It’s December . . . and that means we’re celebrating Christmas at the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum! ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter and ChristmasTown at the Creation Museum run on select nights through December 30, 2021.
Both Christmas events are free. You just pay for parking—but if you live in one of eight local counties, we’re offering you free parking this year for the final time. This is a wonderful opportunity for local believers to invite friends and family members to a Christ-centered Christmas event that’s fun for the whole family.
This free-parking offer extends to those in Kentucky’s Grant, Boone, Kenton, Campbell, Pendleton, Gallatin, and Owen counties and Indiana’s Dearborn county. We encourage you to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and bring as many people as you can.
Here’s what you will experience at both events!
ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter features the grounds and Ararat Ridge Zoo lit up in a spectacular light display—including the 510-foot-long Ark itself in changing rainbow colors! It’s a beautiful sight to see.
Once you’ve toured the gorgeous grounds and met the animals in the zoo, you can head inside the 2,500-seat Answers Center for traditional Christmas carols and a special program featuring the Ark’s resident artists, Southern Salvation. The Answers Center also has live animal presentations and the spectacular Encounter the Wonder Christmas video on the huge, 70-foot-wide LED screen.
You can enhance your Christmas experience with purchases at any or all of the following experiences: camel rides at the Ark, a zipline over the trees, a trip back in time with our virtual reality experience, great food at Emzara’s Kitchen, and unique gifts (including many fair trade options) in our massive gift store under the Ark.
Both of our Christmas events offer totally different experiences, so make plans to attend both. At ChristmasTown at the Creation Museum, you’ll tour the garden of lights with bridges, waterfalls, a boardwalk, lighted dinosaurs, and more, all breathtakingly lit in celebration of the Savior’s birth. Then head to Eden Animal Experience to say hi to alpacas, goats, wallaby, pigs, chickens, and more. You’ll also “meet” Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus at our live nativity Thursday–Sunday nights.
The state-of-the-art playground will be open for kids to run around and play, and you can purchase a ticket to zipline over the lake or take a spin on the Glice® (synthetic ice) rink. And, if you get chilly, warm up inside with a festive meal, shopping, The Christmas Star 4K planetarium show (ticket purchase required), or sit down for the free Encounter the Wonder program shown in the 4D theater.
Purchase Ark Encounter day admission online and receive $5 off Christmas dinner for each paid day admission member of your party. Present your ticket at Emzara’s Kitchen after 5 p.m. during ChristmasTime to redeem with final meal served at 7:00 p.m. Come and tour our life-size Noah’s Ark before ChristmasTime begins for the full experience!
Start making your plans to celebrate this special time of the year with us today! Please note: this year we will be closing the exhibits inside the Ark and Creation Museum at the normal closing time of 6 p.m.—but everything else remains open for the free Christmas events until 8:30 p.m.