Ohio Holiday Lights Trail
By Mary Kleffner

Ohio Holiday Lights Trail

Explore this 30-stop trail guaranteed to bring joy, happiness and excitement to your #HolidaysInOhio this year.

Experience the joy of the season and explore the new Holiday Lights Trail! Find towering dragons, 4 million lights on an old-fashioned mill and even entire zoos lit up for the holidays. This 30-stop trail will take you around Ohio to the best light shows in the state. 

Download the trail map and visit nearby locations or go on a road trip with family and friends and give them the gift of an unforgettable holiday experience.

Upper’s Winter Fantasy of Lights, Upper Sandusky

Immerse yourself in the magical tradition that is Upper’s Winter Fantasy of Lights! Since 1997, Harrison Smith Park has transformed into a beautiful and awe-inspiring light show from December 1-30. With over 2 million lights and 33 acres to explore, you’ll find both original and classic displays like Rudolph and Frosty, as well as a myriad of tree lightings, music, and carriage rides. A five-dollar donation is requested per carload, and each year the proceeds are donated to a selected nonprofit organization.

Visiting the Northwest region this holiday season? Check out Northwest Ohio’s additional stops, sure to make all your days merry – and especially bright:

Christmas Garden Holiday Light Display, Van Wert

Bluffton Blaze of Lights, Bluffton

Lights Before Christmas at the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium, Toledo

Sandusky County Fairgrounds Winter Wonderland, Fremont

Firelands Festival of Lights, Huron

Joy of Christmas Holiday Light Show, Columbiana

Kick off your seasonal festivities at the Joy of Christmas Holiday Light Show, a holiday celebration from November 16 to December 26. Take in over 75 breathtaking lights displays, including the unique and interactive Santa’s Ice Castle and the Gingerbread House. 

Plenty of fun and unique holiday sights and sounds await on the Holiday Lights Trail this season in Northeast Ohio:

Cleveland Public Square Holiday Lights, Cleveland

Ashtabula County’s Lights on the Lake, Ashtabula

Christmas in Peninsula, Peninsula

Deck the Hall at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Akron

37th Annual Holiday Tree Festival, Akron

WILDLIGHTS at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Columbus

Experience the magic of millions of LED lights shining bright at the Columbus Zoo’s annual WILDLIGHTS November 15 – January 6. Put in your official Christmas requests with Santa at the Holiday Village in Jungle Jack’s Landing, visit reindeer in North America, and watch Santa himself skip the traditional chimney and instead show off his diving talents at Discovery Reef!

Experience the magic of millions of LED lights shining bright at the Columbus Zoo’s annual WILDLIGHTS November 15 – January 6. Put in your official Christmas requests with Santa at the Holiday Village in Jungle Jack’s Landing, visit reindeer in North America, and watch Santa himself skip the traditional chimney and instead show off his diving talents at Discovery Reef!

Bask in the holiday spirit at these additional Central Ohio stops:

Columbus Commons Christmas Holiday Lights, Columbus

Dragon Lights Columbus, Columbus

Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek State Park, Delaware

Christmas by Candlelight, Marion

Holiday Lights on the Hill, Hamilton

Each year this incredible, award-winning lights display features dozens of dazzling holiday and seasonal sights. With more than 2 million lights throughout the 300+ acre park, visitors driving through are sure to be amazed. Begin your next family tradition and make lasting memories at Holiday Lights on the Hill, happening from November 16, 2018 to January 1.

In Southwestern Ohio, there’s no shortage of twinkling and holiday magic this time of year. Discover amazing lights displays at this region’s many stops:

Legendary Lights of Historic Clifton Mill, Clifton

Woodland Lights, Washington Township

Light Up Middletown, Middletown

The Christmas Ranch, Morrow

Holiday in Lights at Sharon Woods, Sharonville

PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati

Kings Island WinterFest, Mason

A Carillon Christmas, Dayton

Muskingum County Courthouse Holiday Music and Light Show, Zanesville

Try something new this holiday season and “tune in” to the Muskingum County Courthouse Holiday Music and Light Show from November 29 to January 1. Windows and bricks of the courthouse light up in sync with the beat of several different Christmas and holiday tunes, the entire show lasting an hour. Viewers can stay in the comfort and warmth of their own cars and hear the music in sync with the show by listening in at 88.5 FM.

Find even more bright and enchanting lights displays throughout Southeastern Ohio:

Guernsey County Courthouse Holiday Light Show, Cambridge

Nelsonville Public Square Holiday Lights, Nelsonville

Gallipolis in Lights, Gallipolis

Enchanting lights displays, your favorite Christmas characters, holiday music – bundle up with loved ones and enjoy all the Holiday Lights Trail has to offer! Share your memories with us this season using #HolidaysInOhio.

For more holiday joy and excitement, Find It Here at Ohio.org.

About the Author

Mary is the Public Relations Intern for TourismOhio, where she assists the public relations team in creating content that showcases all the excitement and fun available right here in Ohio. A senior at Capital University, Mary studies Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations and helps lead her sorority chapter. Additionally, she enjoys crafting, design, and spending time with friends and family.

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