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Corn Dawgs tweaks offerings for holidays

Special Photo. Revelers partake in ice skating at Winter Wonderland, a 100-acre Christmas landscape new this year to Walnut Grove, about 20 minutes from Lawrenceville.

Special Photo. Revelers partake in ice skating at Winter Wonderland, a 100-acre Christmas landscape new this year to Walnut Grove, about 20 minutes from Lawrenceville.

WALNUT GROVE -- The Walton County folks known for their autumnal corn maze are offering holiday revelers a Winter Wonderland, replete with a skating rink and festive hayride.

Fresh off a successful corn maze season, the Walnut Grove proprietors known as Corn Dawgs have transformed 100 acres of rolling farmland to a Christmas landscape befitting a Hallmark movie.

They call the creation a family adventure park. Its primary attractions are twofold:

The Holiday Trail of Lights -- a hayride featuring the 12 days of Christmas and bulbs by the thousands -- join a full-size, covered skating rink and numerous other displays. The park opened after Thanksgiving and is scheduled to run through January.

"This type of attraction has not been done on this scale in this area," said organizer Joel Gregory. "Ice skating is something you don't see that often in the South."

Admission prices vary, based on which day of the week and activity patrons choose. Gregory said organizers expect between 10,000 and 20,000 visitors in this, the inaugural year.

The idea was born after Corn Dawgs enjoyed a successful maze, Gregory said.

"(We) had great feedback so we came up with something for the Winter season," he said. "Almost everyone enjoys holiday lights and Christmas decorations."

The attraction is closed on Christmas Day.

For a complete list of hours and activities, visit www.corndawgs.com or call 770-786-9000.

The Winter Wonderland is located about 20 miles from downtown Lawrenceville, accessible by U.S. Highway 78 or Ga. Highway 316.