Worth the Drive: Ohio’s Free Christmas Cave

Looking for something a little different this holiday season? Just two hours east of Cincinnati, you’ll find an Ohio tradition that’s truly something special.

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Worth the Drive: Ohio’s Free Christmas Cave

The Christmas Cave is located in Minford, OH. The free display features nearly a mile of self-guided displays, both above and below ground in the White Gravel Mines. The mine’s mysterious passages are decked out with lights depicting the Christmas story, including three Nativity exhibits. In addition, there are also two tunnels of lights and new outdoor displays.

Although a newer holiday tradition, it’s already become very popular. Last year, 36,000 people walked its grounds during the holiday season, some traveling hundreds of miles to see the spectacle.

Christmas Cave Hours

The Christmas Cave is open from 4p-10p on the following 2023 dates:

November 17-18

November 24-25

December 1-2

December 8-9

December 15-16

WGM Adventures

Outside of the seasonal productions of The Easter Cave, The Christmas Cave, and The Cavern of Choices, White Gravel Mines Adventures offers a unique off-shoot of the non-profit ministry known as White Gravel Mines Adventures. This includes off-season attractions at the unique location of the White Gravel Mines. These wholesome, family oriented attractions will be made available to our visitors to schedule for a reasonable fee with the proceeds ultimately going to support the continued mission of the White Gravel Mines.


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White Gravel Mines Adventures offers this exhilarating experience in a course located underground with special ultraviolet lighting and music to boot!  Designed for groups large and small, imagine wielding  a bow with specially padded arrows, protective head gear and day glow apparel with the goal of “tagging out” the opposing team, and you have the basics of the game.  Enjoyable by young and old alike…

Tours With Tom

White Gravel Mines, Minford, Ohio Tours with Tom

Take a tour of the underground with the current owner/steward of the White Gravel Mines to explore its mysterious and dark passages.  Learn the history and geology of the mines and if you like find out what “total darkness” is really like…

The Christmas Cave is located at 4007 White Gravel McDaniel Road, Minford, OH. The caves are not handicap accessible. For directions and more information, click here.

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