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 admission tickets available for purchase
Need a gift idea? Give a trip through Folepi's Winter Wonderland! Tickets to Folepi's Winter Wonderland will be available starting Nov. 16, 2016. Tickets cost $10 each, are good through Dec. 31, and are available at the front desk at EastSide Centre, 1 EastSide Drive, East Peoria.
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 3 p.m. New Year's Eve.
Folepi's Winter Wonderland drive-through display is located at 123 Par 3 Lane, off Springfield Road in VFW Post 2078 Park. Advance tickets cannot be purchased at the drive-through display.
Lights Tours for Large Groups Tours are available by advanced reservation only to groups of 30 or more with their own transportation. Cost is $30. For more information, call 1-800-365-3743.
Travel Directions for Out-of-Town Visitors
Decatur/Lincoln: I-55 North to I-74 West to East Peoria, Exit 96
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 96
Springfield: I-55 to I-155 at Lincoln, then I-74 West to East Peoria, Exit 96
Chicago: I-55 South to I-74 West to East Peoria, Exit 96
To get to the Folepi's Winter Wonderland drive-through display, at the bottom of the Exit 96 rampturn left onto East Washington Street. Drive along East Washington until reaching the traffic light at the intersection of East Washington Street and Springfield Road. Turn left 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.
ALTERNATE INTERSTATE EXIT FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS, AND THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 2016:
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.
This is being tried as an attempt to ease long lines of weekend traffic. Winter Wonderland traffic on Friday and Saturday nights can be so heavy that is is not uncommon to have backups throughout East Peoria's downtown area. Officials hope that by promoting the alternate route the traffic congestion will be reduced and traffic will flow more smoothly and quickly.