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Glow up: Where to go to catch holiday lights this year

Glow up: Where to go to catch holiday lights this year

614now Staff

We don’t know about you, Columbus, but nothing quite rings in the holiday season for us than seeing myriad lights twinkling in the dark. And being stuck at home more than usual this year, we’re ready to hit as many places as possible. 

Get your quaranteam together and check out these glitzy affairs below. 

Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights 

Through Jan. 3 at the Alum Creek State Park Campgrounds, you can enjoy this three-mile holiday light show from the comfort of your vehicle. 


Columbus Commons

Over 400,000 LED lights are on display here nightly from 5-10 p.m. through Jan. 3. After you’re through, you can either grab a bite downtown or head over to see the holiday lights at the Scioto Mile, also on display through Jan. 3.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

The Zoo’s annual lights display will be up through Jan. 3 and can be viewed between 5 to 9 p.m. Check out the Polar Bear Express, and say “Hi” to Santa!

D’Andrea Christmas Display

This Gahanna home is decked out with 25,000 lights that are synchronized to 10 songs. Make sure to tune your radio to 88.5 FM to get the whole experience. 

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

From 5-9 p.m. through Jan. 10, the Conservatory is transformed into a brilliant winter spectacle. While the rainbow tunnel and ornament trees have returned, make sure to check out the new Candyland scene with a life-size gingerbread house.

Griswold Delaware

Featuring over 120,000 lights, this home display in Delaware is a sight to behold.

Lights of Glenross

Over 250 houses in Delaware are choreographed to holiday music you can tune into via 94.1 FM. Shows run 5-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 

Lucy Depp Park

Six houses are now participating in this annual neighborhood lights show that had its start with one home in 2014. This show runs in Powell from dusk to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and dusk to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday through the first week of January. 

Reed Road Carnival of Lights: 4460 Reed Rd.

This Upper Arlington home is decked out with over 80,000 lights synchronized to over 25 songs on 112 computerized channels of animation. It’s truly a magnificent sight. Look for the huge sign inviting guests to pull into the driveway for the show, and be sure to tune your radio to 96.5 FM to experience it all. The show runs from December 1 through New Year’s Day from 5 p.m. to midnight every evening. 

Wonderlights Christmas

This drive-thru lights show features over 1 million LED lights synchronized to traditional and contemporary holiday music. The display is from 5:30-10 p.m. through Jan. 3. 


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