Castle Park | Duke's Very Merry Village | Full Event Guide 2023

By theFUNnelCakeBlog | Nov 26, 2023

Duke’s Very Merry Village Returns Nov. 18-Jan. 7

Celebrate the season at Castle Park with an all-new Duke’s Very Merry Village. Enjoy festive decorations, holiday treats and our famous snow and light shows. New this year see Duke’s Holiday Wish, our live musical holiday show, feast on Brunch with Duke, Santa & Friends or take a ride on Antique Cars rethemed for the season as Holiday Lane. Plus, come back for special events including scavenger hunts, a Noon Year’s Eve celebration and much more. It’s our best holiday event ever!

So Much to Enjoy This Season!

NEW! Duke’s Holiday Wish

An all-new, live musical show in the Big Top featuring traditional holiday favorites! Join a curious child named Alex as he dreams of a holiday wish that turns into an exciting winter adventure to the North Pole. Duke the Dragon and Captain Tall Tale come to life on stage as Duke and Alex visit Santa’s workshop and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus as they are preparing for Christmas. The show concludes with an indoor snow and light show the kids won’t believe!

Saturdays at 2:00pm and 4:30pm in The Big Top

Free with park admission.

Holiday Lane

Take a ride on Antique Cars, reimagined for Duke’s Very Merry Village as Holiday Lane. Enjoy whimsical holiday scenes, fun seasonal animatronics, all-new light displays and much more on one of Castle Park’s most cherished rides. Keep your eyes out for the tricky Rat King from the holiday favorite, The Nutcracker. He’s been having a little fun with Holiday Lane. Can you spot what he’s done? Take a ride on Holiday Lane and get in the Holiday Spirit.

Open every operating day

Brunch with Duke, Santa & Friends

Join Duke, Santa & friends for a festive holiday brunch buffet in the Big Top. Feast on a buffet including scrambled eggs, pancakes, biscuits & gravy, ham, sausage & breakfast potatoes. Then enjoy meeting Duke, Santa Claus & their special friends as they roam the Big Top. Enjoy special photoops with Santa and friends, plus special free arts and crafts activities and a holiday sing-aalong! It’s the perfect way to fuel up for a fun day in Duke’s Very Merry Village!

Saturdays & Sundays at 11am in the Big Top November 25-December 23. To purchase, click “Buy Now” below and and select your date to see if Brunch with Duke, Santa & friends is available. Park admission required.

Snow & Light Show

A Castle Park holiday favorite is even better this year! Join us for our famous snow and light show in front of the Plaza Café. Enjoy the miracle of snow in Riverside with a lively light show choreographed to some of your favorite holiday music. With new music, new lighting effects and more snow than we’ve ever had before, you don’t want to miss this Castle Park favorite.

Saturdays & Sundays at 5:30pm at the Plaza Café.

Festive Holiday Treats

Food is half of the fun at Castle Park! Sink your teeth into the holiday season with Duke’s Holiday Snack Boxes. Pick from a box of festive sweet treats, including a deep fried cinnamon sugar pretzel, marshmallow snowman pop and deep fried Oreo with peppermint or go for the tasty savory box with a pork slider, bacon cheddar tots and mac ‘n cheese with Buffalo chicken . Get them both for even more holiday fun.

Available every day that the park is open! Click “Buy Now” below and select your visit date to purchase a snack box.

New! Scavenger Hunts

We need your help! The evil Rat King has stolen six giant presents and hidden them in spots all around Castle Park. Can you help us find them? Find them all and you can win a different prize every week. Stop by the Royal Tent to pick up a scavenger hunt card and learn how to play. We need to find all of those presents before Christmas!

Saturdays and Sundays

Noon Year’s Eve Party

No need to wait until midnight to celebrate 2024. Ring in the Noon Year at Castle Park on December 31st with our Noon Year’s Eve Party! The Big Top opens at 12:15pm with fun, free party favors, while supplies last, and a special mid-day Dance Party with Duke starting at 12:30pm. The Countdown to the ball drop starts at 1pm, followed by a laser and light show! Additional activities include free arts and crafts and a special New Year’s photo op to ring 2024.

December 31 at 12:15pm in the Big Top.<i>the-park/things-to-do/duke-s-very-merryvillage

Castle Park

3500 Polk Street

Riverside, California 92505

(951) 785-3000

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