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Cast your vote for WinterFest! 

Don Helbig

Area Manager, Digital Marketing - Kings Island

Twitter: @DonHelbig

Kings Island Blog readers, we need your help! 

WinterFest has been nominated for Best Theme Park Holiday Event in the 2018 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards contest.

You can cast a vote once per day until voting ends December 10 at noon ET. The winning event, determined by your vote, will be announced December 21.

Open select nights Nov. 23 through Dec. 31, WinterFest, presented by the Hershey Company, is a place where memories of holiday’s past are present; a place where memories of holidays now are waiting to be made. It’s an unforgettable experience with Kings Island transformed into 10 enchanting winter wonderlands. There’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy together, like ice skating on the Royal Fountain, seeing the Eiffel Tower transformed into a magical 314-foot tall Christmas tree, live shows, rides, delicious holiday treats, more than 5 million lights and holiday characters spreading merriment, like Jack Frost, Candy Cane and the Sugar Plum Fairy.

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