NKY / Cincinnati Christmas Events


Nov. 29 – Dec. 30, 2019
Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Bring the family for an unforgettable evening of festive lights, skating, gift shopping, and more at the life-size Noah’s ark during this free Christmas event!

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Free Christmas Event!

See the life-size ark and gardens illuminated in rainbow-colored lights, catch an animated show that shares a Christmas message of hope in the Answers Center, and more for just the cost of parking during our ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter event.

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Hours & Dates

ChristmasTime at the Ark runs every night, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. November 29 through December 30, 2019, in addition to the ark’s regular hours from 9:00 a.m. The Ark Encounter is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Glice Rink Painting

Glice® Skating Rink

Enjoy the largest Glice® skating rink in North America with the whole family in a winter wonderland near the Answers Center!

Tickets are $5. Price includes skate rental.

Encounter the Wonder

Encounter the Wonder Show

This remarkable, animated show shares a Christmas message of hope for all, shown in the brand-new Answers Center.

Brilliant Lights Display

See Noah's Ark and the gardens illuminated in a remarkable sea of rainbow-colored lights! This holiday season, bring the whole family out for an unforgettable evening.

View of the Christmas lights

Soar through the Night Sky

Fly on the Screaming Eagle Zip Lines for an aerial view of the Ark and the decorative lights! Zip line tickets are available upon arrival. Learn more and book today.

Ticket purchase required. Limited availability.

Winter Fun at the Zoo

Winter Fun at the Zoo

Celebrate Christmas with animals from around the world at the newly expanded Ararat Ridge Zoo. Explore our heated petting zoo or travel outside and imagine you live in biblical times when you saddle up and ride on a camel.

Unique Christmas Gifts

Looking for that perfect, one-of-a-kind gift? Stop by our extensive fair trade market and the Ark Encounter gift shop for a selection of handmade gifts from all over the world, as well as apparel, stuffed animals, books, DVDs, toys, and much more!

Ark Encounter Restaurant with Christmas lights

Seasonal Buffet & Festive Treats

Head in for a hearty, family-affordable buffet at our award-winning Emzara’s Restaurant, or grab a bite at one of our outdoor vendors and specialty snack stands.

Full-Size Noah’s Ark

More Inside the Ark

Warm up inside and 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. Get your tickets online or at the park entrance.

Ark exhibit admission included with General Admission or Upgrade Your Experience

Southern Salvation Christmas

Christmas Concerts & Traditional Christmas Carols

Stay warm inside the new Answers Center and sing along to your favorite traditional Christmas carols. Enjoy a special concert by Grammy-nominated Steve Hess & Southern Salvation.

Promise Christmas Drama

Promise: A Christmas Drama

December 7

Let your heart be lifted, with festive music and drama, as we adore the Savior who always keeps His promises.

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Tips for Your Visit

Visit on a weekday for fewer crowds.
Arrive early to get the best parking spots, and carpool if possible.
Dress in layers. It can get quite cold in Northern Kentucky.

Celebrate Christ’s Birth

Christmas begins in Genesis! Discover why Jesus came and what it means for us today as we celebrate the birth of the Savior with a spectacular video program, Christmas carols, and a sea of lights, during our free ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter. Only the cost of parking.

Free Christmas Event!

Upgrade your ChristmasTime experience by touring the Ark's exhibits and grabbing a bite to eat at the popular Emzara's Buffet all with exclusive holiday pricing: $32.99 for Adults & Youth; $24.99 for Seniors; $21.99 for Children (ages 5-10).* Special pricing available after 5 p.m.

Experience Pricing
Brilliant Lights Display FREE
Encounter the Wonder Show FREE
Ararat Ridge Zoo FREE
Christmas Concerts FREE
Parking $10 per vehicle
Exhibit Admission Included with Upgrade (see pricing above*)
Christmas Buffet Included with Upgrade (see pricing above*)
Skating $5 per guest
Camel Rides $8 per guest
Zip Lines (special Christmas course) $10 per guest

Prices do not include Williamstown ticket fee or KY sales tax

ChristmasTown at the Creation Museum

Tour the dazzling garden of lights and a live nativity at the Creation Museum during our free annual ChristmasTown event!

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