Christmas Light Viewing in Fairfield, OH
Fairfield, Ohio, is a magical place during Christmastime. One of the best ways to enjoy the season is to gather family and friends and head out to see Christmas lights. From small but famously lit homes to massive events, let’s look at how the season will be bright this year.
The Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park will transform into a winter wonderland from Nov. 19 to Jan. 2. Each year, more than a million lights illuminate the park to celebrate the season at this beautifully artistic location. Journey Borealis is such a well-known event, it draws regionally and nationally famous light artists to do their best work. Journey Borealis includes a 2-mile drive through some of the most creative displays of holiday cheer in all of Ohio.
The experience opens at 6 p.m. every night of the week. It closes at 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and at 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The Journey Borealis organizers have enhanced the event for the 2021/2022 season. The route is longer than in previous years and two-way, and entry is faster and safer.
The experience will be layered with glittery arches and trees at the start, followed by a blue and white display of Hanukkah celebration, a swan lake display, a candy cane forest of 50-plus yarn-covered trees, and more. Kids will love the Grinch’s Greenland, Bethlehem Birth, and North Pole displays. Be aware that passenger vehicles can be no larger than 12 seats and must be able to pass beneath a 10-foot clearance bar. Limos and buses are not allowed, as they have damaged displays in the past.
The fee per carload is $20 Monday through Thursday and $25 Friday through Sunday. Pyramid Hill members can enter any day of the week for $15 a carload. Download the Otocast app on your smart device, and connect it to your vehicle’s Bluetooth so you can hear the musical collection that goes with the driving experience. Journey Borealis would be impossible without the aid of its kind sponsors: the Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile Jr. Foundation, Vincent Lighting Systems, Wilks Insurance, Watson Gravel, Nook Sports, and ODW Logistics.
Light Up Middletown
From Nov. 26 through Dec. 31 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., discover a Christmas light event experience like no other in Middletown. The event will be particularly joyous this year, as the creators are celebrating their 23rd amazing Light Up Middletown event. Light Up Middletown will be held this year in memory of a cherished member of the community who helped with the event for many years: Edward J. “Ed” Dobrozsi. His group, The Grandpa Gang, will have a special display to send their heartfelt condolences to the Dobrozsi Family.
Entry is by donation, with no specific amount required. The creators and runners of Light Up Middletown recognize this past year has been difficult for everyone, so give only what you can. Each year, Light Up Middletown offers pairs of commemorative ornaments, so pick a set up as a keepsake for $35. Visits with Santa and his wife have been canceled this year, but the Balloon Glow event will be held as planned.
Christmas Glow at Land of Illusion
Take in the glow of 3,800,000 lights at Land of Illusion Adventure Park at 8762 Thomas Road, in Middletown. Christmas Glow is the perfect event at which to celebrate the season with your family. It runs from Nov. 25 through Dec. 30 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. This 2-mile stretch of the park will be covered in displays depicting how cultures around the world celebrate the holiday season. You’ll see Catholic, Orthodox, Jewish, Protestant, and many other traditions depicted in their European, Russian, Hebrew, and American forms.
Christmas Glow will feature far more than just a light show this year. Feel free to walk your family through the Christmas Village. Kids love the singing, treats, and presents Santa brings this magical place each year. Enjoy your food and hot chocolate under the massive 45-foot Christmas tree at the center of the village. For a small fee, you can visit Santa’s Workshop and get a picture of your little ones sitting on his lap. Only those with a vaccination card or recent negative COVID test result will be allowed to sit on Santa’s lap.
The gift shop is going to be packed with hand-painted ornaments and gifts of all kinds, so consider stopping by and supporting the local community with a purchase.
A favorite stop for visitors every year is the Land of Illusion’s petting zoo. It’s home to goats, llamas, long-haired ponies, camels, and many more animals. Santa might be a magical being, but nobody wants Santa’s helpers or animals getting sick this season, so the same requirements apply for the petting zoo as for the pictures at Santa’s Workshop. Be aware that if the temperature drops too low, the petting zoo will be closed for the safety and comfort of Santa’s animals.
Smaller Stand-Alone Christmas Light Displays
You can find many other notable stand-alone Christmas light displays in and around Fairfield, Ohio. From the beginning of the holiday season to the first of the year, you can take in the beautiful Christmas lights of Ohio. Historic Clifton Mill in nearby Clifton, for instance, hosts the award-winning Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill from Nov. 26 to Dec. 30.
The Christmas Ranch of Morrow is one of the larger stand-alone Christmas light experiences, and it runs from Nov. 19 to Dec. 23. It features a barn covered in lights, many light-based Christmas trees, train and wagon rides, pictures with Santa, and Rudolph’s Sleigh Repair Shop. Woodland Lights in Washington Township, Ohio, features a classic homestead, including a log cabin, covered in lights. It runs from Nov. 19 to Dec. 30.
All these Christmas light experiences are ideal ways to celebrate the season with those closest to you. If we missed one of your favorites, please contact us and let us know. We’ll add it to our list of holiday light display attractions.