The weather in Cincinnati is about as unpredictable as our Cincy sports teams (although those seem fairly predictable these days, unfortunately), and you never know what the day will bring. In the winter and during the holiday season, you may see a fairly warm afternoon or it could be freezing with snow and ice. If it is freezing and you’d still like to enjoy the enchantment of Christmas lights in the Queen City, then head to one of these six Christmas lights displays in Cincinnati. You’ll stay warm in your car, yet still experience the magic of the holiday season.

Drive-thru Christmas lights displays in Cincinnati are a wonderful way for the entire family to enjoy the holiday season. And since many of these attractions also include other activities, there truly is something for everyone. Do you have a favorite of these Christmas lights displays in Cincinnati? Let us know in the comments!

And for another nostalgic display where you don’t have to get out of your car, check out this over-the-top Christmas house in Cincinnati.

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Christmas In Cincinnati

What are the best free holiday events in Cincinnati?

Cincinnati hosts a good number of free holiday events that are fun for the whole family. South Lebanon holds an annual Village Horse Parade with horses decked out like reindeer and adorned with holiday wreaths and other decorations. On Sundays, the Taft Museum of Art brings you back through time with their Antique Christmas event where you can see how trees and homes were decorated with Christmas cheer in decades past. Mt. Healthy really livens up the holidays with a day of discounted chopping, craft-making, delicious foods and brews, and much more.

What are the best holiday attractions in Cincinnati?

Cincinnati has no shortage of bucket list holiday happenings available. The Cincinnati Ballet hosts an annual production of The Nutcracker. The ballet dancers perform this Tchaikovsky classic in such a talented, magical style and is a true delight. The Cincinnati Museum Center holds an event called Holiday Junction where toy electric trains meander through an intricate and massive collection of Lego settings known as Brickopolis. Scenes from Disney, Marvel, DC, Harry Potter, and more are recreated in painstaking detail. This has been an annual Cincinnati tradition for over 75 years! Bring the kids and watch their faces light up with smiles as they see their favorite fantasy places done up in lights.

What are some fun and whimsical ways that Christmas is celebrated in Cincinnati?

One of the most fun events in the city is SantaCon where hundreds of people dress up as Santa Claus and have an absolute riot as they pub crawl their way through downtown. Even those who don't participate get a huge smile on their face watching all the silly Santas cavorting about and having the time of their lives. The Overlook Lodge hosts an annual pop-up bar called Miracle where every inch of the place is bedecked in dazzling, sparking lights and decorations. Even the walls are covered in wrapping paper.