Best Christmas Lights Around Dayton

For young and old alike, there is something spectacular about seeing the twinkling of brightly-lit Christmas lights on the days leading up to Christmas. Bundle up, hop in the car and take a drive to see some of the Best Christmas Lights Around Dayton.  You will be glad you did.

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Downtown Jingle Lights

Main Street, Third Street, and Monument Avenue | Dayton, OH

When: November 26, 2021 – January 1, 2022
Cost: Free

See downtown streets transformed into an interactive, drive-thru light show, choreographed to the beat of your favorite holiday tunes! Tune your radio to 97.1 FM as you drive the route. Free. 224-1518. Sponsored by iHeartRADIO

Holiday Lights at Lost Creek Reserve

Lost Creek Reserve, 2385 OH-41 | Troy, OH 45373

When: Open weekends November 26 thru December 26
Cost: $10 per vehicle at the gate. Cash only and $30 per 15 passenger van.
Times: Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 10 pm, Sundays 6-9 pm

A smile, a look of wonder, warm hearts… a family tradition in the making. Be transported into a winter wonderland filled with over 50 animated light displays. The 1.25-mile driving tour takes you through the woods, down charming farm lanes and past the historic Knoop Homestead aglow with lights. Make this enchanted experience part of your holiday traditions. Holiday Lights at Lost Creek Reserve – Making Spirits Bright!

Christmas Light Show at Coney Island 

Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, OH

When: Nov 12- Jan 22, 2022 (daily)
Cost: $7.00 per person (Ages 4 & Up) Valid ONLY Monday through Thursday; $30.00 per carload (up to 8 passengers) Valid any night; ​Group Pricing | $50 for 9-15 passengers | $75 for 16+ passengers | Valid any night!
Times: Runs nightly from dusk until 10:00pm

Experience this amazing light show synchronized to both traditional and rocking holiday music through your car radio. Visitors of all ages will be awed by the larger-than-life trees, glowing snowflakes, dancing candy canes and fantastic tunnels of lights! In the warmth of your own car, you can sing along to the sounds of the season synchronized to each holiday display. Christmas Nights of Lights welcomes carloads of families and friends to enjoy this Christmas tradition. With two and a half miles to drive through, your family can see displays and light shows made of over a million lights driven by more than forty thousand computer channels.

Christmas Nights of Lights at Coney Island

Journey Borealis

Pyramid Hill, 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Rd., Hamilton, OH

When: Nov. 19 – Jan. 2, 2022
Cost: Mon – Thurs $20/per car & Fri – Sun $25/per car. Members are $15
Times: Mon – Thurs 6:00- 9:00 pm, Fri – Sun 6:00- 10:00 pm

The 2021 “Journey” starts with glimmering trees and arches before winding through the blue-and-white glow of Jerusalem’s Hanukkah celebration and arriving to the park’s famed Swan Lake. Visitors will then travel through Germany’s Candy Cane Forest with more than 50 yarn-wrapped trees. Next, see if you can find two sneaky characters in Grinch’s Greenland. Then we celebrate Bethlehem’s birth of Jesus, and finally arriving at the North Pole. Before exiting, we have one last surprise provided by Brave Berlin (the creators of Blink): a spectacular transformation of the park’s Pavilion into a beautiful Winterland with video projection surprises behind every door!

Woodland Lights 

Countryside Park, 895 Miamisburg Centerville Rd, Washington Township, OH 45459

When: Nov. 19 – Dec. 30, 2021
Cost: $9  – Purchase tickets in advance online or on the night of! Children 2 and under are free.
Times: 6-9 pm | Gate closes at 8:30 pm

Woodland Lights offers a fantasy land of holiday lights and displays along the half-mile paved path. The month-long festival has more lights, more vignettes, and the same winter whimsy that enchants thousands of visitors each year. The 29th season of Woodland Lights at Countryside Park features traditional favorites and a brand new attraction!

Gift of Lights at Christmas Ranch 

Christmas Ranch, 3205 S. Waynesville Road, Morrow, OH

When: Nov 19- Dec 23. 2020
Cost:  $20 per vehicle
Times: See times here.

To call this a ranch is an understatement. This is a country all its own. More than 350,000 animated lights are synchronized to music. Most of the ranch is accessible by car but there’s also a pedestrian-only Christmas Village with six shops. Train and wagon rides run most evenings and Santa visits for pictures from 5-9 pm.

The Christmas Ranch

Holiday Lights at Sharon Woods

Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Route 42, 45241

When: Nov 19 – Dec 3
Cost: Admission is $17 per vehicle ($55 for buses and 15 passenger vans). Walking ticket is $7 (you can also purchase special effects glasses at the gate to enhance your experience – $2 for one, or 3 for $5)
Times: Sunday – Thursday 6:00-9:00pm, Friday – Saturday 5:30-10:00pm

This charming light show is built over a mile of wooded roadway, the only drive-through light show through the woods of a beautiful Hamilton County park! The holiday-themed displays showcase everything from Santa Claus and his elves, to every animal on the ark. There’s no need to bundle up to enjoy Holiday in Lights; simply warm up the car, round up your friends, family, or a special date, and head to Sharon Woods. It’s that easy.

Festival of Lights Cincinnati Zoo 

When: Nov 19 – Jan. 9, 2022
Cost: Save money and time when you buy tickets online here!
Times: 10 am – 9 pm

The Cincinnati Zoo will still be shining bright as we’re once again transformed into a “Wild Wonderland” for the 39th annual PNC Festival of Lights! In addition to admiring the beauty of 4 million LED lights, visitors can ride the North Polar Express train ride, marvel at the spectacular Wild Lights show on Swan Lake, or snack at one of two S’mores-n-More stands.

Festival of Lights Cincinnati Zoo

A Christmas Glow at Land of Illusion 

Land of Illusion, 8762 Thomas Rd, Middletown, OH 45042

When: November 24th – December 30
Cost/ Times: $7 per person — See website for more information.

Celebrate the season at The Christmas Glow, over 3.8 million lights at the 2-mile long Christmas Around the World drive-thru experience, visit Santa at the Christmas Village Santa Workshop or just take in the majestic lights of the 45-foot Christmas Tree as you and yours warm by the gas fire pits.

A Carillon Christmas 

Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd, Dayton

When: Nov 23- Dec 30
Cost: $12 (Adults), $10 ( Seniors ages 60+), $8 (Ages 3-17) Free for ages under 3, Free for Dayton History members.
Times: 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Join them for A Carillon Christmas to see Carillon Historical Park’s 65-acre campus transformed into a winter wonderland of sparkle, magic, and holiday cheer!

A Carillon Christmas  at Carillon Historical Park

Legendary Lights at Clifton Mill

Clifton Mill, 75 Water St. Clifton, OH

When: November 26 – December 30, 2021
Cost: Admission is $10 per person for everyone age 4 and older. Children 3 and under get in Free!
Times: Gates open at 5:00 pm, Sun-Saturday 6:00-9:00 pm, December 24 & 25 6:00- 8:00 pm

For 32 years Clifton Mill has celebrated the Christmas season in a very special way. Our light display, featured in Midwest Living and Ohio Magazine, is one of the country’s finest with over 4 million lights illuminating the mill, the gorge, the riverbanks, trees and bridges. There is even a 100 foot “waterfall” of twinkling lights. The flip of one switch turns all the lights on at once transforming night into a fantastical winter wonderland which includes a Miniature Village, a Santa Claus Museum , a Toy Collection and a spectacular synchronized lights and music show that features the old Covered Bridge.

Every night until the night before Christmas Eve you can peek into Santa’s Workshop to see a live Santa at work and then, every 15 minutes or so, watch him check his list and go up the chimney to load his sleigh.

ParkLights at Caesar Ford Park

Caesar Ford Park, 520 South Stringtown Rd, Xenia,OH

When: Dec 1- Dec 31
Cost: FREE
Times: 6-9pm

Forget deck the halls, we’ve decked the park with dazzling lights! You’ll wind your way through our Winter Wonderland, North Pole Car Show, Winter Farm, and Festive Festival, then wave to Santa at the North Pole. Drive through once, and you’ll want to do it again.

Light up Middletown 

Smith Park, 500 Tytus Avenue, Middletown, OH

When: Nov 26- Dec 31
Cost: You set the price, admission by cash donation.
Times: Every night from 6-10pm

our the season’s fantasyland of holiday lights at Smith Park in Middletown. Your journey begins with a tunnel of lights. This driving tour has an abundance of themed areas. You’ll encounter a floating sea serpent in the lake, Santa’s workshop and sleigh, a penguin village and plenty more festive fun. Deer leap over the road and there are surprises around each sparkling turn.

Light Up Middletown

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