20 reasons to go to Kings Island in Cincinnati Ohio for Winterfest

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If you’re visiting or going to be in the Cincinnati, Ohio area this holiday season, then you and your family or friends should definitely head to Kings Island Winterfest!  This Christmas event, which takes place at the iconic theme park in Mason, Ohio, has so many fun things to do, see and eat – here are 20 reasons why I think your family would love a trip here (and make sure you buy your tickets through Reserve Cincinnati, where you can save $11 off your tickets!):

        1. Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: Every night at 5:30 P.M., there will be a Christmas tree lighting ceremony at International Street and you’ll see the Eiffel Tower shining with thousands of lights
        2. Snow Flake Ice Skating: The Royal Fountain will be transformed into a gorgeous ice skating rink!
        3. Coney Elf Village: Come celebrate the ones behind Santa’s success: the elves!  At Coney Elf Village, there will be beautiful holiday decorations, displays & lights, plus great holiday-themed games.  You can also shop for holiday gifts here as well as sweets & treats.
        4. Candy Cane Lane: Take a walk on the sweet side with Candy Cane Lane, which features amazingly sweet decorations like:
          • Amazing Lights
          • Gingerbread House
          • Live Gingerbread Characters
          • 20-foot tall candy canes
          • Candied Trees
          • Peppermint Drops
          • Lollipops
          • Icing
          • Cookies
        5. Carriage Rides: Have yourself a picturesque winter moment on a horse-drawn carriage ride
        6. Santa & Mrs. Claus: You can get that perfect photo of you & your family with Santa or stop by Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen and decorate sugar cookies at Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen with your friends or family!
        7. Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tree Lot: Help Charlie Brown & Linus pick out a Christmas tree in a wonderful maze of Christmas trees complete with holiday surprises
        8. Coca-Cola Polar Bear Plaza: Kings Island’s DJ will be spinning holiday favorites & new holiday music at this Cocoa-themed party complete with a 30 foot iconic Santa holding a Coke.  There will be interactive games & nightly prizes that will make this holiday party a must attend.
        9. Snow: If you love seeing snow at Christmas time, then you’ll love the snow on International Street!
        10. North Pole Post Office: Send Santa Claus a customized letter, sent directly to the North Pole, at the North Pole Post Office
        11. Sally’s Christmas Crafts: Kids 12 & under can create their own holiday crafts they can take home!
        12. Action Ice Zone: Enjoy a winter wonderland that includes:
          • A sledding hill that guests at least 42 inches can sled down
          • An inflatable giant life sized snow globe – a great photo opportunity
          • Ice carving demonstrations
        13. Holiday Shows: There will be great holiday themed shows at Winterfest, like:
          • Sounds of the Nativity, with Christmas carols & live animals
          • Charlie Brown’s Christmas Spectacular
          • Cool Yule Christmas
          • Tinker’s Toy Factory
          • A Peanuts Guide to Christmas
          • What The Dickens?!
        14. Musical Performances: Enjoy great holiday music from great musical performers, like:
          • Blitzen’s Brass Band
          • Four Drummers Drumming
          • The Mistletones
          • Jingle Jazz
          • Holiday Sing-a-Long
          • Holly Holiday’s String-a-Long
          • Holly Jolly Trolley
        15. Artisan Village: You’ll be able to purchase hand-crafted items at The Artisan Village, located near the Eiffel Tower, including:
          • Winter accessories
          • Hand-painted wooden signs
          • Fused glass & mosaics
          • Decorative wreaths
          • Jewelry
          • Prints
          • Personal care products
          • And more!
        16. Christmas Gifts & Shopping: In addition to the Artisan Village, there are also great places to pick up the perfect holiday gift or item, like:
          • Personalized ornaments & gifts
          • Great shopping on International Street, with beautiful gifts from names like:
            • Karen Didion
            • Bethany Lowe
            • Jim Shore
          • You can get a holiday themed bear or a personalized bear for a stuffed animal lover in your life at Build a Bear Workshop
          • Winterfest apparel
          • Plush toys
          • Holiday home decor & ornaments
          • Coca-Cola themed gifts
        17. Midway Merriment: Meet over 30 holiday characters, such as:
          • Holly
          • Jolly
          • Lolly
          • Jingle
          • Captain Macaron
          • Cookie Caramel
          • Candy Cane
          • Sugar Plum Fairy
          • And more!
        18. Food & drinks: Kings Island will be serving up delicious holiday food & drinks, plus food & drinks that are delicious any time of the year, like:
          • Norseman’s Christmas Pork
          • Holiday inspired Funnel Cakes
          • Christmas Sausage
          • Hot Chocolate
          • Blue Hot Chocolate
          • Fudge
          • Smoked Turkey
          • Cinnamon Pull-a-part
          • Ciders
          • Polish Kielbasa and Sauerkraut with Pierogis
          • Pick-A-Mix candy
          • Bacon-On-A-Stick
          • Mini Donuts
          • Turducken Sandwich
          • Gourmet Apples
          • Italian Pasta and Meatballs
          • Gourmet Mac & Cheese
          • Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders
          • Buckeyes
          • German Schnitzel with Fried Cabbage
          • Churros
          • Patty Melts
          • Popcorn
          • Smoked Honey Spiced Chicken Wings
          • Cincinnati famous LaRosa’s Pizza
          • Cotton Candy
          • Novelty candy ornaments
          • Beer
          • Wine
          • Kings Island signature signature Smashed Burgers
        19. Great rides: When you visit Kings Island you’re going to want to go on some of their great rides, right? Well, luckily, there will be rides available, like:
          • Boo Blasters on Boo Hill
          • Character Carousel
          • Charlie Brown’s Wind Up
          • Dodgems
          • Flight of Fear
          • Grand Carousel
          • Joe Cool’s Dodgem School
          • K.I. & Miami Valley Railroad
          • Linus’ Launcher
          • Mystic Timbers
          • Sally’s Sea Plane
          • Scrambler
          • Shake, Rattle & Roll
          • Snoopy vs. Red Baron
          • Snoopy’s Space Buggies
          • The Great Pumpkin Coaster
          • Woodstock Gliders
          • Zephyr
        20. Jack Frost’s luxury Igloos: If you get too cold during your time at the park, you can rent a Jack Frost Luxury Igloo! In addition to the igloo, you’ll also get concierge services, food & beverage delivery to your igloo, reserved seating at select shows., Souvenir Hot Chocolate Mugs, free carriage ride or ice skating & more