Sparkle Light Festival Brings Lights, Games, and a Two-Story Tubing Hill to Rosemont

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we know that seeing lights is on everyone’s holiday bucket list. Sparkle Light Festival in Rosemont offers families the opportunity to take countless holiday photos, enjoy a warm cup of hot chocolate, and soak up holiday fun with their loved ones. Read all the details below about visiting this new festive light display at Impact Field.

Sparkle Light Festival provided Kidlist with the tickets for this event. All opinions are my own.

Sparkle Light Festival in Rosemont

Light Displays

The main attraction of Sparkle Light Festival is, of course, the lights! Stationed around Impact Field are giant reindeer, Christmas trees, light tunnels, and so much more. There are countless photo ops in front of a larger-than-life Santa, inside ornaments, and seated in a Christmas carriage. Nearly all of the lights are on the field itself, so guests will need to walk around to the north side of the field to get down into the main area.

My kids really enjoyed wandering through the light tunnels, and hopping on the light-up carousel for a picture. We also loved finding our favorite Christmas characters, and I loved popping into a picture or two with my kids, too.

As a parent, I appreciated that all of the light displays were big and spread out across Impact Field, which made it easy to take pictures. Everyone casually took turns stopping for pictures and offering to take pictures for one another. We even heard a few people singing along to the music playing throughout the stadium. If you’re looking for Instagram-worthy holiday photos, this is a great place to take them. Every corner we turned, my kids marveled at what we found and asked me to take their picture.

Alpine Slide

For an additional $22, guests can enjoy unlimited rides on the Alpine Slide, a 2-story snow tubing hill. To ride the tubes, you’ll need to purchase the wristband either at the front entrance, or at guest services. The slide is on the opposite side of the field, so keep that in mind so you’re not backtracking across the field. When we visited, there was a short line that was constantly moving, making it easy for our family to enjoy multiple runs in a row. Our 9-year and 7-year old rode independently, whereas our 4-year old was allowed ride on an adult’s lap. Riders slide down fast, so if you’re on the fence about riding along with your child, I’d recommend it. The tubes weren’t overly heavy, which made it easy for our girls to carry them up the stairs on their own. We appreciated that there was something extra that our bigger kids could enjoy at Sparkle Light Festival.

Sparkle Light Festival Children’s Train

Located on the southern section of the field, visitors will find a children’s train with free, unlimited rides. This track-less ride make a short loop through its own section of lights as young children ride in the back.

Rudolph’s Kid Zone

Rudolph’s Kid Zone can be found in the northeast corner of the stadium. This heated area had stations where we could color and write a letter to Santa, throw baseballs at an inflatable game, play oversized Jenga and Connect 4 games, or build with a large collection of Duplos. We enjoyed taking a break from the cold and having a little extra family-fun while doing so. We thought this was a nice way to extend our time with kids at the festival.

Eat and Drink

There are quite a few food stations available throughout the stadium, which include ballpark favorites like hot dogs and burgers. Guests will also find hot chocolate, pretzels, popcorn, and other great choices that will warm you up while you’re taking a break from looking at all of the lights. Near the front entrance, there is a large heated tent with tall-top tables to enjoy your food. There are also tables for children to write letters to Santa in here, too, with a bright red mailbox in the corner ready to make it’s way to the North Pole.

If you prefer to look at the lights while eating, there are select sections near the north entrance stairs that guests could sit in the seats and enjoying a snack.

Parking at Sparkle Light Festival

There is a parking deck right next to Impact Field, which is perfect for Sparkle Light Festival. Cars pay $5, with both cash and credit cards accepted.

Tickets and Event Hours

Sparkle Light Festival is open most days until January 1, 2023, with tickets reserved for either 4:30-6:30pm or 7:00-9:00pm. There are special holiday hours on Christmas Eve, New Years Eve, and New Years Day, while it is closed on Christmas Day. Regular admission is $25 for guests 13 and up, or $20 for children 2-12 years old. All-inclusive tickets are also available to include food or suite access. More details about what’s included can be found on their website.

Looking for more ways to look at holiday lights? Check out our 2022 Best Christmas Lights and Holiday Light Shows guide.

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