Enjoy a kid-friendly, Early Countdown Before the Ball Drops Who: Guests are invited to ring in the New Year at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. “Party Animals” of all ages invited to celebrate the 3rd annual Happy ZOO Year. This New Years bash will take place at the Zoo on Saturday, December 31 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. New Years activities will include shows of Winter Wonders by Madcap Puppet Theater, a meet and greet with Father Time and Baby ZOO Year and the Zoo will cap off all celebrations with an EARLY countdown with fireworks presented by Rozzi Fireworks. What: Schedule of Activities: 5:00 p.m. PNC Festival of Lights Begins 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30 p.m. Madcap Puppet Theatre Black-light Shows 8:00 p.m. Party Favors & Costume Characters 8:55 p.m. Countdown Begins 9:00 p.m. Fireworks Begin Where: Countdown and Fireworks will take place at the Wings of Wonder Theater When: Happy ZOO Year countdown will begin approximately at 8:55 p.m. How: Happy Zoo Year is FREE with general Zoo admission. The Cincinnati Zoo opens daily at 9 a.m. PNC Festival of Lights is FREE with Zoo Admission and begins nightly at 5 p.m. Admission prices are $14/adults, $10/children (2-12) and children under two are FREE. Parking is $8.