Holiday Light Shows Columbus Ohio

2020 Best Columbus Christmas Light Displays

Columbus Ohio LOVES Christmas lights! From free but amazing neighborhood displays, to immersive paid Columbus Christmas lights experiences, you’ll find plenty of holiday joy around the city with the best Christmas lights in Columbus. 


Every single year Columbus people unpack bundles of wires and plugs, climb up ladders, and decorate their Columbus homes with festive holiday lights. But then there are the professional Columbus Christmas light displays,! Get the family together and head to the car for these amazing displays of Christmas lights in the Columbia, Ohio, area.

2020 Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (November 20, 2020–January 3, 2021)

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Wildlights is a popular holiday season destination for families. Animated animal displays sparkle with thousands of twinkling lights throughout the park. There are also dozens of activities for kids of all ages: from live music and ice skating to Santa's Holiday Home. Kids will enjoy Holiday Star Light Star Bright Seek-n-Find. Disney on Ice presents Reach for the Stars, with new winners and magical prizes each week. Wildlights rides include the Polar Bear Express through the North America winter wonderland, camel rides, and the 1914 Mangels-Illions Carousel. And of course, you can also enjoy are live animals in their heated, indoor shelters!

2020 Clifton Mill Christmas Lights (November 27–December 30, 2020)

 Famous Clifton Mill Christmas Lights is a cherished Miami Valley tradition bringing joy to families for over thirty yea. Clifton Mill light display is one of the largest in the U.S. featuring over 3.5 million lights illuminating historical buildings, riverbanks, bridges, and gorges. The highlight of the show is a thirty-meter (100-ft) waterfall of twinkling lights. The fantastic winter wonderland hosts a Miniature Village, a Santa Claus Museum, and a musical light show at the old Covered Bridge. Santa's Workshop invites kids to see Santa at work and going up the chimney to load his sleigh.

2020 The Christmas Ranch, Morrow  (November 20–December 23, 2020)

The Christmas Ranch on South Waynesville Road in Morrow, Ohio, is one of the most visited holiday destinations in the state. The spectacular ranch is decorated with over 350,000 lights, synchronized to music. Thanks to the state-of-the-art technology, The Christmas Ranch “The Gift of Lights” display is a truly memorable experience. Occupying five acres, The Christmas Ranch features an illuminated drive-thru route that ends in the magical Christmas Village. Stop by the barn for some hot beverages, watch the Jingle Bell Show, and take a walk through a forest full of animated Christmas trees decorated with 15,000 synchronized lights. Dozens of Santas and Snowmen bop and spin to the sounds of Bing Crosby and Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

2020 Lights Before Christmas at Toledo Zoo  (November 20–December 31, 2020)

Lights Before Christmas is Toledo’s favorite holiday tradition. Merry and bright displays feature over a million sparkling lights, animated figures, an ice slide, and much more. The Big Tree at the Toledo Zoo is a true state-of-the-art creation. Additionally, there are over 200 illuminated animal displays across the Zoo, for a perfect holiday evening. Stop in the ProMedica Museum of Natural History for a hot cup of cocoa or a treat while checking out the unique Ohio natural wonders. An interactive LED display lets visitors move or dance on the Amphitheatre floor and see their silhouettes light up on stage.

2020 Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus (November 14, 2020–January 6, 2021)

Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park in Columbus is one of the biggest and brightest holiday shows in the city. The park as well as the Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Children’s Garden and the Grand Mallway sparkle with lights and whimsy displays. The Conservatory, with its unique plant collection, is the main attraction in the park. Kids' favorite displays include the Rainbow Tunnel, the Whirly Tree, topiary flamingos, gingerbread houses and the illuminated Sandstone Creek. The Grand Mallway is another festive area featuring The Pool, an interactive environment by artist Jen Lewin with giant rings of circular pads that change colors with movement and pressure.

2020 PNC Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo (November 21, 2020–January 2, 2021)

The annual Cincinnati Zoo Festival of Lights is a dazzling holiday display and a favorite local holiday tradition. Running since the 1980s, it has over three million LED lights and several displays. The Cincinnati Zoo is transformed into a wild wonderland where visitors can watch a puppet show, ride the Toyland Express, look for fairies in Fairyland, wander in Candy Cane Forest, visit Frozen characters, and a stop in the Gingerbread Village. Santa is available for visits every day starting at 4 p.m. No additional ticket is required, as Festival of Lights is included in the Zoo Admission

2020 Butch Bando's Fantasy of Lights, Delaware  (November 20, 2020–January 3, 2021)

More that one million LEDs light up the Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek State Park in Delaware, Ohio, a real winter wonderland attracting thousands of people from all over the state. Over 130 light displays include Santa, reindeer, and other popular holiday characters. Enjoy the lights while you warm up with hot chocolate and cookies. You'll also get a chance to meet Santa himself. Admission to Butch Bando's Fantasy of Lights, formerly known as Alum Creek Fantasy of Lights, starts at $20 per vehicle on weekdays to $30 per car on weekends.

2020 German Village Village Lights December 6 @ 5:00 pm - December 6 @ 9:00 pm

Enjoy the neighborly warmth of German Village during the annual Village Lights, held in December 6 @ 5:00 pm - December 6 @ 9:00 pm. Stroll the neighborhood to enjoy rows and rows of luminaries, go shopping in the Munich-inspired Striezelmarkt, listen to Christmas carolers, catch horse-and-carriage rides through the brick streets and taste local snacks and drinks.

2020 Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting Unconfirmed

Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting

Unconfirmed So Far!

2020 Westerville Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting Ceremony December 4 2020 5PM-9PM

The City’s traditional Tree Lighting Ceremony is expanding into a full holiday celebration in Uptown Westerville on Friday, December 04, 2020
5:00 pm from 5-9 p.m.
New programming will take place in front of and behind City Hall and along W. College Ave. Activities include:

  • A pony carousel
  • Petting zoo
  • Ice skating rink ($5 per half hour, skates provided; 12-9 p.m.)
  • Meet and greets with holiday characters (Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Rudolph and the Grinch)
  • Family-friendly music
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides
  • Seasonal crafts and games
  • Special photo opportunities
  • Free hot cocoa and cookies
  • Children's Holiday Gift Shop (Cash Only; Inside City Hall Council Chambers)
  • Food trucks

The official Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. 

Families can visit with Santa and his elves from 6-7 p.m and 7:30-8:30 p.m. inside City Hall through the north entrance.

Be sure to explore Uptown Westerville to see the decorated storefronts and finish some holiday shopping too.

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