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April 18, 2024

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Six Local Drive-Through Holiday Light Experiences

Grab the family and pour some hot cocoa in your travel mugs- these local drive-through holiday lights experiences will warm your hearts without anyone having to bear the cold.


Rock out to holiday music synchronized to over 1 million lights during this fun drive-through experience!  Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati; Nov 12 – Jan 2; Dusk – 10 p.m.; $30 per carload (up to 8 passengers), $7 per person Mon – Thu, group pricing available;


Don’t miss this Cincinnati holiday tradition- all from the comfort of the car! Families can listen to holiday tunes while driving an illuminating 1 mile drive-through experience featuring over 1 million lights and over 250 holiday light displays. November 19 – December 30 including Dec 24 & 25. Closed Thanksgiving and no car traffic will be allowed during Walk the Lights Nights on 12/1 and 12/28.  Hours of Operation: Sun – Thu, 6 – 9 p.m. Fri & Sat, 5:30 – 10 p.m. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville; 5:30 p.m.; $17 per vehicle; 513-769-0393 or


Gather the family and get ready for a 2.5 mile drive-through experience like no other! Journey Borealis showcases over 1 million lights and absolutely amazing holiday installations by regional artists including Brave Berlin, creator of BLINK. The 2021 soundtrack will feature the Butler Philharmonic Orchestra, and Cincinnati Boychoir. This years show includes an expanded route, new lights, new music but the same nostalgic experience. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton; Nov 19 – Jan 2, 6 – 9 p.m.; park is closed Nov 29; $20 per carload Mon – Thu, $25 per carload Fri – Sun; 513-868-1234 or


Visit Land of Illusion for their 5th annual Christmas Glow to experience over 3.8 million twinkling lights that span a 2-mile drive. Families can stay warm in the comfort of their cars while enjoying the wonders of the world and making magical memories. Need to do some holiday shopping? Hit up the Christmas Village. Of course kids will want to visit with the big man himself at Santa’s Workshop. Then top the visit off with a visit to the petting zoo. Nov 24 – Dec 30; Closed Nov 29 and 30, Dec 1 and 25. Land of Illusion, 8762 Thomas Road, Middletown; 6 – 10 p.m.; $7 per person; 513-423-9960 or


Tis’ the season to be jolly during Light Up Middletown’s 22nd year! Enjoy twinkling holiday lights while driving through this beautiful 100-acre park. Open in all weather and holidays. Admission donations will benefit Middletown City Parks. Smith Park, 500 Tytus Ave., Middletown; Nov 25 – Dec 31; open holidays; 6 – 10 p.m.; cash donation admission- you set the price;


Head down to the fairgrounds for a fun family event; this dazzling drive-through experience has expanded this year now with over 2 miles of holiday lights – over a half a million to be exact – and is set to synchronized holiday music. Nov 12 – Jan 1., 2022; Dusk – 9:30 p.m.  Sun – Thu, Dusk – 10 p.m. Fri and Sat; Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington; $7 per person, free for 4 and younger; 859-568-4046 or

Tips to get the most out of your holiday lights drive-through experience:

-Bring some hot cocoa and cookies to enjoy during the drive! 

-Two words: wet wipes in case of a spill.

-Drive-through holiday light experiences get crowded on weekends. Avoid lines by visiting during the week! 

-Bring a credit card! Some holiday lights experiences are credit card only this year. 

-Don’t forget to tune your car radio to listen to accompanying holiday music!

-Remember “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!”


…BONUS!!!  Two Drive-Through Light Shows Worth the Drive…


Part drive-through lights show and part magical Christmas village, The Christmas Ranch is worth the drive to Morrow, Ohio. Browse shops, get warm by a bonfire, take a train and wagon ride, visit with Santa and so much more at this beautifully illuminated ranch. Nov 19 – Dec 23; see website for hours of operation; The Christmas Ranch, 3205 S. Waynesville Road, Morrow, Oh; $20 per carload, $30 per oversized van, no buses or RVs; 513-444-9362 or


This unique holiday experience allows vehicles to drive through 17 miles of underground passageways boasting 4 million lights and 900 lit characters! Nov 12 – Jan 2; Louisville MegaCavern, 1841 Taylor Ave., Louisville; 6 – 10 p.m.; all tickets sold online- $29.99 standard vehicle, $69.99 full size van/limo/RV/Small school bus, $139.99 full size school bus, $299.99 motor coach;


About the Author

Amanda Ciani

Amanda Ciani lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband and their three terrific sons. She enjoys writing haiku parenting poems for her Instagram account (@cinciciani), and Twitter account (@haikuciani).