The annual PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden runs November 19, 2016 – January 1, 2017.

Swan Lake during Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo
Swan Lake during Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo

1) Wild Lights Show on Swan Lake

Everyone loves a good synchronized light ‘n’ music show! Head over to Swan Lake to see a 21-foot-tall tree with thousands of lights dancing to the beat of holiday songs. It truly is a sight to be seen…and heard!

PNC Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo
PNC Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo

2) 4-D Special-FX Theater

Even adults will be enthralled with the 4-D Special-FX Theater that uses high-definition, 3-D projection with sensory effects like wind, mist and scents to draw you into the story of a young boy on an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole during The Polar Express.

S’mores-N-More Station at Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo
S’mores-N-More Station at Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo

3) S’mores-N-More Stations

Hot cocoa! Roasted nuts! Homemade fudge! One of the best parts about winter and the holidays is indulging in those comfort foods of childhood – all of which you can enjoy during PNC Festival of Lights. You can even purchase a s’more kit and roast marshmallows over an open fire. Yum, I’ll take s’more, please.

Reindeer at Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo
Reindeer at Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo

4) Lions and reindeer and polar bears, oh my!

‘Tis the season to visit all the cold climate animals like polar bears, red pandas, sea lions and, of course, reindeer! And don’t worry, there are more than a dozen heated indoor exhibits to keep you warm.

Toyland Express Train Ride at PNC Festival of Lights
Toyland Express Train Ride at PNC Festival of Lights

5) Toyland Express Train Ride

What better way to see all the lights and sights than aboard a train? Sit back, relax and revel in the holiday spirit before the ride ends at Swan Lake.

Plus, enjoy live performances of the Madcap Black-Light Puppet Show and strolling entertainers, ride the carousel, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and visit all the themed areas like Candy Cane Forest, Fairyland and Gingerbread Village.

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