Visit 14 Christmas Light Displays In Ohio For A Magical Experience

Every holiday season the state of Ohio lights up the night with dazzling Christmas lights the whole family can enjoy. Both walk-through and drive-through displays get you in the spirit—and the quality family time is truly priceless. Grab a hot chocolate and visit the closest light show near you (and as many others as you like, of course.) The following are 14 of our favorites and they just happen to be some of the best Christmas lights in Ohio this year that are pure magic.

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Have you been to any of these displays before? What (and where) do you consider to be the best Christmas lights in Ohio? Share your photos, thoughts, and experiences with us!

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Best Christmas Lights in Ohio

November 11, 2019

What is the largest Christmas lights display in Ohio?

It’s very difficult to determine the largest Christmas lights display in Ohio because it depends on how you measure the size. Many displays will share how many lights they use and often times it’s upwards of a million (or more!). Some of the displays mentioned above, such as the Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo, definitely rank as one of the largest. For the largest drive-thru Christmas Lights in Ohio, the award may go to Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights, which rounds out our list above.

What is there to do at Christmas in Ohio?

There is so much to do at Christmas in Ohio! A festive light display would be a great start, but you can also enjoy a breakfast with Santa, a train ride, or even consider spending time outside with a winter hike. Check out some of the best with this list of wonderful winter hiking trails in Ohio.

What are the best Christmas towns in Ohio?

So many Ohio towns go all out for the holidays. For a few suggestions of places to visit, check out this list of the most magical Christmas towns in Ohio.