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Petco Park transforms into a winter wonderland.

SAN DIEGO – The approaching Pacific storm caused San Diego Padres to cancel their Holiday Wonderland event scheduled for Friday.

The Holiday Wonderland at Petco Park will be closed Friday, December 12 due to the rain in the forecast, a Padres spokeswoman announced Thursday.

The popular holiday event inside the ballpark is expected to reopen as scheduled on Saturday and Sunday.

The inaugural “Winter Wonderland” features a snow scene, light displays, “Candyland” and a 40-foot tall Christmas tree decorated with almost 16,000 lights and more than 250 ornaments. The event is part of an effort by the Padres and the city to bring more off-season attractions to the ballpark.

Current and former Padres players are expected to make appearances, according to the team.

The Winter Wonderland will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays leading up to Christmas, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Padres said it will also be open on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Christmas week.

Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children. Kids 3 and under are free. A family photo with Santa Claus will cost $25, and rides on a “Polar Express” train are $5.

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