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We visited Santa’s Wonderland in College Station for the first time last year and are looking forward to going again this year. We went with a group of friends the Friday before Christmas. The kids had early release from school so it gave us plenty of time to make the two hour trip to College Station, get there and get in line before it opened. We chose the VIP parking which allowed us to park close to the entrance. Surprisingly it wasn’t overly crowded.
Snow machines create the perfect Christmas atmosphere as you enter Santa Town.
We went straight to the hayride and jumped right on. The lights are really well done and unique.
After the hayride we grabbed dinner. There were many choices, burgers, bbq, pizza. B and I chose to roast our own hot dogs over the camp fire. After dinner we grabbed some hot chocolate and a funnel cake.
Then we headed over to the line to see Santa. After a bit of a wait the kids got a chance to visit with Santa. You can also purchase pictures but since this was B’s third time to see Santa this year we opted out.
After seeing Santa B took on the mechanical bull.
It was quite muddy when we visited so we ended our trip by purchasing some pants for B to wear home along with a stuffed snowman. The gift shop has all sorts of things for sale for kids and adults.
*check website for current pricing*
Tickets– This year they’ve simplified the ticket options. Tickets range in price from $17.95-$29.95 for children and $22.95-$34.95 for adults for admission and the hayride. Touring the lights via horse-drawn carriage will cost you a bit more. They are currently offering discount tickets online. Also, check Groupon for discounted tickets. Be aware that some discounted tickets only allow you to visit on certain dates.
Parking– General parking is free however VIP parking has priority over general parking. You can also park at the Texas World Speedway and take the shuttle over. There are two levels of VIP parking which must be purchased in advance online. The Rudolph lot is closer and costs $19.95. The Prancer lot is $14.95.
The website has a ton of helpful information.
We enjoyed our visit to Santa’s Wonderland in College Station and look forward to going back.
What Christmas activities and traditions do you enjoy with your family?