Just over an hour away from Columbus, Kings Island Winterfest features all of the sounds, traditions, and activities of the Christmas season at Kings Island.
You’ll enjoy carolers, holiday shows, fresh baked treats, as well as 9 winter wonderlands featuring ice skating on the Royal Fountain.
See the Eiffel Tower transformed into a magical Christmas tree, more than 5 million holiday lights and holiday characters spreading merriment, like Jack Frost and Sugar Plum Fairy. Up to 20 rides including Mystic Timbers will be open, weather depending.
Charlie Brown fans don’t want to miss A Peanuts Guide to Christmas or Charlie Brown’s Christmas Spectacular, and you can even help Charlie Brown and Linus pick out a Christmas tree and search for one that “just needs a little love!” at Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tree Lot.
Pick up gifts and holiday crafts at artisan village, check out the ice carvers, and catch sing-a-long entertainment and holiday music all through the park.
Every night at 5:30 pm, catch the daily tree lighting ceremony in front of Snowflake Lake on International Street. See the Eiffel Tower light up with thousands of shimmering lights and a star on top.
Don’t miss the WinterFest Wonderland Parade nightly at 8:30 pm. Guests will enjoy a grandiose showcase of dazzling displays and extravagantly decorated floats with the WinterFest Wonderland Parade with WinterFest merriment characters, singers, and dancers.
More holiday traditions
Other special holiday traditions are decorating cookies with Mrs. Claus, writing letters to Santa with the Elves, and even photos with Santa.
One of the main features is ice skating on the Royal Fountain, which will make you feel like you’re in a holiday fairytale, whether you are skating or enjoying the views of Snowflake Lake. The Snow Works sledding hill is fun for all ages.
Some features require additional fees, see details here.
Winterfest hours and tickets
Kings Island Winterfest is open evenings on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sunday from November 24 – December 11, 2023 and daily from December 17-31, 2023. Closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Tickets start at $29.99; purchase here.
The park is open on New Years Eve until 1 am to celebrate the start of 2024.