This post is part two in a four part series about the holiday season in Columbus. Check out part one here , about craft shows and shopping fairs. And stay tuned for more in the coming week - we’ll cover where to catch a great performance, and we’ll also investigate what’s happening for the holidays at some of Columbus’ favorite attractions.

Sure, holiday music has been on the radio for weeks and peppermint mochas are popping up everywhere, but nothing says the holidays are here more than lights going up around the city. And when it comes to lights, bigger is better. With larger-than-life holiday light shows combining hundreds of lights, catchy jingles and seasonal treats—how can you go wrong? See for yourself at one of these Central Ohio light displays…

Guernsey County Courthouse Holiday Light Show The courthouse comes alive nightly with thousands of pulsating lights synchronized to holiday music. Four different light shows, each 8-12 minutes long, are performed each night.

Where: Guernsey County Courthouse Lawn When: Nov. 1-Jan. 8; 5:30-9 p.m. every night How much: FREE; donations are encouraged

More information is available here

Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Experience the Columbus Zoo in a whole new light. Special activities include a Santa's Reindeer Corral, Pop Culture Christmas Light Show, photos with Santa, cookie decorating, Zoo Year's Eve Celebration Light Show and more.

Where: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium When: Nov. 19-Jan. 1. Sun.-Thur., 5-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5-10 p.m. How much: Adults, $12.99; seniors and children (2-9), $7.99; children under 2, free

More information is available here .

Fantasy of Lights An annual two-mile, drive-through extravaganza featuring 125 light displays—many with animation. Stop and visit the holiday gift shop, or pose for pictures with Santa.

Where: Alum Creek State Park Marina When: Nov. 19-Jan. 2; Mon.-Thur., 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5:30-10:30 p.m.; Sun., 5:30-9:30 p.m. How much: $10-$15 per car

More information is available here .

Winter Wonderland at Creekside Park Enjoy the dazzling light displays, artificial surface ice rink and festive Holiday Village at Creekside Park in Gahanna.

Where: Creekside Park & Plaza When: Nov. 26-Jan. 3; check schedule of events (pdf) for specific dates and times How much: FREE

More information is available here .

Village Lights Follow 9,000+ luminaries to shops, businesses and restaurants open late with holiday treats, discounts and special offers. Surprises are at every corner, including carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, a visit from BalletMet’s Nutcracker and more.

Where: German Village When: Sun., Dec. 5, 6-10 p.m. How much: FREE

More information is available here .