This holiday season, Kings Island is bringing back Winterfest, which originally debuted in 1982. Winterfest has been on a twelve-year hiatus, but is finally back to spread winter cheer.
Kings Island describes it as “an old-fashioned winter…a place where memories of holidays past are present; a place where memories of holidays now are waiting to be made.” You can attend Winterfest through December 30th and visit the Royal Fountain for ice skating, view the Eiffel Tower’s magical transformation into a Christmas tree, and have a blast on any of the seventeen operating rides throughout the month of December. Kings Island is proud to say that there are over five million lights used to decorate the park.
In addition, the park has many live shows each night, including the “Charlie Brown Christmas Spectacular,” “Twas the Plight Before Christmas,” “What the Dicken’s?!”, and “Tinker’s Toy Factory.”
Within the park itself, there is so much else to see and do. For example, you can travel through Action Ice Zone, which includes a sledding hill and elaborate ice-carving. Or, travel to Artisan Village, a small area featuring items by local craftsmen. The Gingerbread Village of Candy Cane Lane is also another popular destination, as is Charlie Brown’s Christmas Town in Snoopyland.
Want more for bang for your admission buck? Try Coca-Cola Polar Bear Plaza, led by a Kings Island’s DJ, or Santa’s Workshop in Coney Elf Village. There’s also the classic International Street, where you can view all 314 feet of the Eiffel Tower Christmas tree. Or, take a trip to Rivertown Wonderland to ride the train and experience the “12 Days of Christmas.” There’s also Winterfest Way, where you can listen to your favorite holiday songs that are synchronized to the lights.
There are also many holiday-themed food kiosks including Café du Pere Noel, Candy Cane Concoctions, and Tinker’s Spielzeug Haus.
Tickets start at $25, but Gold and Platinum pass members can attend for free (since Winterfest is included in these packages). Kings Island is currently open on the weekends but will be open daily starting the week of the December 17th. Keep in mind, however, that Kings Island will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
You can learn more about Winterfest by clicking here.