MARION - The Southern Illinois Miners are pleased to announce that Winter Wonderland, sponsored by Aisin Manufacturing, will return to Rent One Park from Thursday, Dec. 7 through Monday, Dec. 11, marking the second year of the winter fan event.
Fans and families can come to the ballpark for fun winter activities all weekend long. On Friday, Dec. 8, the park will be open from 6 until 10 p.m. with a spectacular fireworks show at 9. On Saturday, Dec. 9, the gates will open at 11 a.m. and will stay open until 9 p.m., with Sunday hours being 1 to 8 p.m.
Entry to Winter Wonderland is $3 on Friday night and $2 on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at (618) 998-8499, or by visiting the Miners box office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets can be bought in advance or on the day of the eventh, and are non-exchangeable, non-transferable and non-refundable. Children under 2 years of age get in free, though activity fees still apply. ALL children (12 years and under) MUST be accompanied by a person age 16 or older.
Activities include carriage rides ($3 per rider), ice skating ($5, including skate rental), a 31-foot-high Giant Snowzilla Jr. slide ($3), a challenging snow maze ($3), Glow-In-The-Dark mini golf ($2 per golfer), snowball fights, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus (FREE), and more!
Fans can purchase an all-access wristband, which gives access to all activities, except carriage rides, for $14 on Friday night (a savings of $2) and $12 on Saturday (a savings of $3). Like last year, fans can enjoy activity tables and games, and fans can also send holiday letters to soldiers and veterans of the military.
New this year, the Miners will be teaming up with various not-for-profits this holiday season, and will be hosting the popular Christmas Playhouse Village Fundraiser for CASA of Williamson County. The playhouses, constructed by local high school shop students, will be located on the concourse during Winter Wonderland, and fans can walk around the houses and purchase raffle tickets to win.
Carriage rides will take place between 6 and 8 p.m. on Friday night, Noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Holiday treats, drinks and concession favorites will be available for purchase.
More details will be available soon on the Miners' Facebook page and website.
"Aisin is proud to sponsor Winter Wonderland with the Southern Illinois Miners," Aisin spokesperson Glenn Edwards said. "It will be a great community event and a fun, festive way to enjoy the holiday season with family and friends."