Winter Wonderland 2023

Multiple Dates & Times
All Ages
All Ages
  • Get Tickets
  • Details
Event Stats
All Ages
Event Description

World Equestrian Center – Ocala Winter Wonderland

Friday, November 24 – Saturday, December 23, 2023 | 5pm-9pm

With over one million twinkling lights, World Equestrian Center – Ocala Winter Wonderland promises to bring merriment and cheer to all. The halls of the WEC Grand Plaza will be decked with spectacular show-stopping features for the season, including a walk-through Christmas tree, lighted carriage, and plenty of splendid holiday decor. 

Meet the real Santa Claus at this family-friendly event and enjoy festive entertainment from 5pm-9pm on the weekends, including a full rotation of singers, face painters, balloon artists and cheery caricaturists. Many special events are planned throughout the month-long celebration. Don’t miss the heartwarming and ever-popular breakfast with Santa event on the terrace, Tinsel Trot 5K run under the lights, and special holiday performances to get in the spirit of the season!   Visit for all the enchanting details on event entertainment and more!

Know Before You Go
Parking fees will be in place starting at 3pm. General parking will be located on the NE grass lot near the General Store. Premium Parking will be available at Arena 1. Accessible Parking will be available at Arena 2.

General Parking/Accessible Parking Monday through Thursday: $10 

General Parking/Accessible Parking Friday through Sunday: $30 

Monthly Parking Pass: $200 (premium parking, valid throughout entire event)

Daily Bus Parking Monday through Sunday:
$100 (horse trailer lots) 

Please Note:

  • A $200 monthly parking pass is available for unlimited entry throughout the month-long event. ID required. Receive 10% off property outlet restaurants throughout Winter Wonderland. Valid for parties of up to four people; excludes Emma’s Patisserie, Stirrups Restaurant and Yellow Pony.

  • Parking can be purchased in advance or at the gate. Weekend shuttles available for those who require assistance.

  • Personal golf carts will not be allowed on the plaza during Winter Wonderland.

  • Golf cart parking is available along the west side of Arena 3.

  • Tinsel Trot race participants with advanced registration in-hand are exempt from the Winter Wonderland parking fee. Does not apply to day-of entries.


  • Festive Lights| Daily 5pm-9pm

  • Meet Santa | Daily from 5pm-9pm in Arena 2

  • Holiday Sweets | Daily through December 31

  • Holiday Shopping | Daily, Varied Hours


  • Enchanted Entertainment | Friday through Sunday from 5pm-9pm

  • Breakfast With Santa | December 2, 9, 16, 17 and 23, 2023
    Holiday breakfast on the terrace at Stirrups. Gather for a magical breakfast including story time with Santa, children’s crafts and photo opportunities. Children will receive a complimentary gift of Santa’s choosing! Parking fees do not apply.
                   9am | Breakfast with Santa
                 10am | Santa Storytime
            10:15am | Photos with Santa & Gift Giving
    Pricing for Breakfast with Santa:   Adults:  $45/person;  Children ages 5-12:  $25 per child;  Children under 5:  please reserve a complimentary ticket

Please Note:

  • After parking is paid per vehicle, there are no additional admittance fees. 

  • Daily online prepaid parking will cut off at 2:30pm.   However, parking will be collected daily at the gates if you have not prepaid.   

  • No refund will be given within 48 hours of the event, unless the event is canceled by World Equestrian Center – Ocala due to inclement weather

  • Taxes and online service fees may still apply.

  • Email Consent: By providing your email on this platform, you agree to receive marketing communications from World Equestrian Center. You can opt out of these communications at any time by using the 'Unsubscribe' link provided in our emails.

If you have questions regarding this event, please reach out to:
Kim Kent, Special Events Manager
1390 NW 80th Ave Ocala, FL 34482
Office: 352-414-7855

Select Tickets
Sorry, there are no upcoming events in this series.
Venue Details
Map of Venue Location.
WEC Stadium 1320 Northwest 85th Terrace
Ocala, FL 34482
About the Organizer
World Equestrian Center (Ocala, FL)

Mailing Address

World Equestrian Center, 1750 NW 80th Ave, OCALA, FL, 34482, US