Last Saturday night, we went to the Holiday Wonderland at Petco Park (where the Padres play) in San Diego. I had seen this advertised a few times and the more I looked into it, the more excited I got about it and the more I wanted to take the kids. They basically transformed the baseball field into every kid’s (and apparently mine too) Christmas dream.
First of all, it opened at 5 pm. We got there about 5:30ish and waited in the longest line I have ever stood in. Seriously ridiculous. The line was moving at a good pace and we were still in it for 45 minutes. When we finally walked through the gates, we walked into a winter wonderland. There was snow, trees covered in lights, an ice skater, and it was snowing. From there we walked into the stadium and found lots of photo ops, decorations, and food. They opened up the food stands, but changed the names to make them Christmasy. We had sandwiches from Kringle’s Karvery. Once we got down on the field, there was bouncy houses, a carousel, a polar plunge slide on ice, more food, Santa, and reindeer, real live actual reindeer. In the outfield, like further than the outfield in that weird place you can sit and watch the game, but can’t actually see the game and have to watch it on the screen, was more stuff. We found the Ice Queen and Snow Princess, i.e. Elsa, Anna, and Olaf, Rudolph playing on the big screen, and more bouncy houses. Anna and Elsa were great. When it was finally our turn for pictures, I made a comment about how bright the lights were. Anna told me it was so Olaf thought it was summer. We also ran into random princesses along the way. We couldn’t find the reindeer though. They weren’t where the map said they would be or where the signs pointed. We finally told the little one that they must have flown away.
It was super crowded and the lines were long, but it was so neat. It did cost to get in, but then everything was free inside except the train and pictures with Santa ($25!). All of the characters were so nice and accommodating to the kids. They all stayed in character and did an awesome job. My daughter was thrilled with all the princesses she got to meet. By the time we left, there wasn’t a line at all. Tonight is the last night for this, but hopefully they’ll do it again next year!