No matter how old you are, there's something magical about seeing hundreds of tiny twinkling lights glowing at night during the holiday season; it brings out the kid in you.
No matter how old you are, there's something magical about seeing hundreds of tiny twinkling lights glowing at night during the holiday season; it brings out the kid in you. Whether you're partial to a certain lighting ceremony or like to tour different displays around town, get your visual fix at one of these worthy lighting celebrations in Central Ohio.
Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek, through Jan. 1, 2017
If you haven't loaded up your family in the car for a ride through the Fantasy of Lights display at Alum Creek State Park in Delaware, add it to your holiday bucket list this year. With admission of $20 per car, you can wind through more than 100 light displays stationed throughout the park. When you've reached the end, grab a hot chocolate and photo with Santa. alumcreek.com/fol
Columbus Commons Holiday Lights, through Jan. 2, 2017
Enjoy a bit of fresh air and holiday spirit after an evening on the town at the Columbus Commons holiday light display. The Downtown park sparkles with more than 300,000 LED lights each night beginning at dusk. columbuscommons.org
Ohio Statehouse Holiday ?Festival and Tree Lighting, Dec. 1
Experience a feeling of grandeur and history as you witness the lighting of the Atrium tree at the Statehouse. Tour the building to see festive Victorian-era decorations and enjoy free special performances, refreshments and family-friendly activities. ohiostatehouse.org
Scioto Mile Grand Illumination, Dec. 2
A perfect occasion to celebrate the beauty and progress of the riverfront, the Scioto Mile and Bicentennial Park will glow this December through early January with seasonal decorations and more than 250,000 LED lights. The free celebration kicks off with a visit from Santa and holiday projections on the Scioto Mile fountain. sciotomile.com
Village Lights in German Village, Dec. 4
You don't have to travel far to feel like you're walking through some of Europe's most charming streets decked for the holidays. During Village Lights, an annual holiday celebration presented by Schmidt's Sausage Haus, German Village streets are lined with thousands of candle-lit luminaries as wanderers listen to carolers and live music while enjoying late-night shopping and dining. germanvillage.com
Bexley Menorah Lighting, Dec. 24
Each year, the city of Bexley lights a 10-foot by 15-foot menorah in celebration of the Hanukkah season. The public ceremony is held on the first night of Hanukkah, and a city employee or designated person lights an additional candle at sundown for the next seven nights. bexley.org
Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus Menorah Lighting, Dec. 24
The community is invited to participate in the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus' annual menorah lighting in front of the JCC. A candle is lit at sundown each night during Hanukkah. columbusjcc.org