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WonderFEST light show extends dates through Jan. 2; welcomes ‘Frozen’ friends

Because Santa and Mrs. Claus must return to the North Pole, characters from 'Frozen' will greet guests.
Winter WonderFEST at Hudson Fields has extended its show through Jan. 2.
Winter WonderFEST at Hudson Fields has extended its show through Jan. 2.

Due to popular demand, Festival of Cheer – the nonprofit organization which produces Winter WonderFEST – has extended the festival thru Jan 2.

In addition, because  Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus head back to the North Pole for much needed rest, friends from the Disney film “Frozen” will take over Santa’s Workshop & Elf Village from Dec. 26 – Jan. 2

Delaware’s most-attended holiday fundraiser opened Nov. 21, celebrating its 5th anniversary.


It’s open nightly, including Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

More than 2,000 vehicles have enjoyed this year’s special drive-through experience at Hudson Fields in Milton, setting a new festival record. Organizers hope 14,000 vehicles will go through to reach their fundraising goals.

“Our nonprofit felt strongly, especially this year, that the show must go on,” said John Snow, president of Festival of Cheer. “People need their spirits lifted during this difficult time and so we made the decision back in July to go forward with our 2020 event.”


WonderFEST 2020 features an enhanced mile-long Light Spectacular with the new Fantasy Forrest Grand Entrance. After the drives, guests arrive at the North Pole featuring the new Secret Elf Villageand a special greeting from the “Frozen” friends in Santa’s Workshop.


The 2020 fundraising goals include $30,000 to support community grants, $40,000 to install power improvements to expand the Light Spectacular and $25,000 to support a new attraction for WonderFEST 2021.

“The incredible success and growth of our festival has been fueled by dozens of generous sponsors, hundreds of dedicated volunteers – and every car that passes through the gates. I believe you can find light shows across our nation, but very few with heart of WonderFEST,” said event director Peter Briccotto.

Since launching in 2016, WonderFEST has helped Festival of Cheer award more than $150,000 of grants to Sussex County charities in 2016 and 2017.

More than $500,000 of festival proceeds from 2018 and 2019, along with private grants, was invested in the purchase of the ice rink, doubling the size of the Light Spectacular and paying for Phase One installation of cost-saving infrastructure at Hudson Fields.

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