south of College Station, Texas and opened for its first season in the winter of 1998. Since that time, many special Christmas seasons have come and gone and thousands of guests have toured the dazzling Christmas attraction for over 17 years.
came up with the idea for Santa’s Wonderland? Top
Santa’s Wonderland is a heart-felt preservation and perpetuation of the true meaning and “Spirit” of Christmas. The idea for this magical holiday attraction originated from a personal love and sincere passion for the Christmas holiday season. Many creative & talented people have contributed to this magical place throughout the years and we say thank you for all the personal dedication and hard work they have unselfishly shown to our community. They have created a Christmas masterpiece and a bright light in a dark world. They have truly made all the difference during the years. Without their unique skills, dedication, and special love for the Christmas season, there would be no Santa's Wonderland!
Should I buy my tickets online or wait to purchase tickets at the gate? Top
Santa’s Wonderland is a very busy place and purchasing your tickets in advance ONLINE saves you time. Reduce your waiting time in long lines and buy your tickets in advance ONLINE. Buying your tickets in advance ONLINE also can save you money! Special offers and discount tickets are ONLY sold ONLINE and never at the gate.
How can I avoid the traffic? Top
Here are some helpful tips that may help minimize your delay in traffic. Get there early! There is never much traffic when you are one of the first ones to arrive! You can also take advantage of special hotel packages as some provide door-to-door service and you don’t have to park at Santa’s Wonderland. VIP Parking! Yes, it does cost to park VIP, but it’s right up front, convenient and saves you time. Please see the Parking link on our website for specific dates and updated information.
What time should I plan to get there? Top
If you’re planning on coming on the weekend, the earlier the better! Getting to Santa's Wonderland early helps to beat the crowds and gets you better parking too! The park opens at 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The Trail of Lights doesn’t open until 6pm, because it needs to be dark to see the Christmas lights. On weekdays, the park opens at 6pm.
do we park & is there a charge for parking? Top
The VERY closest VIP parking is in our Rudolph Lot and can only be purchased in advance online! Additional pre-paid VIP parking can be found in our Prancer Lot nearby. A limited amount of free general parking spots are available in the Prancer Lot, as well. After all the general spots are filled, customers will be directed to the free off-site parking lot at the Texas World Speedway where they will be provided with free shuttle service to and from the park. Portable restroom units will be also be provided at the Texas World Speedway for your comfort and convenience.
Santa’s Wonderland have food &
drinks for purchase or can we bring our own food? Top
Santa’s Wonderland doesn’t allow outside food or drinks to be brought inside. For your enjoyment, we serve many nostalgic Texas foods, including Texas B.B.Q., Border Tacos, Texas Twister Potatoes, Homestyle Hamburgers, and that famous Chuckwagon Chili. Other tasty foods included are Sausage on-a-stick, Turkey Legs, Hot Dogs and Chicken Fingers. Now there's even Marshmallow Roasting, Graham Cracker S’mores, and our famous Hot Cocoa! For those who prefer a healthy alternative, we have Texas-sized salads and delicious, savory soups! Come hungry! We have so many delicious choices!
What if it rains? Top
Santa's Wonderland is open Rain or Shine! There are many inside areas available during inclement weather with thousands of feet of indoor shopping as well as an enormous covered dining pavilion. We will keep all attractions open as long as possible, but some may close due to extreme weather or mechanical malfunction, in order to ensure the safety of our visitors.
Is the park handicapped accessible? Top
We have a generous but limited amount of free handicapped parking available in our Rudolph Lot and in our Prancer Lot. If guests are coming on a busy evening then they may wish to purchase a parking spot to ensure that they can at least have a space in the lot, if all of the handicapped spaces have been utilized. Our restrooms are wheelchair accessible, and we have ramps around the park, even at our hayride station. Our train, The West Pole Express is also wheelchair accessible. We do have pea gravel on our outside grounds that should be considered, but many come to the park in wheelchairs and have a great time!
Anything else I need to know? Top
Park hours & park operating days are subject to change without notice. Ticket prices and ticket options are subject to change without notice. Admission to the park may be denied due to park capacity. In the event of mechanical failure or inclement weather, Santa’s Wonderland may close any of the attractions without notice. Ticket/Pass holders grant Santa’s Wonderland the right to film, video or photograph ticket/pass holders for any purpose whatsoever without any payment or compensation of any kind.
any of the money go to Charity? Top
Santa’s Wonderland actively partners, hosts and supports many types of charitable causes. Hosting charities within the park has been a rewarding experience throughout the years. We love and support these wonderful people who work very hard and are dedicated to making the world a brighter place. Many of them spend countless hours donating their time to these very special causes. Where would the world be without these wonderful people? A few charitable partners include: The Brazos Valley Food Bank, Scotty's House, Project Sunshine, Still Creek Ranch Boys & Girls Home, SOS Ministries, Freedom Place, Long Way Home, Lone Star Santas, and the Aggieland Humane Society.
How can I help? Top
You can be Santa’s Helper and share the Spirit of Christmas! Our Charity Partner, Lone Star Santas, is an organization that provides love and hope to victims of natural disaster. You can be Santa’s Helper by providing a new toy, gift card, or money to be distributed to those in need. To say thank you, for each donation of $10 value, we will give the giver a special wooden Santa’s Helper coin as well as 10% off all pictures and merchandise in Santa’s Cottage. Please help us share love, hope, and toys with those in need. Donations go directly to Lone Star Santas, a 501 CS organization.
How to be Santa’s Helper
- Donate a new toy, gift card, or money ($10 value) in Santa’s Cottage.
- Receive the special wooden Santa’s Helper Coin.
- Receive 10% off all pictures and merchandise in Santa’s Cottage.
Can Santa's Wonderland work with my Charitable Organization? Top
Click here for more information and to apply online.
is the physical address for Santa’s Wonderland? Top
18898 Highway 6 South, College Station, Texas 77845
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||Park hours & park operating days are subject to change without notice. Ticket prices and ticket options are subject to change without notice. Admission to the park may be denied due to park capacity. In the event of mechanical failure or inclement weather, Santa’s Wonderland may close any of the attractions without notice. Ticket/Pass holders grant Santa’s Wonderland the right to film, video or photograph ticket/pass holders for any purpose whatsoever without any payment or compensation of any kind.