Best Christmas Lights near Dayton, Ohio

Every year our family loves to do drive-through Christmas light shows in Ohio. However, this year it is even more important to get a full list of the best drive-through lights in Dayton, Ohio because of the current situation. Enjoy the best of times this holiday season.

When we go I like to make it special, here are some pro-tips to help you make your night special.

  • Dress up in festive holiday cheer.
  • Pack some snacks, like iced Christmas cookies or Christmas candies. If you like healthy foods, grab some carrots to pretend you are Santa’s reindeer!
  • Take a thermos FULL of Hot Cocoa to sip as you enjoy the beautiful light displays.
  • Play Christmas music on your way there.
  • Have a grateful heart.
  • P.S. this is supposed to be fun, don’t yell at the kids when they spill the cocoa or crush the cookie in the car seat, it can be cleaned up.

Looking for lights through Ohio? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Christmas Light Drive Throughs in Ohio

Park Lights at Caesar Ford Park

Xenia:  ParkLights at Caesar Ford Park
Drive through a winter wonderland with over 250 LED light displays – open December 1- 31st and it is Free!

“Forget deck the halls, we’ve decked the park with dazzling lights! You’ll wind your way through our Winter Wonderland, North Pole Car Show, Winter Farm, and Festive Festival, then wave to Santa at the North Pole. Drive through once, and you’ll want to do it again.” Greene County Parks website When it is free you can drive through as often as you like and get all the Christmas Spirit you need.

Dates:

December 1 – 31, 2021

Hours: 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Location:

Caesar Ford Park
520 South Stringtown Road
Xenia, OH 45385

Holiday Lights at Lost Creek Reserve

TroyHoliday Lights at Lost Creek Reserve
This 1.25-mile long drive-thru display is filled with illuminated landscapes and over 60 light displays – opens Nov 26. $10/car.

“Be transported into a winter wonderland filled with over 60 light displays, many of which are animated!  The 1.25-mile driving tour takes you through the woods, down charming farm lanes, and past the historic Knoop Homestead aglow with lights.  Make this enchanted experience part of your holiday traditions.” Miami County Park District website

Hours

  • Open weekends November 26 thru December 26 Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
  • Additional days for 2021 December 20-23 (Monday-Thursday) from 6-9 p.m.
  • Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m. Last car admitted at 9:30 p.m.
  • Sundays from 6 to 9 p.m.

Location

Miami County Park District

Attn: Holiday Lights

2645 E. State Rt. 41

Troy, OH 45373

Downtown Jingle Lights

DaytonDowntown Jingle Lights 
Main Street, Third Street, and Monument Ave from Nov 26 – Free!

Everyone loves Christmas lights and FREE is even better! Shop local and grab a cup of something warm before you start your drive. You will see the downtown streets transformed into an interactive, drive-thru light show, choreographed to the beat of your favorite holiday tunes! Tune your radio to 97.1 FM as you drive the route.

Holiday Lights at Sharon Woods

SharonvilleHoliday in Lights at Sharon Woods
Experience over a mile of outdoor holiday-themed displays nightly – Nov 19-Dec 30 through Jan 2. $17/car.

Holiday in Lights is a family-friendly drive-thru outdoor light display at Sharon Woods, part of the Great Park of Hamilton County, and is enjoyed from the comfort of your car. (Perfect for this year!) Holiday in Lights is created with over 1 million lights and over 250 light displays making this a wonderful evening taking in the delightful exhibits. Your journey through this drive-thru will take you on a festive drive through these perfectly placed Christmas lights.

This Christmas drive is the only one with special effect glasses! Grab a pair before you start your drive. ($2.00 a piece or 3 for $5.00)

Where are the lights?

11450 Lebanon Road

Sharonville, OH 45241

When do the lights start and the hours?

Open nightly from Saturday, November 19th through Dec 30th  (check the website for closed dates)

Hours of Operations:

6 PM-9 PM Sunday-Thursday

5:30 PM-10 PM Friday & Saturday

How much does it cost? Need a coupon? click here ——>Holiday in Lights Coupon

Admission is $15 per vehicle

$45 for buses and 15 passenger vans

They accept all major credit cards! You can also pre-buy your ticket this year!

NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED THIS YEAR DUE TO COVID-19.

Website: Holiday in Lights

Whispering Christmas

EatonWhispering Christmas 
Now in its 35th season,  what began in 1987 with just 800 lights now has grown to over 2 million lights, open every night from Nov. 26 through New Year’s Eve. $5.00 Donation requested.

Whispering Christmas supports continued maintenance and improvements at Fort St Clair through the City of Eaton, continued maintenance and improvements to Whispering Christmas displays. Your donation spreads Christmas cheer all year long in Fort. St. Clair.

Dates:

November 26 thru December 31, 2021

Hours:

Open 6 pm to 9:30 pm each night for drive-thru only

Location:

Whispering Christmas

135 Camden Road

Eaton, OH 45320

Light Up Middletown

MiddletownLight up Middletown 
Enter through the tunnel of lights that illuminates a journey into a magical drive-through!  Opens for the season on Thanksgiving night. Cash donations- you set the price.

The mission:  Light Up Middletown is to raise funds to make improvements to Middletown City Parks and to present a first-class holiday event that will draw guests not only from the immediate area but from a wider region. So, when you come for your holiday fun you are not just enjoying the night out with friends and family but you are extending your holiday cheer into the next year by supporting green space in Ohio.

Dates and Hours:

Every Night Thanksgiving Through New Year’s Eve

6:00 PM – 10: 00 PM – Open in all weather & Holidays

Location:

Smith Park

Tytus and Verity Parkway

500 Tytus Avenue

Middletown, Ohio 45042

It is the most wonderful time of the year and we wish you the happiest and merriest of times!

Happy Holidays from the Gleason’s!

Matt and Brandy

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