WinterFest at Kings Dominion in Doswell, VA

16000 Theme Park Way, DoswellDoswell, VA 23047
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Winterfest at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia


Celebrate the holiday season at Kings Dominion as the park transforms into an immersive winter wonderland for WinterFest. Holiday cheer is around every corner with 2 million twinkling lights, a massive Christmas tree, and bright displays light up the night. On top of your favorite rides and coasters, 12 festive shows, 34 strolling performers, and interactive activities are included in the festival, too.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Doswell Travel Experts
  • 21 of your favorite Kings Dominion rides are open during WinterFest.
  • Open on select dates from November 23 - December 31, 2018.
  • Features 12 shows, 34 strolling performers, hands-on holiday activities, and festive food.
  • Bring your camera to capture 2 million holiday lights, a gigantic Christmas tree, and vibrant displays.


from Winterfest at Kings Dominion
Ring in the holiday season at WinterFest, an immersive experience available only at Kings Dominion. The park is magically transformed into a winter wonderland with spectacular holiday experiences to ignite the season’s spirit in everyone.

Come for the sights. Magnificently decorated trees, lavish holiday décor and brilliant lights shimmer throughout. WinterFest’s signature 300-foot-tall holiday tree, one of the area’s 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 12 live shows. From the Mistletones singing their beloved holiday tunes from yesteryear to memorable song-and-dance shows throughout, WinterFest will kindle the holiday spirit in guests of all ages. What’s more, an entourage of seasonal characters such as Jack Frost, Candy Cane and the Sugar Plum Fairy will delight and entertain guests all along the midway.

Come for the FUN! WinterFest features a sleigh-full of hands-on experiences, including ice skating, make-and-take ornaments, and even the opportunity to write to Santa. Of course, the holidays are even more cheerful when you can experience some of your favorite rides that will be open for families and friends to enjoy together.

Tripster Customer Reviews

8 Reviews
Tripster Customer
Louisa, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
January 2019
It was an awesome experience! The park has spared no expense at creating a winter wonderland! The lights are just beautiful, the shows are fabulous, and the entire experience was just magical. We will definitely be back next year!
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Tip: Arrive when the park opens at 4.... so you have time to take in all the fun. Purchase the scan&go cups to have free refills throughout the evening.

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Richard Swisher
Earlysville, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great experience"
January 2019
Rides & lights were very good. Went to a couple of shows that were also good. Lots of things for young kids to do.
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Tip: Food & drinks are expensive. Lots of heated places are good for cold weather.

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April Merritte
Richmond, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Winterfest lights"
December 2018
Kings dominion tried but Busch gardens is so much better. I will not go back unless they do some upgrades. Busch gardens will get my support for now on
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Tripster Customer
Orange, VA
1 Review
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"Great Prices"
December 2018
I used this site to get a Kings Dominion ticket. Easy, fast, and saves money!
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angela drake
carrollton, VA
1 Review
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"a most beautiful experience!!!"
December 2018
I have been to Christmastown at Busch Gardens and that is totally beautiful but Kings Dominion did a fantastic job for their first year of Winterfest. My husband and I had a terrific Christmas filled night all bundled up enjoying the beauty of the park. I will definitely be returning next year because I know it's only going to get bigger and better.
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Tip: stay at one of the hotels across from kings dominion and they have free shuttle service running every 15 minutes to and from the park

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Kimberly Jones
Greenville , VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Kings Dominion"
December 2018
Mainly visited the park for my 3.5 year. He loved it! They had rides open for little ones, and little decorations stations to make goodies as well! Overall, it was great purchase!
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Tip: Layer up!

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Sarah Colley
1 Review
"Over Priced. Under Staffed."
December 2018
The lights were appealing, but the experience was awful. Waited 30 minutes just to get into the park and stand shoulder to shoulder with unhappy families.
Tried to get food but every line ended in “sold out”. After waiting 30 minutes for hot chocolate we finally got a cup of “Luke warm chocolate”.
Nearly trampled by a horse drawn carriage ride, preceded by rude staff, we decided to call it a night. Three adults and three children, hundreds of dollars later.... a complete disappointment.
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Pamela Conlon
Mineral, VA
1 Review
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"Wonderful experience...very festive!"
November 2018
King Dominions first Winterfest was amazing! The lights ,decorations, shows , rides, food, and a visit to see Santa was so magical and enjoyed by my four grandchildren ( ages 2-5. There was something for all ages. I loved it! Very well done Kings Dominion!
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Tip: Make sure you dress in layers, it can get chilly in the evenings especially if you ride any rides. Make sure you see the shows and the outside entertainment...fabulous!

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Frequently Asked Questions about Winterfest at Kings Dominion

When is WinterFest?
WinterFest is open on select nights throughout November and December:

November 23 - December 16 (Fri, Sat, Sun)
December 17 - December 23 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
December 26 - December 31 (Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)

Hours of operation vary based on the date you visit.

What are the age limits for ice skating at WinterFest?
All guests under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a supervising companion. A supervising companion is someone that is 14 years of age or older. An additional fee is required to ice skate.

What happens if it rains?
Most rides and attractions remain open during rain. Some attractions will close when inclement weather prohibits their safe operation, but will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. Please enjoy a show, meal or shopping until such weather passes. Sorry, no rainchecks or refunds once you have entered the park.

Can I bring my own food and drinks into WinterFest?
No. For everyone's safety, guests are not permitted to bring coolers, outside food, or other drinks into Kings Dominion. Three shaded picnic areas are available in the guest parking lot. Grills and open fires are not allowed. 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.

Does Kings Dominion have ATMs? 
Yes. There are several ATMs located throughout the park for your convenience, including near the main entrance.

Are wheelchairs available for rent?
Wheelchair rental is available at the Stroller/Wheelchair Rental Center near the Main Entrance. A limited supply of motorized wheelchairs are available for rent.

Do you allow pets at Kings Dominion?
Only service animals are permitted in the park. Your pet may be left at the Kings Dominion Pet Care Center located outside the Front Gate during park operating hours. A $5 fee is required. For any questions about leaving your animal at the kennel for the day, please contact 804-876-5260.

What is the policy on alcoholic beverages in the park?
Guests must be at least 21 years of age to purchase, possess or consume alcoholic beverages at Kings Dominion. Valid State issued identification or valid driver's license is required upon each person purchasing, possessing or consuming alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages must be consumed within designated areas.

Is smoking permitted in the park?
For the comfort of guests, smoking, including e-cigarettes is prohibited except in designated smoking areas. Please note that the children’s area, Planet Snoopy, is smoke-free.

Are there places in the park to store my belongings?
Lockers are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis near the Front Gate.

How much is parking?
Parking is $20 per vehicle for regular parking at the Front Gate 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 security procedures are implemented at Kings Dominion?
The safety of guests and associates is the number one priority, and we have implemented several enhanced security procedures at all entrance gates. As part of the process:

  • Guests arriving at the park will go through metal detection every public operating day. 
  • All bags, purses, backpacks, waist packs, etc. will be examined prior to entering.
  • Sharp objects (including pocket knives and metal chains), firearms, or other items that could be considered a weapon are strictly prohibited and should be left at home or secured in your vehicle.  
  • We use a variety of methods in securing our parks including uniformed and plainclothes officers, and video surveillance monitoring. 

Kings Dominion does not tolerate guests who fight and/or harass other guests while on our property. People who engage this behavior are subject to being ejected and potentially banned from the park, and may be subject to arrest by local police.