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November 29, 2011 > Take VTA to the Global Winter Wonderland

Take VTA to the Global Winter Wonderland

Submitted By Brandi Childress

Beginning Friday, November 25, enjoy international holiday cheer at the first ever United States premier of Global Winter Wonderland. Let the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) be your ride to this magical Chinese Lantern festival which celebrates holiday traditions from around the world. The opening day celebration will begin at 1:30 p.m. Friday at VTA's Winchester Light Rail Station in Campbell. Join Santa Claus and the 49er Gold Rush Girls on this exciting light rail trip to Global Winter Wonderland located at the parking lot adjacent to Great America in Santa Clara. Free admission to the event will be given to passengers onboard this festive train.

And if free admission to opening day festivities wasn't enough, free admission will also be given to those who take VTA to the event on Saturdays in December (with the exception of Christmas Eve). Simply deboard at the Great America Light Rail Station or the two bus stops nearest the entrance to Global Winter Wonderland between the hours of 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and show a valid VTA fare to personnel.

Be inspired by gigantic illuminated lanterns depicting the world's greatest architectural achievements such as the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, Chichen Itza and the Golden Gate Bridge. The festival covers more than nine acres, showcasing hundreds of larger-than-life replicas, some of them more than 50-feet tall and nearly 100-feet wide, that will light up the sky using 30,000 energy-efficient light bulbs. Shop, taste and experience the world by visiting the Global Marketplace, Food Court and Village. Enjoy arts and crafts, dance and music performances, carnival rides and arcades, as well as a number of special events and contests.

Global Winter Wonderland is produced by the International Culture Exchange Group (ICEG), an international event organizer working to promote cultural exchange between the East and West. For more information on Global Winter Wonderland, please visit

For transit trip assistance, please contact VTA Customer Service at (408) 321-2300, TTY only (408) 321-2330. You can also log onto and sign-up to receive VTA email updates. Find us on Facebook under "SCVTA", Twitter under "SantaclaraVTA", and YouTube at

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