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5 Drive-Thru Holiday Light Displays

Celebrate the holidays by staying in the car with Southwest Ohio’s seasonal light experiences

By Corinne Minard

With COVID-19 cases rising across the country, now is not the best time to travel. Luckily there are still experiences that you can safely enjoy from the safety of your own vehicle. Read on to learn more about five such experiences in Southwest Ohio.

Christmas Night of Lights

Daily through Jan. 9. Dusk to 10 p.m., though hours may be extended on weekends. $7 per person, children 3 and under free. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati

The grounds of Coney Island will be filled with more than 1 million synchronized lights during this annual show.

Christmas Ranch

Open through Dec. 23. Hours vary. $15 per carload, $30 per oversized van (or 10+ visitors). 3205 S. Waynesville Road, Morrow

More than a million lights are synchronized to music during this drive-thru event. Those who plan ahead can also preorder cookies and hot chocolate to enjoy while they view the lights.

Holiday in Lights

Open daily through Jan. 2. Su-Th 6-9 p.m., F-Sa 5:30-10 p.m. $15 per carload, $45 per 15-passenger van. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Route 42, Sharonville

This 1-mile-long drive goes through the woods and features more than 250 light displays. Visitors can also buy special effects glasses at the gate to add even more fun to the experience.


Open daily through Jan. 3. M-Th 6-9 p.m., F-Su 6-10 p.m. M-Th $20 per carload, F-Su $25 per carload, always $15 per carload for Pyramid Hill members. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton

Pyramid Hill’s newest holiday lights show brings holiday lights and light-based sculptures to the 300-plus-acre park.

Light Up Middletown

6-10 p.m. every night through Dec. 31 Admission is a cash donation for improving Middletown City Parks. Smyth Park, Tytus and Verity Parkway, Middletown

Support Middletown City Parks while viewing thousands of lights. The evet was voted a Best Local Attraction in 2019 in the Best of Middletown.