Thursday, December 15, 2011

Holiday In Lights

I can't believe what I've been missing all these years!

Hi, it's Sheila. Friday night my husband Ric and I took the kids to Sharon Woods to see the Holiday In Lights display. This is the 20th year for the massive light show, but we had never gone before. This year, Cincinnati Magazine's Best of the City issue named the attraction the number one Christmas light display in our area, so I really wanted to get there this year.

Holiday In Lights is an outdoor light display which takes up more than a mile of wood roadway in Sharon Woods. It's easy to get there - just a mile off I-275's Mason/Sharonville exit. And you don't have to bundle up, because you view the whole thing from your car. We tuned the car radio to Christmas music, and turned off the headlights as we started our little tour. I was amazed by just how many characters, stories, and themes are depicted -- everything from a Godzilla wearing a Santa hat, to a Christian Nativity, to the Jolly Old Elf in a helicopter. Eric and Katie loved the massive light tunnel and the reindeer which seemed to jump over our car. I don't how many lights are used, but the display just went on an on.

It was great fun. After your ride through the woods, you can get out of the car for hot chocolate and a visit with Santa at Santaland. The Holiday In Lights website says: "Nightly entertainment is provided throughout the week. The Dickens Carolers will stroll throughout Santaland on the weekend nights singing traditional holiday melodies. Santa's Confectionaries will have holiday baked goods and candies available, and the Nature's Niche Gift Shop will be open for holiday shopping. Santaland also features a train display and photos with Santa for $5.00."

Cincinnati has so many great things to do during the Christmas season. I love finding different ways to have fun each year, and I was so glad we checked out this one.
Holiday In Lights is open nightly starting at 6 p.m. through December 31. It's $12 dollars per car, but if you go to the attraction's website, you can print a coupon for two dollars off.

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