Looking for a way to soak up the holiday spirit, while staying safe and socially-distant? Check out our list of some of Columbus’ best Holiday Light displays to safely enjoy with your family.
Scioto Mile Light Show
Our capital city’s 175-acre green space along the Scioto River offers picturesque views of the downtown skyline year-round. During the holidays, the grounds are also aglow with 9,500 miniature colored lights twinkling from 100 trees and 166 LED spotlights in vibrant hues that change from red to blue to green to purple. sciotomile.com
Columbus Commons Holiday Lights
Enjoy the 10th year of festive lights at Columbus Commons from Friday, November 20 through Sunday, January 3, every day from 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm.
Enjoy the free, self-guided display with family and friends as a way to get in the holiday spirit this season. With six acres of space, with plenty of room to spread out and keep your distance from other visitors. columbuscommons.org
Easton Town Center
Easton Town Center in Columbus loves the holiday season so much, it’s known for keeping its lights twinkling through February. The month of December — at the height of holiday shopping — is when Easton shines. The centerpiece is a 50-foot tree made up of nearly 30,000 LED lights. Additionally, Easton hosts a Menorah-lighting ceremony on Dec. 8. eastontowncenter.com
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Wildlights
The animals residing at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium are bathed in a winter wonderland of brilliance during Wildlights, a dazzling display of 3 million LED lights. “The Sparkling Spruce, a 42-foot-tall animated fir creates a kaleidoscope of festive images to the tune of popular holiday songs. Hues of blue, purple and pink pulsate to techno music at Shores Park, while Rhythms Around the Watering Hole at Conservation Lake stars a menagerie of animated animals set against a backdrop of music by Trans-Siberian Orchestra. columbuszoo.org
Lucy Depp Park Light Show
What started out with a couple of Lucy Depp homeowners talking about Christmas lights is now one of the must-see drive-through holiday light shows in Central Ohio.
A labor of love, it takes months to hang the lights and countless hours to program the show. Almost every tree, bush, and display is independently controlled, which means that there is an extension cord from that item back to a controller. In programming, we have to tell each channel what to do, down to the millisecond! It’s quite a feat to make some lights blink, that much is for sure! ldplights.com
The outdoor Conservatory experience will be twinkling, glowing, and magical thanks to thousands of lights presented in stunning displays. New this year is a Candyland scene complete with a life-size gingerbread house and the magical train display, Paul Busse Garden Railway. Accompanying the lights are familiar holiday favorites – such as the rainbow tunnel, ornament trees and more! The entire Conservatory is open during Conservatory Aglow so guests can enjoy the indoor experience in addition to the light displays in the outdoor botanical gardens. fpconservatory.org
Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights
Load the family into the car and enjoy Butch Bando’s Holiday Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek State Park. This event will be sure to get your family into the holiday spirit. Stay warm and dry as you drive through 3 miles of holiday lights this Christmas season. butchbandosfantasyoflights.com