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The Banks to transform into winter wonderland in January

SkyStar at The Banks to open one day late
Posted at 4:16 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 19:28:10-05

CINCINNATI — The Banks plans to welcome a crew of special-effects producers who will transform the area into a snow-covered winter wonderland come January.

According to a press release, Freedom Way will boast dozens of snow-related activities for families, including snow tubing and sledding, horse carriage rides, hockey challenges and more. The event is in the hands of Academy Award-winning special-effects producers who can count "Fargo" and "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" on their list of achievements.

Admission will run $5.00 per person for a wristband, and the festivities will be available on weekends throughout the month of January.

“We’ve made it snow for 'Superman' and 'Transformers' as well as Academy Award-winning films such as ‘Green Book,’ " said Dieter Sturm, special-effects expert, in a press release. “We blanketed Key West and Louisiana with snow, and now we can’t wait for a month of fun and flurry at The Banks in Cincinnati.”

A full list of available events includes:

Fridays, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 5-9 p.m.

Freedom Way between Joe Nuxhall and Walnut Street

  • Fire pit lounge seating with snow blizzards on the half hour
  • Cocktails and beer
  • Live sing-a-longs featuring songs from WGRR, WARM 98, 96 ROCK and CAT Country from 6-8 p.m.
  • Rides on the SkyStar Wheel with purchase
  • Ice Bar at Galla Park with a s'mores bar
  • Signature cocktails from the bars at The Banks
  • Live snow blizzards on Freedom Way nightly: 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30 and 9 p.m.

Saturdays, January 4, 11, 18, 25, 12-8 p.m.

Freedom Way from Joe Nuxhall to Elm Street

  • The Frisch’s Big Boy 50-foot-long snow tube ramp at SkyStar Wheel Snow Park
  • Rides on the SkyStar Wheel with purchase
  • Joe’s Snow Ride, a snow-sledding hill on Joe Nuxhall Way
  • Frontgate Snow Lounge with fire pit lounge seating with snow blizzards on the half hour
  • Horse carriage rides offered courtesy of the Cincinnati Auto Expo (February 5-9, 2020)
  • Cincinnati Cyclones Ice Hockey Challenges
  • Beer Gardens on Freedom Way
  • Live acoustic music performances at the Moerlein Lager House Beer Garden on Saturdays
  • Snowman-Making Village at Great American Ball Park
  • Live Ice Sculpture Carvings at Great American Ball Park’s Crosley Terrace
  • Snow Blizzards on Freedom Way at 12, 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8 p.m.
  • Watch NFL Playoff Games on the Big Screen (January 4,11)

Sundays, January 5, 12, 19, 26, 12-6 p.m.

Freedom Way from Joe Nuxhall to Elm Street

  • The Frisch’s Big Boy 50-foot-long snow-tube ramp at SkyStar Wheel Snow Park
  • Rides on the SkyStar Wheel with purchase
  • Joe’s Snow Ride, a snow-sledding hill on Joe Nuxhall Way
  • Frontgate Snow Lounge with fire pit lounge seating with snow blizzards on the half hour
  • Horse carriage rides offered courtesy of the Cincinnati Auto Expo (February 5-9, 2020)
  • Cincinnati Cyclones Ice Hockey Challenges
  • Beer Gardens on Freedom Way
  • Live acoustic music performances at the Moerlein Lager House Beer Garden on Sundays
  • Snowman-Making Village at Great American Ball Park
  • Live Ice Sculpture Carvings at Great American Ball Park’s Crosley Terrace
  • Snow Blizzards on Freedom Way at 12, 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6 p.m.
  • Watch NFL Playoff Games on the Big Screen (January 5,12)