Imaginarium — A Magical Journey Through Light
November 18, 2023

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 over 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 2023?

Imaginarium 360

A Magical Holiday Event for Kids in Sacramento

Celebrate the holidays with us by coming down with your loved ones. Every moment is special as we’re meant to live in the moment. Here, there are so many things to do to help you capture that sense of magic that you felt when you were little. Even if it’s not the same things that made you feel special, it’s something new. Something different. Yet, at the same time, all of it feels familiar.

Sacramento event for kids – Imaginarium at Cal Expo in Sacramento - A Fairytale Garden

A Fairytale Garden

Follow the paths and wind your way through the expansive rose garden. It’s a place where romance finds its haven, and children discover boundless joy. This garden offers the perfect backdrop for a viral-worthy photo. It’s also your first encounter with the enchanting creatures that inhabit Imaginarium!

Imaginarium by Global Winter Wonderland - Enchanted Fantasyland Forests

Enchanted Fantasyland Forests

In a land not so far away, there exists an enchanted forest. This mystical woodland is unlike any other, for it is home to extraordinary creatures brought to life by millions of twinkling lights. Beasts of bioluminescence & creatures of fantastic color welcome you to their ethereal home where nature’s magic lights up the night.

Infinity Mirrors

Infinity Mirrors

Step into a kaleidoscope of mirror chambers, where every turn reveals a mesmerizing spectacle. Journey into a realm of boundless brilliance and embark on an exclusive adventure filled with wonder & fascination only at Imaginarium.

Photo Booths

Photo Booths

Journey to a world of enchantment, where every snap creates a treasure trove of dazzling memories. Five million lights bring flora & fauna to life, creating a wonderland that envelops its visitors. There’s magic around every corner, so have your phone handy and prepare to be mesmerized!

Free Circus Acts Daily

Experience a new type of show like never seen before! Enjoy Cirque Legacy as you dazzle at the wondrous performances on stage…all for free!


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 20, 2023, until January 7, 2024. 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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