Ohio Holiday Lights Trail
By Mary Kleffner

Ohio Holiday Lights Trail

Explore this 30-stop self-guided trail guaranteed to brighten your holiday excitement.

Legendary Lights of Historic Clifton Mill

Experience the joy of the season and explore the new Holiday Lights Trail! Find Christmas trees all aglow, see 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 and brightest light shows in the state. 

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

Lights Before Christmas presented by KeyBank at the Toledo Zoo, November 22 – December 31

Wonder at over one million lights, plus 200 illuminated animals as you stroll through the Toledo Zoo during Lights Before Christmas. And don’t forget to check out their award-winning Big Tree before you leave. 

Check out Northwest Ohio’s additional stops:

Hensville Lights presented by Toledo Edison and Lexus of Toledo, November 23 – January 5

Sandusky County Fairgrounds Winter Wonderland, December 12-15 & 19-22

Bluffton Blaze of Lights, November 30 – January 1

Upper’s Winter Fantasy of Lights, December 1 – 30

Christmas by Candlelight, November 28 – 30, December 1, 5-8 &12-25

Kingdom of Lights at Landoll’s Mohican Castle, November 22 – January 5

Embrace the magic of the holidays with Kingdom of Lights at Landoll’s Mohican Castle in Loudonville. The castle is decorated with over 100,000 lights and Christmas music plays all around as you walk around. Be sure to snap a few photos in front of their outdoor Christmas trees too!  

Check out Northeast Ohio’s additional stops:

Cleveland Public Square Holiday Lights, November 30 – January 1

Christmas in Peninsula, December 7 & 14

Deck the Hall at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, November 29 – December 1, 5-8, 12-23 & 26-30

Akron Zoo Wild Lights presented by Akron Children’s Hospital, December 1, 6-8, 13-15, 20-22 & 26-30

38th Annual Holiday Tree Festival, November 23 – December 1

Joy of Christmas Light Show, November 15-17, 21-24 & 28, December 1, 5-8 & 12-26

Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium efficiently powered by AEP Ohio, November 15 – January 5

Experience millions of LED lights shining bright at the Columbus Zoo’s annual WILDLIGHTS. You can also catch two animated light shows (alternating every 30 minutes), “Candela: The Evolution of Light” and “Holiday Cheer.” And the main man himself – Santa Claus – is right at home in the rustic North Pole setting of Santa’s Holiday Home. 

Check out Central Ohio’s additional stops: 

Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights, November 15 – January 1

Holiday Lights at Easton, November 22 – January 4

Columbus Commons Holiday Lights presented by the AEP Foundation, November 22 – January 5

Guernsey County Courthouse Holiday Light Show in Cambridge, November 1 – January 1

This 1881 courthouse will light up your night with thousands of lights synchronized to holiday music. Over 30,000 lights make this an illuminating light show. The Guernsey County Light Show runs continuously and lasts for one hour.

Check out Southeast Ohio’s additional stops: 

A Storybook Christmas, December 4 – January 1

North Pole Nelsonville, December 6 – 31

Gallipolis in Lights, November 27 – January 4

Holiday Lights on the Hill in Hamilton, November 22 – January 5

Take in two miles of spectacular light displays at Holiday Lights on the Hill. As you drive-through this 300+ acre park, you’ll see dozens of dazzling holiday lights and sights. 

Check out Southwest Ohio’s additional stops:

Legendary Lights of Historic Clifton Mill, November 29 – December 30

A Carillon Christmas at Carillon Historical Park, November 21 – December 30

Woodland Lights, November 22-24 & 29-30, December 1 & 6-23

Light Up Middletown, November 28 – December 31

The Christmas Ranch, November 22 – December 23

WinterFest at Kings Island, November 22 – December 31 (select nights)

Holiday in Lights, November 16 – December 31

PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, November 16 – January 4

Enchanting lights displays, your favorite Christmas characters and holiday music. So 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 #HolidaysInOhio joy and excitement, check out #OhioFindItHere. at Ohio.org.  

About the Author

Mary is a graduate of Capital University, she studied Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations. She enjoys crafting, design, and spending time with friends and family.