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Date & Time

December 31. Early countdown at 8pm


Vine Street Village


No additional charge. This event is included with Zoo Admission.

Happy Zoo Year

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 15th annual Happy ZOO Year powered by Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Honda Dealers.

This New Years’ bash will take place at the Zoo on Sunday, December 31 with a kid-friendly, early countdown at 8pm featuring the Zoo’s 40-foot tall digital tree.

Event Details

  • DJ Kay from Q102 6-9pm
  • Cincinnati Circus glow performers 6-8pm
  • Photo opportunities
  • LED cornhole & giant Jenga
  • Giveaways while supplies last: New Year tiaras, light up animal rings, and glow sticks
  • Countdown at 8pm in Vine Street Village followed by light show on the tree. Guests can use the CUE app to be a part of the show!

PNC Festival of Lights Info

kids playing dancing at zoo's happy zoo year event

Be a Part of the Countdown

Download the free CUE Live app to your mobile phone and help light up the Zoo! This interactive experience syncs your phone’s flashlight to the Zoo’s Wild Lights show on Swan Lake.

Light Up The Zoo
kids playing glow tic tac toe at zoo's happy zoo year event
otter holding happy new year horn