Best Places to View Holiday Lights in Columbus

Scioto Mile

Where: 233 S Civic Center Dr, Columbus, OH 43215

This is one of Columbus’ newest holiday lights hotspots. Thousands of twinkling lights are strung on trees lining the streets along the Scioto River. The splash pad and fountains along the Scioto Mile have been transformed by festive video projections and illuminated spheres. Stop by Milestone 229 for a drink or meal to warm up and have a great view of the lights.

Columbus Commons

Where: 160 S High St, Columbus, OH 43215

Columbus Commons is bright and merry this holiday season with more than 100,000 twinkling lights. Walk around the park for a great view of the city and holiday lights. While you are in the area, check out the Ohio Statehouse, also lit up for the holidays.

Columbus Zoo – Wildlights

Where: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium — 4850 Powell Road, Powell, OH 43065

The very popular Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo is always a hit with thousands of people going every weekend. This year visitors can see a 42 foot tall LED powered sparkling tree featuring lights and sound displays. Make sure to check out the light show on the lake every 30 minutes. The best advice is to arrive early, check out the animals and see the lights come on. Wildlights runs until January 1st from 5:00 -9:00 p.m on Sunday — Thursday and 5:00 p.m. t0 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays. Admission to the zoo is $19.99 for adults, $14.99 for kids 3-9 years old and seniors and free for kids under 3. Admission is cheaper if you live in Franklin County. If you don’t want to go inside, you can see some of the lights by driving by the zoo but you will be missing some of the amazing light shows.

Creekside Park – Gahanna

Where: 101 Mill St., Gahanna, OH 43230

Grab the family and head to Gahanna for an evening among  the lights. Visit Creekside park to see thousands of lights and a gorgeous Christmas Tree. There are plenty of options to grab a meal while you are there.

Easton Town Center

Where: Easton Town Center, 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus OH 43219

Phone: (614) 337-2200

If you’ve never been to Easton Town Center during the holidays, you must. It’s a magical place filled with thousands of twinkling lights and holiday festivities. There are several large Christmas trees filled from top to bottom with lights.  There are even carriage rides.  It’s a must place visit in Columbus for the holidays.

Alum Creek Fantasy of Lights

Where: 2911 S. Old State Rd., Delaware, Ohio 43015

Load the family into the sled, okay, the family car and take a drive to Alum Creek for the Fantasy of Lights. This is a holiday light display that you drive through. This is the 17th year for the event and it’s always a family favorite. After you see all the lights, stop by Santa’s house for free hot chocolate and cookies. The Fantasy of Lights opens nightly at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 9;30 on weekdays and 10:30 on weekends. Admission is $20 per vehicle, $25 for larger vans and limos and you can even bring a bus for $60.

German Village Lights

Where: German Village – South of Downtown Columbus

Take a stroll or drive around German Village this winter and you will see why people love living here. The brick streets, the holiday lights on the homes and in the shops and restaurants. It’s a magical place this time of year. Take a stroll through the village and stop at some of the locally owned restaurants and shops to complete your visit.

Roscoe Village

Where: 600 N. Whitewoman Street Coshocton, Ohio 43812

Phone: 740-622-7644

Go back in time to the 1800’s with a trip to Roscoe Village. It is worth the drive from Columbus. There’s one more weekend to check out the Christmas Candelightings event. Enjoy lighting the Christmas tree with candles during this special event and the sounds of Christmas Carolers as you go back in time. The last one will be Saturday December 17, 2016. The special candlelit evening tour is at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are  $9.95 Adults and $4.95 Students. Make sure to get some Apple Butter while visiting too.

Collison’s Festival of Lights

Where: 5601 Westfall Rd. SW, Lancaster, OH 43130

Collison’s Festival of Lights is a family favorite for many in Columbus. Lancaster is just a short drive and this show is well worth it. You drive through this holiday light display. Admission is by donation only. You can check it out weeknights from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and on weekends from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Clifton Mill

Where: 75 Water St, Clifton, OH 45316

Phone: (937) 767-5501

There’s a reason they call the lights at Clifton Mill, legendary. It’s worth the drive from Columbus to check it out. The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill was one of the nominees in USA TODAY’S 10 Best Readers’ Choice 2014 travel award contest. There are 3.5 million lights at the Clifton Mill. The lights are on every night at 6:00 p.m. until December 31, 2016. Admission is $10 from everyone ages 7 and up. It’s free for those 6 and under.

Holiday Lights Trolley Tour

Where: Short North Pint House, 780 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43201

Get ready to see the Holiday Lights around Columbus on a trolley ride for adults only. The BYOB Holiday lights trolley tour will take you to some of the best light displays around Columbus. Tickets are selling out fast. The Trolley starts at the Short North Pint House at 5:30 p.m. You are allowed to bring an adult beverage on the trolley. Tickets are $75 and are discounted if you are a Columbus Zoo Member. You can reserve your spot on line. This tour is only for those that are 21 years old or older. Tickets can be purchased online.

Private Homes on Display

Where: Various Locations

If you feel like getting in the car and going for a drive to create your own holiday lights tour, you must check out the Columbus Lights website. Columbuslights.com allows homeowners to mark their house as a great one to see for Holiday lights. There are about 50 locations marked already. You can map out your drive and see some lights that homeowners worked hard to put up.


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