For young and old alike, there is something spectacular about seeing the twinkling of brightly-lit Christmas lights on the days leading up to Christmas. Bundle up, hop in the car and take a drive to see some of the Best Christmas Lights Around Dayton. You will be glad you did.
Lost Creek Reserve, 2385 OH-41 | Troy, OH 45373
When: November 29, 30 & Dec 1, December 6-8, December 13-15, December 20-22, December 27-29
Cost: $6 per person, children 3 and under free.
Times: Friday/ Saturdays: 6-10 pm, Sundays: 6-9 pm. *See website for Sunday Dates
Be transported into a winter wonderland filled with over 50 animated light displays. 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.
Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, OH
When: Nov 8- Jan 5, 2020 (daily)
Cost: $6 per person, children 3 and under free.
Times: Opens at 5:00 pm- go early to avoid lines!
Experience this amazing light show synchronized to both traditional and rocking holiday music through your car radio. Visitors of all ages will be awed by the larger-than-life trees, glowing snowflakes, dancing candy canes and fantastic tunnels of lights! In the warmth of your own car, you can sing along to the sounds of the season synchronized to each holiday display. Christmas Nights of Lights welcomes carloads of families and friends to enjoy this Christmas tradition.
Pyramid Hill, 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Rd., Hamilton, OH
When: Nov 22 – Jan. 5, 2020
Cost: Mon- Thurs $20/per car & Fri- Sun $25/per car. Members are $15
Times: Mon- Thurs 6:00- 9:00 pm, Fri- Sun 6:00- 10:00 pm
Holiday Lights on the Hill is a 2-mile round trip drive-through annual light display.
Christmas Ranch, 3205 S. Waynesville Road, Morrow, OH
When: Nov 22- Dec 23. 2020
Cost: $20 per vehicle
Times: Sunday-Thursday: 5PM – 9PM, Friday – Saturday: 5PM – 10PM, Closed Thanksgiving Day
At The Christmas Ranch, we love to help children young and old recall fond holiday memories and make new ones! We bring the North Pole to you with over a million lights, wonderful shops full of Christmas cheer, and even Santa Claus. (*Featured image*
Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Route 42, 45241
When: Nov 16- Dec 31
Cost: Admission is $15 per vehicle ($45 for buses and 15 passenger vans).
Times: Sunday – Thursday 6:00-9:00pm, Friday – Saturday 5:30-10:00pm
Built over a mile of wooded roadway, the holiday-themed displays of fantastic seasonal color adorn the woods, depicting everything from Santa Claus and his elves to every animal on the ark. NEW this year: Pixel light tunnel, more lighted trees, new light displays, special event nights, coupons for pictures with Santa, new Santaland entertainment, and MUCH more!
When: Nov 16- Jan. 4, 2020
Cost: Save money and time when you buy tickets online here!
Times: Open Sunday – Thursday – 5:00 – 9:00 pm and Friday & Saturday – 5p – 10p
In addition to admiring the beauty of 3 million LED lights, visitors can watch a Madcap black-light puppet show, ride the Toyland Express train ride, marvel at the spectacular Wild Lights show on Swan Lake, or snack at one of two S’mores-n-More stands. Santa will be available for visits starting at 4 p.m., an hour before the rest of the festivities begin.
Land of Illusion, 8762 Thomas Rd, Middletown, OH 45042
When: Nov 22- Dec 30, 2019
Cost: Mon-Wed: $16, Thurs- Sun: $20
Times: Daily, 6-10 pm
Celebrate the season at The Christmas Glow, a mile of millions of lights at the Christmas Around the World drive-thru experience, visit Santa at the Christmas Village Santa Workshop or just take in the majestic lights of the 45-foot Christmas Tree as you and yours warm by the gas fire pits.
Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd, Dayton
When: Nov 21- Dec 30
Cost: $12 (Adults), $10 ( Seniors ages 60+), $8 (Ages 3-17) Free for ages under 3, Free for Dayton History members.
Times: Sunday- Thursday: 5:00- 9:00 pm, Friday- Saturday: 5:00-10:00 pm
Join them for A Carillon Christmas to see Carillon Historical Park’s 65-acre campus transformed into a winter wonderland of sparkle, magic, and holiday cheer!
Woodland Lights, 895 Miamisburg Centerville Road; Dayton
When: Weekends (Friday-Sunday), Nov. 22 – Dec. 1, Nightly
Cost: $9, Kids 2 and under are free
Times: 6-9 p.m. Lights go on at 6 p.m. Closes at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.
Woodland Lights returns with the traditional lights and sights people have come to love and a month loaded with holiday activities. The Miami Valley’s most beloved lighting festival opens the day after Thanksgiving when friends and family are gathered to celebrate the start of the holidays.
Clifton Mill, 75 Water St. Clifton, OH
When: November 29- December 30
Cost: Admission is $10 per person for everyone age 4 and older. Children 3 and under get in Free!
Times: Gates open at 5:00 pm, Sun-Saturday 6:00-9:00 pm, December 24, 25 and 31 6:00- 8:00 pm
One of the country’s finest with over 3.5 million lights illuminating the mill, the gorge, the riverbanks, trees and bridges. There is even a 100 foot “waterfall” of twinkling lights. The flip of one switch turns all the lights on at once transforming night into a fantastical winter wonderland which includes a Miniature Village, a Santa Claus Museum, a Toy Collection and a spectacular synchronized lights and music show that features the old Covered Bridge.
Smith Park, 500 Tytus Avenue, Middletown, OH
When: Nov 28- Dec 31
Cost: You set the price, admission by cash donation.
Times: Open regardless of the weather, including all holidays
Santa and Mrs. Claus, every Fri & Sat 7-9 pm thru Dec 23
Enter through the tunnel of lights to enjoy a sparkling fantasyland. Light up Middletown is a driving tour through a 100 acre park. Several themed displays include a floating Sea Serpent in the reflecting lake, Santa’s Workshop, American Flag, Penguin Village, Deer Leaping Over the Roadway, Helicopter, Whales and much more – all with thousands of twinkling LED animated lights. The fun expands every year. Motor Coach Tours are welcome. All arches over roadways accommodate buses.
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