WonderLight’s Christmas Opens This Weekend!

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

Thanks to WonderLight’s Christmas for sponsoring this post!

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

You may not have your Christmas tree up yet, but National Trail Raceway sure does! “WonderLight’s Christmas”, a drive-through Christmas light show synchronized to music, kicks off its first season at National Trail Raceway on Friday night, November 13, 2020! 

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 13 to January 3, 2021 —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 for $30. If you have an even larger group, WonderLight also has discounted group rates available at www.wonderlightschristmas.com.

WEEKEND UPDATE: Due to long lines and wait times on the weekends, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only, timed tickets will be available for purchase online. Entry is not guaranteed (on the weekend) for cars who have not pre-purchased tickets. Also on weekends, in order to streamline the process at the entry gate, only the $30 carload pass and group rates will apply.

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 online at www.wonderlightschristmas.com/tickets. You don’t want to miss this magical event!

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12 Drive Through Christmas Lights Displays Near Columbus, Ohio

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Drive-through is all the rage in 2020 and these drive-through holiday light displays near Columbus, Ohio will keep your family safe and in the Christmas spirit this season!

2020 has been the year of the drive-in movie, the drive-through window, and the drive-up shopping experience! This holiday season, continue the tradition with these drive-through holiday light displays taking place in and near Columbus, Ohio!

I’m really happy these options exist to keep families safe this year but also allow us to get out of the house and enjoy many of the sights and sounds we look forward to at the holidays! Some of the events on this list are new for this year and some have always been drive-through experiences!

Take a look at this list and make your plans for a festive outing with the family!

1. Butch Bandos Fantasy of Lights in Delaware, Ohio

light tunnel at Butch Bando's Fantasy of Lights in Delaware Ohio

Dates: November 20, 2020 – January 3, 2021
Hours: Nightly 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM, Entrance gates close at 9:00 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!

Lines for this show have been super long on weekends and occasionally the gates have to be closed in order to control the high volume of traffic. If possible, plan your visit for a week day for shorter lines AND cheaper admission!

Pricing is as follows:

  • Cars/Minivans/SUVs: Monday-Thursday (weekday discount): $20, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: $30
  • Limos, Motorhomes and Motor Coaches up to 30 people: $60
  • Buses and Large Motor Coaches: $100 

2. WonderLight’s Christmas in Hebron, Ohio

drive-through holiday light tunnel at WonderLight's Christmas in Hebron, Ohio

Dates: November 13, 2020 – January 3, 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!

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!

WEEKEND UPDATE: Due to long lines and wait times on the weekends, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only, timed tickets will be available for purchase online. Entry is not guaranteed for cars who have not pre-purchased tickets. Also on weekends, in order to streamline the process at the entry gate, only the $30 carload pass and group rates will apply.

Pricing is as follows:

  • $7 per person during the weekdays, $30/car on the weekends
  • 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!

3. Light Up Camp at Flying Horse Farms in Mt. Gilead, Ohio

Dates: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 27 through December 27
Hours: Fridays and Saturdays: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Sundays: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: 5260 State Route 95, Mt. Gilead, OH 43338

This holiday season, Flying Horse Farms is going to “Light Up Camp” with a free seasonal drive-through light display. Camp buildings will be transformed into a twinkling, musical wonderland of safe, physically distanced family fun.

Gates open at 6:00 PM every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 27 through December 27. Fridays and Saturdays hours are 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM and the last car is admitted at 9:30 PM Sundays hours are 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM and the last car is admitted at 8:00 PM The show is open on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas.

Cost is free.

4. Dazzling Christmas Lights in Westerville, Ohio

Dates: Nightly, November 27, 2020 – January 3, 2021
Hours: 6:00pm – 10:00pm Sunday thru Thursday and 6:00pm – 11:00pm Friday and Saturday
Where: 649 Old Coach Rd Westerville, OH 43081

The Dazzling Christmas Light display is a synchronized Christmas Lights show that takes place every night in a Westerville neighborhood. There are 90,000 Christmas Lights that dance to music.

The show is every night (weather permitting) from 6:00pm – 10:00pm Sunday thru Thursday and 6:00pm – 11:00pm Friday and Saturday. Tune your car radio to 90.1 FM to hear the music!

Cost is free!

5. Wild Winter Lights Drive Through in Cleveland, Ohio

Dates: Tuesdays and Wednesdays November 17, 2020 through December 16, 2020 and Saturday and Sunday, January 2 & 3, 2021.
Hours: 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM 
Where: 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, OH 44109 

Drive through more than one million individual lights at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo! There will be themed areas like Candyland, Enchanted Forest, Santa’s Workshop and more! You can experience this in the comfort of your own vehicle.

Tickets are limited and online reservations are encouraged. A walk-through experience is also available on Thursdays and the weekend nights.

Pricing is as follows:

  • $54/car for members
  • $60/car for non-members

6. Lucy Depp Park Light Show in Powell, Ohio

Dates: nightly beginning Black Friday through the first week of January, 2021
Hours: Begins at Dusk, open until 10:00 PM Sunday through Thursday and until 11:00 PM on Friday and Saturday
Where: 9360 Frabell Dr Powell OH 43065

This 7 acre drive through display is put together by a group of neighbors on private property in Powell, Ohio! The show covers 1/2 mile, 6 houses and features over 60,000 lights. Tune to 87.9 FM to “hear” the lights!  

The drive through is one way. Enter on Frabell Dr. and loop around to Springdale. Weekends can get busy so it is suggested that you come on a weeknight if possible! You can drive through as many times as you like as time and traffic allows!

Cost is free! Donations to Peace for Paws are accepted at a donation box at the entrance of the show.

7. Festival of Lights in Springfield, Ohio

Dates: December 16th-27, 2020
Hours: Nightly from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where: 1918 Mechanicsburg Rd, Springfield, OH 45503

Drive through the campus of Oesterlen Services For Youth, Inc. for a festive light display hoping to boost morale this time of year! There will be a beautiful festival of lights and they will be on display each night through the time period listed above. Cost is free. Read about our trip to Springfield here.

8. Lights on Milton in Grand Rapids, Ohio

Dates: late November to Early January (dates unconfirmed for 2020)
Hours: Nightly from 5:30 PM TO 10:30PM
Where: 15251 Milton Rd Grand Rapids, OH 43522

This private drive-through light display has over 20,000 lights, synchronized to music you can hear from your car! Tune your radio to FM 98.7 to hear the music. The display is located on the corner of Milton and Route 6.

9. Journey BOREALIS in Hamilton, Ohio

Dates: late November 20, 2020 – January 3, 2021
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM, Friday-Sunday: 6:00 PM-10:00 PM
Where: 1763 Hamilton Cleves Rd., Hamilton, OH 45013

This is a 2.5 mile drive-through light display featuring story-telling through light and sound! Cost is $20/carload on weekdays and $25/carload on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Pyramid Hill Members are $15/carload. Read more about our visit to Pyramid Hill here.

10. Land of Illusion Christmas Glow in Middletown, Ohio

Dates: November 25-December 30, 6-10 pm. Closed November 30th, December 1st, December 2nd and Christmas Day
Hours: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Where: 8762 Thomas Road, Middletown, OH 45042

This is a 2 mile long drive through featuring “Christmas Around the World”. You can visit Santa, too! ring a canned good for $2 off admission. Cost is $7/person. Kids 3 and under are free. Tickets are available online. 

11. Lights of Glenross in Delaware, Ohio

Lights of Glenross Christmas Light Drive Through in Delaware Ohio

Dates: November 26, 2020 – ?
Hours: 5:00 PM-9:00 PM Sunday-Thursday, 5:00 PM-11:00 PM Friday and Saturday 
Where: Glenross, Glenross North, and Braumiller subdivisions, located between US 23 and South Old State Rd., Delaware, OH (See directions.)

This show includes over 250 houses decorated with lights and choreographed to Christmas music which you can access through your radio on 94.1 FM. There are 3 neighborhood subdivisions included in the show! The show is free to drive through but they suggest donating to People in Need, Inc of Delaware County and there is a link on their website to donate. 

For extra fun, check out the scavenger hunt they have developed so you can look for 20 different items as you drive through!

12. ParkLights at Caesar Ford Park in Xenia, Ohio

Dates: December 1-31, 2020
Hours: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, nightly 
Where: 520 S. Stringtown Rd. Xenia, OH 45385

This is a free event that features a winter wonderland with over 110 LED light displays on a 1 mile driving path in Caesar Ford Park. Enjoy this entire experience from the comfort and safety of your own car.

They suggest turning into 106.5 to enjoy holiday music during your drive.

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Tried and True Gift Ideas for Young Boys

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Looking for a gift idea for a boy in your life that won’t just be tossed to the side after his birthday or the holidays? These are toys and books that have stood the test of time in our house!

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My boys have a lot of toys! Too many toys, really! But there are some toys that were really worth it! This is a list of toys, books, games and arts and crafts supplies that my boys have played with consistently over time.

Yes, girls can play with and use these things, too, but I have two boys, three nephews and just one niece, so my adult life has pretty much been spent thinking about what gifts I should buy for boys! 😉

My experience in this area has thus far been limited to boys who are 8 and under and I want to make sure I give you an accurate idea of the ages for which these gifts are most appropriate. I hope this list of gift ideas for young boys gives you some ideas of presents that will stand the test of time!

Toy Gift Ideas for Boys:

1. Bruder Toys CAT Excavator

gift ideas for boys: Bruder Excavator

These trucks have not only kept my boys attention for years, they are sturdy and built to last for years, too! My boys have loved the construction vehicles in particular and the take them inside and outside to dig, whether it be dirt, sand or picking up LEGO Bricks! You can see a whole list of Bruder Trucks here! Also popular with my boys are the trash truck and fire truck!

2. LEGO Building Set

 

toys for boys: LEGO Bricks

My boys are obsessed with LEGO® bricks! In particular, they love the LEGO CITY line: police, fire, construction, etc. The Mobile Command Center pictured above has been particularly popular with my boys!

The great thing about LEGOs is that they can be used over and over again in millions of different combinations. Some kids like to build sets and keep them together and other kids love to take them apart and build their own creations. Whatever your gift-recipient’s personality it’s hard to go wrong with LEGO bricks! Another great thing about LEGO toys is that there is something for every price range!

4. Magna-Tiles

gift ideas for young boys: Magna-tiles 

Magna-Tiles are another toy that my boys can play with for long spans of time. These toys are an investment, but they continue to be popular at home and at local play cafes and indoor play areas! We have a slightly cheaper version called Dreambuilder Toy Magnetic Tiles that work pretty well but are a little bit smaller.

5. Playmobil

Gift ideas for boys: Playmobil

My boys have been fans of Playmobil across all ages. This is another toy that has spanned several years of playing! Again, my boys are particularly drawn to the Fire and Police lines of this toy, but they pretty much enjoy any vehicle or building. The Playmobile Fire Station was a hit a few years ago for Christmas and it continues to be played with on a regular basis! My boys love the police car and fire trucks.

6. Road Ruggift ideas for boys: road rug

Do boys come out of the womb obsessed with Matchbox cars? I think mine did! One of the best places to drive your toy cars is on a “road rug”! A rug like this one and a pack of Matchbox cars will provide hours of entertainment! My boys have used their road rugs as an action scene for LEGO vehicles, dinosaurs, Playmobil cities and more! These rugs provide the setting for imaginations to run wild!

7. Matchbox or Hotwheels Cars and Transporter

gift ideas for boys: Matchbox cars

As mentioned in #6, Matchbox or Hotwheels cars are super popular with all ages of boys! My kids started playing with them at age 2 and they’re still playing with them! It’s easy to collect these cars in mass numbers and one of the things we have used to store them is this Toy Truck Transport Car Carrier

8. Wooden Train Tracksgift ideas for boys: wooden train tracks

Wooden train tracks have been played with at my house in some form for many years! Both of my boys have gone through their train phases and these tracks stand the test of time! There are a lot of related brands of train products that fit together.

The Thomas the Train line is probably the most popular train toy, but my boys have played with all kinds of trains! And no matter how many tracks you have you can always add more to make your scene bigger!

Check here for the wooden Thomas the Tank Engine train.

9. Kid Galaxy White House

gift ideas for boys: White House Play Set

This gift is a surprising one on the list, but recently my boys got really into learning about the US Presidents! When I shared about this in my Instagram stories, I got a lot of interest in this toy that friends of ours found for my boys, so I figured my boys are not the only ones into US history!

This set comes with a plastic White House that opens up and has 4 play rooms. There is a figurine for each president of the US and a set of cards with info about each president. It was amazing how much my boys played with this one!

Book Gift Ideas for Boys:

1. My Truck is Stuckbooks for boys: My Truck is Stuck

This is a funny, rhyming book my boys have read over and over! A great picture book for young boys!

2. Alphabet Trucks

alphabet Trucks book for kids
 

If your boys love trucks, they will love learning the alphabet with this book that features a truck that starts with every letter of the alphabet!

3. Cars Galore

Cars Galore Book for kids

Cars, cars and still more cars! This is another great car book for vehicle lovers!

4. Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go

Cars and Trucks and Things That Go Book for kids

A classic by Richard Scarry here! This book has scenes from all over featuring, you guessed it: vehicles!

5. Sticker Books

 
gift ideas for kids: sticker books
Books like these sticker books have kept my boys busy for hours! They love these books that have stickers to put on all the pages in the book. They especially love the Trucks and Cars themed sticker books! Friends of our family have given my boys these books as gifts and they even regularly look at them even though all the stickers are in place! 


Board Game Gift Ideas for Boys:

1. UNO Attackgift idea for boys: Uno Attack

My kids love playing UNO Attack – even if they’re making up their own rules most of the time! 😉 UNO is a great game for kids because it involves matching colors and recognizing numbers and it’s pretty easy to learn at a young age! Adding in the Attack feature is extra fun for kids! They love the suspense of wondering if and how many cards are going to come flying out!

2. Payday

gift ideas for boys: Pay Day

Payday is a classic game that is pretty easy for young kids to pick up! My kids have loved this game and love learning about the concept of money! There is a surprising amount of life lessons to be learned when playing this game! 😉 Introducing the concept of bills, insurance, jobs and the responsibilities of adulthood is never a bad idea!

3. Connect 4

gift ideas for young boys: Connect 4 Game

This is a really simple game for young kids to play! Even a 3 year old can play Connect Four! My youngest son recently made up his own version of Connect 4 where we took turns making a pattern. Maybe it’s not in the rule book, but I thought it was a great learning exercise that was fun for him at the same time! (As a side note, check out this awesome life sized, yard games version of Connect 4!)

4. Sorry

gift ideas for boys: Sorry Game

Sorry is another great game for younger kids! I am not a fan of this game because it always made me cry as a kid! LOL! But my kids love it so I will swallow my pride and play it with them. It’s a great way to learn counting!


Arts and Crafts Gift Ideas for Boys:

1. Melissa and Doug Reusable Sticker Pad: Vehiclesgift ideas for boys: Sticker Pad

My kids have this sticker pad and love using the stickers over and over again to make different scenes! The price on this pad is very reasonable (usually less than $5) which is pretty good considering that the stickers are reusable!  There are several themes available for these pads including My Town and Adventure!

2. Water Wow! Reusable Coloring Bookswater wow! Gifts for boys

We recently discovered these books as they were gifted to my kids by one of their grandparents! This is another mess free coloring option that’s great for travel or keeping kids busy in restaurants or doctor’s offices and the like! You fill the pen with water and then you can paint the scenes and they turn colors! The great thing about this pad is that as it dries, the picture turns white again and it is reusable!

3. Imagine Ink Magic Ink Picture Books

gifts for young boys: Imagine Ink
These mess free coloring books are great for car rides and pretty much any time you need to keep a kid busy! My kids have had tons of these books and they love them! This is a great idea for when you’re traveling with kids or want them to be able to color without worrying about making a mess. The ink is clear unless used on the special paper within the book!

4. Crayola Washable Water Paints

 
gift ideas for kid: Watercolor Paints

You can’t go wrong with these classic water paints! Kids love to play and paint with water. We have huge rolls of paper that we just roll out on the table and let the kids paint on!  Don’t forget paint brushes!


If you’re looking for a great gift idea for young boys, I hope this list gives you a starting point! These gifts are classic and have stood the test of time in my house! If you’re looking for a gift for a boy that won’t get tossed to the side the day after opening it, pick one of these gifts that can be used again and again, even in different ways, as kids grow and change!

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