Oct. 10, 2018
SAN ANTONIO – Unique, ultra-accessible™ Morgan’s Wonderland will help guests get into the holiday spirit beginning Friday, Nov. 23, with “A Wonderland Christmas,” special entertainment on select evenings leading up to Christmas.
The colorful mix of lights, decorations, shows, strolling entertainers and holiday traditions will be presented from 4 to 9 p.m. on nine select evenings – Nov. 23 and 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 16 and 21-23 – at the world’s first theme park designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built for everyone’s enjoyment.
Furthermore, Morgan’s Wonderland will be open during daylight hours Nov. 25 (11 a.m.-4 p.m.); Dec. 2 (11 a.m.-4 p.m.); Dec. 7 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.); Dec. 9 (11 a.m.-3 p.m.); Dec. 14 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.); and Dec. 17-20 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.). Special entertainment on those days will include Christmas magic by The Astonishing Mr. Pitts; performances by Morgan’s Wonderland puppets; story time with Mrs. Claus; and meet-and-greets with friendly therapy animals.
“Dashing Through the Park” will be the theme of this year’s edition of A Wonderland Christmas evening-entertainment showcase. Thirteen non-profit organizations will decorate and display miniature sleighs and 7-foot-tall Christmas trees that will be situated throughout the park, and representatives will be on hand to tell guests about the specific services those groups offer.
Participating organizations are the Down Syndrome Association of South Texas, the YMCA of Greater San Antonio, The ARC of San Antonio, the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas, Respite Care of San Antonio, Reaching Maximum Independence, Special Olympics Texas, disABILITYsa, the Autism Treatment Center, South Texas Regional Adaptive and Para Sports, Sunshine Cottage, Guide Dogs for the Blind and The Bridge at The Academy at Morgan’s Wonderland.
“We’re delighted to have these wonderful organizations help us spread holiday cheer with our guests,” said Ron Morander, Morgan’s Wonderland general manager. “It’s a great way to spotlight vital programs and services available in our community in the relaxed, festive atmosphere of A Wonderland Christmas.”
Strolling entertainment during A Wonderland Christmas will feature The Wonder Squad, four Morgan’s Wonderland super heroes who turn their disabilities into super abilities; butterfly mascot Joy and her crew; juggling elves; magicians; marionettes; therapy dogs; and local choral groups.
In addition to the park’s regular attractions and wheelchair-accessible rides, A Wonderland Christmas will offer a tree-lighting ceremony each evening, visits with Santa Claus, a petting zoo, complimentary cookies and hot chocolate, Christmas caricatures, skating on a simulated ice rink and Christmas decorations throughout the 25-acre park. Pictures with Santa will be taken from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for a nominal charge.
Special entertainment and shows will vary each evening during A Wonderland Christmas, but there will be something for everyone, Morander said.
“For family wanting to be immersed in the Christmas spirit, A Wonderland Christmas is definitely the place to be,” he added. “Morgan’s Wonderland is a truly beautiful place, and it takes on a special ambiance at night for special celebrations such as A Wonderland Christmas. Because it’s so colorful and lively, our guests take lots and lots of pictures to share with family and friends.”
Regular Morgan’s Wonderland admission prices will be applicable throughout A Wonderland Christmas, and as always, those with special needs and children age 2 and younger will be admitted free of charge. The latest information about operating schedule and admissions is available at www.MorgansWonderland.com or at (210) 495-5888.
Non-profit Morgan’s Wonderland is located in Northeast San Antonio at 5223 David Edwards Drive, a half-mile west of IH 35 at the intersection of Wurzbach Parkway and Thousand Oaks Drive.