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: November 26 – December 31, 2021
Location: Landoll’s Mohican Castle
561 Township Road 3352, Loudonville, OH 44842
800.291.5001 | landollsmohicancastle.com
*ONLY ONE PASS NEEDED PER CAR*
Every evening November 26th – December 31st 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! If you’ve been nice, you might even meet the man himself—Jolly Old Saint Nick drops down the chimney at The Pavilion to meet children of all ages every Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 8pm November 26th – December 24th 2021. Admission on Friday and Saturday is $8 per car and free all other evenings.
You can buy your car pass in advance.
(photo credit: Landoll’s Mohican Castle)
ASHTABULA COUNTY’S LIGHTS ON THE LAKE
Dates: November 26 – December 31, 2021
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Time: 6:00PM – 9:00PM
Special Holiday hours
12/24, 12/25, and 12/31 6:00-8:00PM
Cost: $5 per vehicle – buses $1 per person – mini buses $20 per person
Location: 1700 East 1st Street, Ashtabula, OH 44004
“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.”
Lights in 193 – home display
Dates: November 25 – December 31, 2021 (weather permitting)
Times: Open weeknights 6pm-10pm | Fri and Sat 6pm to 11pm
Location: 4880 State Route 193
Kingsville, Ohio 44048
PLEASE STAY IN CAR. Light display synchronized to music 99.1
JOY OF CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW
Dates: November 18 & runs select nights till Sunday, December 26, 2021
Select nights 6-9 p.m. enjoy 1+ million lights on 80+ displays:
• Thursday – Sunday: Nov. 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28
• Thursday – Sunday: Dec. 2, 3, 4, 5
• NIGHTLY: Dec. 9 – Dec. 26
Location: Harvey S. Firestone Recreational Park
298 E. Park Ave, Columbiana (entrance beside Regal Jewelers)
330-482-2282 | Facebook page
CASH ONLY AT THE GATE: donations of $10/vehicle, $3/person on motorcoach
Enjoy this drive-through holiday light display with the entire family. View one million holiday lights in 80+ animated light scenes.
WILD WINTER LIGHTS
Dates: November 16 – January 2, 2022
Time: 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, Ohio
Experience this year’s all-new lighting display, with more than one million individual lights and unique twists on holiday traditions. This year’s event features hundreds of lighting displays across holiday-themed areas and a dynamic light show featuring a massive 50-foot-tall tree. Drive-through and walk-through nights available. The walk-through event features dazzling walk-through displays, carousel rides, costume characters, model train displays, ice carvers, live music from festive choirs including the Singing Angels (select nights). Guests can also take photos with Santa at his workshop during the walk-through event (through December 23).
DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND WINTERFEST 2021
Date: November 27, 2021 (Kick-off)
Location: Public Square, Cleveland, OH
Admission – FREE
“Locals are invited to stop by Downtown Cleveland’s Public Square, in a socially distant manner, to enjoy animated light and sound shows.”
NELA PARK HOLIDAY LIGHTS
Location: The World Headquarters for GE Lighting
Nela Park, 1975 Noble Rd., East Cleveland, OH 44112
Light Up Lakewood
Dates: December 4, 2021
Location: Downtown Lakewood – Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107
For additional information click here.
STRONGSVILLE WINTER WONDERLAND
Dates: November 21 – December 31, 2021
Location: Corner of SR 82 (Royalton Rd) and SR 42 (Pearl Rd)
For more information click here.
Lighting Ceremony – November 21, 2021| 5:30 PM-8PM
Everyone is invited to the annual Winter Wonderland Lighting Celebration. Mayor Tom Perciak will light the Commons, giant Christmas tree, gazebo and clocktower at 5:30 p.m. Santa will arrive in town on a fire truck, and there will be a spectacular fireworks show.
CITY OF BEDFORD
Location: Downtown Bedford
CITY OF INDEPENDENCE
Address: Town Square, Rt 21, Independence, OH
MAGIC OF LIGHTS
Dates: November 24 – January 2, 2022
Time: 5:30 pm – 10pm nightly
Location: Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds
19201 East Bagley Rd., Middleburg Heights, OH
Crown Point Parkway Festival of Lights
Address: Crown Point Way, Strongsville, OH 44136
For more information view Facebook page.
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
FRANKLIN PARK CONSERVATORY AND BOTANICAL GARDENS
Dates: November 19 – January 9, 2022
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.
Renz Glowmore Lights
Address: 4074 Greenup Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43207
Daily from 5:30pm 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 26 – Jan 2, 2022 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.)
Location: New for 2021 – Geauga County Fairgrounds
14373 N. Cheshire St., Burton, OH
Visit Facebook page for updates.
LEGENDARY LIGHTS OF CLIFTON MILL
Dates: November 26 – December 30, 2021
Times: Gates open at 5:30 pm | 7 nights a week 6pm-9pm
Dec. 24th-25th, 6pm-8pm
Location: Historic Clifton Mill
Water St., Clifton, OH
GUERNSEY COUNTY COURTHOUSE LIGHT DISPLAY
Dates: November 6 – January 1, 2022
Time: 5:30 pm – 9pm
Location: Guernsey County Courthouse
801 Wheeling Ave., Cambridge, OH 43725
Visit : DickensVillage
“The courthouse comes alive nightly with thousands of pulsating lights synchronized to holiday music. This magnificent 1881 building jumps into the 21st Century as it is bathed in colored lights, 36 animated light displays, and 15,000 lights outlining the building. The display is computer controlled with 364 electrical circuits meticulously synchronized to a holiday soundtrack, with a total of 30,000 lights.”
(photo credit: Dickens Village)
PNC FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS at the Cincinnati Zoo
Dates: November 19 – January 9, 2022
Times: Festival of Lights begins at 4pm
Location: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220
THE CHRISTMAS CAVE
Dates: Nov 19 & 20, 26 & 27, Dec 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18, 2021
Time: Fri – Sat 4pm-10pm
Location: White Gravel Mines
4007 White Gravel McDaniel Road, Minford, OH 45653
See website for visiting protocols.
“Ohio’s newest holiday tradition is about to come alive for our 6th season at the White Gravel Mines in Minford, OH. The Christmas Cave is a self-guided light display presented uniquely in the beautiful and mysterious passageways of an underground mine where over 28,000 people visited last year.“
COUNTRY LIGHTS – Lake Metroparks Farmpark
Dates: November 30 – December 22, 2021
Address: 11211 Spear Road, Concord Twp., OH
Admission: Tickets must be purchased in advance.
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 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.
LORAIN COUNTY METROPARKS HOLIDAY LIGHTS CRUISE-THRU
Dates: November 26 – December 17, 2020
(closed December 24-25)
Location: Carlisle Visitor Center at Carlisle Reservation, 12882 Diagonal Rd. Lorain 44050
For more info website.
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!
TOLEDO ZOO’S LIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Dates: November 19-December 31, 2021
Times: Gates are open Sunday – Saturday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Zoo closing at 9 p.m.
Location: The Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo OH 43614
419.385.4040 | toledozoo.org
Member reservations and Non-Member reservations/Timed Admission Tickets are required for guaranteed admission.
Location: 375 Boardman-Poland Rd. Boardman, OH 44512
Christmas Lights Drive Through
Dates: November 9 – January 9, 2022
Location: Canfield Fairgrounds
7265 Columbiana Canfield Rd., Canfield, OH
Elegant Christmas Lighting is proud to bring a new holiday light drive through experience to the Canfield Fairgrounds. This inaugural event will feature all new LED displays, the latest in animatronics and over 45 holiday scene displays, about one and half miles long. The event will run November 9-January 9, 2022 from 5:00pm-10:00pm, closed on Mondays. Ticket prices are Cars/SUV’s $25, Limo/Party Buses $50, and Tour Buses $75.
Stop by the Christmas Village for a visit with Santa or the Grinch, and take pictures. Enjoy food and beverage concessions at the fairgrounds, Friday-Sunday. For more information visit their website or call 330-947-2974.
WINTER NIGHTS– Fellows Riverside Gardens
Date: December 4, 11, 18, 2021
Location: Fellows Riverside Gardens
123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, OH 44509
Take a frosty evening stroll in Fellows Riverside Gardens at this year’s Winter Nights! The garden grounds will be adorned with dazzling light displays that are sure to spark some holiday joy in all of the visitors. Stop in the Davis Center and enjoy the 60 Winter Celebration trees, purchase snacks and refreshments in the Garden Café by Kravitz, or grab some festive décor at Shop in the Garden. For more information call 330-740-7116.
MEDINA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS HOLIDAY LIGHTS
Dates: November 26, 27, 28| Dec. 3,4,5 & 10-26, 2021
Times: Friday and Saturdays 6pm to 10pm | Sunday & Weekdays 6pm to 9pm
Visit the area’s largest drive-thru display.
Cost: $10.00 per car; $20.00 per van/15 passenger small bus; $50.00 per bus
Cash or Check accepted for payment | (please no loose change)
No pre-registration or pre-pay necessary!
Cash or Check accepted, please no loose change, please put a phone # & driver’s license # on the check.
Please enter the display off Fair Road located off W. Smith Road
WADSWORTH GRIWSOLD HOUSE – home display
Dates: Friday after Thanksgiving thru December 31
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 26 thru December 26, 2021
Times: Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Additional days for 2021 December 20-23 (Monday-Thursday) from 6-9 p.m.
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: Miami County Park District
2645 E. St. Rt. 41, Troy, OH
937.335.6273 | website
Cost: $10 per car
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.
LEMMON FAMILY LIGHT SHOW
Dates: November 27 – December 25, 2021
Times: 6 PM to 9 PM and on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 PM – 10 PM.
Location: 909 Linbergh Ave., Zanesville, OH
New this year are pyrotechnics and special effect lighting that is being added to the 35,000 lights synchronized to 10 songs – a spectacular show you will want to add to your holiday tradition. The light show runs November 27th through December 25th from 6 PM to 9 PM and on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 PM – 10 PM. For opening night, the Lemmon family recommends parking in the Zane Grey Elementary school parking lot and walking over to the show. Cookies will be available during the show and after the show there will be a special visitor – SANTA! Children are welcome to meet Santa, take a photo and receive a goodie bag
BRIMFIELD TOWNSHIP TOUR OF LIGHTS 2021
Date: December, 2021
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 26 – January 2, 2021
Tuesday – Sunday
Grounds are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day
Location: 50 N Trimble Rd., Mansfield, OH 44906
Open 6 nights a week – Tickets kingwoodecenter.
DRIVE-THRU WINTER WONDERLAND
Date: December 9-22, 2022
Location: Sandusky County Fairgrounds
901 Rawson Avenue, Fremont, Ohio 43420
For more information, call 419-332-5604 or visit: www.sanduskycountyfair.com.
CHRISTMAS AT CLAY’S
Address: 13190 Patterson St. NW, North Canton, OH
330.930.0398 | website
Nature’s A-Glow – Beech Creek Botanical Gardens and Nature Preserve
Dates: November 26, 27, 28 December 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 26, 27, 28, 29
Location: Beech Creek Botanical Gardens and Nature Preserve 11929 Beech St. NW Alliance, Ohio 44601
Description: Tis’ the season for dazzling lights, outdoor family fun, and holiday spirit! Celebrate the beauty of this holiday season by joining us for Nature A-Glow at Beech Creek Gardens! See our beautiful botanical garden transformed into a natural winter wonderland full of lights and holiday spirit! There are many unique areas ready to explore and lots of different interactive activities, perfect for guests of all ages! Wander through the enchanted gardens while sipping on hot cocoa, and discover all of our dazzling light displays as you make your way through. Plus look out for our other special events and workshops for both children and adults throughout this winter season, such as our Williamsburg Wreath Workshop! Nature A-Glow is the perfect way for the whole family, even your four-legged furry friends, to celebrate the holidays!
Contact info and/or website: beechcreekgardens.org.
WILD LIGHTS AT THE AKRON ZOO
Dates: November 26-28, December 3-5, 10-12, 17-23, and 26-30, 2021
Time: 7pm & 8pm
WILD LIGHTS SAFARI TOURS
Dates: November 26-28, December 3-5, 10-12, 17-22, 2021
Time: 7pm & 8pm
Enjoy a private golf cart tour of Wild Lights! During the exclusive tour, an Akron Zoo staff member will drive you through the zoo decorated in dazzling holiday lights.
Address: 500 Edgewood Avenue, Akron, OH
Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens – Deck the Hall
Dates: Nov. 26-28, Dec. 2-5, 9-23, 26-30, 2021
Tour Times: 5-8pm, Estate is open until 9pm
Location: 714 North Portage Path, Akron, Ohio
330-836-5533 | website
Stan Hywet presents Deck the Hall on select nights November 26 – December 30. The estate is decorated with one million holiday lights, and the Manor House décor is inspired by the theme of Lights, Cameras, Christmas.
Outside, the gardens and grounds will be decorated once again with one million holiday lights, the perfect setting for a brisk winter stroll. Dazzle in the Great Garden features three holiday songs choreographed to the display of lights.
Masks are required in all buildings.
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.
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.
Christmas Light Show Synchronized to Music
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.
The Rambacher Holiday Light Show
The light show runs Sunday through Thursday 5:30pm-10pm, Friday & Saturday 5:30pm-11pm.
Address: 8636 Brandywine Rd., Sagamore Hills, OH 44067
Donations accepted for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
(Checks or cash)
Make checks out to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
You can drop a check off at the light show or you can mail your check to The Rambachers at the address above.
(Put ZKY2208772 in the memo line.)
There is also a special mailbox for those special letters to Santa! Handwritten letters will be sent back with a return address.
YULETIDE VILLAGE – Season of Lights
Dates: November 26 – December 18, 2021
Times: Friday 5-10pm | Saturdays 3-10pm
Location: Ohio Renaissance Festival
10542 E State Route 73, Waynesville, OH 45068
LIGHTED VILLAGE • YULETIDE MARKET • WOODLAND SANTA • HOT FOOD & DRINKS
UPPER’S WINTER FANTASY OF LIGHTS
Dates: December 1-30, 2021
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. “
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Article and photos: Diane Rock
Rocky Hill | MyOhioFun.com
Editor’s note: Part of this story ran in 2020. The story has been updated every year and for 2021. Any use of the above article or images without prior permission, will be in violation of copyright laws.
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