It has been going strong for 38 years and always has a different theme. Typically, it focuses on the wildlife, and the last one was no different. Its Wild Wonderland made the entire park shine bright. With over 4 million LEDs, visitors saw various spectacles all lit up. There’s a train ride, appropriately named the North Polar Express, and you’ve got tons of wild lighting features to see on Swan Lake. If that weren’t enough, there are various S’mores-n-More stands, where you can get hot chocolate and other winter favorites.
You can also visit Santa’s Village, where you can find mice in the gingerbread houses and meet the bearded man himself. There’s also Roo Valley, which is a new addition to the lights festival. Here, there’s a Wintery Walkabout, and you can hop, walk, or run to see kangaroo lanterns and much more. Stop in at Hops to get a cold-weather treat, too!
The Cincinnati Zoo is always adding new habitats, so you can’t miss the African Penguin exhibit. There are tons of LED lights that shine bright to create beautiful, majestic scenes.
Still, that isn’t all. The Cincinnati Zoo Festival of Lights also included a scavenger hunt in 2020, which was highly popular. Look for it next year to read festive riddles and figure out clues that are hidden throughout the zoo.
Search for fairies in Fiona’s Fairyland, experience the Northern Lights right in Ohio, and see 27 different animal lanterns throughout the park. There are also costume characters, and you can see the animals that reside at the zoo in their indoor heated buildings.