My wife and I always set aside an evening during the holidays to take the boys over to Dutch Winter Wonderland. Dutch Wonderland is such a special place for young children during the summer it’s easy to overlook they have special hours during the fall for Happy Hauntings, and then again over the holidays as well.
The main attraction for us is always the Royal Light Show. DW literally has tens of thousands of lights strung up throughout the hub of the park all synched to a stirring holiday soundtrack. Make sure to take the sky ride, or take a drive with the antique cars to either get a birdseye view of the show, or drive right through the heart of it.
Of course, many of our favorite rides are open in addition to the holiday specific attractions. My 2-year-old is a fan of Duke’s Dozers (miniature bulldozers), the Off-Road Rally (nice and tame Monster Trucks!), and of course taking a tour of the light be-decked park on their miniature train, the Wonderland Special! The older boys (6 and 9 respectively) ride the Twister, hit up the bumper cars, and take a swing on the Space Shuttle (a space-themed Viking ship type ride).
If you have any budding young female royalty in your family, you might want to check out Storytime with the Princess or the whole family can enjoy the original show Mistletails, where two mice share what really happened on Christmas Eve during the telling of Twas’ the Night Before Christmas!
With so much to see and do and at a great price, Dutch Winter Wonderland is another budding holiday tradition for the Evans family right here in Lancaster County.