Wintertime Wonderland Indoor Display Lights Up Capital Region
With the holiday season right around the corner, everyone in the holiday spirit looks forward to all the lights, and decorations displayed around their neighborhood and throughout the city.
There are several outdoor walk and drive through displays for everyone to enjoy, but how about an indoor display?
Wintertime Wonderland, one of the largest indoor holiday light displays in the Capital Region is ready to spread some holiday cheer with social distancing in mind.
Located at 195 Troy-Schenectady Road next to Vent Fitness in Latham, Wintertime Wonderland will make you feel like you just stepped into the North Pole minus the cold.
Once you enter the venue, a staff member will take your temperature before you can enter one of the ticket lines. There is handicap access line as well.
Once you purchase your ticket, you will be greeted by one of Santa’s helpers in front of a huge painted mural with characters from all your favorite holiday cartoons making a nice backdrop for selfies.
After taking pictures in front of the mural, you will first enter the ice maze. After some twist and turns you will encounter the Ice Princess, for another photo opportunity then on to the Christmas Village.
As you enter the Christmas Village, you will see carolers singing outside a church, a mailbox to send Santa your Christmas list, a wandering snowman, and a Gingerbread House when inside, you can say hello the the Gingerbread man himself.
Now it’s time to meet the jolly old elf himself. Say hello and take a picture with Mrs. Claus as she sits outside of Santa’s workshop. Then you will enter through a red door where Santa awaits all the good boys and girls, and their families.
The last stop of the magical journey is a stroll through Candy Cane Lane where you walk by several giant light up displays and a Christmas tree.
Several vendors will be on hand selling gifts, food, and other novelties. During the walkthrough there is several professional photographers that will take pictures for purchase at the end of your stay. There is a picnic area set up for social distancing for families to sit and enjoy their purchased snacks.
As you exit Wintertime Wonderland you will enter the garden area where you can purchase a fresh Frasier fir Christmas tree to bring home an decorate.
Joining me during the soft opening walkthrough was the founder of Wintertime Wonderland Bryant Luizzi. He came up with the idea before the Covid-19 virus changed the ways we do things in life, forcing some minor changes to comply with CDC and state guidelines. He is hoping to add those items to next years holiday run.
Luizzi also stated that space is limited to around 125 guest at a time including staff and vendors. They have a cleaning crew continuously cleaning with a full extensive cleaning at the beginning and end of each night.
After several months of planning and building sets, it took him and his team 5 weeks to set up the attraction inside the venue. Luizzi wanted to create an atmosphere like the outside attractions you see around the Capital Region without the cold, and be a one stop shop for some of your holiday needs and traditions.
Wintertime Wonderland will run from November 27 -December 20 every Thursday and Friday between 3-9 pm, Saturday between 9am-9pm, and Sunday 9am-8pm. Tickets cost $20 per person and you can reserve your spot for $5 online. Tickets will be “cash only” at the door. Children 2 and under are free.
In an event of a possible Covid shutdown, all ticket reservations purchased will be valid for next seasons Wintertime Wonderland event.
There are several hand sanitizing stations located in every area of each attraction. Guest must follow all guidelines for attending the event.
All guest must:
- Wear a mask at all times. No exceptions.
- Maintain social distancing guidelines set in place. There are several social distancing markers on the floor to ensure 6 feet of separation is met.
- Take Temperature when entering the venue.