The Cincinnati Zoo will still be shining bright as we’re once again transformed into a “Wild Wonderland” for the 41st annual PNC Festival of Lights!  Come early for more animals and stay for the lights!

In addition to admiring the beauty of 4 million LED lights, visitors can find the 5 Fiona fairies in Fairyland, take in a blacklight puppet show,  marvel at the spectacular Wild Lights show on Swan Lake, or snack at one of two S’mores-n-More stands.

Nov. 17, 2023 – Jan. 7, 2024

Festival Hours:

Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 9pm

Friday – Saturday – 10am – 10pm

PNC Festival of Lights Activities begin at 4pm

  • PNC Festival of Lights is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas
  • PNC Festival of Lights is included in Zoo admission. Visit the Zoo early and stay for the lights!
  • North Polar Express train ride & Conservation Carousel begins at 2:30pm
  • Dec. 23rd is the last night to visit with Santa
  • Full costumed characters may not be allowed in the Zoo.

Explore the Fun!

  • Wonder at the 4 million LED lights throughout the Zoo
  • Roaming characters beginning at 5pm nightly
  • Santa & Mrs. Claus & All other character visits begin at 4pm
  • Families will enjoy searching for Fiona fairy statues in Fiona’s Fairyland
  • Guests will enjoy the immersive “Under the Sea” area.
  • 30 larger than life Animal Lanterns located throughout the Zoo
  • Wild Lights Show on Swan Lake
  • Meet costume characters beginning at 4pm
    • Please note that adult guests in full character costumes, such as Santa suits, Grinch costumes, etc may not be admitted into the Zoo
  • Ride the North Polar Express Train Ride daily starting at 2:30pm (additional charges apply)
  • Roast Smore’s at the Smore’s Stations
  • Enjoy freshly roasted nuts and other holiday treats
  • See animals inside multiple indoor heated buildings
  • Happy Zoo Year celebration on Dec 31
  • Share your PNC Festival of Lights pictures on social media using #cincyzoopic for a chance to be featured in future Zoo marketing material!

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