The 9 Best Christmas Light Displays Near Cincinnati

From Christmas-themed walking trails to drive-thru light displays, Cincinnati has a variety of spectacular Christmas light displays throughout the city.

In this post we share the 9 best Christmas light displays worth checking out around the Queen City.

Map of Christmas Light Displays

The following map shows the location of each light display mentioned in this post.

Cincinnati Nature Center

Cincinnati Christmas light display

The Cincinnati Nature Center offers an illuminated walking trail that features music, bonfires, and plenty of light displays throughout the forest.

Check out the full trail map here and find specific details on getting tickets here.

Cincinnati Zoo

Cincinnati Zoo Christmas lights

The Cincinnati Zoo hosts one of the most impressive light displays in the whole city, known as the Festival of Lights. With over 4 million LED lights covering the zoo from head to toe.

In addition to the lights, there are plenty of food stands, an animated light display on Swan Lake in the center of the park, and a North Polar Express train ride.

Check out details for tickets here.

Coney Island

With more than 1 million lights synced to Christmas music that plays through your car stereo, the Christmas Nights of Lights at Coney Island is one of the most well-known light displays in Cincinnati.

If you’re looking for a drive-thru light display to enjoy with the whole family, this is one of the best spots to check out in the city.

Find information on pricing and times here.

Light Up Middletown

Light Up Middletown is a drive-thru light display that features several massive light displays and structures throughout a 100-acre park that is truly a sight to see.

This display is one of the most well-known drive-thru displays in the city that has been around for years and is well-worth the drive.

Find more details about the event here.

Light Up The Fair

Featuring over half a million LED lights, Light Up The Fair is a 1.5-mile drive-thru located in Burlington, Kentucky at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

Similar to the light display at Coney Island, the lights at this drive-thru are choreographed to holiday-themed music that plays through your car stereo.

Find out specific details about tickets and times on their website.

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park

Located in Hamilton, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park is a unique sculpture park and museum that features a 2-mile drive-thru of incredible lights that adorn massive sculptures and other structures throughout the park.

Find out more details about the event here.

Sharon Woods

Located in Sharonville, Sharon Woods hosts a yearly light-up display known as Holiday in Lights that features a drive-thru light display over a mile long with several holiday-themed characters and lights throughout the park. 

Find more details about the event here.

The Christmas Ranch

Locate in Morrow, The Christmas Ranch features over 5 acres of light displays and more than 350,000 lights, many of which are synchronized to holiday-themed music.

Much of the lights can be seen from your car in a drive-thru path, but there is also parking available if you’d like to get out and walk through a pedestrian-only light area that features a massive fire pit and a seating area with a food truck.

Find more details about the even on their website.

The Creation Museum

Located in Northern Kentucky, The Creation Museum hosts a massive event known as ChristmasTown that features thousands of lights covering their botanical gardens and dozens of huge steel sculptures covered in festive lights along with an ice skating rink.

Find more details about ChristmasTown here.

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