Northeast Ohio Holiday Light Displays

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••• Cleveland's Public Square Christmas display. David Shvartsman / Getty Images

From downtown Cleveland's Public Square to Nela Park to Shaker Square, Northeast Ohio offers a wide range of festive holiday light displays. Discover a new one this year. (updated for 2016)

  • Public Square - The four quadrants for the newly-redesigned "Square" come alive with thousands of lights, beginning November 27 (2016) at 630pm and lasting through January 31. Free.
  • Medina County Fair Holiday Fantasy - Drive through the Medina fairgrounds, transformed into a winter wonderland with 85 lighting displays; 710 W Smith Rd., Medina; November 27 through December 26 (2016). Cost: $7 per car.
  • Nela Park - A Cleveland holiday tradition since 1925, the GE facility at Nela Park puts up hundreds of thousands of lights along the Noble Road perimeter of their grounds each year, beginning in early December and lasting until New Years Day. Nela Park also manufactures the lights for the National Christmas Tree in Washington DC. If you only have time to see one light display this season, this is the one to visit.
  • Sawmill Creek Festival of Lights - Fireland Festival of Lights; Route 2, Huron; Grand lighting November 26; lighting display is up from November 26 to December 31; 5pm - 10pm; free admission.
  • Akron's Holiday Fest Lighting Spectacular - Lock 3 Park - from November 26 - January 1. Lighting is on November 28 at 7pm; admission is free.
  • Stan Hywet Hall - Deck the Hall! - The Stan Hywet estate is surrounded by more than 200,000 holiday lights select evenings from November 26 until January 3, 2017, 5pm - 8pm; all estate tours $18. It's a glimpse into what life was like in a NE Ohio manor house during the early 20th century.
  • Cleveland Museum of Art - Winter Lantern Festival - December 5 through late December; "Environment of Lights" displays around Wade Oval, plus lantern displays at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
  • Lake Farmpark - Country Lights - November 26-November 28; December 1 - 21; from 5pm - 9pm; enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride through the park, trimmed with hundred of thousands of lights and a visit to Santa's workshop; Admission: adults $10, under 2 free. (Note: this event sells out early each year.)
  • Chagrin Falls Lighting of the Greens - November 26 - Triangle Park - 645pm; free
  • Ashtabula's Lights on the Lake - Lake Shore Park, Route 531 just east of the Ashtabula River; Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day; 6pm - 930pm; $5 per vehicle


(Last updated 6-29-16)