Downtown San Diego’s Petco Park will deck the halls once more this holiday season as the ballpark typically reserved for Padres games transforms into a festive winter wonderland.
Petco Park officials announced this week that “Holiday Wonderland” – the holiday spectacular that debuted last year – will light up the ballpark for 12 nights, beginning Dec. 4, and continue for three consecutive weekends, plus Monday, Dec. 21 through Wednesday, Dec. 23.
Each evening, Holiday Wonderland will open from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
This year, organizers say the event will include more colorful lighting vignettes for visitors to walk through, plus unique holiday activities for visitors of all ages.
Last winter’s 12-night run of Holiday Wonderland at Petco Park drew more than 65,000 visitors.
Organizers said last year’s inaugural event was a huge success, so this time around called for a bigger set-up, including an expanded layout and more activities.
Attendees will have the chance to ride a Polar Express train, visit a "Candyland"-inspired area, feed live reindeer and visit Santa’s workshop and meet his elves. Of course, a visit with Santa Claus himself is also on the agenda, plus a stop at a 40-foot-tall Christmas tree.
Tickets cost $15 per adult and $10 for children, and can be purchased here. Kids under three years old can go for free. The tickets will be date-specific, as an effort to control crowds from getting too big one any one given night, organizers said. Once a certain date has reached capacity, ticket sales for that date will be capped.
There’s also a “Red Bow Package” option for those who would like to buy tickets good for any night of the event. That package costs $40 and includes two tickets and a commemorative SAN Diego Padres holiday ornament. For more info, visit the Holiday Wonderland web page.