Winter Wonderfest Returns To Navy Pier

Visitors can join the holiday fun until Jan. 12, 2014.

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Winter Wonderfest is back at Navy Pier for another year of holiday fun. Visitors can check out the festive rides and decorations any time between now and Jan. 12, 2014. It is open every day (except Christmas) at 10 a.m. with varying closing hours. Admission is free, but visitors must buy a wristband for rides and attractions.
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The room is filled with themed Christmas trees sponsored by various companies.
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There's even a Christmas palm tree.
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You can also find decorations and information on the Father Christmases of the world.
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However, Winter Wonderfest is much more than a pretty room. There are several different activities for children and other visitors.
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Children can play on inflatable slides and bouncy houses.
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This ball house is part of Winter Wonderfest Junior, an entire area devoted to activities for smaller children.
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Children also crawled through this candy cane tunnel maze.
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Visitors can also choose from a plethora of rides.
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You can ride a merry-go-round...
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...or if that doesn't tickle your fancy, there's always this giant rocking horse.
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And it wouldn't be Navy Pier without a Ferris wheel.
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The Reindeer Express is one of the more popular rides at Winter Wonderfest.
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The train takes riders around a wintery display.
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Meanwhile, these children talk to the police officer of Winter Wondertown, the little "community" in the middle of Winter Wonderfest.
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In Winter Wondertown, actors play a variety of different characters and interact with visitors.
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Even the statues in Winter Wondertown are lively.
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A holiday-themed trip wouldn't be complete without Santa.
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Last but not least, visitors can ice skate in Winter Wonderfest's skating rink.
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The rink is courtesy of the Chicago Blackhawks.
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