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Holiday Lights, Fairytale Delights at Cal Expo

Nov 20, 2023 04:48PM ● By D. Givens Media Consulting News Release

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Come and create lasting memories and celebrate the magic of the holidays with Imaginarium “Holiday Lights, Fairytale Delights” at Cal Expo, Friday, November 17, 2023, to Sunday, January 7, 2024.

Cal Expo will come alive with the largest holiday light festival in town, with over 5 million lights! Guests can get lost in over 10 fully immersive experience zones that bring beloved fairytales to life. Explore the worlds of Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Thumbelina, and meet the beautiful princesses of your childhood. Guests can also wander through the enchanting landscape that plays home to over 25 larger-than-life interactive creatures. 

New this year is a mesmerizing show featuring synchronized music and lights; three, 30-minute circus shows featuring performers from around the world showcasing unique talents including juggling, contortionism, hula hooping, and more; the Infinity Mirrors featuring unique selfie rooms to capture the magic of the holidays.  

Enjoy holiday festivities for all ages, including carnival rides, ice skating, visits with Santa, and shopping for Christmas gifts, along with sweet treats like mini donuts, hot cocoa, and hand-made pretzels.  

Early-bird discount tickets are on sale now at Regular price general admission tickets range from $21-27. Visitors are also encouraged to follow Imaginarium360 on social media for special deals. Imaginarium will be open Wednesday - Thursday: 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. and Friday - Sunday: 5 p.m. until 11 p.m.  

Cal Expo is being transformed daily until the big reveal.


In 2014, a team of entertainment fanatics set out to create the first-ever Chinese Lantern Festival in the United States. The vision was to create an experience for the entire family where attendees could venture through a park filled with awe-inspiring, illuminated exhibits including more than 5-million lights, free entertainment, a carnival, ice-skating rink, and more.

The vision gave birth to “Global Winter Wonderland.” Years later, the lantern festival has morphed into Imaginarium, the largest holiday light festival in the U.S. operating at Cal Expo, the home of the CA State Fair. It has become a tradition that visitors from all over Northern California attend.