For Immediate Release: November 24, 2015

Create Unforgettable Memories with Ohio’s Dazzling Light Displays

Media Contacts:
Tamara Brown, (614) 466-8591   
Leslie Holbrook, (614) 383-1635


November 24, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As holiday decorations go up and days seem to pass more quickly than ever, it’s the perfect time to enjoy the sights and sounds of the season with those you cherish. See the joy in the eyes of your family and friends as holiday light displays brightly illuminate the Ohio winter sky. Create the perfect excuse to get out of the house and cure cabin fever together. Whether you’re looking to entertain guests, relive childhood memories or share a romantic evening, there are plenty of opportunities for everyone to experience dazzling holiday lights.

Below is a sampling of Ohio’s holiday light displays and events that will warm your heart this year. For additional ideas on sharing this joyous season with loved ones while in Ohio, visit or download the Fall/Winter Calendar of Events.


Deck the Hall, Akron (November 27, 2015 – January 2, 2016)

Share holiday happiness with loved ones as you visit Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, which sparkles inside and out with more than 800,000 lights. The historic Manor House is decorated with the theme “Home for the Holidays,” and “DAZZLE” is a stunning outdoor light show brought to life with synchronized music. Guests will enjoy nightly tree lightings with Santa, hearing live performances in the Music Room, sharing fresh baked goods and more. For non-members, tickets are $18 for adults and $7 for children.

Lights on the Lake, Ashtabula (November 27 – December 27, 2015)

Watch in wonder as holiday lights glisten on Lake Erie while other spectacular displays simultaneously shine throughout Lake Shore Park. Lights on the Lake, celebrating its tenth year of holiday merriment, is the largest holiday lighting display on Lake Erie with more than 70 themed displays spanning the park’s 54 acres. Admission is $5 per vehicle.


Upper’s Winter Fantasy of Lights, Upper Sandusky (December 1 - 30, 2015)

Stay warm and toasty in your car while taking in Upper’s Winter Fantasy of Lights with a self-driving tour through the 33-acre park as more than a million lights sparkle. Those with a nostalgic urge, and willing to feel their cheeks turn rosy in the brisk air, can treat themselves to a memorable horse-drawn carriage ride on select dates. Held annually at Harrison Smith Park, Upper’s Winter Fantasy of Lights embodies the spirit of the season by using the event proceeds to support local non-profits. A donation of $5 per vehicle is requested.

Lights Before Christmas, Toledo (November 13, 2015 – January 3, 2016)

Visitors can relive iconic childhood memories as the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium celebrates the 30th anniversary of Lights Before Christmas. Enjoy more than a million lights, 200 lit animal images and an 85-foot-tall decorated tree. Guests will enjoy the best the season has to offer by slipping down the ice slide, confessing to Santa their holiday wishes and watching the ice fly with carving demonstrations. Admission is $13 for adults and $10 for children.


Wildlights, Columbus (November 20, 2015 – January 3, 2016)

See the twinkle in a child’s eye while they enjoy one of many new light displays, featuring their favorite holiday characters and music, at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Not only will families enjoy millions of LED lights and three animated musical light shows, the Zoo invites guests to lace up a pair of skates to glide across the ice rink or go for a whirl around the historic carousel. Wildlights is included with Zoo admission.

Christmas by Candlelight, Marion (November 26 – December 25, 2015)

Cozy up with loved ones as you enjoy thousands of colorful lights and decked out holiday decorations from the comfort of your own car, driving throughout the Marion County Fairgrounds. Listen to festive music and enjoy several themes, including a Nativity scene that comes to life each weekend with performances by local churches and animals. Car admission costs $6.


Uptown for the Holidays, Athens (December 3 - 20, 2015)

Reconnect with family and friends this year as you enjoy classic holiday activities including the annual tree lighting celebration, horse-drawn wagon rides, shopping, musical entertainment and visits with Santa. Be sure to catch a timeless holiday film while making a canned good donation at the Athena Cinema each Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Guernsey County Courthouse Holiday Light Show, Cambridge (November 8, 2015 – January 2, 2016)

Gather family and friends to create holiday memories as you enjoy 36 animated light displays and 15,000 lights outlining the courthouse building. This free event is complimented by Dickens Victorian Village, where visitors can experience history firsthand through 92 Dickens scenes while taking in Cambridge’s historic architecture. Cap off this holiday tradition by warming up with a holiday meal at a downtown restaurant.


PNC Festival of Lights, Cincinnati (November 21, 2015 – January 2, 2016)

Celebrate holiday joy for all ages with more than two million lights, the Toyland Express Train Ride, s’mores, a Gingerbread Village and more at The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens. Guests can create new holiday memories with the Wild Lights Show on Swan Lake and Frozen Wonderland themed area. Or create a little holiday competition with the 2015 photo scavenger hunt. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for children.

The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill, Clifton (November 26 – December 31, 2015)

The most wonderful time of the year twinkles to life at the historic mill, located on the cliffs of the Little Miami River gorge. With more than 3.6 million vibrant lights, including a synchronized music light show on the covered bridge, this is a spectacular holiday tradition. Visitors can sip hot chocolate while the lights transform the surrounding riverbanks and trees into a winter wonderland. Admission is $10 per person, free for children age six and under.

Light Up Middletown, Middletown (November 26 – December 31, 2015)

Channel the spirit of your inner child as you enter Light Up Middletown through a tunnel decked out in lights and begin a journey through a sparkling fantasyland. This self-guided driving tour draws visitors through Smith Park to see unpredictable light displays such as a floating sea serpent, Santa’s Workshop, a deer leaping over the roadway, a hot air balloon and more. Donations are encouraged for admission.

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