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Everything you need to know about the return of WinterFest

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Everything you need to know about the return of WinterFest

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Planning to be in the Greater Cincinnati area during the holidays? Then you can’t miss the return of WinterFest at Kings Island.

The family tradition returns to Kings Island following a 12-year absence and will be open on the following nights: November 24, 25, 26; December 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30. Park operating hours are from 5-10 p.m. each night.

Unlike past WinterFest events at Kings Island, a much larger footprint of the park is being used with nine winter wonderlands featured for guests to enjoy: Action Ice Zone, Artisan Village, Candy Cane Lane, Charlie Brown’s Christmas Town, Coca-Cola Polar Bear Plaza, Coney Elf Village, International Street, Rivertown Wonderland and WinterFest Way.

Overall, there are more than 50 activities for guests to enjoy including ice skating on the Royal Fountain15 live holiday shows, getting a family photo with St. Nick and decorating cookies with Mrs. Claus.

Guests will be able to experience up to 17 rides at WinterFest. They include: Mystic Timbers and The K.I. & Miami Valley Railroad in Rivertown Wonderland; Dodgem, Scrambler, Zephyr in Coney Elf Village; Boo Blasters and Grand Carousel on International Street and Linus Launcher, The Great Pumpkin Coaster, Joe Cool’s Dodgem School, Character Carousel, Charlie Brown’s Wind Up, Snoopy vs. Red Baron, PEANUTS 500, Sally’s Sea Planes, Woodstock Gliders and Snoopy’s Space Buggies in Charlie Brown’s Christmas Town.

The front of International Street is where guests will want to be at 5:30 p.m. to see the Eiffel Tower and International Street become ablaze with hundreds of thousands of shimmering lights during the nightly lighting ceremony presented by Lykins Energy Solutions. It’s a magic sight you don’t want to miss at WinterFest.

The Kings Island Holiday Buffet highlights the seasonal dining options at WinterFest. This all-you-can-eat buffet in the International Restaurant located above the front entry gate offers the best views of the park’s 314-foot Eiffel Tower transformed into a magical Christmas tree, guests ice skating on the Royal Fountain and the spectacular lights and décor on International Street to go with a menu that features some of your favorite holiday items, like ham, turkey and roast beef.

There’s also holiday shopping and games.

For more information WinterFest and to save $10 off the front gate price on tickets, go to

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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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