WinterFest at Kings Island in Mason, OH

6300 Kings Island DriveKings Island, OH 45034
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WinterFest at Kings Island in Kings Island, Ohio


This winter, Kings Island transforms into a holiday wonderland for WinterFest! Ten remarkable winter lands await you each featuring different holiday activities, food, and fun. Go ice skating on the Royal Fountain, marvel at the 314-foot tall Christmas tree, and meet holiday characters such as Jack Frost, Candy Cane, and the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Kings Island Travel Experts
  • Open on select nights in November and December.
  • Watch 16 spectacular holiday shows and live entertainment throughout the park.
  • Nibble on Christmas cookies and sip hot cocoa under the night sky.
  • Keep an eye out for holiday characters roaming the park.
  • 19 of your favorite Kings Islands rides and attractions will be open.


from WinterFest at Kings Island
Step into WinterFest at Kings Island select nights November 22 through December 31, 2019. It’s an unforgettable experience with the park transformed into ten enchanting winter wonderlands.

Imagine an old-fashioned winter…rosy-cheeked skaters gliding under twinkling lights, the magic of dazzling holiday shows and carolers in traditional costumes, shops filled with ornaments, trinkets and toys, the aroma of freshly-baked treats and the spirit of everyone’s favorite season captured in an atmosphere of warmth and nostalgia – a place where memories of holidays past are present; a place where memories of holidays now are waiting to be made.

There's something for everyone in the family to enjoy together, like ice skating on the Royal Fountain, seeing the Eiffel Tower transformed into a magical 314-foot tall Christmas tree, live shows, rides, delicious holiday treats, millions of lights and holiday characters spreading merriment, like Jack Frost, Candy Cane and the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Tripster Customer Reviews

Christy Anderson
Saline, MI
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"My teens were unimpressed."
January 2019
My kids are 14 and 16 yrs old. They rode 2 rides the whole night. There wasn't that much for them to ride.

Overall, the Christmas lights upon entry were pretty neat, then it went to medicore to boring. I was hoping the train ride would have been more interesting.

My kids don't get the whole 'Snoopy and Charlie Brown' thing like when WE were kids, so the show was dated and everything referenced in it was for Christmas, which for us had already passed. We went New Year's Eve. The storyline and costumes for the Snoopy/Charlie Brown show were 'meh'.

Gift shops were Chinese-made trinkets that looked picked through. I looked to try to find some Dicken themed ornaments but the shops mostly just had coca-cola and Kings Island ornaments.

Hot Chocolate was DEFINITELY from a mix with hot water added. Tasted like artifical sweetener. We bought the cup for $10 and never finished our original or got refills. --No marshmellows or Whipped cream. I don't even think it was real chocolate, to be honest.

It was a nice evening, and uncrowded. We walked around for about 2 hours then decided to leave It was about 9:30 pm and there just wasn't enough to keep us there till the fireworks to ring in the New Year.

I'm thinking it probably would've been more fun for kids 6 and under. Oh well. You live and you learn.
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Tip: Minimum amount of rides available. Lights were nice at the entrance, then just mediocre to boring and some downright sloppy.

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Frequently Asked Questions about WinterFest at Kings Island

I’m bringing a child under the age of 3. Do they need a ticket to WinterFest?
No. Children ages 3 and under do not require an admission ticket.

Are all of the special experiences included in my ticket?
No. Special experiences, such as cookie decorating, ice skating, and the igloo VIP experience require additional fees.

Are senior discounts available?

What happens if it rains during my visit?
Some attractions may close in inclement weather until conditions permit safe operation. During this time, enjoy a live show, meal, or shopping until such weather passes. Kings Island cannot issue rain checks or refunds for inclement weather.

Am I allowed to bring my own food and beverages into the park?
No. No outside food, beverages, or coolers are allowed to be brought into Kings Island or the Soak City Waterpark. Exceptions are made for Guests with special dietary needs to include food allergies and baby food and formula. Guests with special dietary needs should stop at Guest Services located at the Front Gate when they arrive at the Park.

How do I re-enter the park should I have to leave for some reason?
If you wish to leave the park and return on the same day, please have your hand stamped at the Front Gate. If you wish to leave the parking lot and re-enter, present your parking receipt to the attendant when you return.

Does Kings Island have ATMs?
Yes. Several ATMs are located throughout the park.

Are wheelchairs available for rent?
Yes. A limited number of wheelchairs are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis at the Front Gate.

Can I bring my pet into the park?
No. Only service animals are permitted in the park. Kings Island does not have pet care facilities on site.

What is the policy on alcoholic beverages at Kings Island?
Guests must be at least 21 years of age to purchase, possess or consume alcoholic beverages at Kings Island. Valid State issued identification or valid driver's license is required upon each person purchasing, possessing or consuming alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted while in line for any ride. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted to be brought into Kings Island from any outside source or in any type of container.

What forms of payment does Kings Island accept?
Kings Island accepts cash, credit or debit cards from American Express, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover. A valid driver's license must be presented when using a credit card for purchases at the park.

Is smoking permitted in the park?
For the convenience of all our guests, smoking of any kind, including vapor and e-cigarettes, is allowed only in designated smoking areas. Smoking and vaping are not permitted in any store, theater, ride line or waiting area, ticket line, food line, and any indoor or outdoor restaurant seating area.

Does Kings Island offer lockers?
Lockers are available for rent in different areas of the main park. The park is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

How much is parking?
Regular parking when purchased at the park is $20 / preferred parking is $30. When purchased in advance on the Kings Island website, you will enjoy an instant $ 3 savings! A limited number of accessible parking spaces are available near the Front Gate on a first-come, first-served basis.

What security procedures are in place at Kings Island?
The safety of our guests and associates is our number one priority, and we have implemented several enhanced security procedures at all entrance gates. As part of the process:

  • Guests arriving at the park will go through metal detection every public operating day. 
  • All bags, purses, backpacks, waist packs, etc. will be examined prior to entering.
  • Sharp objects (including pocket knives and metal chains), firearms, or other items that could be considered a weapon are strictly prohibited and should be left at home or secured in your vehicle.  

Kings Island uses a variety of methods when securing the parks including uniformed and plainclothes officers, and video surveillance monitoring.

Kings Island does not tolerate guests who fight and/or harass other guests while on our property. People who engage this behavior are subject to being ejected and potentially banned from the park, and may be subject to arrest by local police.