Planning which night to visit Folepi's Winter Wonderland
We want everyone to have the best possible experience when coming to view the lights in Folepi’s Winter Wonderland, and that includes not having to wait too long in line to see the display. When possible, we encourage people to come to the display on Sunday through Thursday as wait times those nights are usually significantly less than on weekends. Traffic on Friday and Saturday nights is much higher so there will be a line to get in the display. If you can come to the display only on Friday or Saturday night, please expect that there will be a line.
Gift idea: Winter Wonderland gift certificates available for purchase
Need a gift idea? Give a trip through Folepi's Winter Wonderland! Gift certificates to Folepi's Winter Wonderland cost $10 each, are good through Dec. 31, and will be available at the front desk at EastSide Centre, 1 EastSide Drive, East Peoria, starting Nov. 21.
EastSide is open from 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday; 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; and 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. It will be open until noon on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
The gift certificates are perfect for last minute gifts or stocking stuffers, and often employers will purchase them as a gift to their employees. Folepi's Winter Wonderland drive-through display is located at 123 Par 3 Lane, off Springfield Road in VFW Post 2078 Park. Please note that tickets do not need to be purchased in advance to enter the drive-through display.
Tour guides for the Winter Wonderland are available for $30 by advance reservation only to groups of 30 or more with their own transporation. Payment must be made in cash or by check. If paying by check, leave "Pay to the Order Of" blank, and when the guide gets on the bus please enter their name on that line. To make a reservation, call Rick Swan, (309) 256-8299, or the Festival of Lights toll-free information line, 1-855-833-5327.
Travel Directions for Out-of-Town Visitors
Decatur/Lincoln: I-55 North to I-74 West to East Peoria, Exit 98
Lasalle/Peru: I-80 West to Route 180 South to Route 29 South to East Peoria
Champaign/Bloomington-Normal: I-74 West to East Peoria, Exit 98
Springfield: I-55 to I-155 at Lincoln, then I-74 West to East Peoria, Exit 98
Chicago: I-55 South to I-74 West to East Peoria, Exit 98
To get to the Folepi's Winter Wonderland drive-through display, from I-74 take Exit 98-Pinecrest Drive. Proceed along Pinecrest Drive, turn right onto Muller Road, and then turn right onto Springfield Road. The intersections will be marked with signage. The northbound lane of Springfield Road will have two lanes of traffic. Local traffic will use the center of the lane and Winter Wonderland traffic will use the portion closer to the curb.
For those coming in on East Peoria streets, drive along East Washington Street until reaching the traffic light at the intersection of East Washington Street and Springfield Road. Turn onto Springfield Road and drive up the hill. There is a center turn lane on Springfield Road for Winter Wonderland traffic. Continue along Springfield Road until getting to the large lighted display at the entrance of the display which is at Springfield Road and Par 3 Lane.