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 10 winter wonderlands featuring ice skating on the Royal Fountain, the Eiffel Tower transformed into a magical Christmas tree, up to 17 rides including Mystic Timbers, more than 5 million holiday lights and holiday characters spreading merriment, like Jack Frost and Sugar Plum Fairy.
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.
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. Some features require additional fees, see details here.
Kings Island Winterfest is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sunday from November 22-December 8, and daily from December 13-31 (closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) from 5 pm – 10 pm (4 pm – 10 pm on Saturdays). A special night for New Years Eve will from from 5 pm – 1 am. Tickets start at $27.99; purchase here.
Special Nights at Kings Island Winterfest
Tuesday, December 31
Free with the cost of admission to WinterFest, celebrate the new year with Charlie Brown and the whole gang.
- Oh, What Fun It Is To Ride • 5:00PM – 10:00PM. Enjoy your final rides of the year on some of your favorite attractions.
- Tinker’s Early New Year’s Extravaganza • 7:30 – 9:30PM | Tinker’s Spielzeug Haus – Join the eager elves of Tinker’s Toy Factory for an early, family-friendly New Year’s Eve Countdown featuring character interactions and a giant balloon drop at 9:00PM. The countdown begins at 8:59PM.
- Charlie Brown’s New Year’s Eve Celebration • 8:00PM – 11:30PM | PEANUTS™ Showplace – The New Year’s Eve event continues with the PEANUTS gang in this interactive party zone including character meet & greets, oversized lawn games and fun, family-friendly music!
- Snoopy’s Rockin’ Countdown • 10:00PM – 1:00AM | International Street Bandstand – Join Snoopy and select Midway Merriment characters as they ring in the New Year like never before! Watch as our 314-ft. tall magical Christmas tree is transformed into a giant countdown. Leading up to Midnight, a live DJ will be spinning modern hits to get you moving and keep you warm.