LIST: Best public holiday displays in Northeast Ohio

Posted at 5:23 PM, Dec 05, 2019

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s time to hop in the car, hit the road and enjoy some holiday light displays that Northeast Ohio has to offer.

Below is a list of light displays by county in no particular order.

Ashtabula County

Lights on the Lake
It has more than 70 displays across 54 acres of rolling hills along the Lake Erie’s shore.

Admission: $5 per vehicle. Buses are $1 per person. Minibuses are $20.
Dates / Times: 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 29. Also open 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 24 and 25.
Location: Lakeshore Park, 1700 East 1st Street, Ashtabula.

Cuyahoga County

Cleveland Public Square
The square has hundreds of thousands of lights and other activities available such as ice skating.

Admission: Skate rental is $10. Cost is $7 if you bring your own skates.
Dates / Times: Skating is available from Nov. 20 to Feb. 17. For a full list of specific dates and times, click here.
Location: 50 Public Square Suite 1700, Cleveland.

Festival of Trees
A fantastic indoor display inside the Allen Theatre at Playhouse square featuring multiple lighted trees and even photo ops with Santa.

Admission: Free
Dates / Times: 5 to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sundays. Closed Mondays. 5 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 6. And 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 23. More information here.
Location: Allen Theatre lobby, 1407 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.

Wild Winter Lights presented by NOPEC
A one-of-a-kind experience at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo that features more than a million lights as well as interactive areas that feature a “unique twist on holiday festivities.” For more information, click here.

Admission: $20.50 per person. $60 for a four-pack of tickets. Children under two are free. Tickets can be purchased here.
Dates / Times: Event runs Thursday through Sunday until Jan. 5. Also open some Mondays. Click here for all dates and times.
Location: 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland.

Nela Park GE Light Display
An annual tradition at the park for more than 90 years. Attraction features more than half a million lights. For more information, click here.

Admission: Free
Dates / Times: Dec. 6 to Jan. 6. Lights are on 24 hours a day.
Location: 1901 Noble Road, East Cleveland.

Winter Wonderland in Strongsville
A great place to take the family to see thousands of lights. There’s also an interactive scavenger hunt for children. You’ll need to download the Loomie app to play. iOS users click here. Android users click here.

Admission: Free
Dates / Times: Lights are on 24-hours a day until Jan. 6
Location: Corner of Royalton and Pearl roads.

Geauga County

Bethlehem Hills Christmas Light Park
A drive-thru attraction featuring a 1.25-mile-long path with more than 2 million lights. Features a Christmas Carnival, Candy Cane Village, Nativity scene, Santa’s Workshop, Toyland and a “Salute to our Armed Forces” display. For more information, click here.

Admission: $20 per car Monday through Wednesday. $25 per car Thursday through Sunday.
Dates / Times: 5 to 10 p.m. daily until Jan. 1. Closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas day.
Location: Berkshire Hills Golf Course and Party Center, 9760 Mayfield Road, Chesterland.

Lorain County

Holiday Lights at the Lorain County Metro Parks
Features a half-mile walking trail decorated with thousands of lights. Also features the Little Green Choo Holiday Express ride for children. After enjoying the lights, you can warm up inside with some hot chocolate at the visitor center. For more information, click here.

Admission: Free, but the park asks that you bring a canned good to be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank.
Dates / Times: 5:30 to 9:30 Friday through Mondays until Dec. 30. Train and tram rides are until 8:30 p.m. On Dec. 24, the walking trail will be open but there will be no train or tram rides. Closed on Christmas.
Location: Carlisle Reservation, 12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange.

Lights at the Lake
Visitors to the park will enjoy thousands of holiday lights and view of the historic Lorain Lighthouse that is lit up nightly.

Admission: Free
Dates / Times: Nightly through Dec. 30. Closed on Dec. 24 and 25.
Location: Lakeview Park, 1800 West Erie Ave., Lorain.

Lights at Elyria’s Finwood Estate.
A historic Tudor-style home built in 1929 and deeded to the city in 1945. Visitors to the estate will enjoy thousands of holiday lights and a miniature train display. More information about the estate can be found, here.

Admission: Free, but the city asks you to bring a non-perishable food item to donate.
Dates / Times: Holidays lights outside the estate are on nightly through Jan. 1. Tours and visits with Santa are available nightly from 6 to 9 p.m. until Dec. 23.
Location: Finwood Estate, 799 North Abbe Road, Elyria.

Medina County

Holiday Lights at Medina County Fairgrounds
The fairground is home to one of the largest drive-through light displays around.

Admission: $8 for cars, $20 for passenger vans and $50 for buses.
Dates / Times: Friday and Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m. Sundays from 6 to 10 p.m. For specific dates or more information, click here.
Location: Fairgrounds are located 720 West Smith Road, Medina. (Enter the display off of Fair road, right off West Smith Road.)

Stark County

Christmas at Clay’s
The attraction is a two-mile-long drive-through light display that features a 5-story-tall Christmas tree with more than 10,000 lights on it. Also features live reindeer, character actors, concessions, shopping and live music. Click here for more information.

Admission: Weekdays — $20 per car, up to 8 people. Weekends — $30 per car, up to 8 people.
Dates / Times: Daily from Dec. 6 to Dec. 23 and then from Dec. 27 to 29.
Location: Clay’s Park Resort, 13190 Patterson Road, North Lawrence.

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Akron Zoo Wild Lights
The zoo has its very own Santa Land and a "Rockin' Lighted Spectacular" you won't want to miss.

Admission: $16 per adult, $12 per child. Click here for tickets or more information. You also find a map of the attractions, here.
Dates / Times: 5 to 9 p.m. Open Dec. 14, 15, 20. 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30.
Location: 505 Euclid Ave., Akron.