The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden lights up the holiday nights from November 26th through January 2nd, 5PM to 9PM.
2010 marks the 28th year for the Cincinnati Zoo Festival of Lights. Every year, the Cincinnati Zoo adorns the park with lights and decorations to celebrate the holiday season. And, every year, the zoo adds more events, more attractions and more to do for all ages. Every night of the festival, you can enjoy the light displays, carolers, the holiday train ride, holiday food and drink as well as the animals that live in the zoo. It is a wonderful time for everyone.
The largest holiday event of its kind in the area, this festival draws people from all over the midwest and the nation. Our family attends at least once every year. It is a Cincinnati tradition and one that we all look forward to, young and old.
Some of the festival highlights this year include:
• NEW themed areas around the Zoo including Fairy Land!
• NEW Search for the 5 fairies hidden in Fairy Land
• Visit with Santa & his Reindeer
• “Winter Wonders” – Madcap Puppet Theater Black Light Show
• Storytelling with Mrs. Claus
• Rapping Elves
• Holiday Character Meet & Greet
• Holiday Post Office – send a letter straight to Santa
• Wild Lights Show on Swan Lake
• Gingerbread Village
• Talking Tigers
• Nativity Scene & Menorah Display
• Happy Feet 4D Experience in the 4D Theater
Be sure to take a ride on the North Polar Express train to see all of the parks displays and events from the train while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate. The train runs continuously during the festival hours and is a must see. Take the kids to visit Santa in his house by the rhino cafe, and see his reindeer in Gingerbread Village.
Enjoy the wild light show on Swan lake as millions of tiny lights dance to the holiday music. Warch as the Madcap Puppet Theater puts on a delightful show with black lights and dancing marshmallows. With so much to see and do, you’ll want to arrive early.
This year, the zoo is “glowing green” with its displays using LED lights almost exclusively. LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights operate with much less electricity that the traditional lights. And with all the tiny lights in the 2010 Festival of Lights, that can add up to a tremendous energy savings!
Watch a short video preview of this years festival of lights:
In Cincinnati, look for specially marked soda cans for festival admission discounts!
Source for scheduling and highlights: Cincinnati Zoo and the Zoo web site at http://www.cincinnatizoo.org
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