The Christmas Lights Road Trip Through Ohio That Will Take You To 9 Magical Displays
Piling into the car with family to drive around and look at Christmas lights is an Ohio family pastime. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of geographically close holiday light displays to create the most magical Christmas lights road trip in Ohio for you and your family to enjoy this holiday season. (For even more of the best light displays in Ohio, be sure to check out our previous article here.) We think this road trip is the perfect way to embrace the Christmas season in Ohio.
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The total trip only takes about 6 hours of drive time round-trip, so you can take the trip within 3 days and 3 nights. (We recommended staying overnight in the Columbus area one night, the Cincinnati area the next night and the Dayton area the last night.) We’ve included a link to the Google Map here.
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Address: 3311 S Old State Rd, Delaware, OH 43015, USA
Address: 3205 S Waynesville Rd, Morrow, OH 45152, USA
Address: 11450 Lebanon Rd, Sharonville, OH 45241, USA
Address: 3400 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45220, USA
Address: 1763 Hamilton Cleves Rd, Hamilton, OH 45013, USA
Address: 500 Tytus Ave, Middletown, OH 45042, USA
Address: Miamisburg Centerville Rd, Dayton, OH, USA
Address: 75 Water St, Clifton, OH 45316, USA
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Christmas Lights Road Trip In Ohio
October 17, 2019
What city has the best Christmas lights in Ohio?
If you are in search of the best light display in Ohio, you’ll surely be disappointed. Why? Because, as this road trip demonstrates, there are so many in the state that narrowing down the search to just one over-the-top display is solely a matter of preference. However, everyone knows that bigger is better when it comes to holiday displays. The biggest light display in Ohio is likely the Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill, which features over 4 million dazzling lights each and every holiday season. It’s no wonder this has become a cherished annual tradition!
What is the one best light display in Ohio?
While there are many things to do at Christmas in Ohio, one of the more enchanting displays can be found at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. This gorgeous destination in Akron is one of many winter wonderlands in Ohio, but it’s understandably striking all year round. As you approach residential areas with tightly knit communities, as you will see in areas like Greater Cleveland, you’ll also find a number of stunning residential and community light displays.
What else can I do around the holidays in Ohio?
Aside from a trip to the best light displays in Ohio, you will be pleasantly surprised to find that The Buckeye State has much to offer each holiday season. Community events including guest appearances by Santa are absolutely the norm in our splendid state, so oftentimes the best thing to do is to ask your friends and neighbors for holiday event suggestions! However, if there’s one special attraction you simply must check out, it’s Castle Noel. Though this Christmas movie museum operates year-round, it is endlessly magical in the holiday season and attracts visitors from all over the nation.
April is the Ohio staff writer for Only in Your State. She is an Ohio native with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. With more than 10 years of writing experience and a background in news reporting for Ohio newspapers, she's published pieces in multiple print and online publications. When she's not on deadline or chasing after her toddler, she's hunting for hidden gems in Ohio or getting lost in a good book.
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