Festival of Lights staying open later Tuesday

Posted at 5:11 PM, Dec 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-22 17:24:25-05

CINCINNATI -- Haven't seen Santa yet? Thanks to this week's warmer-than-average weather, you'll get an extra hour Tuesday to visit with the jolly old elf himself.

The PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will stay open until 10 p.m. Tuesday so that more people can get in before Christmas; Santa's last night at the zoo is Wednesday (before he has to leave and get ready for his big night, obviously).

A basketball game at the University of Cincinnati (the Bearcats face Iowa State) could tie up traffic nearby, so zoo spokeswoman Michelle Curley recommends arriving early or after 7 p.m.

The zoo's even borrowing an extra parking lot for the last-minute Santa-seeking crowds, on the corner of Goodman Drive and Vine Street about three blocks away.

The Festival of Lights generally closes at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. It's open through Jan. 2, but closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


2015 PNC Festival of Lights

Posted by Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden on Tuesday, December 22, 2015