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Where to Find The Best Holiday Light Displays

Top Holiday Light Displays in the Area | Photo by Grace Ramsdell | Edited by Kayli Thompson | The Wright State Guardian


A holiday staple for many families in the month of December is driving around to find the best decorative light displays in the neighborhood. The following are some of the best places to find holiday light displays throughout Ohio.  

The zoo 

Multiple zoos throughout the state are incorporating extravagant holiday light displays to their animal sanctuaries. The Columbus Zoo, the Cincinnati Zoo and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo all have transformed their habitats to better fit the season.  

The Columbus Zoo offers Wildlights Sunday-Thursday from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 5 p.m-10 p.m. through Jan. 3.

The Cincinnati Zoo offers the PNC Festival of Lights by reservation only through Jan. 17.

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo offers Winter Lights in both a walking and driving tour by reservation only through Jan. 9.  

City lights 

While many cities have chosen to cancel events related to the holiday season due to coronavirus, there are still a handful of events taking place in the Dayton area.  

The Holiday Lights at Lost Creek are being hosted by the Miami County Park District through Dec. 27 on select days of the week for $10 per car and $30 per 15 passenger van.  

Journey Borealis is a 2.5-mile driving lights tour in Hamilton, OH open every night until Jan. 3, with a discount available for Hamilton residents.  

A Carlton Christmas is a 65-acre holiday light display in Dayton at the Carlton Historical Park running on limited hours through Dec. 30. 

Neighborhood lights 

If spending money to see socially distanced holiday lights is not an option this year, on nearly every block are houses and buildings decked out for the season.  

Many storefronts and community areas have lit up their buildings to celebrate the season all across the state. A simple walk down the block or drive through the neighborhood will provide the opportunity to see displays as simple as a single string of lights or as extravagant as a full yard display pairable with a radio station.  


Kaitlyn Chrosniak

News Reporter

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