Scuba Santa vs. Festival of Lights
Twas' the week before Christmas and all through the town, Scuba Santa was swimming and the Festival of Lights hadn’t gained one unexcited frown.
CINCINNATI -- Twas' the week before Christmas and all through the town, Scuba Santa was swimming and the Festival of Lights didn't produce one frown.
So the question was posed, which attraction is better? Don't worry, we're on it, don't be a fretter.
In this week's version of Face Off, we compare the Cincinnati Zoo's infamous holiday attraction, the Festival of Lights, and the Newport Aquarium's underwater wonderland with Scuba Santa, to find out which one is more worth your money and time.
The Aquarium offers something you rarely see: Santa Claus swimming with six species of sharks. But the Zoo's Festival of Lights pulls you into a sparkly world full of magic... and train rides.
Attraction highlights and features according to their respective websites:
Who wins? Both attractions offer multiple family-friendly activities and a variety of fun things to do. We call it a tie.
Score: Aquarium 1, Zoo 1
Who wins? We say Festival of Lights. Not only do people look forward to seeing those sparkly lights, but also the delicious hot chocolate that pairs nicely in the frosty weather. The variety of foods is also a winner, especially when trying to feed a family with different tastes.
Score: Aquarium 1, Zoo 2
Which attraction is more expensive?
*Basic Admission: This only includes admission into the park *Total Experience Package: This includes admission to the park, unlimited access to the train and one viewing at the 4D theater
Who wins? Based on admission alone, Festival of Lights basic admission takes the cake. If a family of five (two adults, two 10 year olds and one baby) attended each attraction, Festival of Lights would cost you $50 and Scuba Santa would set you back $76. However, if that same family paid for the Festival of Lights Total Experience Package, they would shell out $90 - a difference of $14 from the Scuba Santa deal. The Zoo seems to offer the better deal.
Score: Aquarium 1, Zoo, 3
But what about the hidden fees?
Who wins? Scuba Santa wins this race. If you don't mind parking your car on the street for free, once you pay admission you won't be hit with any hidden fees. However, if you only purchase the basic admission into Festival of Lights and your kids hear the familiar "choo-choo" and see other kids having fun on the train -- you'll wish that $3 train-ticket was included in your package... along with a free 4-D movie.
Score: Aquarium, 2, Zoo, 3
Who wins? This depends of the type of Christmas adventurer.
If you like the outdoors and don't mind the cold, the open and airy Festival of Lights might be right up your alley. However, if you're not a winter-lover and have kids that may not enjoy the cool air, the warm indoor Aquarium might be better suited for you. We call it a tie.
Score: Aquarium, 3, Zoo, 4
What did the community say when asked on Facebook which attraction they would pick?
Who wins? According to the WCPO Facebook page, Festival of Lights had more positive comments by a landslide.
Score: Aquarium 3, Zoo 5
Who reigns supreme? Based on on these factors, we king Festival of Lights as the champion of this round of Face Off.
Tell us which attraction YOU would pick in the comment box below.