Each Christmas season, the Alum Creek State Park Campground in Delaware Ohio is transformed into Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights. A plus, the drive-through Christmas lights display allows you to enjoy the holiday lights from the comfort of your own car.
Butch Bando’s is the largest silhouette light display in the state and is considered one of the best Christmas Light Displays in Ohio, welcoming thousands of visitors during the holidays.
About Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights
Visiting the famous Alum Creek Christmas Lights has been a tradition for Central Ohio families for the past 23 years. For many, a trip to this locally owned and family-operated display is a family Christmas tradition they’ve enjoyed for years.
In addition to providing family-friendly entertainment during the holiday season, the organizers generously donate partial proceeds of each ticket sold to Recreation Unlimited. They also benefit A Kid Again, Steps for Sarcoma, SEALKIDS, and 3rd And Goal. They also partner with local career centers like Tri-Rivers and several nonprofit organizations and charities.
After hearing about the Fantasy of Lights for years, my husband and I finally decided to check it out last year, and I’m looking forward to visiting again for the 2022 season with our grandbaby, who will love the lights!
We paid the entrance fee, turned our radio to the proper channel, and drove under the sparkling Fantasy of Lights Arch and continued on to the light trail. Students from the Delaware Area Career Center DACC created the official Fantasy of Lights radio station!
Last year, it took us about 30-40 minutes to drive through the display on a weeknight and we had very little wait time.
The Fantasy of Lights features 3-miles of LED holiday scenes. Among the dazzling Christmas lights, you’ll see a nativity scene with Mary kneeling at the manger, dancing fish, a tribute to our military, and a fun Ohio-themed light display at the very end where you can get out of your vehicle for a fun photo opp.
Other highlights include the light tunnels, light wall, and a giant Christmas Tree. I look forward to seeing the new animated light designs that have been added for 2022.
We also spotted Mrs. Claus. I didn’t realize until after our visit that she is there until December 23rd to collect letters to Santa from visitors. If your child writes one, include your email address so you can receive a scan of the letter and know what your child has asked Santa for this Christmas.
At the end of the light trail, visitors can drive across the street to the Cross Creek Camping Resort to pop into Santa’s House and explore the gift shop, where you can also enjoy a free hot chocolate.
More Information about the Fantasy of Lights
Address: 3311 S Old State Rd 43015
You may also want to check their Facebook Page for up-to-date information.
Hours: Open every day through Jan. 1st, 2023. Hours of operation are 5:30-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 5:30-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Cost: View the website for all pricing options.
Tips to Help you Enjoy this Long-time Holiday Tradition at Butch Bando’s Lights
- Visit on non-peak days if possible. You can expect more crowds on Friday and Saturday evenings and the week of Christmas. Visiting Monday-Thursday will also save you $10 off your carload price.
- You won’t find public restrooms, so make sure you go before you arrive. Especially important if you’re traveling with young children.
- If you want snacks, pack them from home.
- Feel free to dress in your comfy Christmas pj’s and wear your Santa hats but keep in mind that you may want to roll down the windows for a better look, so pack a blanket to cover up with as well.
- To enhance your visit and everyone else’s please, please learn to turn off your headlights (and turn them back on) before arriving at the entrance. The person in the car in front of you will thank you. Trust me.
- The organizers are serious about this light show welcoming the entire family. If you’re traveling with your four-legged pal, get them a dog treat at the ticket booth when you pay (just make sure you make any necessary stops before arriving).
This holiday light show is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.
Other Christmas Light Displays in Central Ohio
I don’t know about you, but I want to see all the Christmas lights in Ohio this year! One holiday light show is never enough, so here are a few more in the vicinity that you may consider visiting.
Located within a five-minute drive, the Lights of Glenross is a nearby subdivision that features over 300 homes with lights synchronized to music. Easily pair with a trip to Butch Bando’s or, if you live in the area, plan to visit on another evening to extend the holiday fun and memory-making.
You won’t want to miss Wonderlight’s Christmas in Ohio located at the Hartford Fairgrounds. This magical display is the largest drive-through light show fully synchronized to music in Central Ohio.
The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium combines two of my favorite things- Christmas lights and zoo animals in one brilliant display during the Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo.
Do you have one that you’d add to this list?