It’s that time of year again when millions of glistening lights start to appear throughout Northern Ohio. Below you will find some of our reader’s most favorite holiday light displays.
Please note we have made every attempt to confirm all of the following light displays. If you know of additional area light displays, please send us an email with details.
Ashtabula County’s Lights on the Lake
Dates: November 29 – December 29, 2019
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Special Days and Hours”
Dec. 24th, 25th – 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Cost: $5 per vehicle – buses $1 per person – mini buses $20 per person
Location: 1700 East 1st Street, Ashtabula, OH 44004
Experience over 70 displays on Lakeshore Park’s 54 acres of rolling hills and majestic Lake Erie backdrop. This holiday light attraction with some displays “as big as a truck”, is great for creating family memories and family fun. Make it an annual family tradition to enjoy professional light displays in a beautiful picturesque setting.
Lights in 193 – home display
Dates: November 28 – December 30, 2019 (weather permitting)
Times: Open weeknights 6pm-10pm | Fri and Sat 6pm to 11pm
Location: 4880 State Route 193
Kingsville, Ohio 44048
Light display synchronized to music 99.1
Joy of Christmas Holiday Light Show
Dates: Friday – Sunday | Nov 15,16,17
Thursday – Sunday | Nov 21,22,23,24
Thursday – Sunday | Nov 28,29,30, Dec 1
Thursday, Dec 12 – Thursday, Dec. 26
Show times: 6pm-9pm
Location: Firestone Park, 338 E. Park Ave, Columbiana, 330-482-2282
$10 per vehicle | $2 per person on motorcoaches | $25 season pass
Proceeds support Firestone Park restoration efforts.
Enjoy this drive-through holiday light display with the entire family. View one million holiday lights in 75 animated light scenes, stroll through the Gingerbread House and view hundreds of homemade gingerbread house displays. Stop by Santa’s Ice Castle for Christmas cookies, hot chocolate and food, live holiday music, crafts, face-painting, and Pictures with Santa!
To learn more about the 2019 holiday display click here.
WILD WINTER LIGHTS
Dates:November 22 – January 5, 2020
Time: 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Experience the vibrant colors of more than one million lights and unique twists on holiday traditions at this all-new evening event at the Zoo. Wild Winter Lights will feature more than a dozen diverse and interactive zones including, Snow Safari, Glacier Glade and Santa’s North Pole Lodge.
Winterfest Public Square
Date: Festival – November 30, 2019
Times: to 1:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Public Square, Cleveland, OH
Admission – FREE
Jack Frost Festival of Lights
Date: December 7, 2019
Place: Downtown Berea
Admission: Free. Parking and activities
For additional information click here.
“A parade in Downtown Berea will kickoff the event followed by a tree lighting ceremony and fireworks display. Be sure to take a walk to Coe Lake where you will find fun activities for all to enjoy such as a skating rink, ice sculpture demo, pictures with Santa, character meet and greets, carolers, cookies & cocoa, inflatables and more! “
Light Up Lakewood
Dates: December 7, 2019
Time: 11am – 7pm
Location: Downtown Lakewood – Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107
Click here for schedule.
Attendees are invited to stroll Lakewood’s downtown district and visit local stores and restaurants while taking in the sights and sounds of one of Northeast Ohio’s largest holiday celebrations. Light Up Lakewood serves as a marquee event for the entire region, drawing an estimated 20,000 guests each December.
Strongsville Winter Wonderland
Dates: November 24 – December 31, 2019
Location: Corner of SR 82 (Royalton Rd) and SR 42 (Pearl Rd)
Lighting Ceremony – November 24, 2019 | 5:30 PM-8PM
“The annual Winter Wonderland Lighting Ceremony will kick off the holiday season in Strongsville on Nov. 24. Mayor Tom Perciak will light up the Commons, a giant Christmas tree, the gazebo and clocktower at 5:30 p.m., followed by a spectacular holiday fireworks show and the arrival of Santa, who will meet with kids in his Sparkle Palace. There will also be costumed characters, live reindeer, free hot cocoa and snacks, and horse-drawn carriage rides to the Strongsville Historical Village next door, which will also be decked out for the holidays. The event is free and open to everyone.”
City of Independence
Dates: December 7 – December 31, 2019
Tree Lighting – December 7, 2019 – 5:30 pm
Address: Town Square, Rt 21, Independence, OH
Crown Point Parkway Festival of Lights
Dates: November 28 – December 31, 2019
Address:Crown Point Way, Strongsville, OH 44136
For more information view Facebook page.
Firelands Festival of Lights
Time: 5pm – 10pm
Place: Sawmill Creek Resort, 400 Sawmill Creek Dr., Huron
Firelands Festival of Lights at Sawmill Creek Resort
Admission: FREE, donations accepted.
The Festival of Lights is a wonderful, family-oriented, Christmas light display that involves over 30 local, non-profit organizations. Take a drive along Sawmill Creek Dr. to experience the lights and meet Santa!
Upper’s Winter Fantasy of Lights
Dates: December 1-30, 2019
Times: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Monday – Thursday 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Check daily for weather related information.
Address: Harrison Smith Park, 525 East Wyandot Ave., Upper Sandusky, OH
A donation of $5.00 per car is requested: proceeds benefit a local charitable organization that is selected yearly.
Phone: 419.294.3556 | website
“Since 1997, Harrison Smith Park, just east of downtown Upper Sandusky, is transformed into a fabulous light show for the month of December. Through the volunteer efforts of many individuals, organizations and businesses, the 33 acres of the park are ablaze with millions of lights and a myriad of unique light displays along the drive through the park. “
Country Lights – Lake Metroparks Farmpark – SOLD OUT
Dates: November 29 – December 23, 2019
Address: 11211 Spear Road, Concord Twp., OH
Admission: Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Build a wooden toy in Santa’s Workshop, enjoy a wagon ride through thousands of lights; visit Santa in his sleigh, wander through model train and old fashioned toy displays; visit with Farmpark animals, and enjoy special presentations. Dinner and snacks available in the Café; no reservations required. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Lights on Bringham Court – home
Location: 9357 Bringham Court, Mentor, OH 44060
Requesting donations for Alzheimer’s Association. See Facebook page for link.
Magic of Lights – Northeast Ohio
Dates: November 27, 2019 – January 4, 2020
Address: 7777 Victory Lane, North Ridgeville, OH
Admission: Car/Standard Vehicle
Advance Early Bird Purchase Online: $17 (Limited time)
Advance Purchase Online: $20
Gate Purchase: $25
Magic of Lights is a dazzling 1+ mile drive-through holiday light show featuring some of your favorite holiday themes! Experience Magic of Lights from the comfort of your own car as you drive through Northeast Ohio’s favorite family annual holiday tradition.
Lorain County Metroparks Holiday Lights
Dates: November 29 – December 30, 2019
(closed December 24-25, 2019)
Time: 5:30 pm – 9:30pm
Cost: Free *We do ask for a non-perishable food item to be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank
Location: Carlisle Visitor Center at Carlisle Reservation, 12882 Diagonal Rd. Lorain 44050
For more info website.
*Train Rides: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday ONLY, 5:30-8:30pm -the LINE to board train closes @ 8:15pm. Train trail will be CLOSED to pedestrians. Free, weather permitting.
*Tram Rides: Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday ONLY, 5:30-8:30pm, available for both the main and the train trail. Train trail will be OPEN to pedestrians. Free, weather permitting.
*Dec 24th (special viewing hours: 5:30pm-8:00pm) main walking trail ONLY, the Visitor Center will be closed and there will be NO train or tram rides.
*Dec 25th -Event & Visitor Center CLOSED
Admission is FREE, but we are asking everyone to bring one nonperishable food item that will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. Also inside, for a small fee, are various refreshments to warm you up courtesy of Friends of Metro Parks.
Toledo Zoo’s Lights Before Christmas
Dates: November 22-December 31, 2019
Times: Sun-Thurs 3-8 pm, Fri-Sat 3-9 pm
Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. in the Gardens
Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Now open for Lights from 3 – 8 p.m., park will close at 9 p.m.
New Year’s Eve
Open all day from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Lights on at 3 p.m., park closing at 9 p.m.
Location: The Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo OH 43614
Admission: $20/adult (age 12-59), $17/senior (age 60+), $17/child (age 2-11)
With over one million lights, the award-winning Big Tree and 200+ illuminated animal images spread out across the Zoo, the 2019 edition of the electrical spectacle is sure to be both merry AND bright!
Winter Celebration: The Magical Woods
Dates: November 30, December 1, 3-11, 2019
Location: Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown
“Come visit a magical land of gnomes and fairy families throughout the Davis Center lobby, and discover other mythical creatures in The Enchanted Hollow. Plus, enjoy the annual holiday tree walk, scavenger hunt, and seasonal flowers. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330.740.7116 for details.”
Accepting donations of non-perishable food items for the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley.
Medina County Fairgrounds Holiday Lights
Dates: November 29-30, December 1, 6-8, 13-15, 20-29, 2019
Times: Friday and Saturdays 6pm to 10pm | Sunday and Weeknights 6pm to 9pm
Visit the area’s largest drive-thru display. Admission: $8 for cars; $20 for 15 passenger vans; $50 for buses. Visit medina-fair.com or call (330) 723-9633 for more information. CASH ONLY PLEASE (Enter at Smith Rd. entrance)
Wadsworth Griswold House – home display
Dates: November 28 – December 31, 2019
Time: Dusk til 10:30pm
Address: 173 Duane Lane, Wadsworth, OH
For more information view Facebook page.
DRIVE-THRU WINTER WONDERLAND
Date: December 12-15, 19-22, 2019
Location: Sandusky County Fairgrounds
901 Rawson Avenue, Fremont, Ohio 43420
Cost: 1 Non-perishable food item or $1.00/person. Holiday Light Display. For more information, call 419-332-5604 or visit: www.sanduskycountyfair.com.
Christmas at Clay’s
Dates: December 6-28, 2019
(closed December 24-26, 2019)
Address: 13190 Patterson St. NW, North Canton, OH
Wild Lights at the Akron Zoo
Dates: Nov 29-30, Dec 1, 6-8,13-15, 20-23, 26-30, 2019
Time: 5– 9 p.m. Ticket sales close at 8:30 p.m.
Address: 500 Edgewood Avenue, Akron, OH
The entire zoo is decorated with dazzling holiday lights! Get your photo taken with Santa Claus or stop by the photo op at Candy Cane Way, sponsored by Chick-fil-A, through Dec. 22. Meet the Snow Queen, Snow Princess and Snowman. Listen to local choirs perform. Roast a s’more!
Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens – Deck the Hall
Dates: Nov 29- Dec 1, Dec 5-8, Dec 12-23, Dec 26-30, 2019
Tour Times: 5-8pm, select evenings through December 30, 2019
Location: 714 North Portage Path, Akron, Ohio
330-836-5533 | website
This is a walking experience with various weather conditions and elevations: dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes for a 60-minute outdoor experience. The first floor of the Manor House is handicapped accessible.
Deck the Hall takes place from 5-8pm (estate closes at 9pm) on the following evenings: 11/29 – 12/1, 12/5 – 12/8, 12/12 – 12/23, and 12/26 – 12/30
The estate is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas