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What you'll see at the 2019 PNC Festival of Lights

37th annual show opens Saturday
Posted at 1:10 PM, Nov 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-16 20:53:35-05

CINCINNATI — For nearly 40 years, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has illuminated the season with the PNC Festival of Lights.

And with over 3 million LED lights strewn across the zoo, this year’s festival is bound to be brighter than ever.

“We have 120,000 strands of Christmas lights, which makes it hundreds of miles long,” Zoo Director Thane Maynard said. “If they connected them all, they’d go from here to Chattanooga, Tennessee.”

Among the lights in the brand new Fiona’s Fairyland, visitors can also try to spot all five adorable Fiona fairies hidden throughout the space.

Zoo officials say guests can catch a ride on the Toyland Express train ride, take photos at the festive Hippo Hut and see the immersive new “Northern Lights” experience.

“We have the biggest tree in town that we’ll light up a little later,” Maynard said. “We also have a wildlife show out on the lake.”

This season also marks your last chance to visit the zoo’s 4D Theater and Polar Express, which will be converted into a new food and retail space after the festival ends Jan. 4.

For hours, tickets, maps and more, click here.