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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 15-18, 2016 Holiday Edition!

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Welcome to another big Holiday weekend post! Christmas is almost here and New Year’s is around the corner! It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Ongoing

Think Outside the Brick at Columbus Museum of Art – check out the huge LEGO display and make your own LEGO creation!

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!

Uptown Scrooge – an interactive, walking performance through Uptown Westerville! Appropriate for ages 5 and up!

State Auto Christmas Corner – walk around inside a life-size telling of the Christmas Story and check out their schedule for each weekend’s choir performances! For every photo posted on Instagram with #StateAutoChristmas2016, State Auto will donate $1 to Manna Café (up to $500)!

Merry and Bright – FPC is open until 9:00 PM December 14-23, 2016 with special musical performances, a gingerbread house display, a holiday train, holiday lights and seasonal plantings!

Dickens of a Christmas at Ohio Village – celebrate a Dickens-inspired Christmas at Ohio Village!

Downtown Columbus Holiday Lights Photo Contest – share your pictures on Instagram or post to their Facebook page with the hashtag #DowntownColumbus to enter the contest for a $20 gift card to a downtown restaurant!

Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek State Park Campgrounds – take an in-car tour of this light show!

For more ongoing ideas click here for 10 of Our Favorite Columbus Christmas Traditions!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

12:00 PM – Holiday Choir Performances at the Statehouse – lunchtime concerts happen on weekdays through December 18, 2016!

2:30 PM – Santa at Tremont Goodie Shop – come see Santa until 5:30 PM!

6:30 PM – PJ’s and Pages at Westland Area Library – this family story time will feature holiday stories, books and crafts!

Friday, December 16, 2016

12:00 PM – Holiday Choir Performances at the Statehouse – lunchtime concerts happen on weekdays through December 18, 2016!

5:00 PM – Ice Sculpture Tour in Uptown Westerville – illuminated ice sculptures will be on display all weekend, weather permitting!

6:30 PM – Free Family Movie Night at The Shops at Worthington Place – watch A Charlie Brown Christmas and Toy Story 3 with free popcorn!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

8:00 AM – Breakfast with Santa at Worthington Pools – three time slots are available and you must register online!

10:00 AM – PBJ & Jazz Songs of the Season at  Lincoln Theatre – there are two performances (second is at 11:30) of holiday selections and your entry fee includes lunch for the kids!

11:00 AM – Santa and Mrs. Claus at North Market – visit Santa AND his live reindeer! There will live music, too!

11:00 AM – Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen at Franklin Park Conservatory – make cookies with Mrs. Claus! Santa and 2 live reindeer will also make an appearance!

12:00 PM – Santa at Global Gifts Short North – take you own picture with Santa who will be around until 4:00 as part of Wrap it Up Saturday in the Short North!

12:00 PM – Horse-drawn Carriage Rides at Oakland Nursery, Columbus Garden Center – weekends also include live music, lights and the Santa Wonderland!

12:00 PM – Christmas Time Open House at Central Ohio Model Railroad Club – see the model railroads and enjoy some treats!

12:00 PM – Secret Elf Shoppe & Vendor Fair at Studio J and Cruz Candy – kids can shop for gifts while adults shop the vendor fair! There will be prizes, candy and a book signing!

12:00 PM – Sensory Friendly Visits with Santa at Coffee Connections of Hilliard – see the link to schedule a visit!

1:00 PM – ‘Tis the Season at Slate Run Farm – string popcorn and make an ornament to take home at this family friendly event! (this event is also happening on Sunday.)

1:30 PM – Hockey Santa at The Chiller Ice Rinks – skate with Santa with free skating instruction and cookie decoration!

4:00 PM – A Christmas Evening at Slate Run Farm – enjoy 1880’s holiday activities at the farm!

6:00 PM – Live Choir Performances at State Auto Christmas Corner – three choirs perform, beginning at 6:00 PM!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

12:00 PM – Horse-drawn Carriage Rides at Oakland Nursery, Columbus Garden Center – weekends also include live music, lights and the Santa Wonderland!

1:30 PM – Hockey Santa at The Chiller Ice Rinks – skate with Santa with free skating instruction and cookie decoration!

2:00 PM – Live Music at North Market – the Worthington High School Chorale will perform!

2:00 PM – Holiday Kids Crafts at Blacklick Woods – make a holiday craft and drink hot cocoa!

2:00 PM – Elf Scavenger Hunt at Homestead Metro Park – this event for preschoolers involves a short hike searching for elves and drinking hot chocolate when it’s done!

3:00 PM – Urban Strings Columbus Holiday Concert at Main Library – this family friendly holiday concert takes place in the 2nd floor Reading Room!

**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!**

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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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