Don’t let the darkness get you down this holiday season; once the sun sets the night sky is illuminated by fantastic holiday lightshows taking place all across the city. Check out our curated list of holiday light displays and start making your calendars to ensure you can enjoy everything Columbus has to offer to help end 2021 on a bright note.
Many attractions require timed entry to help with crowd control so please check individual protocols before visiting.
Columbus' top attractions deck their halls each year to help the community get (and stay) in the holiday spirit. Don't miss these awesome displays of Christmas lights in Columbus. The options include light shows, drive-through Christmas lights and more.
Nov. 19 – Jan. 3 (member preview Nov. 18) | 5 p.m. – close
Central Ohio's favorite family holiday tradition is Wildlights! at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Originally just a few strands of lights and a few trays of cookies, the show has grown to millions of LED lights, animated musical light shows, Santa, reindeer and other holiday festivities, offering a whole new way to experience Jungle Jack Hanna’s home zoo. Don’t miss what MSN calls one of the most magical Christmas light displays in the country.
Nov. 20 – Jan. 9 | 5-9 p.m.
The annual Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens features thousands of lights twinkling and glowing in stunning displays, and new this year is a completely reimagined Topiary Collection. Accompanying the lights are familiar holiday favorites – such as the rainbow tunnel, ornament trees, gingerbread competition and more! Plus, the whole Conservatory is open during Conservatory Aglow so guests can check out the seasonal displays of Holiday Blooms as well. Trust us when we say, Columbus conservatory Christmas lights are not to be missed.
Scioto Mile Holiday Lights
Nov. 24 – Jan. 3 | Evenings
Magical light displays return to downtown Columbus' Scioto Mile this holiday season, visible dusk until dawn.
Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights
Nov. 19 – Jan. 2 | 5:30 - 9 (Sun.-Thurs.)/ 10 (Fri.-Sat.)
Butch Bando's Fantasy of Lights is the perfect COVID-19-cautious event. The three-mile drive-through experience at the Alum Creek State Park Campgrounds takes about 30 minutes, featuring twinkling holiday displays and dazzling tunnels, with the perfect holiday music pairing piped through the radio. Plus, Mrs. Claus will be on hand to collect letters to Santa Nov. 26-Dec. 23!
Flying Horse Farms: Light Up Camp
Nov. 25 – Dec. 26 | 6-10 p.m.
Don't miss Flying Horse Farms' free seasonal half-mile drive-through Christmas light display in which camp buildings transform into a twinkling, musical wonderland of safe, physically distanced family fun. A new animated light show will join the party this year and the display will be open on Thanksgiving. Donations are encouraged to support the work Flying Horse Farms does to enrich the lives of children with serious illnesses through the power of camp.
Holiday Light Tours
Overwhelmed with all the great options for holiday light displays? Explore all the decor downtown has to offer this holiday season, accompanied by your favorite Christmas carols, with one of these curated tours!
SegAway Tours of Columbus
Dec. 1 – Dec. 23 | 6 & 8:15 p.m.
Enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of the holiday season as you glide through downtown on a Segway during this delightful SegAway Holiday Lights Tour. Listen to your favorite holiday music through a wireless sound system while seeing holiday displays through the Scioto Mile, Arena District and Columbus Commons and more. The beautiful Columbus skyline at night is not to be missed! Tours are 1.5 hours each, including training, and cost $49/person.
Columbus City Adventures
Fridays & Saturdays in December | 5 p.m.
Immerse yourself in the spirit of the season with a Columbus City Adventures Holiday Lights Tour. Hear tales and stories of central Ohio holiday traditions while checking out displays and decorations throughout downtown, including a new stop at The Museum of Catholic Art and History for a private tour of their incredible Nativity. Tours are 2.5 hours each and depart from Hotel LeVeque, the perfect spot for a before or after tour dinner and drink.
Check out these community celebrations that feature Christmas tree lightings, shopping opportunities, Santa visits and more festive family fun!