Pack your family in the car and head to National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio to see over 1 million LED lights synchronized to Christmas music played through your own car stereo. Enjoy the shooting stars, floating snowflakes, dancing candy canes and lollipops, giant Christmas trees, and THREE drive-through tunnels of lights!
Wonderlight’s Christmas invited us to experience the show, and it’s impressive! As you wind through the property, you’ll get a great view of each display from both sides of the car. The drive-through tunnels surround the car in beautiful ever-changing lights dancing to the music.
As soon as the show was over, our kids asked to go back through again. We promised we’d visit another night this holiday season.
Tips for Wonderlights
The show is about 2 miles along, and the music track repeats every 30 minutes.
Time your visit
Weekends are always busier, especially Saturday nights. We went on a Wednesday night – right at opening (barely dusk) and only had to wait 5 minutes before getting through the gates. Be prepared to wait for quite awhile if you go on a weekend. If you have kids, this means you may need to plan ahead. Bring books, or play Christmas music or a Christmas movie if you have the capability in your car. Any cars still in line at time of closing WILL be permitted to enter and enjoy the show.
Update: weekends have been incredibly busy, with lines backing up onto Rt. 40 and at times, a 2+ hour wait. Going on weekdays is highly recommended and/or arrive as early as possible. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will likely be busy as well. The show goes until January 3, so don’t forget about it after Christmas!
Food and Drink
Pack snacks, but limit beverage intake for kids. The only option for restrooms are portable toilets at the front of the show. If you are going at or before dinner time, you may want to bring dinner to eat while you wait.
There’s no need to get out of the car, so wear your matching or mismatched Christmas pajamas and enjoy the show. If you want to enjoy the lights with the window down, as our kids did, be prepared to turn up the heat, and/or bring blankets. You’ll be driving slow enough that there won’t a breeze, but it’ll still get chilly.
Radio ON, Lights OFF
They’ll tell you this info at the gates, but be ready to tune your radio to 88.3 FM to hear the music that is synchronizes to the lights. Make sure you know how to turn off your car lights before you get to the gates (since many vehicles have automatic lights). They suggest parking lights, but some vehicles have very bright parking lights, so we turned ours off completely. With all of the lights, along with reflectors along the path, it was still very easy to drive (and be seen) without lights on. There were cars with bright parking lights near us that were a little annoying when they were coming towards us while winding through the displays.
Stay IN your car
They do permit you to pull over to the side to enjoy a display a little longer, as long as you leave room for other cars to pass. They do not permitted getting out of your car once you are in the experience to take photos, or for any other reason. All guests need to remain in their vehicle at all times for safety, as vehicles will turn their headlights off as they enter the show.
Dates and Admission for Wonderlight’s Christmas
The show will run from 5:30 pm – 10 pm is open rain, shine, or snow.
Admission is $7.00 per person. Children age 3 & under are FREE! Get a Carload Special for up to 7 passengers for only $30. Weekend pricing, $30 per car (up to 7 passengers).
Tickets can be purchased online in advance for no-contact entry and to expedite the entry process. You can also purchase tickets at the gate. Purchasing tickets in advance does not allow you to skip the line or lessen your wait. Any vehicles in line at the time of closing will get to experience the show.
Check Wonderlight’s Christmas Facebook page for details about special events and holiday fun throughout the season, including Wonderlights Singalong!