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5 places to see holiday lights on Christmas

Published: Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 3:32 PM
By: Dayton.com Staff

‘Tis the season to sparkle! 

Christmas is here and what better way to celebrate than to admire wonderful whimsical displays through crisp air under the light of the moon with family, friends or your special significant other?! 

Here are 5 places to go to light up your holidays. 

1.) Clifton Mill 

The Clifton Mill lights are celebrating 30 years. Gaze upon 3.5 million lights covering the bridge, the mill’s windows, roof, sides and bottom while every hour the lights shut off completely, leaving guests in total and complete darkness. As quietness sweeps the atmosphere, orchestral music begins a medley of Christmas songs and lights over the bridge will twinkle on and off again. Don't miss the Santa Claus Museum on site. Refreshments for sale.

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Cost: $10. Kids 6 and under are free. Parking is free.  

When: Nov. 24 – Dec. 31

Times: 5-9 p.m. Lights go on at 6 p.m. Closes at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. 

Location: 75 Water St., Clifton, OH 45316 

More info: Website

2.) Light Up Middletown 

After setting attendance records last year, Light Up Middletown is preparing for its 19th season. Drive your way through this 100-acre illumination display in Smith Park this holiday season. Notice the thousands of twinkling lights including a floating sea serpent in the lake, a penguin village, deer leaping over the roadway, whales, Santa’s workshop and more. The signature entry tunnel is longer this year. 

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Cost: You choose the price; make any donation at the gate that you deem appropriate. Donations support nonprofit groups in the community and upgrades to Smith Park.

When: Nov. 23 – Dec. 31 

Times: 6 P.M. – 10 P.M. every day, including holidays, regardless of weather 

Location: 500 Tytus Ave., Middletown

More info: Website

3. Holiday Lights on the Hill 

Holiday Lights on the Hill will feature gardens of light, trees that sparkle up to 60 feet in the air, colorful forests and illuminated sculpture. This is the 16th season for the annual light display. See the 300-acre Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park sparkling with over 2 million twinkling lights in this drive-through display.    

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Cost: Monday through Thursday $20; Friday through Sunday $25 (Per carload). Admission for Pyramid Hill members presenting a current membership card is $15 every day.  

When: Nov. 17 through Dec. 31. Open holidays  

Hours: Hours are Monday through Thursday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday through Sunday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  

Location: Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton  More info: Website

4. Niederman Family Farm

Enjoy this walk-through Christmas lights display. Walk Thru the Bible features tens of thousands of lights set to the sounds of holiday music, plus live animals.    

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Cost: Free  

When: Nov. 24 through Dec. 30.  

Hours: Sunday through Thursday 6-9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 6-10 p.m.  

Location: Lesourdsville West Chester Road. Use 4972 in your GPS to access parking lot.  

More info: Website

5. Christmas Nights of Lights at Coney Island

Take a 2.5-mile car ride through Christmas displays and light shows with over a million lights, tunnels and more all synchronized to music. See larger than life trees, glowing snowflakes, dancing candy canes and more.    

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Cost: $6 per person. Children 3 and under free.  

When: Now through Jan. 1 including holidays  

Hours: Dusk until 10 p.m.  

Location: Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati  

More info: Website