Drive Thru Holiday Lights in Cincinnati

The holiday season has arrived! As we look toward the holidays, you may be wondering which traditions to include this year. Drive-thru holiday light displays offer socially distant fun for the whole family. Happily, Cincinnati has a lot to choose from.

Here are 6 must-visit Drive Thru Holiday Lights in Cincinnati:

Christmas Nights of Lights at Coney Island 

When: November 11, 2022 – January 2, 2023

Where: Coney Island


1-8 person vehicles
$25 | Monday-Thursday
$30 | Friday-Sunday

9-15 person vehicles
$50 | Monday-Sunday

16+ person vehicles
$75 | Monday-Sunday

Christmas Nights of Lights consists of a two-and-a-half-mile light show synchronized to both traditional and rocking holiday music that is broadcast via car radios. Cincinnati’s largest synchronized holiday light show will awe guests of all ages with more than one million lights, larger-than-life trees, glowing snowflakes, dancing candy canes, and fantastic tunnels of lights. This year’s show will feature brand new lights and new music that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your car.

Land of Illusion Christmas Glow

When: November 23th – December 30, closed Christmas Day.

Where: Land of Illusion, 8762 Thomas Road, Middletown, OH 45042

Tickets: Check website here.

Back for a fifth year, Land of Illusion’s Christmas Glow is Southwest Ohio’s largest drive-thru lights even. With 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.

Light Up Middletown

Light up Middletown

When: Open 6-10 pm nightly, Thanksgiving though Dec. 31.

Where: Smith Park, Tytus and Verity Parkway, 500 Tytus Avenue, Middletown, Ohio 45042

Tickets: Free — donations gladly accepted.

Tour 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. This admission by donation lights display runs from late November through the end of December annually.

Holiday in Lights

Holiday in Lights at Sharon Woods

When: November 19th through December 30th | Sunday – Thursday 6:00-9:00pm, Friday – Saturday 5:30-10:00pm

Where: Armco Park, 1223 OH 741 Lebanon, Ohio 45036

Tickets: Admission is $20 per vehicle, $60 for buses and passsenger vans.

Holiday in Lights is an affordable outdoor light display at Armco Park, viewed by guests from the comfort of their own vehicle. Holiday in Lights is built with over 1 million lights and over 250 light displays, and has been an established holiday family tradition in Cincinnati for over 32 years! 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 Armco Park. It’s that easy.

Journey Borealis at Pyramid Hill

When: Nov. 18 – Jan. 1, 2023 | Tues – Thurs 6:00- 9:00 pm, Fri – Sun 6:00- 10:00 pm, closed Mondays.

Where: Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton, OH.

Tickets: $25 carload for non-members, $15 carload for members. Maximum 9 seat per carload.

The 2022 “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!

Light Up The Fair

When: Nov. 11- January 1 | Sun – Thurs 5:30 – 9:00 pm, Fri – Sat 5:30- 10:00 pm, closed Mondays.

Where: Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Rd Burlington, KY

Tickets: $25 carload 4-8 people or $7 per person.

Lighting up the Boone County skies again with over ONE MILLION Chritsmas Lights for you to enjoy, this year from the comforts of your vehicle along a now 2 mile path. This yearly family event has become tradition for quite a few of our visitors since its inception over the past 5 years. A quality LED show experience like no other, come navigate your family and friends through this year’s show that’s stocked full of favorites and … a few new surprises this year.

Make one of these dazzling drive-thru light displays a part of your family’s holiday this year.

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