#PNCFestivalOfLights – Opens November 22

All is Bright during PNC Festival of Lights at the   Cincinnati Zoo!

CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will once again be transformed into a “Wild Wonderland” for the 32nd annual PNC Festival of Lights! While taking in the beautiful sights of over 2-million LED lights, visitors can watch a Madcap Black-light puppet show, visit with Santa, ride the North Polar Express Train, search for fairies in Fairyland, watch the spectacular Wild Lights show on Swan Lake,…

Ring in the ZOO Year at the Cincinnati Zoo

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 5th annual Happy ZOO Year. This New Years bash will take place at the Zoo on Tuesday, 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…

Santa Comes Early for Animals at Cincinnati Zoo

WHO:             On Santa’s last day at the Cincinnati Zoo the animals get a surprise visit from the big man himself! Zoo keepers and staff have stepped in as elves to prepare gifts for the animals and on Monday, December 23, Santa will deliver the gifts to the spectacled bears, black bears, polar bears, African lions, and elephants.

Scheduled gift delivery begins at 10:30 a.m. Visitors are invited to witness the magic of the holiday season and watch as Santa makes…

Shop for Gifts that Keep Giving at the Cincinnati Zoo!

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 CINCINNATI (November 26, 2013) – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is a great place to check unique gifts off your holiday shopping list.  With dozens of Zoonique gift ideas, you can find something for everyone, including gifts that keep giving long after the holiday season is through.

Gifts that Keep Giving:

  • Annual Zoo Membership –Memberships are a great year-round holiday gift.  Benefits include: year-round admission, discounts on food and gift shops, member-only exhibit previews and events, discount guest…

PNC Festival of Lights Opens November 23!

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 Open Nightly Beginning November 23

FOLCINCINNATI (November 7, 2013) – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will once again be transformed into a “Wild Wonderland” for the 31st annual PNC Festival of Lights! While taking in the beautiful sight of over 2-million LED lights, visitors can watch a Madcap Black-light puppet show, visit with Santa, ride the North Polar Express Train, search…

Giant Rhino Nutcracker Installed at Zoo for PNC Festival of Lights

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30-Foot Tall Statue A Local Holiday Tradition

WHO:             The annual PNC Festival of Lights preparation is well underway, celebrating a 31-year old local holiday tradition.  One of the most iconic displays – a 30-foot-tall Rhino Nutcracker – was installed today at the Cincinnati Zoo.

The giant Nutcracker will stand guard at the Zoo’s Vine Street Village entrance during PNC Festival of Lights, which runs from November 23 through January 4.

WHAT:          This Holiday Season, the…

Santa Comes Early for Animals at Cincinnati Zoo

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WHO:  The Cincinnati Zoo’s animals get a surprise guest six days early this holiday season! Zoo keepers and staff have stepped in as elves to prepare gifts for the animals and the big man himself, Santa, will deliver the gifts to the spectacled bears, black bears, polar bears, elephants, and Arctic foxes.

Scheduled gift delivery begins at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 19.  Visitors are invited to come witness the magic of the holiday season and watch as Santa makes…

Zoo is GLOWrious During PNC Festival of Lights

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Open Nightly Beginning November 23

CINCINNATI (October 23, 2012) – The Cincinnati Zoo is GLOWrious during the 30th Annual PNC Festival of Lights! While seeing over two-million LED lights strung throughout the Zoo, guests can also enjoy the NEW S’mores-N-More station, Madcap puppets in black-light, a NEW Wild Lights Show on Swan Lake, train rides and much more. The PNC Festival of Lights opens November 23 and glows through January 1, 2013 from 5 – 9 p.m. on Sundays through…

Lighting the Menorah 12/22

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Thursday, December 22 at 7:00 p.m.

WHO: The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will be celebrating the joys of Hanukah with the annual lighting of the Menorah. Representatives from the Congregation B’Nai Tikvah will be in attendance during the lighting ceremony.

WHAT: The lighting of the Menorah ceremony will take place at the Garden of Peace located next to the Wings of the World. This garden was donated by the Cincinnati Jewish Community and the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati to…

Photo Contest Winner Announced

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We received so many great PNC Festival of Lights pho

to entries that we had to let our Facebook fans vote on our three favorites.  With 539 “likes” the little boy in lights won by a landslide!

Congratulations to Corrie Schaffeld who submitted this photo. Corrie will receive an original work of art by Klyde our Black Rhino! Thanks to everyone who submitted their photos. There were a lot of great ones…