Seven Dazzling Cincinnati Light Displays for the Holidays

Get a little light in your life this season

click to enlarge Pyramid Hill light display - Provided by Pyramid Hill
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Pyramid Hill light display

Christmas Glow at Land of Illusion — This haunted Halloween attraction transforms for the season; instead of ghosts and ghouls, find “Southwest Ohio’s largest Christmas lights drive-thru event.” See three million lights strung across a mile-and-a-half, then visit the Christmas Village Santa Workshop to see the man in red. A 45-foot-tall Christmas tree lights the way to gas fire pits. Save $2 when you bring canned goods for the Hope House Mission of Middletown. Through Dec. 30. $18 per vehicle; $22 with Christmas Village admission; $36-$44 for eight to 15 passengers. Land of Illusion, 8762 Thomas Road, Middletown, landofillusion.com.

Christmas Nights Of Lights at Coney Island — Enjoy the warmth of your car while lights manipulated to resemble dancing candy canes, glowing snowmen, colorful tunnels and giant holiday trees are synchronized to Christmas tunes available via your car radio. The two-and-a-half-mile long display features more than one million lights. Through Jan. 5. $6 per person; free age 3 and under. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., California, christmasnightsoflights.com.

The Christmas Ranch — The Christmas Ranch features one million lights synchronized to music. Drive along an animated, illuminated route or park the car to visit the Christmas village with seven shops, a bakery and café, train and wagon rides and a toy factory. A portion of proceeds benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Little Miami Food Pantry, Neediest Kids of All and Shriners Hospital for Children. Through Dec. 23. $20 per carload. 3205 S. Waynesville Road, Morrow, thechristmasranch.com.

Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden — The Festival of Lights is back for its 37th year of wintery amazement. Voted the No. 1 zoo light show in the country by readers of USA Today, 3 million LED lights (that’s 284 miles of lights) transform the zoo into a dazzling display of color and festive cheer. New this year is an immersive Northern Lights experience and Fiona’s Fairyland, where five fairy hippopotamuses are hidden for visitors to find. Ride the Toyland Express train past the Wild Lights show on Swan Lake, snack at the two S’mores-n-More stations, meet the “royal sisters” at the Frozen Wonderland, catch a Madcap black light puppet show and snap a pic with Santa, who will start taking visitors an hour before the festival begins. Whatever you do, make sure to do it with a cup of hot cocoa (spiked or not) in hand. Through Jan. 4. Free with zoo admission. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, cincinnatizoo.org.

Holiday Lights On The Hill at Pyramid Hill — Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum’s drive-thru light display features two-and-a-half miles of creative, glowing scenes and an additional new projection-mapped sculptural installation overseen by Brave Berlin, part of the team behind the BLINK art and light festival. This is the park’s second year collaborating with Brave Berlin and this year’s display is a stepping-stone to the park’s Journey BOREALIS, a “top-tier art and holiday destination,” arriving in November 2020. Through Jan. 5. $20 per car load Monday-Thursday; $25 per car load Friday-Sunday. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton, pyramidhill.org.

Holiday In Lights at Sharon Woods — Kick back in your car and take a joy ride through a mile-long stretch of Sharon Woods. Dial the radio to Warm 98 — the lights are synchronized to the music. New this year are Pixel light displays and more lighted trees. After or before, take the kiddos to the wonder-filled Santaland, open through Dec. 23. A portion of proceeds goes to A Child’s Hope International to help feed children around the globe. Through Dec. 31. $15 per vehicle. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, holidayinlights.com.

The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill — Prepare to be amazed by the dazzling lights of Clifton Mill, all 4 million of them. The mill, trees, riverbank and more will all be illuminated in colorful lights for the 32nd year. There will also be a miniature village, a Santa Claus museum and Santa’s workshop. Through Dec. 30. $10; free 3 and under. Clifton Mill, 75 Water St., Yellow Springs, cliftonmill.com.

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