Imaginarium — A Magical Journey Through Light
November 14, 2022

Take your kids on a journey through light and have an immersive holiday experience as Global Winter Wonderland brings you back to Imaginarium at Cal Expo in Sacramento starting this November!

If you happen to wander at night through Cal Expo in Sacramento in the third week of November, you will be captivated by the spectacular array of lighting displays synchronized with music, as well as laser shows lighting up the night sky — and you’ll know it’s back. The Global Winter Wonderland will finally be here at Cal Expo with its new Imaginarium  “Light Up the Night.” This family-friendly Sacramento outdoor event for kids gives you a captivating holiday season experience with the illuminated landscapes of over three million LED lights.

Imaginarium 360 – Light Up The Night from on Vimeo.

What’s with the Imaginarium?

Experience the original Light Up the Night at Cal-Expo Center in Sacramento. Action Packed with more than 3 million lights, you’ll venture through 15 acres of lights, mazes, rides, nightly shows, a fantasy zone, and so much more! Wrap up your night with a meet and greet with your favorite characters, take a few laps around our ice rink, or kick back with an adult beverage while the kids visit our newly designed fantasy zone.

What’s new in 2022?



Skate into the holiday season on Imaginarium’s brand-new ice skating rink!

Join the fun in the heart of Imaginarium under a picturesque Sacramento backdrop of twinkly nights for a few laps around our Skating Rink.

*Tickets sell out fast, so be sure to book your skate in advance.



See Sacramento from 50 feet up and blow off some steam on an endless supply of rides and entertainment!

With more than 25 rides, our carnival has a little something for everyone.



Wander through a winter wonderland — The Land of Astara.

Introducing 12 new creatures in the “Land of Astara,” guests will adventure through an awe-inspiring fantasy zone with a renewed Magia tree and wishing stars encompassing a world of action, adventure, and wonder.



Make a wish at the wishing tree, and your dreams could come true!

May your wishes come true under the Wishing Tree. Nested inside our famed Fantasy Zone, the Wishing tree is one of the most entrancing spectacles in our Winter Wonderland.


Like the past events, there will also be a balloon drop, rose garden, entertainment, and various games that offer good old-fashioned fun and magical adventure. At the Imaginarium event, guests can also have a photo opportunity with Santa and other costumed characters – making it an exciting event for kids in Sacramento. More so, foodie lovers will also enjoy a variety of refreshments in the food court and a beer garden for the adults. 

The Imaginarium at Cal Expo in Sacramento will run from November 18, 2022, until January 2, 2023. Global Winter Wonderland opened in 2011 in Santa Clara as the first-ever Chinese lantern festival in the United States. It was held at Cal Expo from 2014 – 2018 to appreciative crowds. 

For more information about Imaginarium at Cal Expo, please visit their website.

Sacramento offers so many opportunities for kids to enjoy and have fun all year round! Check out our list of resources, or browse through our things to do in Sacramento with kids. Still looking for more activities for kids in Sacramento? No problem! Check out our comprehensive listing of places to go in the region and our highly recommended seasonal blog posts.

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