Christmas Time

Nov. 23 – Dec. 23 & Dec. 26 – 30, 2018

Celebrate Christmas at the Ark Encounter during this free holiday exclusive event!

Free event does not include $10 parking or food, retail items, Ark entry, and animal rides. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

“Encounter the Wonder” Laser Projection Show

Prepare to be captivated as a world-class animated program is projected onto the life-size Noah’s Ark! This iconic 510-foot-long ship will become the screen for a groundbreaking new show with a powerful message of hope for all.

Preview the full “Encounter the Wonder” laser projection show above or watch on YouTube.

Fair Trade Product

Fair Trade Market and Gift Shop

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

View of the Christmas lights

Soar Above the Lights

Want to try something new? Fly through the night sky on the Screaming Eagle Zip Lines for an aerial view of the Ark and the decorative lights! This seasonal special features one zip for only $19.95—and you can 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.

Ark Encounter Restaurant with Christmas lights

Seasonal Buffet & Festive Treats

Head in for a hearty buffet at Emzara’s Restaurant, or grab a bite at one of our outdoor vendors and specialty snack stands. Live music in the restaurant will help complete the mood on Friday and Saturday evenings.

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 7:30 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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