Best Drive Thru Christmas Lights in Ohio

Every year our family loves to do drive-thru Christmas light shows in Ohio. However, this year it is even more important to get a comprehensive list of the best drive-thru lights in Ohio because of the current situation.

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 🙂

I have found that drive-thru lights are beautiful, bring in the Christmas cheer, and usually help a local community charity too! So, pick your nearest Christmas light location and head there for a night of family fun and Christmas joy!

Enjoy this list of the best drive-thru Christmas lights in Ohio.

WonderLight’s Christmas Show at Hartford Fairgrounds

Wonderlight’s Christmas central Ohio’s largest Christmas drive-through light show! Once you arrive, you will see over 1 million LED lights synchronized to traditional and newer, rocking Christmas music played through your car stereo. Pack your vehicle full of friends and family to enjoy the show and begin a new Christmas tradition with them during this CRAZY holiday season!

Where is Wonderlight’s Christmas?

Hartford Fairgrounds

14028 Fairgrounds Road

Hartford, OH 43013

How long do the drive-thru lights run?

November 11, 2020 – January 1, 2023

5:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.


How much does it cost to do the drive-thru?

Carload Special 

ONLY $30.00!

(up to 7 passengers)

This year they are proudly supporting The Salvation Army.

Can’t make it to the drive-thru but want to donate? You can do that here —-> Donate to the Salvation Army.

Website: Wonderlight’s Christmas

Ashtabula County’s Lights on the Lake

Go experience over 70 displays in Lakeshore Park, where you will drive through the rolling hills and along the beautiful Lake Erie shores. This holiday light attraction has some shows “as big as a truck,” which is great for creating family memories and holiday fun. We recommend you make Ashtabula County’s Lights on the Lake an annual family tradition. 

Where are Ashtabula’s Christmas lights drive-thru?

Lakeshore Park

1700 East 1st Street

Ashtabula, OH 44004

What are the dates and times of the drive-thru?

November 25 thru December 31, 2022

6:00pm – 9:00pm

——Special Days and Hours——

Dec. 24th and 25th.   6:00pm – 8:00pm

Dec. 31st 6:00pm – 8:00pm

​What does it cost to drive-thru?

Suggested Donation

$5 per Car or Van

Buses – $1 per person

Mini Buses – $20

Website: Lights on the Lake

Upper’s Winter Fantasy of Lights  Upper Sandusky, Ohio

“Since 1997, Harrison Smith Park, just east of downtown Upper Sandusky, has been transformed into a fabulous light show for the month of December. Through the volunteer efforts of many individuals, organizations, and businesses, the 33 acres of the park are ablaze with millions of lights and a myriad of unique light displays along the drive through the park.” via the website

A donation per car is requested: and this year’s proceeds benefit the Wyandot County Food Pantries.

Where are the Upper Winter’s Lights located?

Harrison Smith Park
525 East Wyandot Ave.
Upper Sandusky, Ohio 43351

When are the lights running?

December 1st – 30th, 2022

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Monday – Thursday 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

How much does it cost?

  • Cars – $5.00 (Monday through Thursday) or $10.00 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
  • Commercial Vans – $15.00
  • Tour Buses – $50.00

Website: Fantasy of Lights

Holiday in Lights at Armco Park

Holiday in Lights is a family-friendly drive-thru outdoor light display at Armco Park, part of the Warren County parks, 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?

1223 OH-741

Lebanon, Ohio

When do the lights start, and the hours?

Open nightly from Saturday, November 19th through December 30th , 2022 (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!


Website: Holiday in Lights

Butch Bandos Fantasy of Lights

I admit I am a bit partial to this fantastic Ohio Christmas lights drive-thru. This one is located in the beautiful Alum Creek State Park and offers so many incredible displays! Alum Creek State Park Campground is transformed into a wonderland of lights, Christmas music, and family fun, starting on November 19th! This captivating holiday light show drive-thru will become a family tradition once you’ve experienced the Christmas joy.

This year Mrs. Clause will be here to help you get your letter to Santa. This socially distanced opportunity will make your gift-giving easy! If you add your email address to the letter, Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights will send you the list so “Santa” can get what the kiddies are asking for.

Where is Butch Bandos Fantasy of Lights located?

Alum Creek State Park Campgrounds at
3311 South Old State Road
Delaware, OH 43015

What are the dates and the hours?

November 18th- January 1st, 2023

Sunday-Thursday 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
(ticket booths close at 9:00 pm)
Friday and Saturday 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
(ticket booths close at 10:00pm)

How much does it cost?
Do you want a coupon code? Use ADVENTURE for $5.00 off!!


Monday-Thursday $20.00

Friday-Sunday $30.00

2020 Benefits: Show benefiting A Kid Again and Recreation Unlimited 

Can’t make the show but want to donate? Click the links here —-> A Kid Again or Recreation Unlimited

Website: Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights

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Land of Illusions Christmas Drive Thru

Celebrate the season at The Christmas Glow, with over 3.5 million lights at the Christmas Around the World drive-thru experience. Visit Santa at the Christmas Village Santa Workshop and stop at the majestic lights of the 45-foot Christmas Tree as you warm up by the strategically placed gas fire pits.

Want a discount and support local food banks? Bring a canned good, and you will get $2 off park admission, and they will donate that item to The Hope House Mission of Middletown. Can’t make it to the drive-thru but want to support this mission? Click here to donate—–> The Hope House Mission.

Where is the Christmas Glow drive-thru?

Land Of Illusion

8762 Thomas Road
Middletown, OH 45042 

When is the Christmas Glow open? (Closed November 29th, November 30th, December 1st, and Christmas Day)

November 24th-December 30th, 2022


How much does it cost?

$7.00 per person

Website: Land of Illusion

So, what are you waiting for? Pick the nearest light show from this ultimate guide to the best drive-thru  Christmas lights in Ohio and plan a trip to enjoy one of these fantastic locations. Save the best Christmas lights drive-thrus in Ohio blog and post it on your Pinterest so you don’t lose it!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

The Gleason crew

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