This Ohio village named one of the 30 best Christmas towns for a winter getaway

Jack McLaughlin

Less than an hour from Downtown Columbus lies the small village of Clifton. 

With a population of just 131 residents during the 2020 census, it’s understandable if you’ve never heard of Clifton, but according to one national publication, it’s one of the most festive holiday towns in the country.

According to a House Beautiful story titled “30 Best Christmas Towns in the USA for a Magical Winter Getaway,” Clifton was listed as the country’s 14th-best festive getaway.


“If you’re looking for a top-tier light display this Christmas, head to Clifton, Ohio. Clifton Mill shines with 4 million red and white lights. Along with the mill, you’ll find a 100-foot “waterfall” of twinkling lights, miniature village, Santa Claus museum, and vintage toy collection—even Santa working at his workshop,” the story reads.

The Historic Clifton Mill, which is located at 75 Water St. in Clifton, offers a historical site complete with a covered bridge, 1940s gas station and a throwback restaurant. Its holiday lights display have served as a popular holiday attraction for decades.

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