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American Dream Heart of the Holidays

December 1, 2021 @ 10:00 am - December 24, 2021 @ 8:00 pm

Price Varies

Here’s what’s in store at American Dream’s “The Heart of the Holidays” celebration throughout the month of December:

Weekly Schedule:

Daily – Elf Workshop: Tucked inside Nickelodeon Universe, near Jelly Fish Jam, is Santa’s Workshop. Here, Santa’s elves are setting up shop to share holiday magic. There will be stations, run by elves, where guests can write a letter to Santa, decorate ornaments, or color some pictures. Santa’s elves will be buzzing about and creating wonderful holiday memories for all.

Daily – Toy Soldiers Stilt Walkers: As guests wander around, they will be greeted by our toy soldier friends! Dressed in Nutcracker-esque attire, these performers are easily able to take photos with guests and add some high-flying holiday fun throughout American Dream.

Music Mondays: Live from American Dream! Take a break and tune in as American Dream brings the magic of weekly, holiday-themed performances right to your living room. Talented local performers will be showcased across American Dream’s social channels and live pop-up performances throughout American Dream.

Wish Wednesdays: Beginning December 9th and every Wednesday from 12:30 PM – 6:30 PM at American Dream, make a wish in the Garden Court with one of American Dream’s holiday elves. Post your wish and tag @americandream on Instagram and you may get a holiday surprise! All wishes will be collected and delivered to Santa.

Thursdays – Candy Cane Passport Hunt: Come to American Dream each Thursday for a trip around American Dream with a festive scavenger hunt. Pick up your passport at the entrance to Nickelodeon Universe and look out for the signs where American Dream’s holiday helpers will be stationed with stamps and a little surprise! Follow American Dream on Instagram for clues every Thursday. Post your completed passport and tag us, for a chance to win a special holiday surprise. Ticket for Nickelodeon Universe is not required to participate.

Fridays and Saturdays – Night at The Rink: Spend your night at The Rink with a different theme each night. Groove to disco-themed music, top hits, and more being spun by Santa himself. Join us every Friday and Saturday from 5:00 to 9:00 PM through December 19th.

Holiday Sweater Saturdays: Every Saturday in December, don your most festive holiday-themed sweater and join us—the tackier, the better! Guests are encouraged to post pictures of themselves in their holiday sweaters and tag American Dream on Instagram @americandream for a chance to be “Instafamous” on our social media channels. Don’t forget to follow along and vote for your favorite sweaters – one of the top holiday sweaters will get a holiday surprise!


    For the first time, American Dream will open its doors at 7 AM on Black Friday, rewarding early bird guests with doorbusters and exclusive giveaways (while supplies last), including tickets to American Dream attractions like DreamWorks Water Park, SEA LIFE Aquarium, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, and The Rink, as well as surprises from retail partners.
    Date: November 26
    Location: Court A, Level 1
    For 24 hours only, American Dream will offer 20% off the digital purchase of tickets to select American Dream attractions (with code CYBER20), as well as 20% off online purchases of swag from DreamWorks Water Park, Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park and Angry Birds Mini Golf (no code required).
    Date: November 29
    Location: https://www.americandream.com/ (ONLINE ONLY)
    Beginning on Black Friday, guests will be rewarded for checking items off their holiday list with the “Shop to Spin” wheel. Guests who shop at select retailers will get a chance to spin American Dream’s giveaway wheel. Prizes include tickets to American Dream’s attractions like Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park and Angry Birds Mini Golf, American Dream swag, gifts from retailers and more.
    Dates: Select dates from November 26 to December 23
    Location: Court C


    To celebrate Chanukah, American Dream will be hosting a nightly lighting of American Dream’s 30’ x 30’ menorah, designed by New Jersey native and famed interior designer— Jonathan Adler.
    Dates: Nightly from November 28 to December 5
    Location: Court A
    American Dream will welcome local bands, artists and performers to take center stage all festive season.
    Dates: Select dates from November 26 to December 24
    Location: Court A
    American Dream is re-introducing its double-decker candy chute with American Dream elves will hand out candy canes to guests as they enjoy holiday music.
    Dates: Select dates from November 26 to December 23
    Location: Court C
    The Avenue at American Dream will have its own holiday experience featuring Santa at The Avenue. Santa and his elves will be rolling through on a luxurious golf cart, stopping for photos and handing out candy canes to shoppers.
    Dates: Select dates from November 26 to December 24
    Location: The Avenue


    Enjoy a festive night on ice at The Rink. American Dream invites guests to skate with Santa on its NHL regulation sized ice rink that will be decked out in holiday décor, as they enjoy festive music.
    Dates: Select dates from November 26 to December 23
    Location: The Rink
    Get in the holiday spirit with Winter Break at Nickelodeon Universe! Create endless holiday memories for all with Santa SpongeBob greeting families and bringing holiday cheer. Be sure to stop by Santa’s Elf Workshop for holiday magic where elves can help you write a letter to Santa, decorate ornaments, or color some pictures.
    Dates: Daily beginning November 26
    Location: Nickelodeon Universe
    Celebrate the holiday season at DreamWorks Water Park for the chance to meet Santa Shrek! Everyone’s favorite Ogre will be decked out in Santa gear, ready to take photos with children on the nice list.
    Dates: Daily beginning November 26
    Location: DreamWorks Water Park


December 1, 2021 @ 10:00 am
December 24, 2021 @ 8:00 pm
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