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 & Botanical Garden will once again be transformed into a “Wild Wonderland” for the 37th annual PNC Festival of Lights, which opens to the public on November 16 and runs through January 4, 2020. The #1 Zoo Lights display in the country, according to a 2018 USA Today poll, will be open Sundays through Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Santa will be available for visits and photos starting at 4 p.m. daily*, an hour before the rest of the festivities begin.”
When: Nov. 16 – Jan. 4
Where: Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St, Cincinnati, Avondale
Cost: $15 + (Adult), $10 + (Children)
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. 8 – Jan. 5
Where: Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave, Anderson Township
Cost: $6 per person, children 3 and younger free.
“You can make this Christmas season special with the lights, shops, bonfires and train and wagon rides! Of course, I don’t leave anyone out on Christmas Eve and I work with local charities to help less fortunate children who are in need. Some of the groups we help are the Shriners Hospital for Children, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Neediest Kids of All and Little Miami Food Pantry. I hope to see you soon!”
When: Nov. 22 – Dec. 23
Where: 3205 S Waynesville Rd, Morrow.
Cost: $20 per carload
Holiday in Lights at Sharon Woods
“Our charming light show is built over a mile of wooded roadway, the only drive through light show through the woods of a beautiful Hamilton County park! The holiday themed displays showcase 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, 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: $15 per vehicle
Light Up The Fair
“With more than ½ million lights to adorn the 1.5-mile driving path at the Boone County Fair Grounds, the captivating displays will be intriguing to the whole family young and old alike. With over 1/2 million lights covering 1 1/2 miles to dazzle the senses- we’re proud to boast that it’s more than 50 percent larger than our display from last year! The light show is synchronized to music and conveniently broadcast live to your car’s radio, on channel 97.9 FM.”
When: Nov. 22 – Jan. 4
Where: 5819 Idlewild Rd, Burlington.
Cost: $6 per person. Children under 3 free.
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, 6PM – 10PM every night.
Where: Smith Park, 500 Tytus Avenue, Middletown
Cost: Cash donations, you set the price.
Holiday Lights on the Hill
“Pyramid Hill is looking forward to a bigger and better Holiday Lights on the Hill in 2019. In addition to a newly designed over-arching lighting plan, Brave Berlin will create a unique and innovative projection-mapped sculptural installation, improving upon their work created in 2018. The Pyramid Hill team is excited to collaborate with Brave Berlin this season as an integral transitional step to launch Journey BOREALIS in November 2020.”
When: Nov. 22 – Jan. 5
Where: Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Rd, Hamilton
Cost: $20 per car (Mon. – Thur.) $25 per car (Fri. – Sun.)
Macy's Downtown Dazzle (Fireworks Show)
“Macy’s Downtown Dazzle is one of the biggest highlights of the holiday season. See Santa repel off of a Cincinnati skyrise and wait with anticipation for the sky to fill with light thanks to a fabulous Rozzi fireworks display.”
When: 5:30PM on 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, and 12/21
Where: Fountain Square, Downtown
Christmas Town at the Creation Museum
“Tour the dazzling garden of lights, reflect on the true meaning of the season at the live nativity, and experience more during our free, annual ChristmasTown!”
When: Nov. 29 – Dec. 30
Where: The Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Rd, Petersburg, KY
Cost: Free, $5 parking.