Looking for NKY Holiday Events? See the Best Christmas Lights in Northern Kentucky and the Greater Cincinnati Area

It’s no secret that Cincinnati is on the border of Ohio and Kentucky, so we’d definitely be remiss if we didn’t let you know all of the fabulous Christmas lights NKY has to offer. From underground adventures to displays with thousands of bulbs, heading to see Northern Kentucky Christmas lights can be one of the highlights of the season — and there are plenty of places to do so. So pack up the family and head over the border to see these Christmas lights in Northern Kentucky. 

Winter Nights, River Lights

The Purple People Bridge traverses the river between Cincinnati and Newport, and the holiday light display is lovely (and free!). View over 1000 lights and listen to Christmas music as you cross from one side to the other. This bridge got its nickname from two things: the fact that it’s purple in color and because it’s only for pedestrians. Cross this unique bridge at night for maximum light viewing. 

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Light Up the Fair

Head to these Christmas lights in Northern Kentucky to enjoy 2.5 miles of twinkling bulbs. The cost is $7 per person, but the best part is that kids under four and first responders get in free. Light Up the Fair is open every day, and yes, that includes Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day, too. So make plans to take out-of-town friends and family to these lovely Northern Kentucky Christmas lights.

Christmastime at Ark Encounter

This event is for the whole family, young and old, and the best part is — it’s free! See the Christmas lights NKY has to offer, and also see a show, listen to music, shop for gifts, grab a bite to eat, and see a life-sized Noah’s Ark while you are there. There is a charge to park, but your parking fee includes all of the events on-site. Christmastime at Ark Encounter is a unique way to experience history and celebrate Christmas at the same time.

Southern Lights Holiday Festival

Drive through three miles of lights with the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation’s Southern Lights Holiday Festival. Tickets are $25 per carload, and due to the popularity of these lights, it’s best to pre-purchase tickets online. Also included in admission is the Holiday Village at the end of the tour, which has visits with Santa, mini-train rides, a train display, animals, and a gift shop. It’s a great event for the whole family to enjoy while gawking at lights.

Mega Cavern Lights Under Louisville

Have you ever driven through a tunnel to see a holiday light display? Well, Lights Under Louisville is your chance. The ride takes about 30 minutes, and you pass through 17 miles of underground light displays — what a fantastic experience!

You can either bring your own vehicle or ride the Christmas Express, which is an open-top trailer that takes patrons through over 900 lit displays. If you don’t want to wait, you can also purchase a priority pass and skip the line. Definitely one of the best Christmas lights in Northern Kentucky!


Chinese dragon light sculpture

It’s true that Lumaze is right over the Kentucky border in downtown Cincinnati. And we promise this event is worth the visit! See thousands of lights throughout the event, which includes tunnels, displays, and Glow Around the World, where you can see large, light-up replicas of iconic places around the globe, such as Big Ben and tulips from the Netherlands. While you’re at Lumaze shop from artisans, grab a bite to eat, and see a live show!

If you’re looking for a top-notch holiday event, you can always take that 20-minute drive and head to Lumaze. Christmas lights in Northern Kentucky and the greater Cincinnati area have never been this dazzling!

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