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Walking in a Winter Wonderland…in Staten Island!

This Winter Will Boast a Mesmerizing Holiday Experience

By: Clara Perez

Credit: kid101.com

For the first time ever, the Staten Island Yankees stadium will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland.

The Richmond County Bank Ballpark is an 85,000- square foot arena that will house Winter Wonderland Staten Island running from November 25th-December 23rd, 2017.

Utilizing this huge space, the goal is to evoke holiday themes and feels that everyone looks forward to this time of year.

By transforming the scene to a winter alpine village, guests will have an impressive number and genres of attractions to choose from.

There will be rides and games similar to those at a carnival, in which books of tickets can be purchased by all ages to enjoy.

There will also be a custom-built elf themed miniature golf that will have 9 holes and winter scenes scattered throughout.

An 80’ x 50’ outdoor skating rink using only the finest in artificial ice technology will also be featured but unlike many other ice skating rinks, you can skate on this one as long as you like!

Not like any other holiday tourists spots in the NYC area, Winter Wonderland Staten Island will be home to Santa’s Workshop.

This glimpse into the inner workings of Santa’s workshop in the North Pole will provide guests with pictures with Santa, souvenirs, seasonal gifts, stuffed animals, and other novelty items.

Before leaving the workshop, you will also get the chance to create a forever memory by building your own stuffed holiday buddy. You will get to choose between a snowman, polar bear, penguin, reindeer or an elf.

As if all of these attractions weren’t enough, there will be a nightly light show running every hour from 5-10 PM. With over 85,000 holiday lights, 500 manpower hours and 20 interactive songs, this light show is sure to impress even the toughest of critics.

When you’re done enjoying the attractions, there are also dining and shopping options available.

While the full dining list isn’t available yet, potential visitors can likely count on a unique and fun dining experience.

If last minute gifts are on your list, Winter Wonderland Staten Island will also feature holiday vendors like On Your Mark Chocolatiers, Pop! Universe, Must See TV, Coney Island Brewing Company and many more.

After a long day of rides, food and shopping, some guests may want to enjoy some wine and spirits. Well, the wonderland has that covered too.

Aptly named The Igloo Bar, this bar inside of a life-size igloo is bound to become Staten Island newest and coolest nightspot. Also serving as a lounge, The Igloo Bar will have dueling pianos, cabaret singers, DJs and live bands.

Serving holiday and seasonal cocktails along with a variety of bar snacks, you may want to live in this igloo forever.

If you’re not into the bar scene, you can enjoy a pastry and hot cocoa at Gingy’s Bakeshop. This life-sized working gingerbread house will sell a selection of hot cocoa, coffee, tea and of course, cookies, pastries and other sweets.

Within Gingy’s Bakeshop there will also be a full candy shoppe called Gumdrops, where you can stock up on favorites by the bag or by the bulk!

If Winter Wonderland Staten Island sounds like exactly where you want to be this winter, daily and/or seasonal passes can be purchased online at http://www.winterwonderlandsi.com.

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