- Alexis Larsen Contributing Writer
WinterFest has returned in all its glory and THEN some.
It’s been a while. The last time Kings Island ushered it in was 2005.
Organizers say bringing it back has been a project more than two years in the making with detailed plans to transform the popular Warren County amusement park.
The event’s long-anticipated return took place on Nov. 24, 2017.
Action Ice Zone, Artisan Village, Candy Cane Lane, Charlie Brown’s Christmas Town, Polar Bear Plaza, Coney Elf Village, International Street, Rivertown Wonderland and WinterFest Way are nine enchanting winter wonderland areas that will be featured that will offer plenty to see and do.
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Here are 10 things to know about the return of this chill event:
• WinterFest returns after a 12-year absence.
• The Eiffel Tower will be transformed into a magical 314-foot-tall Christmas tree.
• There will be more than 5 million holidays lights throughout the park.
• Up to 17 rides will be open throughout Rivertown, Coney Island, Planet Snoopy and the Action Zone. Those rides are: Mystic Timbers, Dodgem, Zephyr, Scrambler, Boo Blasters on Boo Hill, Grand Carousel, K.I. & Miami Valley Railroad, Linus Launcher, Charlie Brown’s Wind Up, Snoopy vs. Red Baron, The Great Pumpkin Coaster, PEANUTS 500, Joe Cool’s Dodgem School, Sally’s Sea Plan, Character Carousel, Woodstock Gliders, Snoopy’s Space Buggies.
• There will be 50 activities for guests to enjoy including ice skating on the Royal Fountain, decorating cookies with Mrs. Claus, watching ice carvers in action, and getting a picture with St. Nick himself.
• Guests visiting WinterFest will be able to enjoy live holiday shows and 14 holiday characters spreading merriment throughout the park, like Jack Frost and the Sugar Plum Fairy.
• Unlike past WinterFests, this WinterFest will feature the biggest footprint of the park being used. Guests will enjoy nine winter wonderlands as they journey through the park. For more on each location visit: www.visitkingsisland.com/play/winterfest/attractions-winter-wonderlands.
• Guests will receive free hot chocolate refills on their first visit when they purchase a WinterFest refillable, souvenir mug.
• The best deal on tickets can be found online at visitkingsisland.com with tickets as low as $25 (savings of $10 off the gate price).
• 2017 Gold and Platinum Passholders get free admission and guests that purchased a 2018 Gold season pass that did not visit in the fall receive one free visit to WinterFest.