Holiday Light Displays Around Columbus

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Each year our family looks forward to the tradition of seeing as many Christmas light displays as we can. This year seeing Christmas Lights will be a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty of the season! Here’s a list of Holiday Light Displays Around Columbus (and beyond) that you don’t want to miss!

As always, the information listed here is subject to change. Be sure to use the links to confirm dates and times before heading out.

Holiday Light Displays Around Columbus

WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio

Dates: November 12, 2021 – January 9, 2022 (5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.) rain, shine or snow!

Location: Hartford Fairgrounds- 14028 Fairgrounds Road, Hartford, OH 43013

Details: Drive through this holiday light display and see 1 million LED lights as you listen to traditional and newer Christmas music.

Website: WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio


Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Dates: Thursday, November 18, 2021 (Member Preview Night)- January 2, 2022 (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas)

Location: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Details: Millions of lights illuminate the zoo in one of the best holiday light displays in the city!

Website: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium


Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights

Dates: November 19, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Location: Alum Creek State Park Campgrounds (3311 South Old State Rd., Delaware, Ohio 43015)

Details: Stay warm and toasty in your car as you travel through this drive-thru light show spectacular. The Santa House will be back and running this year with photo options available!

Website: Fantasy of Lights

light displays


Easton Town Center Holiday Light Display

Dates: November 19, 2021 is the first date for the tree being lit, but lights remain throughout the holiday season.

Location: Easton Town Center

Details:Kick off the holiday season… the Easton way! Festivities will begin at 6PM, with the holiday lights turning on everywhere around Easton at 7PM. Check back soon for more details.

Website: Easton Town Center


Holiday Lights at the Columbus Commons

Dates: November 19, 2021 – January 6, 2022 (tentative dates)

Location: Columbus Commons

Details: From dusk until 11:00 p.m., you can stroll through Columbus Commons and enjoy the lights.

Website: Columbus Commons

Columbus Commons Holiday Lights
Columbus Commons Holiday Lights

Scioto Mile Holiday Light Display

Dates: Beginning November 19, 2021 (tenative date)

Location: Scioto Mile

Details: Walk along the Scioto Mile and view the lights on 150 trees and thousands of lights!

Website: Scioto Mile


Conservatory Aglow at the Franklin Park Conservatory

Date: November 20, 2021 – January 9, 2022

Location: Franklin Park Conservatory

Details: Conservatory Aglow returns for the biggest and brightest holiday show in the history of the Conservatory, extending beyond the building and into The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden as well as the Grand Mallway. Be sure to check the website for dates and times of the various events and special prices for this year. Conservatory Aglow is a Special Engagement event.

The outdoor Conservatory experience will be twinkling, glowing, and magical thanks to thousands of lights presented in stunning displays. This is a breathtaking holiday light display!

Website: Conservatory Aglow


Winter Wonderland at Creekside Park

Dates: Begins November 21, 2021 through the end of December

Location: 117 Mill Street Gahanna Ohio

Details: A beautiful light display! Be sure to check the website for updates for 2021, as things will be set up differently.

Website: Gahanna Creekside


Fairfield County Festival of Lights

Dates: November 25, 2021- December 25, 2021

Location: Fairfield County Fairgrounds

Details: Drive through the fairgrounds and enjoy the lights. There is a $10 fee.

Facebook Page: Fairfield County Festival of Lights


Light Up Camp

Dates: November 25, 2021 – December 26, 2021 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Also open on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. Hours vary depending on the day.

Location: Flying Horse Farms

Details: A free seasonal drive-through light display will be set up. Camp buildings will be transformed into a twinkling, musical wonderland of safe, physically distanced family fun.

Website: Flying Horse Farms


Inniswood Illuminated

Dates: Check back for 2021 dates!

Location: Inniswood Metro Gardens

Details: There are seasonal lights outside near the Herb Garden and a disco ball in the spruce forest. Walk around the gardens until 8 pm each night. That’s a great way to get in a walk and enjoy the beauty!


Metro Parks

Locations: See above for the details for Inniswood Metro Gardens. In addition light displays have been added to Blacklick Woods, Highbanks, Homestead and Scioto Grove metro parks. The lights will be on from 5-8 pm.


Segaway Holiday Lights Tour

Dates: December 1st – December 23, 2021

Location: Begin at The Greater Columbus Convention Center (400 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215)

Details: Listen to holiday music and look at the lights as you glide around Columbus on a segway.

Website: Segaway Tours of Columbus


State Auto’s Christmas Corner

Dates: Back in action this year! First concert will be December 1, 2021.

Location: 518 E Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

Details: A life Sized Nativity Scene can be found at State Auto Headquarters.

Website: State Auto’s Christmas Corner


Neighborhoods and Houses with the Best Christmas Lights

Lights of Glenross

Times: Show now runs daily from Black Friday until January 3, 2022!

Location: Delaware, Ohio between US 23 and South Old State Road

Details: Over 300 houses for 2021 choreographed to Christmas music! Tune to 94.1 FM to listen and enjoy. 200 new controllers for 2021 too!

Cost: This neighborhood light show is free, but in 2021 consider donating to The People in Need in Delaware County through the link on their website. However, they want people to have a FUN Christmas activity this year!

Facebook Page: Lights of Glenross

Website: Lights of Glenross


Griswold Delaware

Dates/Times: Sadly closed for the 2021 season! Hopes to be back in 2022.

Location: Delaware, Ohio

Details: Hopes to be back in 2022!

Facebook Page: Griswold Delaware

house with Christmas lights
Griswold House 2018

Lucy Depp Park Light Show

Dates/Times: Runs Sunday-Thursday from 4-10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 4-11 p.m. (until New Year’s Day). The first night is Black Friday in 2021!

Location: Frabell Drive, Powell, Ohio

Details: Donations go to Peace for Paws! Tune in to 87.9 to hear the show!

Website: Lucy Depp Park Light Show


Stepp Christmas Display

Location: 3112 Melbury Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43221 (Hilliard)

Details: A must see house in 2021!

Website: Making Spirits Bright


Dazzling Christmas Lights First Night

Location: 649 Old Coach Road Westerville, Ohio 43081

Details: 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. The display is one house with over 100,000 Dazzling Christmas Lights that dance to music. Tune your car radio to 90.1 FM. and bring can food items. The display runs November 26, 2021 to January 2, 2022. Sunday-Thursday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. This is a free event all season long. They are collecting canned foods for Warm again this year. Santa’s mailbox will also be out front and you can include a return address for a reply!

Website: Dazzling Christmas Lights


Fields Family Christmas Lights

Location: Pickerington

Details: This is the 6th year for this light display and every year it gets bigger and bigger.  Runs nightly from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Sunday-Thursday 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Facebook Page: Fields Family Christmas Lights


Gibbswold Light Display

Location: Obetz (1069 Gartner Ct, Columbus, OH 43207)

Details: Located in Butler Farms in Obetz this dazzling show begins nightly at 7 pm.

decked out house with lights
Gibbswold Light Display in Obetz

Lewis Center

Location: 5362 Polor Drive, Lewis Center

Details: Tune to 88.3 FM for the music.


Upper Arlington

Location: 4460 Reed Road

Details: Tune to 96.5 FM and enjoy the sounds of the season.


Grove City

Location: 2013 Bellflower Court, Grove City

Details: Many of the light displays on this house are homemade. There’s even a lighted Elf on the Shelf that moves nightly. This couple loves spreading joy and bringing happiness to others. The neighbors on Bellflower Court do a nice job as well.

house decorated for Christmas


Grove City

Location: 1094 Carnoustie Circle, Grove City 43123

Details: Tune to 93.9 FM to listen. There’s also a Santa Mailbox in the front for kids to leave a letter.


Grove City

Location: Backworth Drive off of Haughn & Orders

Details: There’s a donation box for Columbus Pet Rescue.


Dublin (Sawmill area)

Location: 2691 Sawmill Meadows Ave

Details: This house goes all out at Halloween so of course they do it up for Christmas. There are different songs synchronized to lights so it’s fun to stay and watch a few songs play through. The lights even change colors.


Dublin

Location: 8787 Killie Court

Details: From 6-9 pm each night through New Years, there will be a rotating 3-song show running every 30 minutes.


The Original Worldwide Christmas Light Finder

Type in an address and find a list of homes with great holiday light displays!

Website: Christmas Light Finder


Christmas Lights: Locations Outside of Columbus

  • Many holiday light displays are a bit of a drive, but well worth it!

The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill

Dates: Starts the day after Thanksgiving and continues through December 31. (Closes at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.)

Location: Clifton Mill (75 Water Street, Clifton, Ohio)

Details: You will be in awe as you watch the musical twinkling light show along the gorge. There’s also a miniature village for model trains, a Santa Claus Museum with a wide variety of trinkets dating back to the 1800’s and a restaurant. Expect lines to be longer with social distancing inside the buildings and masks are required.

  • Nominated for USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Award 2014 travel award contest!

Website: Clifton Mill

Clifton Mill
Clifton Mill

The Christmas Ranch

  • Located North of Cincinnati

Dates: November 19, 2021 – December 23, 2021 (Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas)

Location: The Christmas Ranch (3205 S. Waynesville Road in Morrow, Ohio 45152)

Details: 1 million lights are set to synchronized holiday music. Besides the lights, you’ll find a bakery, 6 shops, pictures with Santa, and train & wagon rides.

  • Seen on HGTV, Good Morning America, Extreme Home Makeover, Country Living, Ohio magazine and more!

Website: The Christmas Ranch

Christmas lights
The Christmas Ranch

Winterfest at Kings Island

  • Located North of Cincinnati

Dates: Select nights November 26- December 31, 2021

Location: Kings Island (6300 Kings Island Drive, Kings Island, OH 45034)

Details: Imagine an old-fashioned winter…rosy-cheeked skaters gliding under twinkling lights, the magic of dazzling holiday attractions and carolers in traditional costumes, shops filled with ornaments, trinkets and toys, the aroma of freshly baked treats. The spirit of everyone’s favorite season is captured in an atmosphere of warmth and nostalgia at Cincinnati’s premier holiday event–a place where memories of holidays past are present; a place where memories of holiday activities are waiting to be made.

Website: Winterfest at Kings Island


Journey BOREALIS at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park

  • Located in Hamilton County

Dates: November 18, 2021 – January 2, 2022 (closed November 29)

Details:An artistic drive-through adventure filled with music and holiday lights. Tickets are priced per carload.

Website: Journey BOREALIS


Roscoe Christmas

  • Located in Coshocton

Dates: December 4, 2021 and December 11, 2021

Location: Roscoe Village (600 N. Whitewoman St., Coshocton, OH 43812)

Details: Daytime activities include strolling carolers, Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides and other festivities. In the evening, there’s the Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

Website: Roscoe Village


Christmas at Kingwood

  • Located in Mansfield, Ohio

Dates: November 26- January 2, 2022

Location: Kingwood Center Gardens (50 N. Trimble Rd. • Mansfield, Ohio 44906)

Details: The rooms of Kingwood Hall are decorated to depict various Christmas carols. Outside you’ll find thousands of lights. Fun holiday light display!

Website: Kingwood Center Gardens


Dickens Victorian Village: Courthouse Light Show

  • Located in Cambridge, Ohio

Dates: November 1, 2021 – January 1, 2021

Location: Guernsey County Courthouse lawn, Wheeling Avenue

Details: The historic courthouse comes alive with an interactive light and sound show.  Cambridge is such a charming city. After, take a stroll and see various life-size, hand-crafted mannequins that are arranged along Wheeling Avenue. Read more here about Dickens Victorian Village.

Website: Dickens Victorian Village


White Gravel Mines: Christmas Caves

  • Located in Minford, Ohio

Dates: Open every Friday and Saturday this Christmas season from 4-10pm. The Mine gate will open starting at 4pm with the gates closing at 10pm. Specific dates for 2021: Nov 19 & 20, 26 & 27, Dec 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18.

Details: This is a self-guided light display underground through caves. There are twinkling lights, Christmas music and Biblical scenes. Admission is free but a $1 donation per person is appreciated. Check out the FAQ on their website for more details.

Website: White Gravel Mines


Ashtabula County’s Lights On The Lake

  • Located up north on Lake Erie

Dates: Friday – Sunday on November 26 – December 31 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Special hours are December 24, 25, 31 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Details:70 different light displays are set up along the rolling hills and lake backdrop. Admission is $5 per car donation

Website: Ashtabula County’s Lights On The Lake


Upper’s Winter Fantasy of Lights

  • Located in Upper Sandusky

Dates: December 1 – December 30, 2021

Details: Volunteers put millions of lights in this 33 acre park that you drive through.

Website: Upper’s Winter Fantasy of Lights


Oglebay: Winter Festival of Lights

  • Located in West Virginia (120 miles from Columbus)

Dates: November 4, 2021 – January 9, 2021

Location: 465 Lodge Drive Wheeling, West Virginia

Details: This is one of the nation’s largest holiday light displays, covering more than 300 acres over a 6-mile drive throughout Oglebay! The Winter Festival of Lights is viewable Sunday through Thursday until 10:00 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday until 11:00 p.m. A per car donation is requested and is valid for the entire festival season. Trolley tours are offered several times each night beginning at Wilson Lodge. Saturdays are very popular nights to visit. Long lines and wait times should be expected.

Website: Oglebay Festival of Lights 


Lights Under Louisville

  • Located in Louisville, Kentucky

Dates: November 12, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Details: Drive your own vehicle through this MEGA Cavern to experience the holiday light show. See their website for pricing.

Website: Lights Under Louisville


Santa Claus, Indiana

  • Located about 4 hours from Columbus is a town named Santa Claus.

Dates: Festivities kick-off Thanksgiving weekend and continue the first three weekends of December.

Details: There are a lot of different things happening in and around this area. This EVENT GUIDE will give you the details on the times and pricing (some things are free) for the jolly activities such as Santa visits, live reindeer, parade, fireworks, shopping and more.

Website: Santa Claus, Indiana


We hope these Holiday Light Displays bring you some cheer this season! What is your favorite holiday light display?

8 COMMENTS

    • I am looking for the name and the place in Columbus,OH where you can stay in your car drink hot chocolate and see the lights with music.

      • Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights is a drive-through light show. You stay in your car the entire time. They have even more displays this year and it is great! Also, close to there is the neighborhood Glenross which you can drive through before or after.

  1. Visiting Grandkids this week and wanted to take them to see Christmas Lights. Can you recommend any around Grove City OH? Neighborhoods etc?
    Please email at address below. Thanks in advance.

  2. This is FANTASTIC. Organized, informative, updated. Gives all the essential info for someone to know to investigate further, and links.

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