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May 27, 2024

Mom Report: Top Drive-Through Light Displays this Season

Need a little more dazzle to lighten your holiday mood? Bring the family to a drive-through light display this season.

(Featured Photo: Holiday Lights Tree Tunnel at Holiday Lights on the Hill at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum)

If you’re looking for safe and festive things to do this holiday season with the family, check out a drive-through light display you can enjoy right in your cozy vehicle!

Christmas at Prasco
Prasco Park 6125 Commerce Ct., Mason, Oh;
This is a FREE family-friendly holiday event! Enjoy over 100,000 lights, nativity, Santa and more!
December 4 – 6 from 6 – 9 p.m.

Journey Borealis at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum
1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton, Oh;
‘Tis the season for this unique outdoor museum to flip on the switch for over a million lights and laser light displays woven through the trees, gardens and sculptures of the park. The 2.5-mile annual drive-through display of Journey Borealis features holiday art installations by regional and national artists. November 20 – January 3, 2021.

Holiday in Lights
Great Parks of Hamilton County Sharon Woods; 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, Oh;
Bring the family to this 31-year tradition featuring 1 million lights, special effects and more; November 21 – January 2; closed Thanksgiving and New Years Eve; Sunday – Thursday 6 – 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 5:30 – 10 p.m.; $15 dollars a car, $45 for buses, credit cards only, check their website for a $2 dollar off coupon! You can also choose to walk through the display December 2 and 30.

Light Up Middletown
Smith Park, Tytus and Verity Pkwy., 500 Tytus Road, Middletown, Oh;
Get ready for a lovely evening driving through Middletown’s “fantasy light display!” Admission is cash donation only, you make the price; proceeds support Middletown Parks and more. Light Up Middletown’s mission is to raise funds to make improvement to Middletown City Parks and to present a memorable holiday event for everyone. Open 6 – 10 p.m. every night beginning Thanksgiving through New Years Eve! 
Christmas Ranch
3205 S. Waynesvile Road, Morrow, Oh;
Cozy up in the car and drive through twinkling lights, plus, check out the stores, bakery and don’t forget visits with Santa.
November 20 – December 23; check website for times and COVID-19 precautions; $15 dollars a car, $30 a van, no buses.
Christmas Nights of Lights
Coney Island; 6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, Oh;
You don’t want to miss this popular drive-through display with over 2 miles of lights synchronized to Star 93.3!
November 6 – January 9, dusk to 10 p.m. with later hours on weekends; $7 a person, 3 and younger are free. Contact Coney Island for larger groups. 
Light Up the Fair
Boone County Fair Grounds; 5819 Idlewild Road Burlington, Ky;
Feast your eyes on a half a million LED Christmas lights throughout a 1.5-mile driving path articulately choreographed to the holiday-themed music on 97.9 FM. November 13 – January 2, 2021, Sunday – Thursday 5:30 – 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 – 10 p.m.; $6 per adult, ages 3 and younger are free, for groups of 10 or more, contact Boone County Fair Grounds online. 

About the Author

Susie Dyson

Susie lives in the northern suburbs of Cincinnati with her husband and four kids. She has a 7-Year-old, 6-year-old, 3-year-old and a new baby! Together, they like to explore new things in Cincinnati as well as favorite places like Summit Park and the Cincinnati Nature Center. Susie is a former high school teacher and now a stay-at-home mom. She also enjoys running, being outside, spending time with family and friends, road tripping, participating in her church's activities and drinking coffee.