Christmas Time

Nov. 23 – Dec. 30, 2018
Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

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

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Hours & Dates

ChristmasTime at the Ark runs from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. every night, November 23 through December 30, 2018, in addition to the ark’s regular hours. The Ark Encounter is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


Admission is free to ChristmasTime at the Ark! (Does not include ark exhibit entry, parking ($10), food, retail items, zip lines, or animal rides.)

Save on Ark Exhibits and Buffet!

Upgrade your ChristmasTime experience for an exclusive price of only $32.99 (a savings of 48%*) to receive the following:

*Based on adult admission and buffet price. Offer available only during ChristmasTime at the Ark from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. If you have questions about this offer, please email us or call 800-721-2298.

Ice skating rink at the Ark Encounter

New Skating Rink

Looking for a perfect holiday activity? Try skating right next to the life-size ark! Our state-of-the-art Glice® rink features a synthetic ice that acts just like real ice, using special skates provided by Ark Encounter. Temperature makes no difference, so don’t miss this fun seasonal experience for the whole family!

Tickets are $5 (includes skate rental).

Brilliant Lights Display

Better have your camera ready! The view is remarkably photogenic as you take in Noah's ark, the lake, and the gardens illuminated in an all-new, remarkable sea of rainbow-colored lights.

View of the Christmas lights

Soar through the Night Sky

Want to try something new? Fly on the Screaming Eagle Zip Lines for an aerial view of the ark and the decorative lights! Seasonal special: One zip for only $19.95, and ride again for just $10 more. Zip line tickets available upon arrival.

See the Goats

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! Our goats will even be decked out in Christmas sweaters to join in the fun!

Fair Trade Product

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.

Last suggested admission for Ark exhibits is 6:30 p.m.

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Christmas Town at the Creation Museum

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

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