Top 5 Holiday Light Shows

Cincinnati loves a light display.


  1. Holiday on the Hill, the 2-mile drive-through light show at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, is bringing back their light show with a new twist. Brave Berlin, the designers behind Luminocity and Brink festivals, partnered with Pyramid Hill to create a light show that compliments the landscape of the park and dazzles visitors. $20 per car Monday-Thursday, $25 per car Friday–Sunday, $15 for members, through January 1, 2019, 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Rd., Hamilton, (513) 868-1234,
  2.  Voted best zoo lights in the country by USA Today, PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is not to be missed. With over 3 million LED lights and endless attractions like puppet shows and train rides, getting into the holiday spirit is a one-stop-shop at the 36th year of this Queen City tradition. Free with zoo admission, through January 1, 2019, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, (513) 281-4700,
  3.  Most who’ve lived in Cincinnati for any period of time have a memory of Sharon Woods’ drive-through light show. Celebrate over 28 years of this family tradition at this year’s Holiday in Lights. Listen to the accompanying programming on Warm 98 while you view a mile of illuminated wood. For full-fledged family fun, stop by Santaland before or after your drive— the kids will thank you. $15 per car, through December 31, 2018, 11450 Lebanon Rd., Sharonville, (513) 769-0393,
  4. Coney Island’s Christmas Nights of Lights is relatively new, established in 2016, but offers the longest drive-though light display on this list, clocking in at 2.5 miles of 1 million colorful lights. Tune in your car radio to watch the synchronized display dance to familiar holiday music. Through January 6, 2019, $6 per person, 6201 Kellogg Ave., (513) 232-8230,
  5.  Try something new this year at Boone County Fairgrounds Light up the Fair. The mile-long synchronized light show is delighting visitors for the first time this season, so grab your family, friends, and car snacks to start a new holiday tradition. Pricing varies by group size, through January 5, 2019, 5819 Idlewild Rd, Burlington,

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