Chic Spotlight: Kings Island WinterFest

Chic Spotlight: Kings Island WinterFest

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WinterFest is back and better than ever! Read on to see what’s new and exciting this year.

Cincy Chic: What is WinterFest?
Don Helbig, Area Manager of Digital Marketing at Kings Island: WinterFest is an event where memories of holidays past are present; a place where memories of holidays now are waiting to be made. WinterFest is open select nights through Dec. 31 and is an unforgettable experiences for guests of all ages with Kings Islans transformed into 10 enchanting winter wonderlands. There’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy together, like lice skating on the Royal Fountain, seeing the Eiffel Tower transformed into a magical 314-foot tall Christmas tree, live shows, holiday-themed treats, over five million lights and 30 holiday characters spreading merriment, like Jack Frost, Candy Cane and the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Helbig: It was a cherished tradition for literally thousands of people in the Greater Cincinnati area and was greatly missed prior to its return last year.

Cincy Chic: How long has the park been doing WinterFest?
Helbig: This holiday season is the second year for WinterFest since it’s return last year following a 12-year absence. It’s the start of a new tradition for Cincinnati area residents and a return to what had been a tradition for many others.

Cincy Chic: What can guests expect when they visit the park for WinterFest?
Helbig: Guests will immerse themselves in a glittering world of holiday spirit, with more than five million lights, characters spreading cheer, rides, live shows, shops and festive eats and treats. It’s a night where many new holiday memories will be made.

Cincy Chic: How much are tickets?
Helbig: Tickets are just $25.99 when purchased in advance online at or the Kings Island mobile app, which is a savings of $13 off the front gate price. With the purchase of a 2019 Gold Season Pass, you can enjoy unlimited admission and free parking to WinterFest this year.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new for this year’s event?
Helbig: The Flight of Fear roller coaster and Shake, Rattle & Roll have been added this year raising the number of rides at WinterFest to 19. A tenth wonderland was added with Tinsel Town. This wonderland features a live show with The Mistletones, plus shopping and dining. It’s a festive atmosphere surrounded by holiday tunes, a vintage aluminum tree and the occasional snowfall. Also new is Carriage rides. Guests can dash through the park in a classic horse-drawn carriage and take in the sights and sounds of Tinsel Town and Coney Elf Village. An additional fee is required for this experience. New gift shops include Christmas Collections on International Street. Jack Frost’s Igloo Village is a new addition this year located under the Eiffel Tower. Furnished with comfort and warmth, this makes for a great spot for families and friends to take a break and immerse themselves in the beauty of WinterFest. Each reservation allows groups of four (additional guests can be purchased) to take advantage of concierge services including reserved seating at select shows, an event host to help plan your night, and select food and beverage delivery to your Igloo. You also receive souvenir hot chocolate mugs, a complimentary ice skating or carriage ride session, as well as a cookie decorating session at Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen. More information about the WinterFest Igloo VIP package is available on the park’s website. The park will also be open this year on New Year’s Eve.

Cincy Chic: What makes WinterFest unique?
Helbig: The breadth of WinterFest separates it from other holiday events in the region. There’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy. There’s 15 live entertainment experiences, up to 19 rides open, more than 5 million lights. You can ice skate on one of the most picturesque and largest outdoor venues in the country. It’s a whole new way to see and experience Kings Island.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for the park?
Helbig: New for 2019 is the Kings Mills Antique Autos. Located in the Coney Mall area of the park, guests will board 2/3 scale replicas of the 1911 Ford Model T and take a leisurely drive around a scenic track. The ride will be comparable to the original Les Taxis antique car ride, which operated from 1972 to 2004, combining nostalgia with new enhancements.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more, purchase tickets, and follow along with the park?
Helbig: Kings Island’s website at, the park’s mobile app for iPhone and Android devices, Twitter and the Kings Island Blog are the best sources for Kings Island information and to keep up to date with the latest park news.

Sara Elliott
Editor & Director of Strategic Communications - Sara is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a bachelor's degree in English literature. Sara started as an editorial intern before working her way up to assistant editor and then editor. She also serves as the Director of Strategic Communications, running Cincy Chic's social media sites. When she's not working for Cincy Chic, Sara is a mom to her toddler, Audrey. To contact Sara, send her an email at