LIST: Holiday Light Shows In The Tri-State

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.

Festival of Lights

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. 17 – 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)

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Christmas Nights of Lights

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“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. 9 – Jan. 1

Where: Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave, Anderson Township

Cost: $6 per person, children 3 and younger free.

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Christmas Ranch

Christmas Ranch

“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. 16 – Dec. 23

Where: 3205 S Waynesville Rd, Morrow.

Cost: $15 per car (Mon. – Thu.) $20 per car (Fri. – Sun.)

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Sharon Woods

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. 16 – Dec. 31

Where: 11450 Lebanon Rd, Sharonville.

Cost: $13 per vehicle

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Light Up The Fair

Light Up The Fair

“Light Up The Fair is a new drive thru light show synchronized to music located at the Boone County Fairgrounds. This event will be a mile long display with over 1/2 a million lights!”

When: Nov. 9 – Jan. 5

Where: 5819 Idlewild Rd, Burlington.

Cost: 0 – 4 people – $6 per person, 5 – 8 people – Flat fee of $25 per car.

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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: Thanksgiving 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.

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Holiday Lights on the Hill

“Holiday Lights on the Hill is a 2-mile round trip drive-through annual light display.”

When: Nov. 16 – Jan. 1

Where: Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Rd, Hamilton

Cost: $20 per car (Mon. – Thur.) $25 per car (Fri. – Sun.)

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Macy's Downtown Dazzle

Macy's Downtown Dazzle (Fireworks Show)

“Celebrate the holidays! See Santa and his friends rappel from a skyscraper followed by a spectacular fireworks display.”

When: Friday, Nov. 23rd, begins at 6 p.m.

Where: Fountain Square, Downtown

Cost: Free

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Creation Museum

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: Nov. 23 – Dec. 30

Where: The Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Rd, Petersburg, KY

Cost: Free, $5 parking.

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