The Cincinnati cultural scene thrives during the holiday months. So how about putting a new spin on a holiday tradition and base your office Christmas party around a beloved festival? Or, if you’re stumped about what to get your employees as door prizes at your company bash, consider giving tickets to one of the following shows or special events.
You’d have to be a dim bulb not to enjoy the Cincinnati Zoo’s “Festival of Lights,” which features 2.5 million Christmas lights as well as carolers, ice skating and light sculptures. Plus the regular lions, tigers and polar bears, oh my! This is the 25th anniversary year for the event, named by USA TODAY as one of the “10 Best Holiday Events” in the nation. New this year: The 4-D Special FX Theater, showing The Polar Express in a blend of 3-D visual effects and with a fourth dimension, adding wind, scents and other sensory surprises. (There is an additional cost for the film, still to be determined.)  Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale. 5 to 9 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. (open nightly after Dec. 13), Nov. 16 through Jan. 1. Closed Thanksgiving Day. $12.95 adults, $10.95 senior citizens and $7.95 children ages 2 to 12. 513/475-6124 or

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