Columbus LOVES Christmas lights! From free but amazing neighborhood displays, to immersive paid Christmas lights experiences, you’ll find plenty of holiday joy around the city with the best Christmas lights in Columbus.
Driving around to see Christmas lights is going to be one of the safer activities you can do this holiday season. Gather your family, pack some snacks and hot cocoa, and you’ve got an evening of Christmas spirit.
Scroll down for a map to see all of the locations so you can plan your stops!
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Columbus Christmas Lights
All Season. Drive around Columbus and enjoy the display of lights in various neighborhoods – for free!
Check out the Christmas Lights Finder website to search near your neighborhood – or use it to take a tour around Columbus! Make sure you check the details and links to see if the display is running for 2021.
Easton Town Center Grand Illumination
Easton is beautiful during the holidays! From the giant tree to the train display, and the lights strung up everywhere! Walk around, or take a horse drawn carriage ride check out the holiday lights of Easton – it’s beautiful during the season.
The season at Easton kicks off on November 18, 2022 with the Grand Illumination.
Columbus Commons Holiday Lights
November 18 through January 1, 2023, every day from 5pm until to 11 pm. Check out more than 400,000 LED lights dazzle Columbus Commons park, thanks to a generous contribution from American Electric Power.
Fridays in December will be a little extra festive, with free hot chocolate and carousel rides from 5pm to 9pm. Plus, you’ll hear the music of the season with musicians roaming around the park. You can find that extra bit of holiday cheer on these dates. Read more here!
Lights at the Scioto Mile
November 23, 2022 through January 2, 2023. Downtown Columbus with be lit with more than 200,000 lights for the Holiday Light Display along the Scioto Mile.
This spectacular display will span Columbus Commons, the Lazarus Building and along the Scioto Mile.
Flying Horse Farms “Light Up Camp” drive-through event
Flying Horse Farms in Mt. Gilead will “flip the switch” on “Light Up Camp” on November 25, 2022, and will be open every Friday and Saturday, through December 24. The half-mile drive through the property will feature festively decorated camp buildings and showcase a 12-minute animated light show at the center of camp.
All visitors must remain in their cars for the entire event. The light display will include more than 8,000 individual bulbs and more than 3 miles of lights.
The event is free, but donations are highly appreciated and suggested. Donations are used for camps and programming to allow children with severe medical conditions to enjoy a camp experience. 5260 OH-95, Mt Gilead, OH 43338
Creekside Park Lights Display
Creekside Park in Gahanna is lit up for the season each night with a quarter of a million lights until early January. The light display plays along to music, and includes a Gingerbread Village. Creekside Park is within CORA limits, so grab a festive beverage and stroll through the Holiday Wonderland.
Lights are programmed to change with the music from 5pm-8:30pm Sun-Thur and 5p-10p Fri & Sat. Read more here.
Inniswood Illuminated at Inniswood Metro Gardens
December 3-January 1, 2023 from 5 pm to 8 pm. See details about the lights throughout the garden on the Facebook page.
State Auto Christmas Display and Life-Sized Nativity
December 7, 2022 through January 3, 2023. This stunning long-standing holiday tradition will be lit nightly at State Auto Downtown through the season. The nativity scene and story of Christmas is a tradition that is loved by many.
The holiday season in downtown Columbus officially kicks off with the lighting of Christmas Corner and a performance by the Columbus Children’s Choir on December 7. Located at 518 E. Broad St.
The Lucy Depp Park Light Show
This drive-thru Christmas light experience at Lucy Depp features 6 houses over 7.5 acres. The show runs from Black Friday to the first week of January, dusk until 10pm Sun-Thurs, and until 11 on Friday and Saturday.
In order to manage traffic, there is a loop to drive. You enter at Frabell Dr and exit on Springdale Dr. Make sure you read about the history of Lucy Depp Park – it’s fascinating! Address: Frabell Dr. Powell, OH 43065
There is a donation box located at the entrance to the show for Peace for Paws Ohio, an amazing non-profit dog rescue organization. Please consider making a donation!
Lights of Glenross
Thanksgiving – January 1, 2023. Glenross subdivision in Delaware and has around 250 houses with light displays choreographed to Christmas music played on 94.1FM. The displays will run from 5-11pm, unless there is school the following day and the show will end at 9 pm.
Check out the website at www.lightsofglenross.com or like Lights of Glenross on Facebook for more info. Ballater Dr., Delaware, Ohio 43015.
Dazzling Christmas Lights in Westerville’s Annehurst neighborhood
Day after Thanksgiving through December. Display features 100,000 Christmas Lights that dance to music. The show is every night (weather permitting) from 6:00pm – 10:00pm Sunday thru Thursday and 6:00pm – 11:00pm Friday and Saturday.
Check Facebook for updates; turn your car radio to 90.1 fm to listen to the lights. Address: 649 Old Coach Rd. Westerville Ohio 43081.
Sawmill Meadows Lights
This is just one house, but they DO IT UP for Christmas (and Halloween)! They’ve been featured on news stations for their decorations. There are other nicely decorated houses in the neighborhood as well, and it’s on the way to the Zoolights at the Zoo!
Follow the Facebook page for opening day and hours. Address: 2691 Sawmill Meadows Ave., Columbus (just off of Sawmill Rd. N of Hard Rd).
Fields Family Christmas Lights
This annual Fields Family Christmas Light show combines sequencing the lights to some favorite Christmas songs. They are also a drop off location for the annual Toy Drive for the Violet Township Fire Department (see details here).
The show starts the night after Thanksgiving, and runs until New Years Day. Sunday – Thursday 5 PM to 9 PM, Friday – Saturday 5 PM to 10 PM. Address: 288 Fox Glen Dr E. Pickerington, Ohio 43147. Tune your radio to 89.7 FM
Private Residence in Grove City
Big display at a house, submitted by a reader. Each strand has been selected to match each beat of music. Enjoy nightly Mon to Thu 6 pm to 11 pm, Fri, Sat and Sun 6 pm to midnight. Address: 3371 Kropp Rd, Grove City
Stanfield Dancing Lightshow
TBA for 2022. Shows run 5:30-9:30 on weeknights and 5:30-11:30 on weekends. Tune to 88.3FM. 5362 Polor Dr Lewis Center Ohio.
The Gibbswold House
Check out the Gibbswold house! Located in Butler Farms in Obetz, Ohio, this awesome light show starts at 7 pm every night – Making Obetz Glow Again! 1069 Gartner Ct, Columbus, OH 43207
D’Andrea Christmas Display
TBA for 2022. The D’Andrea Christmas Display is a 30,000 LED light show synchronized to upbeat music, including today’s top 40 and more. Tune your radio to 88.5 to hear the music, or there are outdoor speakers to listen to the music.
Contact or find more details on Facebook for opening date. Address: 140 Garston Ct., Gahanna Ohio, 43230
Christmas Lights Extravaganza
Free Drive thru Christmas Lights display. Donations are accepted. Open daily 6pm till 1130pm until after New Years.
Follow on Facebook for exact opening/closing dates when announced, as well as Santa appearances. 3595 Mcdonald Rd, Lancaster Ohio 43130
Christmas Lights Attractions in Columbus with Admission
Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
November 18, 2022 – January 1, 2023 Don’t miss the Columbus Zoo Christmas lights for 2022 featuring Columbus Zoo Christmas lights and festivities featuring displays of millions of LED lights and holiday sights and sounds.
Regular admission applies, except for free nights listed below. Members get free admission. Parking is $10/car for non-members.
Easton Holiday Carriage Rides
Check out the beauty of Easton during the holidays on a Easton Holiday Carriage Ride! Available weekends from November 19 – December 23, 2022; Saturdays from 5-9 p.m., and Sundays from 3-7 p.m., plus December 23 from 5-9 pm
Rides are $10, children under 15 ride free with paying adult.
Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights
November 18, 2022 – January 1, 2023. Enjoy 3 miles of holiday lights at Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights, and stop by Santa’s House after the show $20-$30 per car.
Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory
November 19, 2022 – January 8, 2023. Admission is $15 – $25. Members pay reduced admission. Holiday displays and activities at the Franklin Park Conservatory, including live entertainment, gingerbread contest, and more.
Conservatory Aglow is free for members on Nov. 18, 21-23, 2022
Columbus Metro Parks December Twinkling Lights
December 2022. Walk under the twinkling lights at Battelle Darby Creek, Blacklick Woods, Highbanks, Homestead and Inniswood during the month of December. Details about Winter Hikes here.
Visit to Chestnut Ridge for special evening lantern walks and hot chocolate on Friday December 9, 2022 and Saturday December 10, 2022.
Segaway Holiday Lights Tour
December 1 – December 23, 2022, beginning at 6 p.m. or 8:15 p.m. Take a festive ride on a Segaway Holiday Lights Tour through downtown Columbus and the Scioto Greenway to enjoy seasonal decorations, lights, and holiday music.
Training + tour is about 1.5 hours and costs $49 per rider. Columbus Convention Center, 50 E. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus, OH 43215.
Take a drive for these out-of-town Christmas Experiences!
WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio at Hartford Fairgrounds
November 11, 2022 – January 1, 2023 from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm. Wonderlight’s Christmas in Ohio is open rain, shine, or snow.
Come see over 1 million LED lights synchronized to traditional and newer Christmas music played through your own car stereo. Pack your vehicle full of friends and family to enjoy the show. Admission is $30 per car (up to 7 passengers, not counting 3 and under).
Hartford Fairgrounds, 14028 Fairgrounds Road, Hartford, OH 43013
Christmas Ranch in Morrow, Ohio
Friday, November 18 through December 23, 2022, open every day except Thanksgiving. Located about an hour and fifteen minutes SW of Columbus, the Christmas Ranch features a Christmas Village with a combination drive-thru/walk-thru experience featuring approximately 1 Million LED lights which dance with the music.
Drive through to see the lights and park to visit areas of Christmas Ranch. Shop in 6 Christmas shops, grab a treat at Santa’s Bakery or the Elves food truck (walk-up window and outdoor seating), and visit with Santa.
Admission is $22 per carload or $33 per oversized van (10+ visitors) Free parking! Tickets must be purchased online at thechristmasranch.com for a date and an approximate time frame for your arrival. All purchases at the attraction must be made via credit card.
Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill
November 25 – December 30, 2022 from 5 – 9 p.m. (lights turn on at 6 p.m.) On Christmas Eve and Christmas they close at 8 pm.
Enjoy 4 million lights, outdoor miniature village, Santa Claus Museum, and nostalgic Toy Collection at the Legendary Lights at Clifton Mills. You can’t visit Santa, but you can peek into Santa’s Workshop to see Santa at work until December 23. Every 15 minutes or so, watch him check his list and go up the chimney to load his sleigh. Food is available for purchase except on Christmas.
Monday through Wednesday admission is $10 per person for everyone age 4 and older. Thursday through Sunday admission is $15. Children 3 and under always get in free. Food and drink for sale.
Saturday is the most crowded night; the attraction is less crowded on weekdays. Located near Yellow Springs, 40 miles SW of Columbus.
Christmas at Kingwood Center
November 26 through December 30, 2022, every Tuesday through Sunday starting at 4 pm. Kingwood Center in Mansfield offers a variety of activities such as live music, dozens of uniquely trimmed themed Christmas trees in rooms throughout the hall, a beautifully decorated Greenhouse, and outdoor light displays.
Reservations must be made in advance due to capacity limits. Walkup available only if space permits. Admission is $8 for nonmembers, ages 12 and under free. Closed Mondays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day
ParkLights at Caesar Ford Park
December 1-31, 2022. FREE! Caesar Ford Park in Xenia will deck the park with dazzling lights, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la. Wind your way through the 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.
No admission or registration, so if you’re in the area or up for a drive, just drive through! The lights are on daily from 6 pm – 9 pm. For more information call 937-562-6440. Caesar Ford Park, 520 South Stringtown Road, Xenia, OH 45385.
Kings Island Winterfest
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sunday from November 25-December 11, and daily from December 16-31, 2022
Kings Island Winterfest features all of the sounds, traditions, and activities of the Christmas season, plus the fun of Kings Island.
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TBA or Cancelled for 2021
Griswold Delaware Christmas Display
No longer operating. Owner has moved to Florida.
BYOB Holiday Lights Trolley
TBA for 2022. Tour of Columbus to see seasonal attractions, lighting displays and holiday landmarks on a Holiday Trolley. All tours are private tours, so gather your family or friends and book now!
Magical Lights of Winter at National Trail Raceway
Not scheduled for 2022 Let the Magical Lights of Winter take you on a dazzling drive-thru Christmas Lights show. The new show will feature over 2 miles of synchronized Christmas lights dancing to music for everyone to enjoy.
Purchase tickets online in advance. $20 per car Monday – Thursdays and non peak nights. $30 per car Friday – Sunday and peak nights.
Fairfield County Festival of Lights
Not scheduled for 2022. Drive-through Holiday Light Display at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds. Admission: $10 per Car/Mini Van $15 per Shuttle Bus/Passenger Van. Every Friday and Saturday night see Santa & Mrs. Claus. Sunday – Thursday 5pm to 9pm and Friday & Saturday 5pm to 10pm. Fairfield County Fairgrounds, 157 E. Fair Avenue, Lancaster, Ohio. See updates on Facebook.
Frosty the Snowman on Clotts Road, Gahanna
Not participating in 2022. Clotts Rd. near Hamilton in Gahanna at the first house after 104.1 The River radio station. Any changes for future years will be posted to Frosty’s Facebook page.
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