Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Christmas Event


Bring the family for an unforgettable evening of festive lights, live music/shows, holiday dining, gift shopping, and more at the life-size Noah’s Ark during this free Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Christmas event!

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ChristmasTime 2022

5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on select days from November 25 through December 30 (more information coming soon).

Join us in the evening at the Ark Encounter for our free ChristmasTime event for only the cost of parking!

On the dates of the ChristmasTime evening events, the amazing exhibits inside the life-size Ark are also available for paid-admission guests during the published daytime hours until 6:00 p.m. The Ark gift shop (accessible without Ark exhibit admission) will remain open until 8:30 p.m. on ChristmasTime event evenings.

Experience Pricing
Brilliant Lights Display FREE
Live Christmas Concerts FREE
Encounter the Wonder Show FREE
Ararat Ridge Zoo FREE
Live Indoor Animal Programs FREE
Parking $15 per vehicle
Christmas Meal (Available until 7:00 pm) See Dining Page
Camel Rides $10 per guest
Virtual Reality Experience $9.99–$14.99 per guest
Exhibits in the Ark (available until 6:00 pm) See Ticketing Page

Prices do not include City of Williamstown ticket fee or Kentucky sales tax.

Encounter the Wonder

Encounter the Wonder Show

Watch our incredible short animated show on the massive LED screen inside the Answers Center. This program captures the wonder of Christmas by beginning in Genesis and tracing Christ through the early pages of the Bible, to his birth, life, death, and resurrection.

Christmas Spectacular

Christmas Spectacular
6:30–8:00 p.m.

Join us in the Answers Center for our Christmas Spectacular, featuring animal encounters, traditional Christmas carols with TrueSong, and Encounter the Wonder.

Schedule subject to change.


Live Christmas Music Program

Come worship with our resident music artists as they sing traditional Christmas carols.

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.

Ark Encounter Restaurant with Christmas lights

Seasonal Food and Festive Treats

Enjoy a hearty, family-affordable holiday buffet meal inside Emzara’s Kitchen or grab a cup of hot cocoa or coffee and fresh kettle corn at one of our outdoor vendors and specialty snack stands.

Virtual Reality Experience

Virtual Reality Experience

Come inside our Virtual Reality Experience and travel back to the time of Noah in our Truth Traveler VR show!

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!

iew 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! Learn more and book today. Zip line tickets are also available upon arrival.

Ticket purchase required. Limited availability.

Goat During ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter

Meet Animals

Explore our newly expanded Ararat Ridge Zoo, kangaroo walkabout, and petting area. Children 12 and under can even ride on a camel (weather permitting). Head to the Answers Center to watch live animal shows featuring animal ambassadors like snakes, lizards, tortoises, or even a sugar glider (animals vary by show).

Ticket purchase required for camel ride.

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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