One of our family’s favorite traditions during the holiday season is to go around and visit the different holiday light displays around town and even in neighboring towns. I know how much our family loves this and I bet your family does too…so I thought I’d share a few of the best holiday light displays in Northern Kentucky and Southern Ohio! If you know of a place not on the list, please share it in the comment section! Happy Holidays!
Northern Kentucky/Lexington Area
Runs: November 18 thru December 31
Admission: Personal Vehicle Sunday-Thursday $15 Friday and Saturday $20
Details: From 5:30 until 10:00 p.m. each night, visitors driving through a winter landscape of lighted and often animated figures are awed by the dazzling display of over a million lights.
What We Think! We’ve been to this light display several times and LOVE it! And though the lights are absolutely gorgeous and the kids love them my favorite part is the petting zoo and visiting The Horse (the Kentucky Horse Park’s International Museum of the Horse) it’s extremely interesting and lots of fun! Admission into The Horse is included with admission to Southern Lights!
North Pole Fire Department (3001 Arrowhead Dr Lexington, Ky 40503)
Runs: November 24-December 31 (6:00 PM to 12:00 PM)
Details: Again, instead of exchanging gifts this year, the firefighters of Station 20 decided to pool the money spent on gifts and add to a light display started last year to draw donations for our "Firefighter Toy Program". This year we went over 42,000 lights with a new mega-tree and replaced alot of mini-lights with LED's. Come over, tune your stereo to 91.1 FM and enjoy the lights!
Holidays in Mainstrasse (MainStrasse Village Covington, Kentucky)
Miracle in MainStrasse Day of Family Fun! Saturday, December 3rd (noon to 11 pm)
Arrival of St. Nicholas –Tuesday, December 6th (6:00 p.m.)
City of Covington Candy Cane Hunt - Saturday, December 10th, 2:00 p.m. at Goebel Park.
Southern Ohio/Greater Cincinnati Area
Holiday Lights on the Hill (Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum Hamilton, Ohio)
Runs: November 18th – January 1st Mon-Thurs 6-9 pm/Fri., Sat., Sun 6-10 pm)
Admission: Mon-Thurs: Adults $7.50 Children $2.50/ Fri., Sat., Sun Adults $9 Child $3.50
Details: This year’s Holiday Lights is more spectacular than ever, and as always is great fun for all ages. Check the website link below for a discount coupon!
Runs: November 18-December 31
Admission: $12 per vehicle (Discount coupon available on their website)
Details: Holiday in Lights presented by the Alleen Company, an established Cincinnati Holiday tradition now in its 20th year, is an outdoor light display at Sharon Woods viewed by patrons from the comfort of their own vehicle. Built over a mile of wooded roadway, the display of fantastic seasonal color adorns hundreds of trees as well as more than 120 moving and standing holiday themed figures depicting everything from Santa Claus and his elves to Godzilla.
Cincinnati Zoo Festival of Lights (Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden)
Runs: November 21-January 1, 2012 (Nightly 5pm – 9 pm)
Admission: Ages 13-61 $14 Ages 2-12 & 62+ $10 (PNC Festival of Lights Discount tickets available—check the website for details)
Details: PNC Festival of Lights will be more colorful than ever before with nearly two million LED lights! Celebrate the season as you stroll through our themed areas. From FAIRYLAND to CANDY CANE FOREST to TWINKLE TRAIL and MORE! Be sure to watch out for those Rappin' Elves and other costume characters too!
What We Think! We’ve been to the PNC Festival of Lights many times and each time we have more fun than the time before! I have very fond memories of visiting with my oldest daughters and ice skating for the first time followed by a nice warm cup of hot chocolate—perfect holiday family fun!
Light Up The Levee (Newport on the Levee Newport, KY)
Runs: November 22 – January 2, 2012 (Nightly shows every 20 minutes from 6:10 pm – 11:50 pm)
Details: The Levee’s Holiday Light Show, Light Up the Levee, will illuminate the exterior Riverwalk from the Gallery Building to the Newport Aquarium featuring LED lights dancing in synchronization to holiday music. Over one million lights comprise the Levee’s holiday package this season. The display will include a 30-foot tall Christmas tree with a six-foot tall topper of the Star of Bethlehem, ten- and 20-foot spiral trees, five-foot snowflakes, wreaths and more.