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 great socially distant activity and 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!
Holiday Light Displays Around Columbus
WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio
Dates: November 13, 2020 – January 3 2021 (5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.) rain, shine or snow!
Location: National Trail Raceway (2650 National Road SW, Hebron, OH 43025)
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
Conservatory Aglow at the Franklin Park Conservatory
Date: November 14, 2020 – January 10, 2021
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 that occurs November 14th 2020 – January 10th 2021 from 5-9pm. On these dates, General Admission will end at 4pm.
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!
Conservatory Aglow includes:
-Gardens and Collections (the Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden will close at 9pm)
-Botanica Gift Shop and Greenhouse
Website: Conservatory Aglow
Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Dates: Thursday, November 19, 2020 (Member Preview Night)- January 3, 2021 (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 20, 2020 – January 3, 2021
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. They have a Santa mail option this year too!
Website: Fantasy of Lights
Easton Town Center Holiday Light Display
Dates: November 20, 2020 is the first date for the tree being lit, but lights remain throughout the holiday season.
Location: Easton Town Center
Details: Shop and stroll through the sidewalks of The Strand. Enjoy the sight of the tree as it reflects on the Central Park Fountain. Grab something festive to drink in Easton’s newest district. Wherever you may be, experience the delight of over two million lights as they illuminate the Center. Be sure to keep your eyes open – you never know when you will happen upon an enchanting seasonal surprise!
Website: Easton Town Center
Holiday Lights at the Columbus Commons
Dates: November 20, 2020 – January 5, 2021
Location: Columbus Commons
Details: From dusk until 11:00 p.m., you can stroll through Columbus Commons and enjoy the lights.
Website: Columbus Commons
Scioto Mile Holiday Light Display
Dates: Beginning November 20, 2020
Location: Scioto Mile
Details: Walk along the Scioto Mile and view the lights on 150 trees and thousands of lights!
Website: Scioto Mile
Fairfield County Festival of Lights
Dates: November 26, 2020- December 25, 2020
Location: Fairfield County Fairgrounds
Details: Drive through the fairgrounds and enjoy the lights. There is a $5 fee.
Facebook Page: Fairfield County Festival of Lights
Light Up Camp
Dates: November 27, 2020 – December 27, 2020 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
Winter Wonderland at Creekside Park
Dates: Begins mid-November 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 2020, as things will be set up differently.
Website: Gahanna Creekside
Segaway Holiday Lights Tour
Dates: Dates for 2020 will be determined soon!
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: TBD – Jan. 4: Daily from 6 – 8 a.m.; 5:00 – 11:30 p.m.; until 12:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays
Christmas Eve: 3:00 p.m. until 8 a.m. Christmas Day
Location: 518 E Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Details: A life Sized Nativity Scene can be found at State Auto Headquarters. They will not have weekend concerts this year due to COVID-19.
Website: State Auto’s Christmas Corner
Neighborhoods and Houses with the Best Christmas Lights
Lights of Glenross
Times: Runs Sunday-Thursday from 5-9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 5-11 p.m. (Begins November 26, 2020 until New Year’s Day)
Location: Delaware, Ohio between US 23 and South Old State Road
Details: Over 300 houses for 2020 choreographed to Christmas music! Tune to 94.1 FM to listen and enjoy.
Cost: This neighborhood light show is free, but in 2020 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
Dates/Times: Starts Thanksgiving night through January 1, 2021 from 6 pm – 12 am.
Location: Delaware, Ohio
Details: There will be even more lights than last year! There are 120,035 lights and 235 hours of time to put up. The whole house and yard is decked out. This is something you will want to see in person. Wow!
Facebook Page: Griswold Delaware
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 2020!
Location: Frabell Drive, Powell, Ohio
Details: It’s double the size of last year! 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: The show is back for 2020!
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 27, 2020 to December 31, 2020 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.
Website: Dazzling Christmas Lights
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
The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill
- This is a bit farther away, but so worth the drive!
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
The Christmas Ranch
- Located North of Cincinnati
Dates: November 20, 2020 – December 23, 2020 (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 (be sure to check the website for dates and times of these and modifications being made for COVID-19.)
- Seen on HGTV, Good Morning America, Extreme Home Makeover, Country Living, Ohio magazine and more!
Website: The Christmas Ranch
Winterfest at Kings Island
- Located North of Cincinnati
Dates: They will be back in 2021 and look forward to seeing you then!
Location: Kings Island (6300 Kings Island Drive, Kings Island, OH 45034)
Details: The park has been transformed into 9 different winter wonderlands with more than 5 million lights on display. Up to 19 rides will be open, strolling performers, holiday shows and more.
Website: Winterfest at Kings Island
- Located in Coshocton
Date: December 5, 2020
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. Masks and social distancing are required.
Website: Roscoe Village
Christmas at Kingwood
- Located in Mansfield, Ohio
Dates: See website as information will be updated soon for 2020
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, 2020 – 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.
- With the Coronavirus pandemic a huge global issue, Dickens Victorian Village will curtail many activities for the 2020 season. The mannequins will be on display in historical downtown Cambridge, the Guernsey County Courthouse Light Show will run nightly, two Victorian Teas are scheduled, two cemetery tours and trolley tours.
Website: Dickens Victorian Village
Oglebay: Winter Festival of Lights
- Located in West Virginia (120 miles from Columbus)
Dates: November 5, 2020 – January 10, 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 13, 2020 – January 3, 2021
Details: Drive your own vehicle through this MEGA Cavern to experience the holiday light show. See their website for pricing.
Website: Lights Under Louisville