Everything We Saw at the Cincinnati Zoo’s 37th-Annual Dazzling Festival of Lights


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) have transformed 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 are 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.

Through Jan. 4. Free with zoo admission.