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August 16, 2016

Sacramento, Calif. (August 16, 2016) – Global Winter Wonderland is coming back to Sacramento for a third season with an exciting new theme – Holiday Fun for Everyone! The magical world of light spanning 17 acres at Cal Expo will unveil all new attractions, including massive illuminated lanterns, thrilling rides, an ice skating rink, entertainers and interactive holiday activities. Global Winter Wonderland opens for the season on November 19, 2016 and runs through January 8, 2017.

“Our experience in Sacramento has been so wonderful that we decided to stay for a third year to create a holiday tradition that local families look forward to,” said Lulu Huang, event founder. “Along with our brand new theme, Global Winter Wonderland will add hands-on activities to make the experience even more memorable for our guests.”

Global Winter Wonderland will build an interactive Craft Center to inspire magical moments for children of all ages. The Craft Center will feature a variety of DIY stations where visitors can create their own ornaments, decorate lanterns or write a letter to Santa Claus. Children can also take their annual photo with Santa at Global Winter Wonderland and the Holiday Ice Rink will return for guests who wish to add an evening on the ice to their holiday experience.


Out on the grounds, guests will enjoy a totally new experience as they take in iconic scenes from Toyland, Candyland and the North Pole to celebrate the new theme, Holiday Fun for Everyone. All of the illuminated lanterns are currently under construction, hand-crafted in silk and steel by talented artisans. Event organizers are also searching the globe to bring unique entertainers to perform in the Circus of Light, an action-packed variety show on the main stage. Global Winter Wonderland is excited to reveal a new mascot and will give social media followers the special opportunity to name it in a contest beginning in October.


“For more than 160 years the grounds of the State Fair have provided a constant setting for celebrating and showcasing the best of California, and we welcome Global Winter Wonderland as they present a portion of California’s rich artistry and diversity,” said Rick Pickering, CEO of the California Exposition & State Fair. “In our efforts to help build a stronger regional community, we are very pleased that a Letter of Intent has been reached with Global Winter Wonderland to return to Cal Expo this winter.”

Global Winter Wonderland will create nearly 100 local jobs at Cal Expo during the holiday season to staff the theme park from November to January. Applications will be accepted in October at in the “About Global Winter Wonderland” section.

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 United States. ICEG is the first company in history to bring lanterns to the US, making Global Winter Wonderland the first and largest lantern festival outside of China. It is a rich tradition that dates back more than two thousand years. 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.

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