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Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights in Delaware Ohio (2021)

Each Christmas season, the Alum Creek State Park Campground in Delaware Ohio is transformed into Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights. The drive-through Christmas lights display allows you to enjoy the holiday lights from the comfort of your own car.

Several cars are driving through a tunnel of green and blue Christmas Lights

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 22 years. Many consider this light show to be one of the best holiday light displays in Ohio.

An LED light display of the nativity with Mary kneeling at the manger

In addition to providing family-friendly entertainment during the holiday season, the organizers also very generously donate partial proceeds of each ticket sold to Recreation Unlimited. They also benefit A Kid Again, Steps for Sarcoma, and 3rd And Goal. They also partner with local career centers like Tri-Rivers and several nonprofit organizations and charities as well.

After hearing about the Fantasy of Lights for years, my husband and I finally decided to check it out. 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. It took us about 30-40 minutes to drive through the display.

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 actually get out of your vehicle for a fun photo opp.

LED lights display the United Stats flag surrounded by servicemen

Other highlights include the light tunnels and giant Christmas Tree. New animated light designs have been added for 2021.

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, be sure to 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 have the option to drive across the street to the Cross Creek Camping Resort to pop into Santa’s House and explore the gift shop. You can also enjoy a free hot chocolate.

More Information about the Fantasy of Lights

Address: 3311 S Old State Rd 43015

Phone: 614-412-3499


You may also want to check their Facebook Page for up-to-date information.

Hours: Open every day through Jan. 2nd, 2022. 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

  1. Visit on non-peak days if possible. You can expect more crowds on Friday and Saturday evening and the week of Christmas. Visiting Monday-Thursday will also save you $10 off your carload price.
  2. You won’t find public restrooms so make sure you go before you arrive. Especially important if you’re traveling with young children.
  3. If you want snacks pack them from home.
  4. 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 you may want to pack a blanket to cover up with as well.
  5. To enhance your visit and everyone else’s please, please learn to turn off your headlights (and turn them back on) prior to arriving at the entrance. The person in the car in front of you will thank you. Trust me.
  6. The organizers are serious about this light show welcoming the entire family. If you’re traveling with your four-legged pal, make sure to get them a dog treat at the ticket booth when you pay (just make sure you make any necessary stops prior to arriving).

This holiday light show is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

Other Christmas Light Displays in Central Ohio

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.

If you’re looking for more light displays, you may want to read our other articles, 21 Drive-through light displays in Ohio and the Best Christmas Lights in Northeast Ohio.

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