Ohio Holiday Light Displays -2020

It’s that time of year again when millions of glistening lights start to appear throughout 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.

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS AT THE CASTLE, A KINGDOM OF LIGHTS
Dates: December, 2020
Location: Landoll’s Mohican Castle
561 Township Road 3352, Loudonville, OH 44842
800.291.5001 | landollsmohicancastle.com
Tickets

*ONLY ONE PASS NEEDED PER CAR*

Every evening in December the Castle becomes the most magical, jolly place to be! Our popular holiday tradition, Christmas at the Castle a Kingdom of Lights, returns for another year! Stroll the grounds and soak up the Holiday Spirit with over 100,000 lights, outdoor Christmas trees and, of course, your favorite Holiday tunes! And if you’ve been nice, you might even meet the man himself—Jolly Old Saint Nick drops down the chimney at The Pavillion to meet children of all ages every Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 8pm. Admission on Friday and Saturday is $8 per car and free all other evenings.  (photo credit: Landoll’s Mohican Castle)


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ashtabulalightsASHTABULA COUNTY’S LIGHTS ON THE LAKE
Dates:  November 27 – December 27, 2020
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Times: 6pm-9pm
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
website
“To keep our guests and volunteers safe, Lights on the Lake will be a touch-free event. We will not be handing out candy, bags, or brochures. Admission will be by donation or pre-sold ticket but no money will be passed from hand to hand and no change made.”

Private Homes:

Lights in 193 – home display
Dates:  November 28 – December 30, 2020 (weather permitting)
Times: Open weeknights 6pm-10pm | Fri and Sat 6pm to 11pm
Location:  4880 State Route 193
Kingsville, Ohio 44048
Facebook page 
PLEASE STAY IN CAR.  Light display synchronized to music 99.1


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lightsJOY OF CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW
Dates:
Dec 4-6, Dec 10-27, 2020
Show times: 6pm-9pm
Location:  Firestone Park, 338 E. Park Ave, Columbiana, 330-482-2282
Donation:
$10 per vehicle | $2 per person on motorcoaches | $25 season pass
Proceeds support Firestone Park restoration efforts. 
Facebook event page.
Enjoy this drive-through holiday light display with the entire family. View one million holiday lights in 80+ animated light scenes.


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WILD WINTER LIGHTS
Dates:  Dec 7, 8, 9, 14,15,16, and  January 2-3, 2021
(select dates)
Time: 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Cleveland, Ohio
website

At this time Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Wild Winter Lights remains open. Wild Winter Lights can be experienced in a drive-through and walk-through format to allow guests to visit the way they are most comfortable with.

Wild Winter Lights tickets are limited and advance online reservations are strongly encouraged. The discounted cost for Zoo members is $18 and $20 for non-members, or a 4-pack for $54 for members and $60 for non-members. Children under 2 are admitted for free. Tickets for the drive-through experience are $54 per car for Zoo members and $60 per car for non-members.

WINTERFEST PUBLIC SQUARE
Date:  Holiday Lights shows Nov 28, 2020 – Jan 3, 2021
Times: 6pm-10pm
Location:  Public Square, Cleveland, OH
Admission – FREE
website

“Locals are invited to stop by Downtown Cleveland’s Public Square, in a socially distant manner, to enjoy animated light and sound shows. The complimentary displays will activate three times per hour between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. each day for all to take in. “

NELA PARK HOLIDAY LIGHTS
Dates: December 4-January 4, 2020
Location:  The World Headquarters for GE Lighting
Nela Park, 1975 Noble Rd., East Cleveland, OH 44112
Admission: FREE
Read more.

Light Up Lakewood – Virtual 
Dates: December 12-20, 2020
Location: Downtown Lakewood – Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107

“Video content will premiere at 7 pm on Facebook and Instagram.”
For additional information click here.

 

STRONGSVILLE WINTER WONDERLAND
Dates:  November 22 – December 31, 2020
Location: Corner of SR 82 (Royalton Rd) and SR 42 (Pearl Rd)
Admission: FREE
website
Lighting Ceremony – November 22, 2020 | 5:30 PM-8PM

CITY OF BEDFORD
Dates: December, 2020
Location: Downtown Bedford

CITY OF INDEPENDENCE
Dates:  December, 2020
Address:  Town Square, Rt 21, Independence, OH
Admission:  FREE

MAGIC OF LIGHTS
Dates: November 27, 2019 -January 4, 2020
Location: 19201 East Bagley Rd., Middleburg Heights, OH
Facebook event page.

Private Homes:

Crown Point Parkway Festival of Lights
Dates:  No displays for 2020
Address: Crown Point Way, Strongsville, OH 44136
Admission: FREE
For more information view Facebook page.

Keystone Road
Parma, OH
Mon-Thurs 5:30 pm-10pm and Fri-Sun 5:30 pm – 11pm

Niederst’s Holiday Display
22200 Lake Rd., Rocky River, OH 44116

Petkovsek Family Christmas Lights
10020 Applewood Dr., North Royalton, OH

Rus Family Musical
5649 Hawthorne Dr., Highland Heights, OH

Fairview Park Holiday Lights 
Seabury Ave. Fairview Park, OH – click here for updates.

Tagg’s Candy Cane Lane
1156 West Miner Rd., Mayfield, Heights, OH

 



 

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UPPER’S WINTER FANTASY OF LIGHTS
Dates:  December 1-30, 2020
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
Admission: Cars – $5.00 (Monday through Thursday) or $10.00 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Commercial Vans – $15.00, Tour Buses – $50.00
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. “


 

 

CONSERVATORY AGLOW
FRANKLIN PARK CONSERVATORY AND BOTANICAL GARDENS
Dates:  November 14 – January 10, 2021
Times:  5PM – 9PM
Address: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203
614.715.8000 |  fpconservatory.org

The outdoor Conservatory experience will be twinkling, glowing, and magical thanks to thousands of lights presented in stunning displays.

Private Homes:



Renz Glowmore Lights
Address: 4074 Greenup Dr Columbus, Ohio 43207
Daily from 530pm to 10 or 11pm
Information: Turn into 91.1 to enjoy the light show dancing to the music.
Donations: Can goods or money. Goes to the Obetz Church of Nazarene.


 

 

BETHLEHEM HILLS CHRISTMAS PARK
Dates: Nov 27 – Jan 3, 2021 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.)
Time: 5PM-9:30PM
Location: 9760 Mayfield Rd, Chesterland, Ohio 44026
Cost: $20 per car on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. $25 per car on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Visit Facebook page for updates.

“Due to the current pandemic, and out of an abundance of caution for the safety of all families attending, we will be limiting attendance to the park to 1200 cars per day.”


 

 

LEGENDARY LIGHTS OF CLIFTON MILL
Dates:  November 28 – December 30
Times: Sun – Sat 6-9pm
Location: Historic Clifton Mill
Water St., Clifton, OH
Admission applies
website

Please check their website for 2020 visiting protocols.

 


 

 

GUERNSEY COUNTY COURTHOUSE LIGHT DISPLAY
Dates: through January 1, 2021
Time: 5:30 pm – 9pm
Location: Guernsey County Courthouse
801 Wheeling Ave., Cambridge, OH 43725
Admission: FREE
Visit : DickensVillage

(photo credit: Dickens Village)


 

 

PNC FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS at the Cincinnati Zoo
Dates: November 21 – January 3, 2021
January 8-10, 15-17. 2021
Times: Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm| Sun-Thurs 5pm-9pm
Location: Concinati Zoo & Botsanical Gardens
3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220
website

Reservations required.


 

 

 

 

THE CHRISTMAS CAVE
Dates: Nov 20-21, 27-28, Dec 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 2020
Time: Fri – Sat 4pm-10pm
Location:  White Gravel Mines
4007 White Gravel McDaniel Road, Minford, OH 45653
Admission
whitegravelmines.com
Reservations suggested. See website for visiting protocols. 

“The Christmas Cave is a self-guided light display presented uniquely in the beautiful and mysterious passageways of an underground mine where over 38,000 people visited last year.
Our museum-quality displays depict the historical moments surrounding the birth of the Savior.”


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COUNTRY LIGHTS – Lake Metroparks Farmpark
Dates:  December 1-22, 2020
Address:  11211 Spear Road, Concord Twp., OH
Admission: Tickets must be purchased in advance.
website

A magical evening is in store at Farmpark!

The Country Lights Drive-thru will feature some new and some familiar lighting displays throughout Farmpark as visitors enjoy the experience during the month of December from the warmth of their own vehicles. Drive time will range between 20 and 45 minutes depending on weather conditions and vehicle operators (not including stops for food or toys).


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LORAIN COUNTY METROPARKS HOLIDAY LIGHTS CRUISE-THRU
Dates: November 27 – December 27, 2020
(closed December 24-25)
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.

LIGHTS ON THE LAKE
Dates: Nov. 27-Dec. 27 | Dusk-10 p.m.
Location: Lakeview Park, 1800 West Erie Avenue, Lorain, OH 44052
For more info website.
Experience a FREE lakefront drive-thru lighted holiday display at Lakeview Park! Enjoy “Lights on the Lake” with classic holiday scenes, festive décor, and thousands of twinkling lights spanning this 26-acre park. This after-hours event is intended for drive-thru only. You will not be permitted to exit your vehicle. Lights turn on at dusk and stay lit until 10 pm each night. We hope you find an opportunity to enjoy this cheerful and safe holiday activity!

Private Homes:

Mangan
34907 Cambridge Dr., North Ridgeville, OH

“Lenz Family Christmas Spectacular for Jesus!”
Indian Hollow Road, (between Parsons Rd and Butternut Ridge), Carlisle Twp/Grafton
Lights are on from 445pm until 11pm nightly. Drive-by display only.
“…45,000 lights, over 30 inflatables ranging from 16ft to 3ft. Multiple light displays across the yard, including a river and pond made up of over 15,000 lights. A 3ft by 10ft Happy Birthday Jesus lighted sign, a 6ft in diameter wreath, life size 9 wooden reindeer and sleigh, two life size wooden moose and many more across 3 of our 5 acres including a lighted arches across our driveway!

 


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TOLEDO ZOO’S  LIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Dates:  November 20-December 31, 2020
Times:  Gates are open Sunday – Saturday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Zoo closing at 9 p.m.
Location: The Toledo Zoo2 Hippo Way, Toledo OH 43614
419.385.4040 | toledozoo.org

Member reservations and Non-Member reservations/Timed Admission Tickets are required for guaranteed admission.


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BOARDMAN PARK
Dates: through January 10, 2021
Time: 5pm-10pm
Location: 375 Boardman-Poland Rd. Boardman, OH 44512
website

“Enjoy a holiday drive-thru light display at Boardman Park and marvel at the beautiful light displays! It’s free and is open from 5:00pm-10pm each night through January 10. Tune into 88.9FM to enjoy several light displays that are synchronized to a variety of your favorite holiday songs. Great way to enjoy the Season from the safety of your own vehicle.”



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MEDINA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS HOLIDAY LIGHTS
Dates: November 27, 28, 29 | Dec. 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18-30, 2020
Times: Friday and Saturdays 6pm to 10pm | Weeknights 6pm to 9pm
Visit the area’s largest drive-thru display.
website
Cost: $10.00 per car; $20.00 per van/small bus; $60.00 per bus
Cash or Check accepted for payment | (please no loose change)

No pre-registration or pre-pay necessary!
Enter on Fair Road located off West Smith Road

Private Homes:

WADSWORTH GRIWSOLD HOUSE – home display
Dates:  thru December 31, 2020
Time:  Dusk 5-11pm
Address: 173 Duane Lane, Wadsworth, OH
For more information view Facebook page.

Please be mindful to social distance while visiting us this year! We recommend wearing your masks if there is a crowd when you visit.

 


 

 

 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT LOST CREEK
Dates: November 27 thru December 27, 2020
Times: Bonus days for 2020 December 21-23 (Monday-Wednesday) from 6-9
Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m. Last car admitted at 9:30 p.m.
Sundays from 6 to 9 p.m.
Location: 2645 E. St. Rt. 41, Troy, OH
937.335.6273 | website
Cost: $10 per car

Be transported into a winter wonderland filled with over 60 light displays, many of which are animated!  The 1.25-mile driving tour takes you through the woods, down charming farm lanes and past the historic Knoop Homestead aglow with lights.  Make this enchanted experience part of your holiday traditions.


 

 

HOLIDAY LIGHT TRAILS
– Celebrate everlasting memories in Muskingum County this holiday season! Grab the family, load up the car and discover Zane’s Landing Park, the Muskingum County Courthouse and Main Streets in Zanesville, Dresden & New Concord.

 


 

 

BRIMFIELD TOWNSHIP TOUR OF LIGHTS 2020
Date: December, 2020
Location: Various addresses throughout the community and Town Hall (1333 Tallmadge Road) and Brimfield Historical Society (Kelso House 4158 OH-43)
For addresses and map – click here.

 

 

 

KINGWOOD CENTER GARDENS
Dates:  November 28 – January 3, 2020
Tuesday – Sunday
Location: 50 N Trimble Rd., Mansfield, OH 44906
Open 6 nights a week – Tickets kingwoodecenter. 

 


 

 

DRIVE-THRU WINTER WONDERLAND
Date: December 10-23, 2020
Time: 6pm-8pm
Location: Sandusky County Fairgrounds
901 Rawson Avenue, Fremont, Ohio 43420

Donation: $5
For more information, call 419-332-5604 or visit: www.sanduskycountyfair.com.


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CHRISTMAS AT CLAY’S
Dates:  Cancelled for 2020
Time: 6PM-9PM 
Address: 13190 Patterson St. NW, North Canton, OH
330.930.0398 | website

HOLIDAY LIGHTS – Beech Creek Botanical Gardens and Nature Preserve
Dates: December 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 26-30, 2020
Time: 5PM-9PM
Location: 11929 Beech St. NE, Alliance, OH 44601
Our botanical garden glows with holiday spirit and is transformed into a natural wonderland filled with unique areas to explore and things to learn. Come enjoy safe outdoor family fun! Discover dazzling festive displays and awaken your senses as you wander through the enchanted gardens. Enjoy lots of hands-on activities perfect for all ages as you learn about the wonders of winter nature!
You can even bring your four-legged family members to partake in all the festive fun. Plus, take part in special events and workshops for children and adults throughout the season.
General admission is $7 per person. Beech Creek Members and children ages 2 and younger receive free admission. For more information about Holiday Nights and to view a complete schedule of events, visit beechcreekgardens.org.


 

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wildlightslgWILD LIGHTS AT THE AKRON ZOO 
Dates: Dec 4-6, 11-13, 18-23 and 26-30, 2020
Time: 5– 9 p.m.
Address:  500 Edgewood Avenue, Akron, OH
Phone:  330.375.2550
website

“Experience the zoo decked out in holiday lights, with all COVID-19 safety precautions in place.  Many of the animals will be in their habitats, all carousel rides are free and the Komodo Kingdom building will be open during the event. All tickets must be purchased online in advance. To avoid overcrowding, tickets are available via time ticketing and guests must select a half hour period to enter the zoo. ”


Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens – Deck the Hall 

Dates: Dec 3-6, 10-23, 26-30, 2020
Tour Times: 5-8pm, select evenings through December 30, 2020
Location: 714 North Portage Path, Akron, Ohio
330-836-5533 | website

TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE. See website for protocols to ensure safety.

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.

The estate is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas.

LOCK 3  – Full light show.
Dates: thru January 1, 2020
Time: starts at 5pm every night and repeats at the top of each hour.
Location:  200 S. Main St., Akron, OH  44308
For additional details click here.

Private Homes:

Christmas Light Show Synchronized to Music
Dates: thru Jan. 5th.
Time: The lights are on Sun – Thurs 5-10pm, Fri-Sat 5-11pm.
Address: 1292 Berkshire Drive, Macedonia, Ohio 44056

Donations accepted for the Emergency Hunger Center.

 


785 Nesbitt Rd., Sagamore Hills, OH 44067

 

 

 

 

 

YULETIDE VILLAGE – Season of Lights
Dates: Dec 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 2020
Location: Ohio Renaissance Festival
10542 E State Route 73, Waynesville, OH 45068
renfestival.com/yuletidevillage
LIGHTED VILLAGE • YULETIDE MARKET • WOODLAND SANTA • HOT FOOD & DRINKS

 

 

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Article and photos: Diane Rock
Rocky Hill | MyOhioFun.com

Editor’s note:  Part of this story ran in 2018. The story has been updated every year and for 2020.  Any use of the above article or images without prior permission, will be in violation of copyright laws. 

 

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