Winter doesn't mean the fun is over at two regional amusement parks.

Kings Island and Kennywood remain open for business through the weekend as part of special holiday festivities.

The two parks also earned spots on the Top 10 amusement parks to visit among 20 selected by USA Today to visit over Christmas.

Kings Island in Mason earned the second spot on the list — edged out by the An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo.

WinterFest is open through Dec. 31 and boasts some five million lights along with ice skating on the park's Royal Fountain.

They have even put up lights on the park's replica of the Eiffel Tower to create a 314-foot tall Christmas tree.

There are live shows along with some of the park's kiddie and big rides are up and running, weather permitted.

Some to the attractions that are open include the park's indoor haunted house attraction where you ride through scenes and shoot a so-called boo blaster to earn points along with the Mystic Timbers wooden roller coaster.

There are a number of live shows, including ones featuring the park's mascots, the Peanuts gang.

Admission at the gate is $39 for adults, but there are discounts available when tickets are purchased in advance at visitkingsisland.com.

Kennywood was ranked seventh on the list based on the feedback of amusement park visitors, enthusiasts and experts.

The park has some two million lights and is home to Pennsylvania’s tallest Christmas tree at 100 feet.

The new Thomas Town at Kennywood has also been decked out for the holidays.

The park's Holiday Lights also has a petting zoo, a model train display that covers some 3,000 square feet along with live shows and entertainment.

Many of the park's rides are decorated with lights.

Some of the attractions are up and running including the park's 4-D Theater that is showing "The Polar Express 4-D Experience" along with its ride through haunted house the Ghostwood Estate, the Journey with Thomas train ride and its beloved Noah’s Ark walk through fun house.

To celebrate its Top 10 ranking, Kennywood is offering free admission to active duty, retired military and veterans. Guests ages 55 and older can purchase a ticket online for $7.

Kennywood's Holiday Lights runs through Sunday. Gate admission is $19.99 for adults.

For more, visit kennywood.com/holidaylights.

Craig Webb can be reached at cwebb@thebeaconjournal.com.