Drive-through is all the rage in 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 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 2022 as information becomes available!
1. Butch Bandos Fantasy of Lights in Delaware, Ohio
- Dates: November 18, 2022 – January 1, 2023
- 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.
2. WonderLight’s Christmas in Hartford, Ohio
- Dates: November 11, 2022 – January 1, 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 in 2022.
Pricing is as follows:
- See link for details on larger vehicles.
3. Magic of Lights at Historic Crew Stadium
Dates: November 23, 2022 – January 1, 2023 (Closed December 2, 2022)
Hours: Nightly: 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Where: 717 E. 17th Ave. Columbus, OH 43211
This is a drive-through holiday lights experience in its first year in Columbus, Ohio! It features LED lights and digital animations including dinosaurs and Barbie!
Weekday (Monday-Thursday) prices are $25/car. Weekend prices for Friday-Sunday are $30/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: November 25 through December 24, 2022
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 25, 2022
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 15, 2022 through December 30, 2022 – 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.
Drive Through Pricing is as follows:
- $57 per car for Zoo members
- $66 per car for non-members
7. Lucy Depp Park Light Show in Powell, Ohio
Dates: nightly beginning Black Friday 2022 through the first week of January, 2023
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: Friday, December 16 to Sunday, December 25, 2022
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. Lights on Milton in Grand Rapids, Ohio
Dates: late November to Early January (Check the Facebook page link above for updates for 2022!)
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 18th, 2022 – January 1st, 2023
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM, Friday-Sunday: 6:00 PM-10:00 PM; Closed on Mondays
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.
City of Hamilton residents get in FREE on Tuesdays (45011 & 45013 zip codes, please bring your license, current utility bill, or government issued ID)
- $25/ carload for non-members
- $15/carload for members
11. Land of Illusion Christmas Glow in Middletown, Ohio
- Dates: Open November 23th – December 30, 2022 from 6pm to 10pm
- Closed November 28th – November 30th 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 $9/person. Tickets are available online.
12. Lights of Glenross in Delaware, Ohio
Dates: November 24, 2022 – ?
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, 2022
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 24, 2022 – December 31, 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 New Year’s Eve.
Tune into 104.1 FM for the synchronized music!
Dates: Light show will open after Thanksgiving in 2022, exact dates unconfirmed.
Hours: 5:30 PM – 11:30 PM, nightly
Where: 3595 McDonald Rd., Lancaster Ohio 43130
This is a free drive-through 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 for most recent updates!
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