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Save the Date for ChristmasTime at the Ark

by Ark Encounter on September 27, 2018

Mark your calendars and start making your plans to visit us for ChristmasTime at the Ark! This year’s event will take place November 23, 2018, through December 30, 2018 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Check out what you will experience when you join us for ChristmasTime!

Glice® Skating

Hit the Glice® during the ChristmasTime at the Ark! Glice® is a synthetic ice that acts just like real ice, allowing you to skate regardless of the temperature. Our Glice® rink is the largest in North America!

Glice Rink

Can’t wait until ChristmasTime at the Ark to go skating with our life-size Noah’s ark in the background? Our Glice® rink is open now, so head to the Ark Encounter to check it out today!

Wonderland of Lights

Our grounds crew has been busy turning the grounds into a wonderland of lights. Catch the ark lit up in an all-new, remarkable sea of rainbow lights, and then explore the colorful displays all around you.

Christmas Lights

Winter Fun at the Zoo

Visit with animals from around the world at the Ararat Ridge Zoo. Kids of all ages love the petting zoo area—and the chance to ride a camel or donkey will transport your imagination to the very first Christmas.

Ararat Ridge Zoo Goats

Holiday Shopping

Looking for that perfect, one-of-a-kind gift? Stop by our extensive fair trade market inside the gift shop for fair trade, Amish, and handmade items from all over the world!

Fair Trade Selection in Gift Shop

Warm Up Inside

Purchase your admission tickets and head inside to explore the Ark Encounter! Scores of exhibits about the flood, Noah, and the animals are designed to answer your questions about the biblical account of Noah’s Ark.

Guests Inside the Ark

And you can enjoy a hearty Christmas buffet inside Emzara’s Buffet as you warm up from the winter chill.

Guests Inside Emzara's Buffet

ChristmasTown at the Museum

Continue celebrating this special time of the year with a trip to our sister attraction for ChristmasTown at the Museum! Catch a glimpse of the amazing events that surrounded our Savior’s birth with our live nativity. After that, stay toasty with a cup of hot chocolate as you walk through our botanical gardens immersed in breathtaking light displays.

Live Nativity at ChristmasTown at the Museum

Start making your plans today to bring the whole family out for an unforgettable holiday evening! Be sure to share your favorite ChristmasTime at the Ark photos with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using #arkencounter, and you might see your pictures featured in a future blog.