Top 5 Local Light Displays to Light Up Your Holiday Season

Here’s where to see the best holiday lights around Cincinnati this year.

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During the holiday season, homes and business across the country are decorated with twinkling lights and festive decorations. This year, enjoy the magical winter wonderland right here in Cincinnati with these five holiday light displays.

1- When we mention the holidays, the PNC Festival of Lights is the first display that comes to many Cincinnatian minds. Admire the beauty of 3 million LED lights while you stroll through the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden with a cup of hot cocoa in hand and enjoy everything the festival has to offer. Visitors can visit Santa, watch a black-light puppet show, ride the Toyland Express train ride, snack on treats at S’mores-n-More stands, and more.
Nov. 16-Jan. 4, Sun.-Thurs. 5-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5-10 p.m., Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Avondale

2- Head to Coney Island for Cincinnati’s largest organized light show, the Christmas Night of Lights. Stay warm in your car with family and friends while you drive through tunnels of lights featuring glowing snowflakes, dancing candy canes, and larger-than-life Christmas trees. The sounds of the season are synchronized to each display, so tune in to your radio and blast some holiday tunes while you marvel at over 1 million twinkling lights.
Nov. 8-Jan. 5, dusk-10 p.m., Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson

3- Take a trip to Sharon Woods to marvel at Holiday in Lights, the only drive-through light show in the woods of the beautiful Hamilton County park. Over 250 holiday light displays depict everything Christmas—all from the comfort (and warmth!) of your vehicle.
Nov. 16-Dec. 31,Sun.-Thurs. 6-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5:30-10 p.m., Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Rd., Sharonville

4- Grab your skates and head to the Fountain Square ice rink for Macy’s Downtown Dazzle. Watch Santa repel off a downtown building as you glide around the rink showcasing your ice-skating skills. Sing along to classic Christmas carols with local choirs while you enjoy the illuminating fireworks display.
Dec. 14 and 21, 5:30 p.m., Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., downtown

5- Check out Zapf’s Christmas Display, a home in North College Hill, for blinking lights, glowing candy canes, nativity scenes, Santas, and snowmen. Originally started by father Bill Zapf, or “Santa Z,” in 1970, this display is full of family fun both inside and outside the home.
Mon.-Thurs. 6-9 p.m., Fri.-Sun. 6-10 p.m., 2032 W. Galbraith Rd., North College Hill

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