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June 17, 2024


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Gather the family to enjoy these light displays to celebrate the season!

Holiday Lights on the Hill

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum

1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton

513-868-1234 or

Visit this outdoor museum for a breathtaking holiday scene – a million-plus lights decorate the park and its enormous sculptures to create a festive and unique look that the whole family will enjoy. The lights will remain on display through Jan. 4; hours are 6 – 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and 6 – 10 p.m. Friday – Sunday. Admission is $20 per carload Monday – Thursday, and $25 per carload Friday – Sunday ($15 members).


Holiday in Lights

Sharon Woods

11450 Lebanon Road

513-769-0393 or

Come out for a Cincinnati holiday tradition! Enjoy more than a mile of fantastic seasonal lights, all from the warmth of your car. See more than 120 moving and standing holiday-themed figures depicting everything from Santa to the 12 Days of Christmas. After your tour, head inside the Sharon Centre for some more holiday magic, including live family-friendly entertainment, a train display, holiday shopping at Nature’s Niche, sweets at Mrs. Claus’ Confectionaries, and even a visit with Santa. Holiday in Lights is open 6 – 9 p.m. Thursday and 6 – 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Dec. 31. Admission is $13 per car, $45 for buses and 15-passenger vans.


PNC Festival of Lights

Cincinnati Zoo

3400 Vine St.

513-281-4700 or

It’s a Greater Cincinnati holiday tradition – see the Zoo with new eyes as it glows with Christmas spirit! Check out the new Wild Lights Show on Swan Lake, visit the S’mores-n-More station by the Skyline Stand in Vine Street Village, enjoy a Madcap Black-Light Puppet Show, visits with Santa (through Dec. 23), strolling entertainment, the North Polar Express Train Ride, and search for the five hidden fairies in Fairyland! Open through Jan. 3; hours are 5 – 9 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and 5 – 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). General admission is $15 ages 13 – 61, $11 ages 2 – 12 and 62 and older and $9 parking.


Brilliant Bebb: Illuminated Pioneer Village

Governor Bebb Metropark

1979 Bebb Park Lane, Okeana

513-867-5835 or

Take in the sights, sounds and scents of the season! The historic Pioneer Village will be decorated with thousands of mini-lights and luminaries. Enjoy live entertainment, kids crafts, family photos, arts and crafts vendors and more. Open 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Nov. 29 – 30 and Dec. 5 – 6. Admission is $10 per car or van, $20 per bus (15 or more people).


Lights On at the Christmas Ranch

Christmas Ranch

3205 Waynesville Road, Morrow

With a million dancing lights, holiday music, train and wagon rides, this whole family will enjoy this winter wonderland. The walk-through park includes an animated Toy Factory, a 100-foot walk-through tunnel, a Christmas Village and plenty more. Hours are 5 – 9 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and 5 – 10 p.m. Friday – Saturday from Nov. 28 – Dec. 31. Admission is $15 per vehicle, $4 per person on a van or bus.


Light Up Middletown

Smith Park

500 Tytus Ave., Middletown

Enter through a tunnel of lights to enjoy a sparkling fantasyland! This driving tour covers a 100-acre park and includes themed displays like Santa’s Workshop, the Penguin Village and more, all with thousands of twinkling animated lights. Open 6 – 10 p.m. every night through Dec. 31. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on the scene from 7 – 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through Dec. 20. Admission is by donation!


Light up the Levee

Newport on the Levee

1 Levee Way, Newport

Visitors can witness a glittering holiday light show unlike any other! Watch as vibrant lights dance in sync with some of your favorite holiday songs. Shows begin every evening Nov. 25 – Jan. 2 at 6:10 p.m. and last until 11:50 p.m. with lights dancing every 20 minutes.

Photo by Carrie Schneider.