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Global Winter Wonderland is Coming to Town!

Sacramento selected to host largest lantern festival outside of China

Sacramento has been chosen as the only city in the country to host the annual Global Winter Wonderland, a magical world of light and cultural entertainment. The spectacular lantern festival and multicultural theme park is a one-of-a-kind experience illuminating 17 acres at Cal Expo with vibrant light displays, carnival rides, an international food court, shopping and exciting entertainment.

“We explored many cities around the country and chose Sacramento because of all the culture, beauty and convenience the region has to offer,” said Lulu Huang, event founder. “It’s a family-friendly community and we look forward to welcoming people of all ages to experience the magic of Global Winter Wonderland.”
Guests are invited to Travel the World in One Night and enjoy more than 70 massive light displays, some towering up to 7 stories high. The illuminated displays depict ornate holiday scenes and iconic landmarks from around the world including the Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal and Golden Gate Bridge. The eco-friendly lanterns are illuminated with millions of LEDs, 100 tons of steel and 200,000 feet of silk. A majestic dragon constructed of recycled CDs will debut this year.
Nearly 100 people from the local community will be hired to staff the festival and theme park at Cal Expo from November to January. Applications are being accepted now at under the About Global Winter Wonderland section. Potential applicants can also attend a job fair at Cal Expo at the West Gate on October 27th and 28th from 4:30 to 7pm.
“Global Winter Wonderland offers visitors a unique holiday experience that is sure to make lasting family memories much like the California State Fair,” said Rick Pickering, Chief Executive Officer at Cal Expo and the California State Fair.

The event takes place November 22, 2014 – January 4, 2015 and tickets are on sale at Ticket prices include the awe inspiring lantern displays representing all seven continents, a fantasy forest, a dinosaur maze and a holiday village. Ticket prices also include incredible performances by international acrobats four times each night on two stages. Children under 3 are free, kids 12 and under and seniors 65 and older are $12 and adults are $16. Season passes start at $34, and parking is $10 at Cal Expo.
Global Winter Wonderland is the largest lantern festival outside of China, a tradition that dates back more than two thousand years. In 2011 and 2012 Global Winter Wonderland was held at Great America in Santa Clara, CA and in 2013 at Turner Field in Atlanta, GA.

About ICEG
International Culture Exchange Group (ICEG), the producer of Global Winter Wonderland, was founded by President Lulu Huang to create a multi-cultural festival in the US. For more information on Global Winter Wonderland and ICEG please visit

About Cal Expo
Cal Expo is home to the California State Fair and plays host to hundreds of other signature events each year. Featuring 350 beautifully landscaped acres, Cal Expo facilities are used as a place to celebrate California’s achievements, diversity and innovation.

CONTACT: Koula Gianulias (310) 795-9440,