The Regular Cincinnati Zoo or Something more Extravagant?
By Monica Lepper
Everyone needs to make their way to the PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden before it’s too late. This fun holiday event only lasts until Saturday, January 4, 2014. The zoo is located at 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45220. The PNC Festival of Lights has been a family holiday tradition for over 30 years and is the largest holiday light display in Cincinnati. The event is open Sunday through Thursday 5 p.m. through 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. through 10 p.m. Senior Taylor Morano says, “The festival of lights is a great way to get in the Christmas spirit, the lights displayed are awesome and it’s a good date for the ladies.” Many people really do believe that it is the most beautiful display of Christmas lights. Freshman Megan Ruffing says, “It’s different than a regular day at the zoo because the lights make it feel more like the Christmas season.” This is a chance for everyone to get to see the zoo in a new, but same environment. The holiday cheer is all around with many fun activities to choose from, but still offers the chance for everyone to stop by and visit their favorite animals.
Santa’s last night at the event will be on Monday, December 23! He’ll be delivering presents to John the Lion, polar bears and elephants that day at 10:30 a.m. Other entertainment available includes new wild lights show on Swan Lake, S’mores-N-More location by the Skyline Stand in Vine Street Village and near the 4-D Theater, Madcap Black-Light Puppet Show, strolling entertainment, themed areas, north Polar Express train Ride, and fairyland, and interactive activity for kids to find 5 hidden fairies. Most people living in Cincinnati have most likely been to the Cincinnati Zoo a time or two, maybe on a field trip or maybe with family, but the Festival of Lights is the opportunity to view the zoo in a whole new light, literally.