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 are invited to celebrate the 6th annual Happy ZOO Year powered by Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Honda Dealers. This New Years bash will take place at the Zoo on Wednesday, December 31 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. New Years activities will include shows by the Madcap Puppet Theater, a meet and greet with Father Time and Baby ZOO Year and the Zoo will top off all celebrations with an EARLY countdown complete with fireworks presented by Rozzi Fireworks. Party favors will be handed out to guests while supplies last. 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 8:55 p.m. Countdown and Fireworks Begin WHERE: Countdown will take place at the Wings of Wonder Theater WHEN: Happy ZOO Year countdown will begin approximately at 8:55 p.m.