Sharon Woods Winter Wonderland

For 31 years, Cincinnatians have held onto one of the most popular Christmas light traditions: Sharon Woods Holiday Lights. On a one-mile drive through Great Parks’ very first park, one million lights covering over 250 displays shine through the nature preserve. Like at the end of a rainbow, Winter Wonderland is the pot of gold for children of all ages.

After your mile drive to the tune of Warm 98.5, Winter Wonderland features three blow-up structures, ornament decorating, s’more roasting and pictures with Santa! Purchase an all access, unlimited wristband for the outdoor fun for $12 or pay-per-activity for $5. Visits with Santa are free with picture packages available.

Mama was blown away by how smoothly the Great Parks staff operates the evening! From blow-up attendants, fire keepers and gift shop hosts, everyone creates their own safe, magical experience for the kids. After an indoor visit with Santa and ornament making, support the parks at the Nature Niche gift shop.

As for my puzzle-loving six year old, she zipped and zoomed happily through the holiday blow up maze, citing it her favorite Winter Wonderland activity. Which is quite surprising, considering the incredibly massive Gingerbread Man slide and two person Gingerbread bounce house with slides. With no age limit, bring your toddlers and pre-teens to get out that extra Christmas energy.

Nightly live entertainment at Winter Wonderland peps up the crowd with classic Christmas songs while sipping hot cocoa by the fire. Refreshments, snacks and s’mores kits are available for purchase at the treats and eats stand.


A drive through Sharon Woods Holiday in Lights is not required. It is recommended to arrive 10-15 minutes early to avoid the drive-thru line. Your little ones can play at the playground while staff prepare for the evening. Tickets and wristbands are only available for purchase on site.

Wednesdays–Saturdays, November 26–December 23

Wednesday­ & Thursday: 5:30–9 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 5:30–10 p.m.

Winter Wonderland open Monday–Thursday, December 20–23.

Sharon Woods Centre, 11450 Lebanon Road 45241

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