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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.

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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10 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: Sunday-Thursday 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM, Friday and Saturday 5:30 PM – 10:30 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!

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!

Pricing is as follows:

  • $7 per person
  • 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. 

 

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What Should We Do This Weekend? December 1-4, 2016 Holiday Edition!

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Hi Everyone! Each week in December I’ll be extending my weekend posts to include more holiday events going on throughout the week! There are so many fun things going on, why limit it to the weekend? 🙂

**Please also don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a family play pass to Recreations Outlet by telling me 3 Places You Love to take Your Kids in Columbus ➡️ click HERE to enter! I’m giving away 2 passes each week!**

Ongoing

12 Elves of Dublin Scavenger Hunt in Historic Dublin – pick up a 12 Elves Card at a participating location then find all 12 elves. Each time you find an elf you will get a special treat! Turn your card in to enter the Grand Prize drawing!

Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – see the amazing light shows, special performances and holiday festivities!

Tribute to the Nutcracker at Grove City City Hall – see the animated window display Monday through Friday from 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival at Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgrounds – a 5 week celebration of Chinese culture with amazing silk lanterns, traditional performances and food!

For more ongoing ideas like the Huntington Holiday Train, Think Outside the Brick Lego Exhibit, Merry and Bright and more, click here for 10 of Our Favorite Columbus Christmas Traditions!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

5:00 PM – Hilliard Holiday Hop – carolers, hot chocolate, trolley rides, Santa, cookie decorating and the official Tree Lighting!

5:30 PM – Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting at The Ohio Statehouse  – this indoor ceremony features a short program, welcomes Santa and Mrs. Claus and continues with snacks, crafts, games and live performances! Pictures with Santa are free!

6:00 PM – Illuminating Shopping in Old Worthington – luminaries will line the streets and retailers will stay open late for special shopping hours. Horse drawn carriage rides will take you around the neighborhood!

Friday, December 2, 2016

2:00 PM – Sip & Shop at piccadilly – enjoy personal shoppers, free hot cocoa and complimentary gift wrapping while searching for the perfect toy!

5:00 PM – First Friday Film Series at Ohio History Connection – watch A Christmas Story and enjoy special First Friday activities before the movie which starts at 7:00.

5:00 PM – Grand Illumination at the Scioto Mile – lots of live entertainment including BalletMet, Comedy Jugglers, OSU Urban Art Space, Santa and the official lighting of the Scioto Mile. You can also support the Empty Bowls Project and Mid-Ohio Food Bank by purchasing a hand made bowl filled with soup!

6:00 PM – Winter Festival in Upper Arlington – the city’s tree lighting ceremony also includes horse-drawn carriage rides, ice carving, carols and a visit from Santa!

6:30 PM – Mama & Me Handprint Ornament Class hosted by Mini Market – make a keepsake clay ornament of your child’s hand!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

9:00 AM – Lionel Train Day at Moody Street Trains – enjoy door prizes, face painting, a visit from Santa and operating train displays!

9:00 AM – Christmas Prelude at The Grand of Dublin – enjoy breakfast with Santa, a coloring contest, gingerbread house decorating, and ornament contest, craft fair, bake sale, hot chocolate bar, musical performances and more!

CANCELLED due to illness . . . 10:00 AM – Make a Christmas Ornament at Lowe’s Build and Grow – register online to receive an apron, goggles and a patch along with your ornament project!

10:00 AM – Cheryl’s Annual Holiday Party in Westerville – free pictures with Santa from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, frost a cookie with Mrs. Claus, free samples, special prices and a Secret Santa Shop!

10:00 AM – Christmas Celebration in Grove City Town Center – a full day celebration includes visits with santa, live entertainment, a parade, the Mistletoe Market and much more!

11:00 AM – Holiday Gift Making at Franklin Park Conservatory – children can make and take their own gifts! $2 per gift!

11:00 AM – Made Local Marketplace at Brookshire – Ohio made products by local vendors for your shopping enjoyment!

12:00 PM – Bexley Holiday Hop in Bexley  – Bexley merchants will offer special promotions, entertainment and samples! There will be princesses and Mr. and Mrs. Claus! Fill your snowman card to enter the drawing for prizes!

12:00 PM – Holiday Hop in the Short North Arts District – the biggest Gallery Hop of the year includes a visit with Santa, decorated windows, and lots of holiday cheer!

12:00 PM – Christmastime Open House at the Central Ohio Model Railroad Club – visit the club during these special open house days (Saturdays and Sundays throughout December) to view large model railroads and try out the interactive Thomas the Tank Engine lay out!

12:30 PM – Secret Gift Shoppe at Cruz Candy and Studio J – Spin the wheel for free candy at Cruz Candy, taste free chocolate and kids can create surprise gifts for family members at Studio J upstairs!

2:00 PM – Holidays in Powell – event includes a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, activities in downtown Powell, and the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree in Village Green Park!

6:00 PM – A Holiday Evening on the Farm at Gallant Farm Preserve – live Christmas music, roast chestnuts, eat cookies and make holiday decorations at this celebration of the holidays set in the 1930’s!

Sunday

11:00 AM – Made Local Vintage Marketplace at Brookshire – Ohio made market that features 60 local vintage vendors and makers!

12:00 PM – HolidayVille in Clintonville – take the Jolly Trolley throughout Clintonville to visit with santa, decorate cookies, make crafts and much more!

5:00 PM – Village Lights in German Village – stroll the streets of German Village to visit business who will stay open late to offer holiday specials and free treats. There will be live music and lots of holiday festivities throughout German Village!

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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead or check links to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*


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