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Winter Wonder Fest at Navy Pier

Bring your entire family to the Winter Wonder Fest at Chicago’s Navy Pier December through January 7 and stay at the nearby and affordable LaQuinta Inn & Suites in historic Hyde Park!

Winter Wonder Fest is an annual, very anticipated family event that celebrates winter and the holidays. Entirely inside (you can take off your coat!), the festival offers several activities and the hall is decorated with candy canes, Christmas trees, and lights galore. There are 170,000 square feet to full of fun in Festival Hall at Winter Wonder Fest, and they are jam-packed with fun.

Activities include an indoor ice-skating rink, an inflatable slide, a carousel, spinning cups, and a train ride. Arctic Express Train Ride – a trackless 300-ft train ride around a holiday village display! Other fun things: Arctic Plunge inflatable slide; Aquafina® Create-A-Cookie Cottage ($3 per cookie); Candy Cane Lighthouse; Cliff Hanger – hang glider attraction that has you soaring 40 feet in the air; Holiday Howdy Horse (photo op); Hot Cocoa Cups – take a ride in a spinning teacup; Ice Peaks Climbing Walls; Chicago Blackhawks Indoor Ice-Skating Rink.

What? You want more? Jingle Gym Jr. – especially for little kids; Kringle Carousel; Mount Reindeer; Polar Extreme – slide; Giant Rocking Chair; Slipper Snowflake Slide; Snowman Bouncer; Visit with Santa; Winter Rules Mini Golf; Winter Tube – indoor “tubing” hill; and Wonder Whirl!

Navy Pier is located at 600 East Grand Avenue in Chicago. For tickets and a full schedule of events, go online to and follow the prompts.

Make your Winter wonder Fest at Navy Pier experience even more enjoyable by staying at the LaQuinta Inn & Suites, in Hyde Park. The hotel offers free shuttle bus service to and from the Loop area and is close to bus and train services. Enjoy the free breakfast. AND Jazz and seafood buffet (non-seafood items available) Friday nights.