About Wonderland Express

Our Purpose

The sole purpose of the Wonderland Express event is to provide approx. 100 vulnerable children and families with a memorable holiday experience filled with fun and laughter. At each of the past events, we have hosted up to 400 individuals (children and their families) who are selected through the Family Access Network (FAN).

In 2021, we will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Wonderland Express

Wonderland Express is a magical afternoon of family fun for Kids and their Families. To create this Christmas experience, a cadre of dedicated volunteers shop for toys and winter clothing all through the year. The organizing committee, made up of many volunteers who have been with the event since its inception, meet with increasing frequency as the event draws near.

For most of these children, this will be their only holiday experience. Our hope is that these families, for at least one day a year, can put aside the stress and concerns of everyday life and share the wonder and magic of the season with their loved ones.

On the day of the Wonderland Express event, families are welcomed by special volunteer characters and volunteer hosts, and are treated to a festive Holiday Banquet in a beautiful setting at the Homestead Ballroom at Sunriver Resort.

In the past, activities have included a professional family photo session (photos sent home with the families),  a holiday craft corner, Build-a-Stuffed-Animal, a magic show, hay rides, visits with the Sunriver Fire and Police Departments, an ice cream sundae bar, and culminates with a visit from Mr. & Mrs. Claus — each child received a stuffed stocking with age-appropriate treats.

Each family leaves the event with a framed family portrait, a gift card for groceries for a special holiday meal, wrapped present for the children, warm winter gloves, hats and scarves, and memories that will last a lifetime.

Multiple ways you can contribute:

    • Start a Workplace Campaign
    • Become a Volunteer
    • Become a Partner


Wonderland Express is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are  tax deductible (Tax ID# 20-0036466). 100% of funds raised go directly toward the event.

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