The Cincinnati Zoo's Festival of Lights Returns with a New Fiona’s Fairyland

The Festival of Lights — voted the No. 1 zoo light show in the country by readers of "USA Today" — is back for its 37th year of wintery amazement

Nov 12, 2019 at 10:01 am
click to enlarge The Festival of Lights - Photo: Cassandre Crawford/Cincinnati Zoo
Photo: Cassandre Crawford/Cincinnati Zoo
The Festival of Lights

It’s time to get fired up about freezing your face off at the Cincinnati Zoo in the name of time-honored tradition and holiday magic.

The Festival of Lights is back for its 37th year of wintery amazement. Voted the No. 1 zoo light show in the country by readers of USA Today, 3 million LED lights (that’s 284 miles of lights) transform the zoo into a dazzling display of color and festive cheer.

New this year is an immersive Northern Lights experience and Fiona’s Fairyland, where five fairy hippopotamuses will be hidden for visitors to find. Ride the Toyland Express train past the Wild Lights show on Swan Lake, snack at the two S’mores-n-More stations, meet the “royal sisters” at the Frozen Wonderland, catch a Madcap black light puppet show and snap a pic with Santa, who will start taking visitors an hour before the festival begins.

Whatever you do, make sure to do it with a cup of hot cocoa (spiked or not) in hand.

Nov. 16-Jan. 4, 2020. Free with zoo admission: $19 adult; $13 child/senior; online discounts available. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale,

And here's a super cute infographic: