PNC Festival of Lights
PNC Festival of Lights

The annual PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is a dazzling way to celebrate the holidays. The annual event runs November 18, 2017 – January 1, 2018, and here are five things you won't want to miss during your visit.

1) Wild Lights Show on Swan Lake

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

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!

2) 4-D Special-FX Theater

PNC Festival of Lights
PNC Festival of Lights

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.

3) S’mores-N-More Stations

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

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.

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

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

‘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.

5) BB&T Toyland Express Train Ride

PNC Festival of Lights
PNC Festival of Lights

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.

PNC Festival of Lights
PNC Festival of Lights

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, Frozen (with a visit from the royal sisters!) and Gingerbread Village. And keep an eye out for 19 larger-than-life animal lanterns

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