Holiday Light Displays

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree, how lovely are your twinkling lights. I know those aren’t the right words, but isn’t it true? How can you not be happy when looking at all of the hard work someone has put into a light display? It’s made solely for the purpose of bringing others joys. And as we don’t hang up any outside holiday lights, I’m thankful that others do take the time to do this. We’re so very fortunate for having some wonderful displays out and about right here in Cincinnati.

I’ve updated the list from last year to include current information and new venues.

Here’s our 2013 Holiday Light Display list:


Photo credit goes to The Christmas Ranch.

Photo credit goes to The Christmas Ranch.

The Christmas Ranch – Morrow

Open November 29, 2012 — December 31, 2012
Sunday through Thursday – 5:00 PM to 9:00PM /Friday, Saturday and Holidays – 5:00PM to 10:00PM

3205 S. Waynesville Road in Morrow, Ohio 45152

“May the spirit of Christmas remain in your heart throughout the year!

A whimsical place with 500,000 dancing Christmas Lights synchronized to holiday music. Truly an old fashioned family experience.

Located North of Cincinnati, OH in Morrow, Warren County.

Come share in the excitement and stroll with your family, through our six new Christmas Shops.

Even Mrs.Claus has added her unique potpouri of gifts and goodies for your Christmas Collections.

Warm up in Santa’s Bakery and Cafe and enjoy a huge selection of hot food, confections and drinks. CLICK HERE for more food information.

Your entire family will enjoy our Train & Wagon Rides. A night time ride around the village while viewing the dazzling lights and the aroma of Christmas In the air.”

Complete details with pricing information is available on their website. You can also find a FFC review of the Christmas Ranch here.

holiday in lightsHoliday in Lights – Sharon Woods

November 22- December 31, 2013
Open Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Year’s Eve
6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday
6-10 p.m. Friday & Saturday

11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, Ohio 45241

“One of Cincinnati’s most celebrated holiday events returns to Sharon Woods! Holiday in Lights brings together the magic and wonder of the season, with thousands of twinkling lights and holiday cheer! Visitors will enjoy a mile of festive light displays that wind through wooded hills in Sharon Woods…all from the warmth of their car. ”

Admission is $13.00 per car or $45.00 for buses or vans with more than 15 passengers. Download a $2 off coupon. You can also use the coupons you receive in the mail as part of your rebate for purchasing a sticker to help pay for this.

While you’re there, be sure to park your car by the Sharon Centre and head in to check out Santaland:

November 22-24 & November 29-December 23, 2013
Closed November 25-28
6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday
6-10 p.m. Friday & Saturday

“All ages will feel the magic of the holiday season as they step into Santaland inside Sharon Centre, filled with Christmas trees, life-sized wooden toy soldiers, twinkling lights, and of course, Santa! Children are invited to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him their holiday wishes as we capture the moment with high quality digital photo that are printed in minutes. These precious memories start at just $6.75 each. Natures Niche Gift Shop will also be open with a variety of holiday items that make great gifts! Don’t forget to stop by Santa’s Confectionaries and enjoy a sweet treat!

Activities include:

  • Santa Claus
  • Model train display
  • The Dickens Carolers (Friday, Saturday & Sunday evenings)
  • Holly Jolly Elf Show (Monday-Thursday)
  • Ebenezer Scrooge interactive puppet show
  • Everett Green the Talking Christmas Tree
  • Free indoor play area

Admission is FREE!”

Questions? Call (513) 769-0393


Photo credit goes to

Photo credit goes to

PNC Festival of LightsCincinnati Zoo

November 23 – January 4, 2014
Open Sunday through Thursday – 5p – 9p
Friday and Saturday – 5p – 10p
Closed Thanksgiving (open during the day), Christmas Eve (open during the day) and Christmas Day (closed all day).
3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45220


  • NEW Wild Lights Show on Swan Lake
  • NEW S’mores-N-More
  • Madcap Black-Light Puppet Show
  • Santa (through 12/23)
  • Strolling entertainment
  • Themed areas
  • North Polar Express Train Ride
  • Fairyland – find the 5 hidden fairies

Get 1/2 off admission to PNC Festival of Lights on Mon.-Wed. through December 11. Coupons are available at participatingSkyline Chili locations.Price is included with your general admission.

Photo credit goes to Pyramid Hill.

Photo credit goes to Pyramid Hill.

Holiday Lights on the Hill – Hamilton

“The First Financial Holiday Lights on the Hill starts November 22!! This year’s lights will be bigger and better than ever before thanks to the amazing new entrance and the 70 acres recently acquired! WE HAVE OVER A MILLION LIGHTS!” I’m not sure when this ends. In the past, this ended on January 1, and should be open on holidays, please call to confirm.

Hours: Monday-Thursday 6pm-9pm
Friday-Sunday 6pm-10pm

Admission (per carload-limit 8 passengers per van):
Monday-Thursday $20
Friday-Sunday $25

For larger groups you can pre-pay by calling 513-868-1234 OR email


Photo credit goes to Light up Middletown.

Photo credit goes to Light up Middletown.

Light Up Middletown – Smith Park, Middletown

November 29 — December 31
6-10pm every night (regardless of weather — all holidays included)
Guests set their own price for admission.
Smith Park is located on Tytus Avenue just off Verity Parkway (SR4). The park is adjacent to Middletown Regional Airport.

“Enter through the tunnel of lights to enjoy a sparkling fantasy land. Several surprise new displays will be added for the 2013 event.  Light Up Middletown is a circle driving tour with several themed areas including a floating sea serpent in the fishing lake, Santa’s Workshop, Santa’s sleigh, train, animated swans, American flag, penguin village, deer leaping over the roadway, a lighted helicopter, airplane, and hot air balloon – all with thousands of twinkling lights. The fun expands every year in the 100-acre park.”

Make special note of Thursday, December 5 when they have the Balloon Glow at 7pm. “Hot air balloons will become part of the circle tour displayfor one sparkling evening.”

  • Motor coach tours are welcome.  (All arches over roadways accommodate buses.)
  • Admission by donation – Drop a donation in the box as you enter the park.  All donations are used to purchase, upgrade, repair, and replace displays and make park improvements.
  • Sponsor – Light Up Middletown is a non-profit organization raising money to make improvements to Middletown City Parks.  All construction labor and gate attendants are volunteers.  Several local businesses, The Middletown Journal, and Middletown Convention and Visitors Bureau join together to make each year’s Light Up Middletown even more exciting.
  • Light Up Middletown is located at Smith Park, 500 Tytus Avenue, Middletown, Ohio
  • Directions:Take I-75 to exit 32. Follow State Route 122 to downtown Middletown. Smith Park is located on Tytus Avenue just off Verity Parkway (SR4). The park is adjacent to Middletown Regional Airport.
  • Come join the fun, see the lights.  Enjoy fantasyland in Middletown, Ohio!


Photo credit goes to

Photo credit goes to

Niederman Family Farm Christmas Walk  – Liberty Township

Information for 2013 have not yet been posted, but we’re sure this tradition will carry on this year.
Open every night from Friday, November 29 -Monday, December 30, 2012.
Hours are Sunday thru Thursday – 6:00-9:00 p.m. and Friday & Saturday – 6:00 – 10:00 p.m
4972 LeSourdsville-WestChester Drive in Liberty Township, Ohio 45011
“Niederman Christmas Farm is a free walk-though Christmas display, open the day after Thanksgiving through December, 5:30pm-10pm daily. Visitors will enjoy tens of thousands of lights that illuminate the path. Christmas music plays from speakers throughout the farm as you view life-size nativity and several Biblical scenes telling the real story of Christmas. Local choirs perform throughout the month. Kids will enjoy looking at the hundreds of decorated trees and seeing the live animals. The walking path is wheel chair and stroller accessible.”
Warm up in the barn and enjoy free entertainment — there’s a different group performing every night. Check out the schedule here.


Photo credit goes to

Photo credit goes to

Light Up the Levee – Newport on the Levee

November 26 through January 5, 2014
Newport on the Levee, Newport, KY
Featuring more than one million LED lights dancing in synchronization to holiday music. Lights dance every 20 minutes.

Photo credit goes to the Cretion Museum.

Photo credit goes to the Cretion Museum.

Christmas Town – Creation Museum – Petersburg, KY

Every Friday and Saturday in December
2800 Bullittsburg Church Rd., Petersburg, KY 41080

“Featuring a free live nativity and dazzling lights, Christmas Town is becoming an annual tradition for families all across the region.

Garden of Lights – Walk through the museum gardens as you view the most spectacular display in the tri-state area.”

Call (888) 582-4253 ext. 355 for more info.

Do you know of any other light displays in or around Cincinnati? If you do, please put this information in the comments below.  Thanks!
When not blogging for Family Friendly Cincinnati, you can find Karen writing at her personal blog at Little World After All
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