Drive-through is all the rage in 2021 and these drive-through holiday 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 event are sticking around for 2021! 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
Dates: November 19, 2021 – January 2, 2022
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 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
You can also buy a season pass for $80 which is good for any time the show is open during the season.
2. WonderLight’s Christmas in Hartford, Ohio
Dates: November 12, 2021 – January 9, 2022
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM, Friday – Sunday: 5:30 PM – 11:00 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 in 2021.
Pricing is as follows:
- $7 per person during the weekdays, $30/car on the weekends
- 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!
November 20, 2021 – January 9, 2022
Hours: Mondays – Wednesdays & Non-Peak Nights
(Non-Peak Nights 11/25, 12/2, 12/30 and 1/6)
5:30 PM to 11:00 PM, Fridays – Sundays & Peak Nights
(Peak Nights 12/9, 12/16, 12/20, 12/21, 12/22, 12/23)
5:30 PM to 12:00 AM.
Where: 2650 National Rd. SW, Hebron, OH 43025
Drive through 2 miles of dancing Christmas lights synced to music! Tune into 88.3 FM to hear the holiday music in your car! All tickets must be purchased in advance online.
Ticket Pricing: Monday – Thursday : $20 per car; Friday – Sunday & Peak Nights
(Peak Nights 12/9, 12/16, 12/20, 12/21, 12/22, 12/23): $30 per car
VIP Ticket (Includes Express Access, 8 Hot Chocolates and 8 Christmas Cookies):
4. Light Up Camp at Flying Horse Farms in Mt. Gilead, Ohio
Dates: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 25 through December 26, 2021
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.
5. 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!
6. Wild Winter Lights Drive Through in Cleveland, Ohio
Dates: November 16, 2021 through January 2, 2022 – select dates vary throughout the season so make sure to double check before visiting!
Hours: 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM during the week and 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM on weekends
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. Drive-through and walk-through nights available.
Pricing is as follows:
- $54/car for members
- $60/car for non-members
7. Lucy Depp Park Light Show in Powell, Ohio
Dates: nightly beginning Black Friday through the first week of January, 2022
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: December 16th-27, 2020 Unconfirmed for 2021
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.
9. 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.
10. Journey BOREALIS in Hamilton, Ohio
Dates: November 19th, 2021 – January 2nd, 2022
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! The “journey” includes a celebration of various holidays and cultures and includes lights, yarn-wrapped trees and a projection experience.
This year includes a new, expanded route. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday are the busiest days and Hamilton residents get in free on Tuesdays with a current ID or utility bill.
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.
11. Land of Illusion Christmas Glow in Middletown, Ohio
Dates: Open November 24th – December 30 from 6pm to 10pm
Closed November 29th, November 30th, December 1st and Christmas Day
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 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” is Southwest Ohio’s largest Christmas Lights Drive-thru event. You can visit Santa’s Workshop, too!
Cost is $7/person. Tickets are available online.
12. Lights of Glenross in Delaware, Ohio
Dates: November 25, 2021 – ?
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.
For extra fun, check out the scavenger hunt they have developed so you can look for 20 different items as you drive through!
13. ParkLights at Caesar Ford Park in Xenia, Ohio
Dates: December 1-31, 2021
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 experience from the comfort and safety of your own car.
Dates: November 25, 2021 – January 1, 2022
Hours: 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM, nightly
Where: 591 South Park Dr., Xenia, OH 45385
This is a free drive through experience featuring 45,000 lights synchronized to music. The show runs nightly from 5:00 PM until midnight through January 1, 2022.
Tune into 104.1 FM for the synchronized music!
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