Festival of Lights – Cincinnati Zoo


The Cincinnati Zoo is GLOWrious during the 30th Annual PNC Festival of Lights! While seeing over two-million LED lights strung throughout the Zoo, guests can also enjoy the NEW S’mores-N-More station, Madcap puppets in black-light, a NEW Wild Lights Show on Swan Lake, train rides and much more. The PNC Festival of Lights opens November 23 and glows through January 1, 2013 from 5 – 9 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and 5-10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

This year, guests will enjoy more lights and more color than ever before as they journey through the Zoo’s themed areas. From Fairy Land where kids can search for the five hidden fairies to Candy Cane Forest and Twinkle Trail! Children can visit Santa in the North Pole up till December 23. Rappin’ Elves and other costumed characters stroll through the park for special appearances throughout the PNC Festival of Lights celebration.

As guests enter the Zoo they are welcomed at the entrance by a breath-taking 35-foot-tall tree, blanketed with more than 20,000 LED lights in the Zoo’s Historic Vine Street Village. Just beyond the entrance is Swan Lake, where visitors experience the spectacular sights and sounds of the Wild Lights Show – a 21-foot-tall computer-controlled tree with thousands of LED lights dancing to the beat of NEW holiday songs. Head on over to the Train Depot and see the sights aboard the North Polar Express or meet the Talking Tigers, “Blizzard” and “Snowflake.”


Celebrate 30 years of family and tradition at the Cincinnati Zoo PNC Festival of Lights. The Zoo opens daily at 9 a.m. The PNC Festival of Lights is open 5 – 9 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and is open 5 – 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays from November 23 – January 1, 2013, except on Christmas Eve and Day.

**All photos were used by permission from Roger Rouse Photography

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2 Responses to Festival of Lights – Cincinnati Zoo

  1. Avon SHay says:

    Sounds like a lovely way to spend the evening. The holidays have become so stressful and commercial that I do not enjoy them as much. Seeing all of the lights and decorations is what makes it bearable. Enjoy the upcoming holidays and thank you for sharing this event!

  2. aimee says:

    So excited to find a new local blog to follow!

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