Cincinnati has multiple Christmas attractions that McNicholas students find themselves visiting throughout the holiday season. The top attractions McNicholas students visit most are The Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo, the Fountain Square Ice Rink, Holiday in Lights at Sharon Woods, and the Christmas Ranch.
The Christmas Ranch, open until December 31, is located in Warren County. The ranch is covered with Christmas lights in sync to music. Tickets are $15 per car, and the ranch is open seven days a week from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitors of the ranch can either drive or walk through.
Senior Margret Beck visits The Christmas Ranch every year and enjoys the displays and atmosphere of the ranch. “I thought it was neat because they have light displays in sync to music that you can drive though. It is both an indoor and outdoor experience, so if you get cold you can go inside,” Beck said.
Holiday in Lights in Sharon Woods, is open until December 31. The drive-thru is open Sunday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $13 per car.
Senior Christi Swing goes every year and says that it has become a family tradition. “I like how colorful it is and how the atmosphere is so much fun,” Swing said. “There is a light tunnel that I love going through because you are enveloped by all the lights.”
The Fountain Square Ice Rink is downtown in the same location as its name and is open until January 1. It is open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Saturday and Friday from 10 a.m. to midnight. The cost is $6 for admission and ice skate rental is extra.
Senior Paxton Knight enjoys going skating because of the atmosphere. “I enjoyed being there and the square was dressed up for Christmas,” Knight said. “The stores close by made it easy to get a bite to eat afterwards, which made it a good time all around.”
The Festival of Lights may be the most well-known Christmas attraction in Cincinnati. It is located in the Cincinnati Zoo and will be open until January 4. It is open Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. General admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children.
Senior Karina Cabrera recently visited the Festival of Lights. “Seeing all of the lights was so magical and it really put me in the mood for Christmas,” Cabrera said.