WonderLight’s Christmas is a drive through holiday light display fueled by over one million synchronized LED lights and it’s sure to inspire awe and wonder this Christmas season!
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WonderLight’s Christmas is a Drive Through Holiday Light Show that will Put Your Family in the Holiday Spirit!
Christmas has officially arrived in Ohio! WonderLight’s drive through holiday light display has landed at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio, 30 miles east of downtown Columbus for the second year. 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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
The show takes place every night beginning November 13, 2020 and runs through January 3, 2021. 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!
Tips for Visiting WonderLight’s Christmas:
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! Especially in 2020, when drive-through displays are going to be very popular, it will be important to manage your (and your kids’) expectations for a wait!
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.
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!
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!
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 13, 2020 – January 3, 2021
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 on weekdays, children ages 3 & under are free! Carload Special: $30.00 for up to 7 passengers. Weekend pricing is $30/car.
Tickets: Purchase tickets in advance at www.christmasinohio.com/tickets or at the gate.
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.
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