Winterfest is back at Kings Island Amusement Park.
If you grew up in the Cincinnati metro, you probably have fond memories of attending Winterfest in the ’80s as a kid.
Winterfest had some pretty big shoes to fill with its return. I was comparing it to my fond childhood memories from previous visits.
Those memories include holiday activities including ice skating on the royal fountain, carriage rides, and holiday shows with live entertainment.
If you experienced Winterfest as a child in the 80s’, Kings Island will bring back the nostalgia. But its even better now.
The Eiffel Tower was transformed into an illuminated, tall Christmas Tree. The holiday lights on the Eiffel Tower shifted through beautiful colors and imagery.
You can still ice skate on the fountain. There is music everywhere, both by live performers and with holiday music filling the air.
The stunning mix of dazzling displays throughout the park are absolutely beautiful, creating an unforgettable experience.
What to Expect at Winterfest
You can ride up to 17 rides during your visit. The most extreme ride is Mystic Timbers wooden roller coaster.
(There are far more ride options than when I was a kis. We only had the Smurf Enchanted Voyage ride open when I was a kid… But I really did love that Smurf ride!).
There are lots of shopping options for holiday gifts located throughout the park. Make sure that you check out the artisan village with local vendors underneath the Eiffel Tower.
Tips for Ice Skating at Winterfest
If you plan on ice skating during your visit, I suggest you purchase your date and time slot online before you arrive.
There is limited availability and the time slots can fill up fast.
The ice skating voucher includes skate rental and your skate session.
There is still a fee if you bring your own skates.
Photo Opps at Winterfest
Winterfest has also created lots of areas that are the perfect spot for taking photos together.
The Winterfest Snowglobe near the Banshee roller coaster is definitely one of the most unique.
Use the WinterFest Bucket List to cross everything off your list.
Younger kids will enjoy meeting Santa Claus (and maybe even Mrs. Claus!) and older kids will find several areas that are perfect for a selfie throughout the nine winter wonderlands.
The pictures with Santa are an additional fee if you purchase the photos from Kings Island. You can bring your own camera and take your own pictures.
Holiday-Themed Activities at Winterfest
There is a small sledding hill and live shows that the whole family will enjoy.
Check the times for all of the shows and ice carving demos when you arrive. That information will help you get the most value out of your visit.
Kings Island Season Pass Holder All-Season Dining Perks
With season passes, we not only received free parking (and unlimited visits throughout the year), but I was very happy to discover that our All Season Dining Plan still worked at Winterfest too.
You are going to eat dinner anyway, either before you go, or while you are there.
When we did eat before a visit, my kids would get hungry as soon as entered the park anyway.
The All Season Dining Plan has several restaurants throughout the park to choose from. My personal favorite restaurant is the Coney Bar-B-Que.
I suggest grabbing a flyer as you enter the park for all of your meal options and locations.
You can also use the 2021 Refillable Drink Cup at Winterfest as well for an even greater value.
WinterFest Souvenir Mug
For $12.99 you can get enjoy hot chocolate in a souvenir mug. On your first visit you get free refills with 15 minute intervals between refills. On your return visits enjoy $1 refills (tax included) during the 2021 season.
FYI: You cannot bring items on Mystic Timbers so you will want to designate a hot chocolate holder.
Hot chocolate is an extremely popular menu item. Make sure that you allow for wait time in line if you are getting a refill before attending a show.
Ways to Save on Winterfest Tickets
- Purchase tickets online
- Go with a Season Passholder with a Bring-a-Friend Admission (Gold & Platinum Passholders may bring up to 4 friends to WinterFest for just $19.99 each)
- Go as a Group: Get 15+ Tickets Each for Only $24! Buy a minimum of 15 tickets online and save $21 per ticket off of the price at the front gate.
When is Winterfest at Kings Island Amusement Park?
Winterfest will take place select nights Nov. 26 – Dec. 31, 2021.
Winterfest guests will enjoy creating new holiday memories with their loved ones. Season pass holders will find that its an added value to their season pass.
You can find additional information on the Kings Island website.