The annual Winter WonderFest presented by PNC brings Chicago 7 more days of Holiday family fun than usual! Get discount tickets at bottom of post. Find thrills without the chills inside the 17th annual Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier, featuring 170,000 square feet of Chicago Blackhawks Ice Skating and more than 24 rides including an indoor Ferris wheel, attractions and so much more. For the 17th year in a row, families from near and far will flock to Navy Pier and bask in seasonal bliss without bundling up. The Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest returns with more than 24 rides and attractions and 170,000 square feet of entertainment for all ages.
Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier
Fifth Third Bank Winter Wonderfest transforms Navy Pier into a festive paradise with rides, games, and winter attractions. The pinnacle of the event is the Chicago Blackhawks Indoor Ice-Skating Rink, which grants visitors with smooth ice to carve up to their hearts’ content. Adrenaline-pumping rides are plentiful at this holiday festival, from giant inflatable slides to a Wonder Whirl that serves as one of the event’s main attractions. Younger visitors can also enjoy the Jingle Jym Junior and the Arctic Express.
Navy Pier’s Centennial Wheel
Navy Pier’s Centennial Wheel is an iconic part of the Chicago skyline and a treasured piece of Chicago cultural history. Soaring to heights of nearly 200 feet, the Wheel offers visitors unparalleled, 360-degree views of Chicago and Lake Michigan. The Centennial Wheel is open year-round. No matter the season, the enclosed gondolas provide a comfortable experience and miraculous city views.
Visitors will be greeted by an exciting and reimagined new décor as well as a glittering forest of nearly 500 trees decorated with 25,000 ornaments hung on a mile of wire. From there, guests can glide across the always popular Blackhawks ice skating rink, soar across the 40-foot Cliff Hanger or take in the view from the top of the towering 50-foot-high indoor Ferris wheel. In between cups of hot cocoa, visitors can drop in on Santa and his elves at the Claus residence, snap a photo on the Giant Holiday Howdy Horse or decorate a freshly baked sugar cookie.
Plan your visit with helpful information about Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest:
- Hours of Operation
- Parking & Transportation
- Tips for a Great Visit
- Admission & Conduct
- Special Offers
- Book a Private Event
Children under 36 inches will be provided with a free wristband at the box office and may not enter or skate on the Chicago Blackhawks Ice Skating Rink without a paid Junior Pass. Guests 18 years and older must also present a valid military ID, state ID or driver’s license with their paid pass to enter Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest.
- General Admission $27: Adults and children over 42 inches and under the age 65 includes basic admission and access to all rides and activities within the festival AND one ticket on the grand, new Centennial Wheel! Height and other restrictions may apply.