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 Columbus, Ohio, area.

 

Each year our family looks forward to the tradition of seeing as many Christmas light displays as we can. This year seeing Christmas Lights will be a great socially distant activity and a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty of the season! Here’s a list of Holiday Light Displays Around Columbus (and beyond) that you don’t want to miss!

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2020 Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

(November 20, 2020–January 3, 2021)

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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)

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 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)

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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.rides, and the 1914 Mangels-Illions Carousel. And of course, you can also enjoy are live animals in their heated, indoor shelters!

2020 Lights Before Christmas at Toledo Zoo 

(November 20–December 31, 2020)

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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)

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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- January 2, 2021)

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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)

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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 Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting

December 6, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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The holiday season opens in Ohio with the annual holiday Statehouse event. Attend the Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting to kick off the 2018 holiday season. Holiday activities include: carolers, refreshments, community mascots and much more. Historical characters and modern dignitaries will be on hand to greet guests, including Santa himself. Free and open to the public.

This program is sponsored by the Capitol Square Foundation and Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board.

2020 Westerville Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 4 2020 5PM-9PM

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It may be different this year, but the celebration will continue through the virtual world. Watch for a special online countdown to the annual Westerville Tree Lighting in Uptown Westerville, available on westerville.tv and on the City Facebook page on Friday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. that will include the City of Westerville Mayor, many Uptown Westerville Merchants and of course, Santa himself.

Easton Town Center Holiday Light Display

Starting Nov. 20, 2019

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Shop and stroll through the sidewalks of The Strand. Enjoy the sight of the tree as it reflects on the Central Park Fountain. Grab something festive to drink in Easton’s newest district. Wherever you may be, experience the delight of over two million lights as they illuminate the Center. Be sure to keep your eyes open – you never know when you will happen upon an enchanting seasonal surprise!

Columbus Commons Holiday Lights

November 25, 2020- January 3, 2021

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Enjoy the 10th year of festive lights at Columbus Commons from Friday, November 20 through Sunday, January 3, every day from 5:00pm until to 10:00pm. Come see more than 400,000 LED lights dazzle in the park, thanks to our wonderful partnership with the American Electric Power Foundation. 

 

Enjoy the free, self-guided display with family and friends as a way to get in the holiday spirit this season. With six acres of space, we’ve got plenty of room to spread out and keep your distance from other visitors. After strolling through the park, support the nightlife of Downtown by ordering take out on at one of our neighborhood restaurantsMany downtown restaurants, including Nosh on High or BurgerIM, offer both dine-in and take-out options. See a full list of neighboring restaurants that are open below. 

State Auto's Christmas Corner

Now Through January 4, 2021

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State Auto's Christmas Corner, including its historic life-sized Nativity display, has returned to 518 E. Broad Street! Due to COVID-19, we will not be holding our annual lighting ceremony, weekend musical performances or Christmas Eve ceremony. Face coverings and appropriate physical distancing will be required of all guests.

Lighting times

Through Jan. 4: Daily from 6 – 8 a.m.; 5:00 – 11:30 p.m.; until 12:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays
Christmas Eve: 3:00 p.m. until 8 a.m. Christmas Day

Choir Schedule

Due to COVID-19, we will not be hosting weekend musical performances or a Christmas Eve ceremony.

BYOB Holiday Lights Trolley in Columbus

November 25, 2020- January 6, 2021

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BYOB Holiday Lights Trolley are returning to Columbus for the 2020 holiday season! As expected, the tours had to adjust for restrictions in 2020, so all tours will be for private groups.

 

While the changes mean that you will have to find enough people to take the trolley ride with, it also means that you will know – and hopefully like – every person on the trolley! Think friend groups, work parties, family outings – and more! Skip the holiday party and gift exchange, and book a BYOB Holiday Light Trolley for 2020.

Scioto Mile Holiday Light Display

Now Through January 6, 2021

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Looking to enjoy some beautiful outdoor lights during the holiday season? Don’t miss the Scioto Mile holiday lights! Thanks to support from the Scioto Mile Endowment Fund, the holiday lights will return to the downtown riverfront from Wednesday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Jan. 3, and will be visible every day from dusk until dawn.

Light Up Camp

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Gates open at 6:00 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 27 through December 27.

Open Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas

Fridays and Saturdays: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., last car admitted at 9:30 p.m.

Sundays: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., last car admitted at 8:00 p.m.

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