Do you love the magical twinkling lights of the holidays? Well, you’re in luck, because Columbus holds some of the best holiday light shows around. Grab your family, a couple of blankets, and a camera, and head out on this epic road trip to see the best holiday lights in Columbus, Ohio. Twinkle twinkle!

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Best Holiday Lights in Columbus, Ohio

What are the best Christmas towns in Ohio?

As evidenced by the above road trip to the best holiday lights in Columbus, the state capital of Ohio definitely isn't lacking in Christmas spirit! Ohio's capital city wholeheartedly embraces the Christmas season, in fact, making it one of the best holiday towns in the state. The area's popular outdoor shopping mall, Easton Town Center, is decked out in Christmas lights and decor for the season. The shopping center also features Santa visits, ice skating, and carolers. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Wildlights is also a popular destination for families during the holiday season. From circa late November through early January, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a magical winter wonderland. You'll easily see why locals love visiting Ohio's capital during the coolest season of the year! 

Of course, Cleveland is not lacking in the holiday spirit, either. For starters, you can tour the iconic "A Christmas Story" House or spend the night for a dose of nostalgia. For even more family fun, check out the festive blooms and Christmas activities at the Cleveland Botanical Garden during their holiday show Glow. If that's not enough to give you the perfect holiday outing, don't forget to explore the holiday lights placed throughout Downtown Cleveland for Winterfest.

In terms of smaller towns, Lebanon is a little locale in Southwest Ohio that's truly enchanting during the holiday season. The Lebanon Horse Drawn Carriage Parade & Christmas Festival takes place in downtown Lebanon in early December. Whether or not you're able to catch this event, the city is well worth visiting. Historic architecture, holiday lights, and small-town charm will make you feel like you're in your very own Christmas movie. In addition, the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad offers a magical holiday train excursion each year that's sure to get you in the Christmas spirit!