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4 Drive-Thru Holiday Light Displays in Ohio

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The holiday season often brings with it cold weather, which makes the safety and warmth of our cars difficult to leave. Luckily, there are several places across the state of Ohio where you can experience the holiday season and extravagant light displays without leaving the comfort of your heated car seats.

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Upper’s Winter Fantasy of Lights

Upper Sandusky receives a lot of snow in the wintertime, making it the perfect place for a winter wonderland light display. Open daily the entire month of December, Upper’s Winter Fantasy of Lights is free to the public, but donations are accepted. The display is operated by a non-profit, benefitting different organizations each year.

Christmas by Candlelight

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A dozen Christmas-themed scenes are strung together to create the Christmas by Candlelight display in Marion, Ohio. There are thousands of lights throughout the drive-thru display, with Nativity scenes, gingerbread men, and reindeer. Admission varies by vehicle, but most standard vehicles can get through the gates for $6.

Light Up Middletown

From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, the city of Middletown in southwest Ohio puts on a light display rivaling the neighboring towns. Admission is free, but donations are accepted at the gate to benefit the local parks and communities. The display attracts approximately 20,000 cars full of visitors each year and has been open for nearly 20 years.

Holiday in Lights

After 27 years of tradition, the Holiday in Lights display has become a Cincinnati classic. Open through New Year’s Eve, the display stretches over a mile long with a drive through Sharon Woods. The display is even synced up with a local radio station, so you can tune your car to the right channel and listen to the holiday music without rolling your windows down. Admission begins at $13 per car, with varying prices for larger vans and buses.


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Sources: Upper’s Winter Fantasy of Lights, Christmas by Candlelight, Light Up Middletown, Holiday in Lights