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Time running out to experience WinterFest

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If you're thinking about experiencing the return of WinterFest at Kings Island this holiday season, make your plans as soon as possible. The event is in its final days this year, open daily through December 23 and December 26-30.

WinterFest is an unforgettable experience with the park transformed into nine enchanting wonderlands featuring ice skating on the Royal Fountain, the Eiffel Tower turned into a magical 314-foot-tall Christmas tree, up to 17 rides including the award-winning Mystic Timbers, more than 5 million dazzling lights and strolling performers spreading merriment, like Jack Frost and the Sugar Plum Fairy. 

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Don Helbig

Don Helbig joined the Kings Island marketing team in 2007 as the park's public relations area manager. He began serving in his current role as area manager, digital marketing last summer. 

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