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The Best Christmas Lights in Northeast Ohio (2021)

Need some Christmas joy? We’re sharing a list of some of the best Christmas Lights in northeast Ohio (updated for 2021) 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 2021 that you’ll want to check out too.

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The Best Christmas Lights in Northeast Ohio

Christmas in Ohio is starting to look a bit more of what we’re used to this year.

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 see the lights on our list.

How many of these have you seen?

An historic fountain decked out in white Christmas lights

Christmas at Kingwood Center Gardens | Mansfield 

Dates:  This event runs to January 2nd, 2022. 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 newly-restored 3rd Floor of Kingwood Hall that will be decorated for the holidays for the first time and stroll through the Trail of Lights as you experience “Home for the Holidays” in Kingwood Hall. Read about our experience at Christmas at Kingwood Center Gardens (2021) and then see the 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 in Bellville and one of our favorite displays on Beal Road!

Landoll’s Christmas at the Castle: a Kingdom of Lights | Loudonville

Dates: November 26th – December 31st, 2021 |  Cost: $8 per car on Friday & Saturday Nights and must be purchased in advance here, FREE during the week.

Address: 561 Township Road 3352 Loudonville, Ohio 44842

Description: Stroll the grounds with your favorite hot beverage as you view over 100,000 magical lights and outdoor Christmas trees while listening to your favorite holiday music!

Book a stay in one of the castle or Stable Rooms for an unforgettable stay. Or for something truly unique, book a stay at one of the nearby treehouses in Ohio.  

Visit the website for more information.

Magic of Lights | Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds

Dates: Every day through January 2 | Times: from 5:30pm-10:00pm | Cost: See website for pricing

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 3, 2021 | Times: N/A | Cost: Free

Location: Nela Park, 1975 Noble Rd., East Cleveland, OH 44112

Description: View over a million LED lights in this display that stretches several blocks along Noble Rd. Website for more information  

Bethlehem Hills Christmas Light Park

Dates: Through January 2, 2022 | 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

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: Select days through December 26, 2021 | 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.  

An aerial view of downtown Cleveland lit up with Christmas lights.

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.   

Christmas lights at a home

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 26, 2021 | 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 2021: A Very Merry Christmas at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens  | Akron 

Dates: Through December 30, 2021 | 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: Dec. 3-5, 10-12, 17-23 & 26-30  | Times: Nightly from 5pm-9pm | Cost: Ticket Prices vary. Purchase pre-sale ticket to get a discount on the admission cost

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: 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: Friday, Saturday, Sunday nights through December 31st, 2021 | Times: Friday-Sunday, November 27-December 27, 2020; 6pm-9pm (Special Days/Hours: December 24-25; 6pm-8pm) | Cost: Suggested donation of $5 per carload

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. NEW FOR 2021 IS A SPECIAL SECTION SET TO MUSIC. Website for more information

White Christmas lights along a fence row spell out Happy Birthday Jesus with a heart, cross and angel.
The Lights at God’s Country

The Lights at God’s Country | Jefferson NEW for 2021! 

Dates: To Christmas Times: See website for accurate times. Cost: $10 per carload | Concessions available onsite

Location: 1919 U.S. Highway 6 Jefferson, Ohio 44047

Description: Turn on your car radio and listen to Christmas music as you make your way through the nearly one-mile-long trail through the woods at The Lights at God’s Country. You’ll be greeted by the 30-foot-tall Abominable Snowman before proceeding through Snowflake Valley and Icicle Land. You’ll even spot Cousin Eddie from Christmas Vacation if you’re paying attention. The trail ends with a moving display honoring our military and veterans as well as the 13 service members who perished in Afghanistan earlier this year. Visit the website for special appearances from Santa and a chance to see a Live Nativity. Website for more information.

ChurchLights Experience | Middleburg Heights

Dates: Outdoor display running nightly until January 1st, 2022, indoor display Sunday evenings December 5, 12 and 19, 2021 | Times: Nightly from 5:30-8pm | 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: Dec. 5th to Jan. 8th, 2022 | Times: Indoors every Sunday from 5:30 to 8 p.m./ Outdoors Nightly from dusk-10pm | Cost: FREE

Location: 375 Boardman-Poland Rd., Boardman, OH 44512

Description: Turn your radio to 88.9 FM and enjoy a drive through the Winter Wonderland of Holiday Lights featuring over 24 spectacular displays. Website for more information.  

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