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Giant Rhino Nutcracker goes up at Cincinnati Zoo

Giant Rhino Nutcracker going up Tuesday at Cincinnati Zoo (Provided by Cincinnati Zoo) Giant Rhino Nutcracker going up Tuesday at Cincinnati Zoo (Provided by Cincinnati Zoo)
AVONDALE, OH (FOX19) -

A 30-foot Rhino Nutcracker that is the centerpiece of the annual Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo goes up Tuesday morning.

The tradition is a clear signal the holidays are here.

The Nutcrackers stand guard at the zoo's Vine Street entrance, and assembling it is no easy task.

The effort is all for the annual display running Nov. 22 to Jan. 3 that has the Zoo twinkling with more than 2 million LED lights.

Visitors can met Santa, ride the North Polar Express train, search for fairies in Fairyland and, of course, check out all the awesome light displays throughout the zoo.

Don't forget, cold climate animals like polar bears and reindeer are out.

Now this is all a part of the Festival of Lights. The zoo uses over two million LED lights for the display. Visitors can meet Santa, ride the North Polar Express train, search for fairies in Fairyland... where kids search for five hidden fairies.... and of course check out all the awesome light displays throughout the zoo. You can also watch a wild lights show at Swan Lake... where a 21 foot tall computer controlled tree with thousands of LED lights dance to holiday songs. Of course... it's also a great time to see the cold climate animals at the zoo like polar bears and reindeer.

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