Christmas Nights of Lights at Coney Island

Car driving through the colorful Christmas Nights of Lights (photo: Coney Island)
Christmas Nights of Lights (photo: Coney Island)

Enjoy a two-and-a-half mile drive through Christmas Nights of Lights featuring one million LED lights synchronized to holiday music playing in your car. You will see larger-than-life trees, glowing snowflakes, dancing candy canes and fantastic tunnels of lights, all from the safety and warmth of your own vehicle. November 6, 2020 through January 9, 2021.

Light Up the Fair at Boone County Fairgrounds

Light Up the Fair at Boone County Fairgrounds promotional image
Light Up the Fair at Boone County Fairgrounds

Half a million lights greet visitors at Light Up the Fair, the only drive-through lights experience in Northern Kentucky. Lights are syncronized to holiday music that you can play via the radio in your car. November 13, 2020 through January 2, 2021.

Winter Nights, River Lights at Purple People Bridge

Winter Nights, River Lights at Purple People Bridge (photo: @newportonthelevee)
Winter Nights, River Lights at Purple People Bridge (photo: @newportonthelevee)

The Purple People Bridge lights up the Ohio River with Winter Nights, River Lights. The free, outdoor walk across the pedestrian-only bridge features 1,000 lights, projections and holiday tunes to put you in the spirit of the season. November 20, 2020 through January 15, 2021.

Journey Borealis at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum

Holiday lights show at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum (photo: Pyramid Hill)
Holiday lights show at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum (photo: Pyramid Hill)

‘Tis the season for this unique outdoor museum to flip on the switch for over a million lights and laser light displays woven through the trees, gardens and sculptures of the park. The 2.5-mile annual drive-through display of Journey Borealis features holiday art installations by regional and national artists. November 20, 2020 through January 3, 2021.

Holiday in Lights at Sharon Woods

Train light display at Holiday in Lights at Sharon Woods (photo: Alleen Company)
Holiday in Lights at Sharon Woods (photo: Alleen Company)

View more than a mile of outdoor light displays at Sharon Woods' Holiday in Lights. Stay safe and warm in your own vehicle while admiring the 250 light displays that depict everything from Santa Claus and his elves to the animals from the ark. (No cash accepted.) November 21, 2020 through January 2, 2021.

PNC Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Lit up tree at PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo (photo: Mark Dumont)
PNC Festival of Lights (photo: Mark Dumont)

Celebrate the season with a stroll through PNC Festival of Lights' three million LED lights and themed areas like Fiona's Fairyland. Don't forget to visit Mr. and Mrs. Claus and the reindeer, take a ride on the North Polar Express train, eat a s'more or catch the Wild Lights show on Swan Lake. Reservations required. November 21, 2020 through January 3, 2021 (bonus nights: January 8-10 and 15-17, 2021).

Virtual Macy’s Light Up the Square on Fountain Square

Kids enjoying the Fountain Square tree during the holidays
Fountain Square during the holidays (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)

This year you can celebrate the region's unofficial kickoff to the holiday season snuggled up inside your own home! The annual Macy's Light Up the Square event will be televised on Channel 5 beginning at 7 p.m. on November 27, 2020. Much of the show will be pre-recorded featuring live check-ins around downtown including at the ice rink, restaurants and more.

ChristmasTime at Ark Encounter

Exterior of the Ark Encounter lit up for ChristmasTime at the Ark holiday event
ChristmasTime at the Ark Encounter (photo: Answers in Genesis)

During ChristmasTime at Ark Encounter, you can view the Ark Encounter bathed in rainbow-colored lights, visit with animals at the Ararat Ridge Zoo, sing traditional Christmas carols, shop for fair trade and one-of-a-kind gifts, explore inside the massive Ark Encounter itself, and much more. November 27 through December 30, 2020.

ChristmasTown at Creation Museum

Exterior of Creation Museum lit up with holiday lights for ChristmasTown event.
ChristmasTown at the Creation Museum (photo: Answers in Genesis)

During ChristmasTown, view the museum’s bridges, waterfalls and trails as never before with thousands of multi-colored lights in the botanical garden, and remember the true meaning of the season with a live nativity. Enjoy the crisp air as you skate along the Glice rink (synthetic ice!) or visit the petting zoo while enjoying festive treats. November 27 through December 30, 2020.

Light in the Forest at Cincinnati Nature Center

Light display at Light in the Forest (photo: Cincinnati Nature Center)
Light in the Forest (photo: Cincinnati Nature Center)

This winter, lighting installations reflecting themes of peace, tranquility and inspiration illuminate the Cincinnati Nature Center's trails in the brand-new Light in the Forest experience. Bonfires, holiday shopping and music greets visitors as they walk along the trails adding to the festive atmosphere. Registration required. December 3, 2020 through January 3, 2021.

Light Up the Levee at Newport on the Levee

Holiday tree at Light Up the Levee (photo: Newport on the Levee)
Light Up the Levee (photo: Newport on the Levee)

CANCELLED FOR 2020.
​Start off the season festively with Light Up the Levee's tree lighting ceremony, visits with Santa, live music, an ice skating rink and fireworks at Newport on the Levee. 2020 DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED.