Need some Christmas joy? We’re sharing a list of some of the best Christmas Lights in northeast Ohio for you to experience this holiday season. And if you’re really in the Christmas spirit, don’t stop there. We have a post on The Best Christmas Light Displays in Ohio for 2020 that you’ll want to check out too.
Christmas Lights in Northeast Ohio
Christmas in Ohio may look a little bit different this year but don’t let that steal your holiday joy! Put on your favorite PJ’s, grab a bowl of popcorn and a thermos of hot chocolate and stream your favorite holiday music and set out to the lights on our list. How many of these have you seen?
Christmas at Kingwood Center Gardens | Mansfield
Dates: Through January 3. Advance reservations are required. | Times: Varies. See website. | Cost: $5/person. Members and children 12 and under are free.
Location: 50 N Trimble Rd, Mansfield, OH 44906
Description: Check out the brand new visitor center, stroll through the Community Tree Walk, enjoy treats served by Buehler’s Snacks & Sips and travel back in time in “Christmas Through the Years” in Kingwood Hall. Website for more information.
Central Park Lights | Mansfield
Dates: Through Christmas | Cost: FREE
Location: 29 Park Ave E, Mansfield, OH 44905
Description: The gazebo, fountain, and lawn in downtown Mansfield are decked out for Christmas. Drive-by or park your car and stroll through Central Park for a closer look.
Do you want to stay around Mansfield? This post of the Best Christmas Lights in Mansfield will give you more ideas- including the Frozen House!
Magic of Lights | Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds
Dates: Every day through January 2 | Times: from 5:30pm-10:00pm | Cost: Personal vehicle $23 (advance purchase)
Location: Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds 19201 E. Bagley Road Northeast, OH
Description: Magic of Lights, is the popular Cuyahoga County Christmas lights drive-through display in Northeast Ohio, welcoming over 60,000 guests to the fairgrounds last year! View over one million holiday lights that stretch over a mile long. Fan favorites include the Enchanting Tunnel of Lights, Candyland, 12 Days of Christmas and other holiday characters. Website for more information
Nela Park Holiday Lights | Cleveland
Dates: Through January 4, 2021 | Times: N/A | Cost: Free
Location: Nela Park, 1975 Noble Rd., East Cleveland, OH 44112
Description: View over 500,000 lights in this display that stretches several blocks along Noble Rd.In addition to the many lights, you’ll also see a a holiday house with candle-lit windows, a 38-foot gingerbread house and a replica of D.C.’s National Christmas Tree, which GE Lighting has designed and lighted for 57 years. Make sure you take photos at the gingerbread house selfie station. Website for more information
Bethlehem Hills Christmas Light Park
Dates: Through January 4, 2021 | Times: Nightly from 5pm-10pm (Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas day) | Cost: $25/car with up to 8 passengers, $39/car with more than 8 passengers
Location: Berkshire Hills Golf Course, 9760 Mayfield Rd., Chesterland, OH 44026
Description: The 1.25-mile drive through 240 acres of rolling hills, woods, creeks, and lakes is truly an enchanting winter wonderland. Children and adults of all ages can enjoy viewing 40 spectacular Christmas light displays with more than 2 million LED lights, each computer chipped to enhance the experience, and many using animation and automation. Guests will view a Christmas Carnival, Candy Cane Village, an elaborate recreation of the Nativity scene, a Salute to Our Armed Services, Toyland, Santa’s Workshop, and more. Website for more information
Griswold House | Wadsworth
Dates: Through New Year’s Eve | Times: Lit nightly from 5-11pm until New Years Day night | Cost: FREE, but donations to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation appreciated. Donate at the house or online.
Location: 173 Duane Ln., Wadsworth, OH 44281
Description: Fans of the National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation will want to make the pilgrimage to the Griswold House in Wadsworth. The house was lit for the first time during the 2013 Christmas season and continues to enthrall guests for the 7th year in a row while remaining as true to the movie as possible. Tune into 102.3 FM before arriving for Christmas music. Website for more information
Medina County Fair Holiday Lights | Medina
Dates: December 18-30, 2020 | Times: Sun-Thurs: 6pm-9pm, Fri-Sat: 6pm-10pm | Cost: $10/passenger vehicle
Location: 710 W. Smith Rd., Medina, OH 44256
Description: You won’t want to miss these Medina County Christmas lights at the Medina County Fairgrounds. Holiday Lights is the largest drive-through light display in the area. Website for more information.
Cleveland Christmas Lights | Public Square
Dates: Through Christmas | Cost: FREE
Location: Public Square, Cleveland, OH
Description: Enjoy a beautiful holiday-themed light display throughout the entire 6.5-acre park. Website for more information.
Holiday Light Display at Lake Anna Park | Barberton
Dates: Through New Year’s Day | Times: Sun-Thurs: 5pm-9pm; Fri-Sat + holidays: 5pm-10pm | Cost: FREE
Location: 529-545 W. Park Avenue Barberton, OH 44203
Description: Check out the display that has been in the making for two decades! You’ll find light displays on each corner of the lake and the wall of lights sponsored by the Jaycees at the corner of West Park Avenue and 5th Street. Website for more information.
Lenz Family Light Spectacular for Jesus | Carlisle Twp/Grafton
Dates: Through Christmas | Cost: FREE /Drive-by
Location: Between Banks Road and Slife Rod on Indian Hollow Road.
Description: This private display at the Lenz home features over 45,000 lights, covering 3 of their five rural acres! The focal point is a 3 foot by 24-foot long sign that displays, “Happy Birthday, Jesus”. You’ll find the display between Banks Road and Slife Rod on Indian Hollow Road. This is a drive-by display only so be mindful of traffic.
Bob Mangan’s Winter Wonderland | North Ridgeville
Dates: Through New Year’s | Times: Sun-Thurs: 5:15pm-10pm, Fri-Sat: 5:15pm-11pm (extended hours on Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s) | Cost: FREE
Location: 34907 Cambridge Dr., North Ridgeville, OH 44039 (Wildwood Estates)
Description: Enjoy Christmas music, 50,000+ lights on lighted arches on the driveway and sidewalks, and fun inflatables that include a life-like Santa with a bench for photos, and much more. Bigger and better than ever! Website for more information.
Joy of Christmas Light Display at Firestone Park | Columbiana
Dates: Through December 27, 2020 | Times: Takes place from 6-9 p.m. on select nights | Cost: $10 per vehicle
Location: Harvey S. Firestone Park, 338 E. Park Ave., Columbiana, OH 44408
Description: The Joy of Christmas drive-through holiday light display features one million lights in 75-holiday scenes. Guests can also stop at the Gingerbread House and Santa’s Ice Castle to enjoy Christmas cookies, hot chocolate & food, pictures with Santa in the Ice Castle, Mrs. Santa’s Story Time in the Gingerbread House, a collection of more than 100 decorated gingerbread houses, coloring contest, live holiday music and more. Website for more information.
Sebo’s Christmas Display | Salem
Dates: Through the end of December | Cost: FREE
Location: 1790 Quaker Ln. Salem, OH 44460
Description: The Sebo’s have turned their property into a Christmas wonderland for almost two decades drawing crowds from all over Ohio to view over one million lights. Don’t miss these Salem, Ohio Christmas lights in 2020.
Stadium Park Drive-Thru Holiday Light Display | Canton
Dates: Through mid-January | Times: Nightly from dusk-10pm | Cost: FREE
Location: Stadium Park Dr NW Canton, OH 44708
Description: More than 30 holiday light displays with an animated train, Santa and elves decorate Stadium Park making this a fun stop to make with the kids or those young at heart. Website for more information.
Deck the Halls 2020: A Very Merry Christmas at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens | Akron
Dates: Through December 30, 2020 | Times: Varies; see website | Cost: See Website for pricing.
Location: 714 N. Portage Path, Akron, OH 44303
Description: If you’re looking for Christmas lights in Akron, you won’t wan to miss one of Akron’s first and largest national historic landmark decked out for Christmas with over one million sparkling holiday lights. Enjoy a first-floor tour of the Manor House, socially distanced Santa visits, animated shop windows and a Christmas tree in the Courtyard as the centerpiece. Stroll through the gardens that are decorated with lights choreographed to music. Don’t miss the Playgarden which is decorated as the Gingerbread Lane filled. Website for more information.
Akron Zoo Wild Lights | Akron
Dates: December 18-23 & 26-30, 2020 | Times: Nightly from 5pm-9pm | Cost: Ticket Prices vary. Purchase pre-sale ticket to get a discount on the admission cost
Location: 505 Euclid Ave., Akron, OH 44307
Description: Enjoy thousands of lights and dozens of lighted displays throughout the zoo and several animals will be out for you to see when you check out these Akron Christmas lights. Website for more information.
Canfield Christmas Lights | Canfield
Dates: Nightly through New Year’s | Times: 5:30pm-10:30pm | Cost: FREE
Location: 333 Fairview Ave., Canfield, OH 44406
Description: Tune into 107.7 FM and start on Fairview Ave and drive south then turn left onto Indian Lake Blvd and then turn left again on Hood Dr. to see this neighborhood display. Website for more information.
Ashtabula County’s Lights on the Lake | Ashtabula
Dates: Through December 27 | Times: Friday-Sunday, November 27-December 27, 2020; 6pm-9pm (Special Days/Hours: December 24-25; 6pm-8pm) | Cost: Suggested donation (made by dropping in a container at the booth) Cars – $5.00 (Monday through Thursday) or $10.00 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Location: 1700 E. 1st St., Ashtabula, OH 44004
Description: More than 70 displays on Lakeshore Park’s 54 acres with Lake Erie as the backdrop. Website for more information.
ChurchLights Experience | Middleburg Heights
Dates: Through New Year’s Eve | Times: Nightly from 5pm-10pm | Cost: FREE. Donations for local food pantries
Location: Pleasant Hills UMC, 13200 Bagley Rd., Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
Description: This musical Middleburg Heights Christmas lights show that you enjoy from your vehicle features approximately 50,000 lights choreographed to Christmas music and videos. The show runs every 15 minutes. Website for more information.
Boardman Park Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Display | Boardman
Dates: Through January 10, 2021 | Times: Nightly from 5pm-10pm | Cost: FREE
Location: 375 Boardman-Poland Rd., Boardman, OH 44512
Description: Light displays synchronized to a variety of favorite traditional Christmas songs, as well as family favorites. The synchronized display consists of a huge 25-foot lighted tree, four singing Christmas trees and many more, located on and around the Maag Outdoor Theatre. Tune into 88.9 FM as you enter the park to enjoy the holiday music. Tip: Please park across from the light show in the Maag Outdoor Theatre parking lot for the best vantage point and so you don’t block traffic. Website for more information.
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