Best Of 2021

Best New Collaborative Drive-Thru Holiday Light Show: Journey BOREALIS

For the last 20 years, Hamilton’s Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum has offered a drive-thru experience that is often ranked among the region’s best holiday light displays. But this year, Holiday Lights on the Hill did a glow-up into Journey BOREALIS, an illuminated spectacle and “visual art experience that showcases local and regional new media and light-based artists.” Overseen by light design company Brave Berlin — part of Cincinnati’s BLINK art and light festival — for the past three years, Pyramid Hill’s light show has previously included 2-and-a-half miles of creative, glowing scenes and projection-mapped sculptural installations. This year’s multimedia drive-thru expanded to feature more than 1 million lights and immersive holiday art installations — plus yarn bombing and other creative contributions by area artists — soundtracked to an original score by the Cincinnati Boychoir and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.