Christmas Time

Dec. 8 – 23 & Dec. 26, 2017 – Jan. 15, 2018

Celebrate ChristmasTime 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.

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Hours & Dates

ChristmasTime at the Ark runs until 9:15 p.m. every night between Dec. 8–23, 2017, and Dec. 26, 2017 to Jan. 15, 2018, in addition to the Ark’s regular hours. Emzara’s Restaurant closes at 8 p.m. and outdoor vendors close at 9 p.m. The Ark Encounter is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Christmas Laser Projection Show on the Ark

“Encounter the Wonder” Laser Projection Show

This year, 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 during ChristmasTime at the Ark. Come watch this powerful message of hope for all.

Shows are at 7, 8, and 9 p.m. each evening, December 8 – January 15 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).

Fair Trade Product

Fair Trade Market and Gift Shop

Looking for that perfect, last-minute 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 Christmas lights! This ChristmasTime special features one zip for only $19.95—and you can ride again for just $10 more. Zip line tickets available upon arrival.

Beautiful Craftsmanship

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!

Explore the Grounds

Nov. 1, 2017 – Feb. 28, 2018

See the Ark in rainbow lights and access everything outside the Ark for free for a limited time. Stop by Ararat Ridge Zoo, Emzara’s Restaurant, the gift shop, fair trade market, and more.

*Parking: $10 per vehicle

Hours: Grounds are open during regular hours, including ChristmasTime.

Ark Encounter Restaurant with Christmas lights

Christmas Buffet & Festive Treats

Head in for a hearty Christmas 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 holiday 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!

Christmas Town will run December 8–23 and 26–30, 2017, each evening from 5–8 p.m.

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