Strolling through a beautiful trail with thousands of LED lights is pretty much a required activity in our book. Here's our guide to some of the best holiday light shows in the Cincinnati.
PNC Festival of Lights
“The Cincinnati Zoo will once again be transformed into a “Wild Wonderland” for the 35th annual PNC Festival of Lights! In addition to admiring the beauty of 2.5 million LED lights, visitors can watch a Madcap black-light puppet show, ride the BB&T Toyland Express, search for fairies in Fairyland, marvel at the spectacular Wild Lights show on Swan Lake, or snack at one of two S’mores-n-More stands. NEW: Santa will be available for visits starting at 4 p.m., an hour before the rest of the festivities begin.”
When: Nov. 18 – Jan. 1
Where: Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St, Cincinnati, Avondale
Cost: $17 online, $19 at the gate. $12 online (children, seniors), $13 at the gate (children, seniors)
Christmas Nights of Lights
“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.”
When: Nov. 10 – Jan. 1
Where: Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave, Anderson Township
Cost: $6 per person, children 3 and younger free.
“The ‘Gift of Lights’ is a celebration with 1,000,000 lights which dance to the music. This is truly a magical family experience with shops, food and fun. Benefiting Neediest Kids of All, Shriners Hospital for Children and St Jude Research Hospital for Children.”
When: Nov. 23 – Dec. 23
Where: 3205 S Waynesville Rd, Morrow.
Cost: $15 per car (Mon. – Thu.) $20 per car (Fri. – Sun.)
Holiday in Lights at Sharon Woods
“Built over a mile of wooded roadway, the holiday themed displays of fantastic seasonal color adorns the woods, depicting everything from Santa Claus and his elves to every animal on the ark. There’s no need to bundle up to enjoy Holiday in Lights; simply warm up the car, turn your radio dial to Warm 98, round up your friends, family, or a special date, and head to Sharon Woods. It’s that easy.”
When: Nov. 17 – Dec. 31
Where: Sunday through Thursday 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Friday – Saturday 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost: $13 per vehicle
Light Up Middletown
“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.”
When: Now through 12/31, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. every night.
Where: Smith Park, 500 Tytus Avenue, Middletown
Cost: Cash donations, you set the price.
Christmas Town at the Creation Museum
“Stroll through the museum’s botanical gardens amid the breathtaking display of thousands of multi-colored lights. Each year, we add new designs and more color throughout the garden trails so your experience is never the same!”
When: Dec. 8 – Dec. 23, Dec. 26 – Dec. 30
Where: The Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Rd, Petersburg, KY
Cost: Free, $5 parking.