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WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio Glows with Over One Million LED Lights!

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WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio’s drive through holiday light display is fueled by over one million synchronized LED lights and is sure to inspire awe and wonder this Christmas season!

Thank you to WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio for sponsoring this post.

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WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio is a Drive Through Holiday Light Show that will Put Your Family in the Holiday Spirit!

Christmas has officially arrived in Ohio! WonderLight’s brand new drive through holiday light display has landed at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio, 30 miles east of downtown Columbus. This show is unlike any other light display in the Central Ohio area, featuring over 1 million LED lights that are synchronized to the music that plays through your car stereo.

LED tunnel at Christmas in Ohio drive through holiday light display

My family got to experience a sneak peek of this drive through light show the day before it opened and we were glued to our seats, trying to take it all in! The path for vehicles winds through exciting and beautiful displays of light and sound! The synchronized lights were quite impressive!

toy soldiers at WonderLight's Christmas in Ohio

Synchronized to modern and classic holiday songs, the lights dance and shine to the beat. There are even singing snowmen! My kids were singing along to Jingle Bells and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer! It was fun to guess what song was going to play next and my kids were always excited when they recognized it!

synchronized Christmas Tree at WonderLight's Christmas in Ohio

Some of our favorite parts were the tunnels that you drive through along the path. It was amazing to be surrounded by so many lights! My kids were leaning out the window and singing along!

tunnel to drive through at WonderLight's Christmas in Ohio

As you approach the Raceway, you will be able to see the show lighting up the area from a distance! The first thing you will probably notice is the 80-foot Christmas Tree! As we approached there were lots of oohs and ahhs – from the kids AND the adults!

synchronized drive through light display near columbus, Ohio

The show takes place every night beginning November 15, 2019 and running through January 5 2020. The show will go on, rain or shine! The drive-through path is about 2 miles long and the musical show lasts for 30 minutes before repeating itself. At the show you will be able to donate to the Salvation Army and other organizations that will be announced as the show goes on!

lights on the grounds at Christmas In Ohio

Tips for Visiting WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio:

1. Visit on a Weeknight!

If at all possible, it is suggested that you visit on a weeknight! Crowds (and a longer wait time) is expected on weekends!

2. Tune In and Turn Off!

Be ready to turn ON your radio to 88.3 FM so you can hear the music. You need to have your radio station properly tuned in order to fully experience the synchronized show! You will also be asked to turn OFF your head lights to get the full effect of the show! 

drive through holiday light display in Hebron, Ohio

3. Pack a Snack!

We’ve learned this lesson the hard way a few times on longer drives! A few ideas include bringing a thermos of hot chocolate (but not dolling it out until you arrive!) or packing some cookies or popcorn to enjoy while watching the show! I packed a bag of home-popped popcorn for each person in our family and no one was allowed to eat it until they got to the show!

4. Get Cozy!

One of the great parts about this experience is that you don’t have to leave your car to enjoy it! So, even if it’s freezing, you can be warm and comfy in your car. However, I would recommend dressing warm because it is fun to roll down the windows to take pictures or video or just get closer to the experience! So pack some gloves or a warm blanket if you think you might want to roll the windows down!

lights at WonderLight's Christmas in Ohio

5. Save Money!

Want to save money? Do the math! The show costs $7/person, but kids 3 and under are free. Compare that to the price of a carload which is $30. Larger families can save money depending on the ages of their kids! Or plan to take a mini-van with your friends and pay just $30 for up to 7 people and save up to $19!

Know Before You Go:

Location: National Trail Raceway, 2650 National Road SW, Hebron, OH 43025

Dates: Nightly, November 15, 2019 through January 5 2020

Times: 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM  – Any cars still in line at time of closing will be permitted to enter and enjoy the show.

Price: $7.00 per person, children ages 3 & under are free! Carload Special: $30.00 for up to 7 passengers.

Tickets: Purchase tickets in advance at  www.christmasinohio.com/tickets or at the gate.

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7 of the Most Festive Things You Can Do in Columbus This Holiday Season

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We’re never at a loss for things to do around here and the Holiday events in Columbus do not disappoint!

If you’re looking for a few ideas to fill Winter Break or if you’re in need of a healthy dose of festivity to get into the Holiday Spirit, here are 7 holiday and Christmas events around Columbus that are guaranteed to put you in a festive mood!

Here are 7 of the Most Festive Holiday Events in Columbus Ohio:

1. Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory

Lights at Franklin Park Conservatory, Conservatory Aglow, Columbus, Ohio

Dates: November 16, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Hours: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where: 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, Oh 43203
Phone: 614-715-8000

Rotating Railroad at Franklin Park Conservatory, Conservatory Aglow

Franklin Park Conservatory does not disappoint when it comes to creating a festive atmosphere! Conservatory Aglow offers special holiday decorations, performances and evening hours at Franklin Park Conservatory. Throughout the season live music and special events are scheduled and the Conservatory is decorated for the holidays. Also, make sure not to miss the gingerbread competition and rotating railroad!

Stockings hung at Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, Ohio

This year is the biggest show yet and it extends into the Children’s Garden and the Grand Mallway! Visit The Pool in the Grand Mallway for an interactive art display! There is a special engagement rate for this event and members receive 50% off.

Trees at Franklin Park Conservatory, Conservatory Aglow


2. Wildlights at Columbus Zoo

Trees at Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

family at Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Dates: November 15, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Hours: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM Sundays – Thursdays, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM Fridays and Saturdays (Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)
Where: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065
Phone: 614-645-3400

Trees at Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

In my opinion, Wildlights gets better every year! This is one of our favorite holiday events in Columbus! This year there are more lights than ever and the season includes special visitors and performances. Walk through the zoo and enjoy millions of LED lights, animated light shows, Rudolph and Friends, Santa, a Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 4-D theater short and much more!

If there is any way you can do this on a weeknight, I highly recommend doing so, as traffic on the weekends can be a nightmare!

Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, tree


3. WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio

car driving through a lit tunnel at WonderLights Christmas in Ohio

Dates: November 15, 2019 to January 5, 2020
Hours: 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Where: 2650 National Road SW, Hebron, OH 43025
More Info: WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio Opens This Weekend!

“WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio”, a drive-through Christmas light show, is housed at National Trail Raceway in Hebron this holiday season!

kids in car at WonderLights Christmas in Ohio

This family-friendly event will feature a 2-mile car ride through more than a million LED lights, all synchronized to music! Giant Christmas trees, floating snowflakes, shooting stars, dancing candy canes, and (a favorite of children of all ages) three enchanting tunnels of light will illuminate the night!

cars in line at WonderLights Christmas in Ohio

Guests will be able to watch the lights dance around them to traditional and newer, rocking Christmas music from the warmth of their own vehicle.

snowflakes in a field at WonderLights Christmas in Ohio

This event happens rain or shine every evening, including holidays! The cost of admission is $7 per person and children 3 years old and under are FREE! You can also purchase a “Carload Pass” for vehicles with up to seven passengers for just $30!

4. The Nutcracker

Ohio Theatre, The Nutcracker, Columbus, Ohio

Ohio Theatre, The Nutcracker, Columbus, Ohio

Dates: December 13 – 28, 2019
Hours: Performances happening Wednesday through Sunday
Where: Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Columbus, Oh 43215
Tickets: See ticket info here.

Ohio Theatre, Columbus, Ohio, The Nutcracker

It’s hard to find a more beautiful spot than Ohio Theatre and when it’s decked out for the holidays? Amazing! Seeing The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre was incredible last year (disclaimer, I was given free tickets for helping promote the event – and our seats were AMAZING!) My boys were mesmerized through the whole thing and were still talking about it a week later! It is so full of the Christmas spirit, it’s hard not to leave happy! I dare you!

Orchestra Pit at Ohio Theatre, The Nutcracker


5. State Auto Christmas Corner

Nativity scene, Bethlehem, State Auto, Columbus, Ohio  Nativity Scene, 3 wisemen, State Auto, Columbus, Ohio

Dates: December 3, 2019 – January 1, 2020
Hours: 6:00 AM – 8:00 AM, 5:30 AM – 11:30 PM and until 12:30 AM on Fridays and Saturdays
Where: 518 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
More Info: Visit their Facebook Page for more info.

Nativity Scene, Mary and Joseph, at State Auto, Columbus, Ohio

Take a walk through this downtown nativity for a life-sized retelling of the story of Mary and Joseph’s trek to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus. Official Lighting is Tuesday December 3 including a performance by the Columbus Children’s Choir. On Friday and Saturday nights choirs will perform and hot chocolate will be available!

My family does this each year as close to Christmas Eve as we can. On Christmas Eve, baby Jesus is placed in the manger at their Christmas Eve ceremony taking place at 3:00 PM.

Nativity Scene at State Auto, Columbus, Ohio


6. Holiday Lights in Downtown Columbus

Christmas lights at Columbus Commons

Christmas lights at Columbus Commons

Dates: November 21, 2019 through early January 2020
Hours: Dusk until 11:00 PM
Where: Columbus Commons, the Lazarus Building and the Scioto Mile
More Info: CDDC Website

Christmas lights at Columbus Commons

A good plan to see the lights downtown is to park in the Columbus Commons parking garage, walk around Columbus Commons for holiday lights and decorations, then head over to the Lazarus building to see the decorations in the windows and the huge tree in the Galleria, then head to Bicentennial Park and the Scioto Mile to see the lights that deck the entire area from Bicentennial Park to Broad Street.

Winterfest takes place this year at Bicentennial Park on Saturday, December 7, 2019 and you can visit the Lazarus Santa’s Workshop from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM on that same day for photos with Santa, crafts, face painting and more!

Christmas lights at Columbus Commons


7. Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights

Dates: November 15, 2019 – January 1, 2020
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM, Friday and Saturday 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Where: Alum Creek State Park Campgrounds, 3311 South Old State Rd., Delaware, OH 43015

Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights is an annual holiday 3 mile drive thru light show, with over 140 LED brilliant light displays you can see in the comfort of your own car.

The Fantasy of Lights benefits many local charities such as Recreation Unlimited, A Kid Again, Autism Speaks, among others, and honors current and former military through specialized evenings.


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WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio Opens This Weekend!

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WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio”, a drive-through Christmas light show synchronized to music, kicks off its first season at National Trail Raceway this Friday!

Thanks to WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio for sponsoring this post!

A New Holiday Tradition for Columbus Families: WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio:

You may not have your Christmas tree up yet, but National Trail Raceway sure does! “WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio”, a drive-through Christmas light show synchronized to music, kicks off its first season at National Trail Raceway this Friday night, November 15, 2019! 

Drive Through Lights at WonderLight's Christmas in Ohio

National Trail Raceway is located in Hebron, Ohio, which is just to the east of Columbus, outside the beltway. The easiest way to get there is to follow I-70 to exit 126. Once you get off the exit, it’s hard to miss WonderLight’s Giant 80-Foot Christmas Tree!

This family-friendly event features an approximately 2-mile car ride through more than a million LED lights! With giant trees, floating snowflakes, shooting stars, candy canes, lollipops, and more, this show is sure to become your family’s newest holiday tradition. 

LED Tunnel at Wonderlight's Christmas in Ohio drive through light show in Hebron, Ohio

The show is synchronized to music, which means that as you drive-through, the lights come to life before your eyes, dancing along to the music from your radio. The kids will love singing along to the songs they know and the old, familiar melodies will warm the heart of any Grinch you might bring with you!

This show also features THREE massive tunnels of light, which will absolutely captivate kids of all ages as you make your way through.

Car driving through a tunnel of lights at WonderLight's Christmas in Ohio light show

One of the best parts about this Christmas light show is that you never have to leave your vehicle to enjoy the lights! You can even visit in the snow—no bundling up necessary! You might even bring a warm drink or a favorite holiday snack, just to make it extra cozy!

Visiting the Light Show:

This dazzling display will run from November 15 through January 5—so there’s only seven weeks to see it! Since it’s open rain or shine, every evening, including holidays, I recommend you go on a weeknight to cut down on your wait in line. The lines may be long on weekends and the kids will definitely be anxious to enter the show!

kids leaning out of the car at Wonderlight's Christmas in Ohio drive through light show

The cost is only $7 per person and children 3 years old and under are FREE! If you’ve got a larger family, you may opt instead to purchase a Carload Special, which grants entry to one passenger vehicle with up to 7 passengers. If you have an even larger group, WonderLight also has discounted group rates available at www.christmasinohio.com

LED Snowflakes in the field at WonderLight's Christmas in Ohio drive through light show

WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio Gives Back:

My favorite part about this new Christmas light show is that they give back to the Central Ohio community. The Salvation Army will be stationed just outside the ticket booth to take donations all season long and they even have dedicated events scheduled to give back to other community organizations!

Their Season of Giving events happen during the first two weeks of the show and a portion of the proceeds from each of those nights will benefit a cause that supports local families in need.

Buy your tickets to WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio online at www.christmasinohio.com/tickets. You don’t want to miss this magical event!

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