Carowinds WinterFest in Charlotte, NC

14523 Carowinds BlvdCharlotte, NC 28273
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You won’t believe your eyes as Carowinds magically transforms into a winter wonderland! Filled with festive fun and merry holiday experiences, Carowinds Winterfest boasts a 70-foot, twinkling tree, lighted displays, and so much more. Plus, with 16 rides open into the night, you can experience the thrills Carowinds is known for with a special holiday twist. Ring in the holidays with Winterfest.

Good To Know

  • 16 rides will be open during the winter festival.
  • The event features over 5 million lights throughout the park.
  • Activities include holiday shows, midway entertainment, photo opportunities, and ice skating.
  • A holiday menu will be available at special dining locations throughout the park.


from Carowinds Winterfest
Ring in the holiday season with a new family tradition WinterFest at Carowinds. The park is magically transformed into a winter wonderland with special holiday experiences to ignite the season’s spirit
in everyone.

Guests will experience the holidays in grand scale this year at Winterfest with the nightly Wonderland Parade. All-new for 2019, this larger-than-life Christmas spectacular will light up the night with floats constructed by Kern Studios in Louisiana, the same company that has been building Mardi Gras floats for decades. WinterFest performers from across the park will join the merry procession as it winds through the park spreading
Christmas cheer for all to hear.

Come for the sights. Magnificently decorated trees, lavish holiday décor and spectacular lights will shimmer throughout. WinterFest’s signature 70 foot tall holiday tree, one of the Carolinas’ largest, will come alive each evening at a special tree lighting ceremony.

Come for the sounds. Melodious sounds of the season will ring all over the park during WinterFest with nearly a dozen live shows. From the Miseltones singing their beloved holiday tunes from yesteryear to Tinker’s
Toy Factory, a memorable song and dance show that tells the story of an
elf who contemplates the holidays of new and old, Carowinds will kindle
the holiday spirit in everyone.

Come for the FUN! WinterFest features a sleigh full of hands on experiences, including ice skating, make and take ornaments, postcards to Santa and even the opportunity to talk to reindeer! What’s more, an entourage of seasonal characters such as Jack Frost and Candy Cane will delight and entertain guests all along the midway.

There’s no place like Carowinds for the holidays!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Carowinds Winterfest

Is Carowinds Winterfest included with Carowinds admission?
No. This is event requires a specific, separate ticket. General admission tickets do not include Winterfest.

What is the inclement weather policy? 
Rides may close under certain weather conditions, particularly rain, high winds and/or lightning. It is not possible to provide a specific answer regarding which rides close or remain open because varying degrees of inclement weather cause different effects on different rides. The rides affected the most by inclement weather are the roller coasters and the high rides. Carowinds makes every effort to reopen the rides as quickly and safely as possible after the adverse weather conditions cease. Unfortunately, we do not offer rain checks or refunds.

Am I permitted to bring my own food and beverages into the park? 
For everyone's safety, guests are not permitted to bring coolers, outside food, or other drinks into Carowinds. Grilling in parking lots is also prohibited. More than 30 restaurants and snack stands provide a broad dining experience within the park. Individuals who have special diets or need items due to a medical condition are asked to visit Guest Services located at the Front Gate for accommodation.

Are wheelchairs and strollers available for rent? 
Strollers and wheelchair rentals are located inside of the South Gate Entrance and next to Guest Services at the North Gate Entrance. Please note, a valid form of identification must be presented to rent a manual or electric wheelchair for a fee.

Do you allow pets at Carowinds? 
No pets are allowed in the park except for service animals. Guests traveling with pets may take advantage of the Pet Kennel at Carowinds.

Is smoking permitted in the park? 
Smoking, including the use of vapor/e-cigarettes, is permitted only in designated smoking areas. Most smoking locations are near restrooms and will be marked by red signs and smoking urns. All other areas of the park are smoke-free.

Are there places in the park to store my belongings? 
Lockers are available to rent inside the park. Rentals vary in size and start at $17. Prices differ among locker locations.

How much is parking? 
Parking is $20 per vehicle for regular parking and $25 for preferred. A limited number of handicap parking spaces are available near the Front Gate on a first-come, first-served basis.

What is Carowinds' dress code?
Shirt and shoes must be worn at all times. Swimwear must be sufficiently covered. Profanity, obscene gestures and statements, pictures of illegal substances, insignia of paramilitary groups, all gang-related items on clothing, costumes or disguises that conceal identity are prohibited and admission to the park may be refused.