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Cincinnati/NKY Christmas Event

ChristmasTime

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

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Open Wednesday through Sunday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. (ET) from November 27th through December 20th. Every evening beginning at 5 p.m. from December 21st to 30th. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

ChristmasTime 2020

5 PM–8:30 PM on Select Days (See Calendar)

ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter is becoming a Christmas tradition for families in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Enjoy the spectacular Christmas video sharing the hope of Christmas! And the state-of-the-art, 70-by-22-foot LED screen inside the Answers Center really makes the video colors and animation pop.

You’ll also enjoy a life-size ark and gardens illuminated in rainbow-colored lights, Ararat Ridge Zoo, festive food and drinks, traditional Christmas carols, a massive fair trade market and gift shop for Christmas shopping, and so much more. Wednesday through Sunday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. (ET) from November 27 through December 20. Every evening beginning at 5 p.m. from December 21–30, closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Upgrade your ChristmasTime experience by touring the Ark's exhibits and enjoying a delicious meal with exclusive holiday pricing. Learn more.

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.

Southern Salvation Christmas

A Reason to Celebrate Christmas

Join the Ark’s resident musical group for Joy!, a Christmas concert with Grammy-nominated Steve Hess & Southern Salvation. Sing along to some of your favorite Christmas carols. Shows at 7:15 PM during ChristmasTime.

Daily schedule subject to change.

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 & Festive Treats

Enjoy a hearty, family-affordable meal, 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

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. You 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.

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!

Free Christmas Event!

5 PM–8:30 PM on Select Days (See Calendar Above)


Join us for our 4th annual ChristmasTime event for only the cost of parking. Upgrade your ChristmasTime experience by touring the Ark's exhibits and enjoying a delicious meal with exclusive holiday pricing: $32.99 for Adults; $26.99 for Seniors; $19.99 for Youth; $8.99 for Children (ages 5-10).*

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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 Meal (Available until 7:30 PM) Included with Upgrade (see pricing above*)
Camel Rides $8 per guest
Virtual Reality Experience $14.99 per guest

Prices do not include Williamstown ticket fee or KY sales tax

We care about the health and safety of our guests and have made significant changes to our daily operations in accordance with state and federal guidelines relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more.

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ChristmasTown at the Creation Museum

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