Looking for Holiday Fun? Attend a Light Festival in Ohio This Christmas Season

One sure way to tell that the holidays are approaching is the presence of Christmas lights. As folks decorate their trees and hang icicle lights from their roofs, the world starts to look so festive! Capitalize on this feeling by attending a light festival in Ohio this year. From drive-through events to ones you can do on foot, here are a few of our favorite places to see thousands of twinkling lights in Ohio. If you enjoyed the Cincinnati Water Lantern Festival, we guarantee you’ll love these!


Not only does Lumaze have thousands of lights, but it’s so much more than a light festival in Ohio. Of course, you’ll love the twinkling bulbs, but also make time to shop the holiday market, get a bite to eat, and see a live show while you are on site. There are multiple light displays, including one that focuses on Christmas around the world. Kids will also enjoy visiting Santa and riding the mini train while you are there. Plan on spending a whole day at Lumaze!

Journey Borealis

christmas lights wrapped around live trees

Drive through this gorgeous annual light festival, which offers a new and improved route this year. Journey Borealis not only has lots of displays, but you can also download and enjoy special music for the ride. This 2.5-mile route features Bethlehem, the North Pole, Jerusalem, Hanukkah decorations, the Grinch’s Greenland, and a Candy Cane Forest. Don’t miss driving through all of the gorgeous light structures with a car full of loved ones.

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Holiday Lights at Lost Creek Reserve

Over 60 displays — many of which are animated — await at the Holiday Lights at Lost Creek Reserve. The driving route is around 1 mile long and goes through the woods, down farm lanes, and near the historic Knopp Homestead, all decked out with Christmas lights. So enjoy a local park in a new way by driving through this lovely light festival in Ohio. 

Merry-Etta Tour of Lights

christmas lights on live trees on the street

A play on words for the City of Marietta, the Merry-Etta Tour of Lights is filled with holiday spirit. See lit-up Christmas trees (one is over 22’ tall!) along with thousands of lights throughout the downtown area. The city is also hosting holiday events, horse-drawn carriage rides, decorated businesses, and many other things to keep the Christmas spirit alive. There is also a guide that you can follow to see the best residential light displays in the area.

PNC Festival of Lights

Head to the Cincinnati Zoo for the PNC Festival of Lights. Not only will you be able to visit the animals, but the zoo turns into a winter wonderland of lights at dusk. There are over 4 million lights to see! Visitors will also find s’mores stands (yum!), a light show over Swan Lake, and a puppet show. This light festival in Ohio is perfect for all ages, so take the whole family!

Joy of Christmas Light Display

several types of christmas lights wrapped around two live trees in the street at night

Enjoy over 80 holiday scenes as you drive through the Joy of Christmas Light Display. Visitors can also stop by Santa’s Ice Castle for cookies, hot chocolate, and other treats. You can have your child’s photo with Santa for a small fee, and kids will also enjoy storytime with Mrs. Claus. Don’t miss the decorated gingerbread houses and the train display inside, too. The exhibition is filled with additional special events throughout the holiday season.

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