Festival of Lights – Cincinnati Zoo

The Cincinnati Zoo will once again be transformed into a “Wild Wonderland” for the 37th annual PNC Festival of Lights!

In addition to admiring the beauty of 3 million LED lights, visitors can watch a Madcap black-light puppet show, ride the Toyland Express train ride, marvel at the spectacular Wild Lights show on Swan Lake, or snack at one of two S’mores-n-More stands. Santa will be available for visits starting at 4 p.m., an hour before the rest of the festivities begin.

NEW this year at PNC Festival of Lights!

  • Families will enjoy searching for Fiona fairy statues in Fiona’s Fairyland
  • Take holiday photos in the Hippo Hut, which will be decorated to provide a festive backdrop!
  • More giant lanterns, including some that fit the soon-to-be-open Roo Valley theme, will be placed around the Zoo. 
  • Guests will feel like they’re blanketed by stars in the new, immersive “Northern Lights” light experience. 
  • This is the last year for the 4D Theater and Polar Express.  After PNC Festival of Lights ends on January 4, the space will be transformed into a new food and retail space slated to open in 2020.
  • AND, getting into the Zoo will be much easier this year with the additional walk-in entrance on Erkenbrecher Ave.

Dates: Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 – Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020
Time: Open Sunday – Thursday until 9p, Friday & Saturday until 10p
Pricing: $9 – $22 (Standard zoo admission). Tickets Here

Visits with Santa begin at 4p
Festival of Lights activities begin at 5p


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