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February 29, 2024

Photo by: Lisa Hubbard

PNC Festival of Lights Voted No.1, Again!

The light show continues through Jan. 7, 2024. Come see why it's voted number one!

USA TODAY recently announced that the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s PNC Festival of Lights took the top spot in the Best Zoo Lights category in its 2023 Readers’ Choice poll! It is the sixth consecutive year that the readers have voted Cincinnati Zoo No. 1 in this category.   

This year, you can enjoy something new to one of your favorite Festival of Light’s features. You can now enjoy a Wild Lights show on Swan Lake by downloading an app that syncs your phone’s flashlight to the music.  In addition, check out 20 new, lifelike animal lanterns placed around the zoo, and enjoy more photo opps than ever with the kids!

PNC Festival of Lights runs now through January 7.  Although the twinkling lights are the main attraction during PNC Festival of Lights, you can still come earlier to see the animals during the day or visit indoor habitats including World of the Insect, Manatee Springs, and Night Hunters during the evening hours. 

Come see why the zoo’s lights are the best! The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is open daily at 10 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m. Sunday – Thursdays; and 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays during PNC Festival of Lights. The new electric train and carousel runs daily at 2:30 p.m.

Learn more and grab your tickets in advance here.

About the Author

Amanda Hayward

Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication. She is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and a mom of three with one on the way. If she's not writing for Cincinnati Family, you'll find her running, juggling kids, teaching group fitness classes and cooking up healthy recipes.