Drive-through is all the rage in and these drive-through Christmas light displays near Columbus, Ohio will keep your family in the Christmas spirit this season!
2020 was the year of the drive-in movie, the drive-through window, and the drive-up shopping experience! Drive-through events have been sticking around ever since! This holiday season, continue the tradition with these drive-through holiday light displays taking place in and near Columbus, Ohio!
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!
This list is being updated for 2023 as information becomes available!
1. Butch Bandos Fantasy of Lights in Delaware, Ohio
- Dates: November 17, 2023 – January 1, 2024
- Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday and Saturday: 5:30 PM – 10:00 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 300 LED brilliant light displays, 500 feet of light wall and several tunnels you can see from 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
- See link for pricing for larger vehicles.
You can also buy a season pass for $80 which is good for any time the show is open during the season. Season passes can only be purchased at the gate.
2. WonderLight’s Christmas in Hartford, Ohio
- Dates: November 10, 2023 – December 31, 2023
- Hours: Nightly: 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
- Where: 14028 Fairgrounds Rd, Hartford, OH 43013
“WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio”, a drive-through Christmas light show, is housed at Hartford Fairgrounds 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!
In order to reduce wait times, reservations are recommended.
Pricing is as follows:
- See link for details on larger vehicles.
3. Magic of Lights at Cuyahoga County Fair Grounds
- Dates: November 22, 2023 – December 31, 2023
- Hours: Nightly: 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
- Where: 19201 E Bagley Rd, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
This is a drive-through holiday lights experience will take place at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds! It features LED lights and digital animations including dinosaurs and Barbie!
Weekday (Monday-Thursday) prices are $35/car. Weekend prices for Friday-Sunday are $40/car. Discounts are available if you purchase your tickets in advance online! Tickets are for a standard vehicle, 3 rows or less. Party bus/Limo tickets are available for larger vehicles.
4. Light Up Camp at Flying Horse Farms in Mt. Gilead, Ohio
- Dates: Unconfirmed for 2023
- Hours: Fridays and Saturdays: 6:00 PM – 10:00 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. (Donations accepted.) Camp buildings will be transformed into a twinkling, musical wonderland for a 1/2 mile driving tour.
5. Dazzling Christmas Lights in Westerville, Ohio
- Dates: Nightly, beginning November 24, 2023
- 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!
6. Wild Winter Lights Drive Through in Cleveland, Ohio
- Dates: November 14, 2023 through December 30, 2023 – select dates vary throughout the season so make sure to double check before visiting!
- Hours: 5:30 PM – 10:30 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. Make sure to double check the dates because there are both drive-through and walk-through nights available.
7. Lucy Depp Park Light Show in Powell, Ohio
- Dates: nightly beginning Black Friday 2023 through the first week of January, 2024
- 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.
8. Festival of Lights in Springfield, Ohio
- Dates: Unconfirmed for 2023
- 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 of over 30,000 lights! There will be a beautiful festival of lights around their 100 acre campus and they will be on display each night through the time period listed above.
Cost is free. Read about our trip to Springfield here.
9. Pyramid Hill Lights in Hamilton, Ohio
- Dates: November 17 – December 31, 2023
- Hours: Tuesdays to Thursdays: 6PM – 9PM, Fridays to Sundays: 6PM – 10PMWhere: 1763 Hamilton Cleves Rd., Hamilton, OH 45013
This is a 2.5 mile drive-through light display at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in Butler County, Ohio featuring story-telling through light and sound! The “journey” includes a celebration of various holidays and cultures and includes lights, yarn-wrapped trees and a projection experience.
- $25/ carload for non-members
- $15/carload for members
10. Land of Illusion Christmas Glow in Middletown, Ohio
- Dates: Opens November 22, 2023
- Hours: Monday-Thursday: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
- Where: 8762 Thomas Road, Middletown, OH 45042
This is a 2 mile long drive through Christmas lights display featuring “Christmas Around the World”. This display is Southwest Ohio’s largest Christmas lights drive-thru event. You can visit Santa’s Workshop, too!
Cost is $12/person. Tickets are available online.
11. Lights of Glenross in Delaware, Ohio
- Dates: November 23, 2023 – ?
- 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 light show is free to drive through.
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, 2023
- 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 250 LED light displays on a 1 mile driving path in Caesar Ford Park. Enjoy this entire holiday lights experience from the comfort of your own car.
- Dates: November 23, 2023 – January 1, 2024
- Hours: 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM, nightly
- Where: 591 South Park Dr., Xenia, OH 45385
This is a free holiday lights drive through experience featuring 45,000 lights synchronized to music. The show runs nightly from 5:00 PM until midnight through New Year’s Day.
Tune into 104.1 FM for the synchronized music!
- Dates: Opens Thanksgiving Weekend 2023
- Hours: 5:30 PM – 11:30 PM, nightly
- Where: 3595 McDonald Rd., Lancaster Ohio 43130
This is a free drive-through Christmas light show in Lancaster, Ohio! Donations are accepted and donated to local charities. Free pictures with Santa are offered on select dates. Check the link above for most recent updates!
- Dates: November 17, 2023 – January 7, 2023
- Hours: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM, nightly (may stay open later on Saturdays and Sundays)
- Where: 645 Infirmary Rd, Dayton, OH 45417
This drive-through holiday lights show takes place at the Fairgrounds and Event Center of Montgomery County in Dayton. It includes a RGB tunnel, multiple 50-foot-tall Christmas trees and more!
Standard tickets can be used any day the show is open and can be purchased online. Tickets are also available at the ticket booth. Gate ticket price is $29.95 per car.
Read about more family-friendly things to do in Dayton, Ohio when you visit!
- Dates: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during November 25 – December 23, 2023, plus nightly, December 18-23, 2023
- Hours: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
- Where: 2385 E State Route 41 Troy, OH 4537
Drive through 1.25 miles of woods, farm lanes and the historic Knoop Homestead, all aglow with holiday lights. Cost is $10/car $30 for a large passenger van.
This drive-through lights show in Troy, Ohio is only open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday beginning November 25th. They will be open nightly during the week before Christmas (December 18-23).
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