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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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 2020.
Holiday Lights in the Columbus Metro Parks – Trails at Blacklick Woods Metro Park, Highbanks Metro Park, Homestead Metro Park and Scioto Grove Metro Park are decorated with holiday lights through January 3! Visit the parks between 5 pm – 8 pm each night to enjoy the twinkling in nature! See locations below and see Facebook for details.
- Scioto Grove: REI River Trail near The Grove, and check out the “A Christmas Story” display
- Homestead Metro Park: Covered Bridge
- Inniswood Metro Garden: Throughout the gardens
- Blacklick Woods Metro Park: Buttonbush Trail only
- Highbanks Metro Park: Dripping Rock Trail behind the nature center
While you’re there, get some hiking done or the Winter Hike Series!
Metro Parks Annual Winter Hike Series – For the 2020/2021 series, the hikes are not guided or scheduled. Simply visit the parks and hike any trail on your own schedule, pace, and distance. After hikes at 7 parks, you’ll get a reward!
Flying Horse Farms in Mt. Gilead will “flip the switch” on “Light Up Camp” on Thanksgiving, November 26, and will be open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening through Sunday, December 27, including Christmas Eve and Christmas. 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
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.
November 25 through January 3. Downtown Columbus with be lit with more than 200,000 lights for the Holiday Light Display. This spectacular display will span Columbus Commons, the Lazarus Building and along the Scioto Mile.
Friday, November 20 through Sunday, January 3, 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.
Enjoy the free, self-guided display with family and friends as a way to get in the holiday spirit this season. No concessions or restrooms will be available, and the carousel will be closed. Dine in or order takeout from local restaurants and enjoy it in the park, or take it to go when you leave! See some area options here.
Thanksgiving – January 1, 2021. 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 5-9pm Sunday-Thursday and 5-11pm Friday & Saturday. Check out the website at www.lightsofglenross.com or like Lights of Glenross on Facebook for more info. Ballater Dr., Delaware, Ohio 43015.
This is a MUST SEE! This Award Winning Christmas Display features over 120,000 lights. Lights are on starting November 27 from 6pm to 12am daily, until January 2. Listen to the music from the safety and comfort of your own vehicle on 88.3 FM to hear the 9 song light show. 7840 Overland Trail, Delaware, OH
Stanfield Dancing Lightshow
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.
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 to see the coordinating radio station and details for 2020. Address: 649 Old Coach Rd. Westerville Ohio 43081.
This drive-thru Christmas light experience 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!
Late November through January 4, 2021. 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. No lighting ceremony or choir performances will be held for 2020; masks and distancing are required. 518 E. Broad St.
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).
This annual 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 November 29th 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.
This isn’t a traditional Christmas lights display, but it’s a lit up Holiday Village Window Display that you’ll want to check out.
DeFourney Realtors have created a “Pop-Up” Holiday Village window display at 4443 N. High St. This free, convenient, and socially distanced display can be enjoyed through the front windows anytime and will be lit from 3 PM – 10 PM each day through Christmas. The miniature village features many neighborhoods modeled after Clintonville / Beechwold / Tremont Gardens. There are hundreds of little details to discover! Knowing our community’s need, a collection box for non-perishables for CRC will also be on hand for any wishing to donate items.
Drive thru Coffman Park and see displays with over 40,000 LED lights throughout the park, as well as the City’s 30 foot illuminated Christmas tree. Coffman Park Drive will be lit each evening from December 4 through January 3, 2021.
December 11-31, 2020. Make some memories with the kids! Load the family in the car and enjoy all the holiday lights as you drive around the historic Pickerington Village. No need to worry about social distancing with this event.
Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 6-8 pm. Free, socially distanced Christmas lights drive through display to kick off the holiday season. At 6pm, Recreation Trail will be lit up with Christmas joy. Enjoy 1 mile of lighted Christmas displays, take photos of the giant inflatable structures, and see the live reindeer, all from the comfort and safety of your car. Bring your camera because Santa will make an appearance for a socially distanced photo. Tune into a Christmas radio station for some festive tunes during your drive: 93.3 the Bus or 94.7 Sunny 95
The lights on the trail will remain up through Christmas, but Santa, the reindeer, and some of the bigger decorations will only be there on December 5th.
Entry from both Alum Creek and Orchard Lane is permitted. The start of the route is 4100 Orchard Lane. Use 4100 Orchard Lane, Obetz Ohio 43207 to get to the start of the route.
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
December 1 – January 10, 2020 from dusk to 8 pm.
The D’Andrea Christmas Display is a 30,000 LED light show synchronized to upbeat music, including today’s top 40 and more. The show runs from November 30- January 1; weekdays 5:30pm -10pm, weekends 5:30 pm -11 pm. 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. Address: 140 Garston Ct., Gahanna Ohio, 43230
Free Drive thru Christmas Lights display. Donations are accepted. Open daily 6pm till 1130pm until Jan 4th. 3595 Mcdonald Rd, Lancaster Ohio 43130
December 3 – 31. Violet Springs Health Campus is hosting a Drive-By Festival with campus grounds donned with Christmas Trees, decorated by local businesses, churches, and other organizations. Everyone is invited to enjoy the trees & vote on a community favorite. This display will be open 24 hours a day beginning on December 3, 2020. 603 Diley Rd, Pickerington, OH 43147
Community Lights Vehicle Parade & Drive Thru Hot Chocolate Bar
Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 5:30 PM. Join in this Community Lights Vehicle Parade at StoryPoint Grove City to give the residents some extra holiday cheer (they especially deserve it this year). Show your support by decorating your vehicle with Christmas lights, inflatables, Christmas trees, tinsel, and all of your holiday spirit! Roll down your windows, honk your horn, blast those Christmas carols as you wave enthusiastically. Signs, streamers, and balloons are highly encouraged. The residents will remain indoor, but will LOVE all the holiday cheer you can bring.
All participants must remain in their vehicles at all times. Vehicle staging will start at 5:00PM. Please use the staging area on Discovery Drive (Fryer Park) to prevent traffic build up on Orders Rd. The StoryPoint Shuttle will be leading the way from Discovery Drive to the main driveway off of Orders Rd. We will follow the arrows to slowly drive around our building. Please exit back onto Orders Rd after making a full loop around the building, but be sure to stop to grab your complimentary hot chocolate from our drive up Hot Chocolate Bar!
Location: 3717 Orders Rd, Grove City, Ohio.
Christmas Lights Attractions in Columbus with Admission
November 20, 2020 – January 3, 2021 Don’t miss the Columbus Zoo Christmas lights for 2020 featuring Columbus Zoo Christmas lights and festivities featuring displays of millions of LED lights and holiday sights and sounds. Reservations are required; regular admission applies, except for free nights listed below. Members get free admission. Parking is $10/car for non-members.
- November 19 is Member Preview Night from 5 – 9 p.m.
- December 8 is Stuff a Truck Food Drive – bring 6 cans of food per guest for free admission and parking.
- December 26 – December 28: First Responder and Public Safety Appreciation Days (limited tickets available; see details)
- December 29 – December 31: Educator Appreciation Days at Wildlights (limited tickets available; see details)
- January 1 – January 3: Healthcare Professionals Appreciation Days (limited tickets available; see details)
Check out the beauty of Easton during the holidays on a Easton Holiday Carriage Ride! Available weekends from November 20 – December 21, 2020; Saturdays from 6-10 p.m., and Sundays from 3-7 p.m. Additional carriage rides are Friday, November 20, 6-10 pm & Monday, December 21, 6-10 pm.
Admission is $10, children under 15 ride free with paying adult.
November 20, 2020 – January 3, 2021. Enjoy 3 miles of holiday lights at Alum Creek light, and stop by Santa’s House after the show $20-$30 per car.
November 14, 2020 – January 10, 2021. Admission is $12 – $22. Members pay reduced admission. Holiday displays and activities at the Franklin Park Conservatory, including live entertainment, gingerbread contest, and more. There are both in person and virtual events. Reservations are required for all visits, and safety protocols are in place.
Conservatory Aglow is free for members on Nov. 16, 17 and 18.
November 30 – December 23, 2020, beginning at 6 p.m. or 8:15 p.m. Take a festive ride on a segway 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.
November 29 – December 30. 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!
Take a drive for these out-of-town Christmas Experiences!
November 13, 2020 – January 3, 2021 from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm. Open rain, shine, or snow. National Trail Raceway, 2650 National Road SW, Hebron, OH 43025
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. Tickets are $7.00 per person. Children Age 3 & Under: FREE! Or get a Carload Special for up to 7 passengers for only $30.
Friday, November 20 through December 23, 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. See details for all changes for 2020 here.
Photos with Santa are available and will be contact-free. There will be a clear barrier between the children and Santa so they can talk and see each other, but not touch. Santa is in the Reindeer Room and will be available for the walk-thru or drive-thru experiences; photos available for an additional charge. The Train and Wagon rides will not be available for 2020.
Admission is $15 per personal vehicle. 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.
November 27 – December 30, 2020 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. 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.
Cost is $10 ages 4 and older; under 3 are 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.
November 28 through January 3, 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 limited. Walkup available only if space permits. Admission is $5, ages 12 and under free.
Map for Christmas Lights in Columbus and Central Ohio
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Cancelled for 2020 Kings Island Winterfest features all of the sounds, traditions, and activities of the Christmas season, plus the fun of Kinds Island.
Cancelled for 2020 Lights at the Brickyard features dozens of colorful displays totaling more than three million bright lights on a 2-mile course through the IMS infield and historic oval, including the front stretch and world-famous “Yard of Bricks” start-finish line. The standard lane entrance is Gate 2, off of 16th St. $25 Mon.-Wed., $30 Thurs.-Sun., or purchase a Speedy Pass for quickest access to the course to skip the longer lines and arrive through a special entry near the IMS golf course. Speedy Pass for 1-15 passengers are $40 online or $50-$60 at the gate.
Cancelled for 2020. Drive-through Holiday Light Display at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds. Admission: $5 per Car/Mini Van $10 per Shuttle Bus/Passenger Van. Every Friday and Saturday night see Santa & Mrs. Claus. Sunday – Thursday 5:30pm to 9pm and Friday & Saturday 5:30pm to 10pm. Fairfield County Fairgrounds, 157 E. Fair Avenue, Lancaster, Ohio. See updates on Facebook.