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4 vacation mild shows you may drive to from Columbus

Deck the Corridor, at Stan Hywet Corridor & Gardens, celebrates the season at Ohio’s largest historic mansion.

Because the nights develop darker, a few of the hottest close by journey locations develop into brighter and extra sparkly than ever — vacation magic for positive.

Vacationers who love Yuletide lights will discover many lovely locations to discover this season, many only a few hours drive or much less from Columbus. And lots of of these locations additionally supply quite a lot of vacation actions to reinforce the magic.

Listed here are a couple of of probably the most enchanting and illuminating of these locations.

Deck the Corridor: Lights, Cameras, Christmas! might be introduced this vacation season, with multiple million lights adorning the gardens and grounds. The location is the previous residence of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. co-founder F.A. Seiberling and his household.

Guests will start their tour within the Carriage Home Courtyard, with a big, brightly lit Christmas tree and two animated “store home windows,” harking back to division retailer Christmas shows of outdated. The home windows are simply outdoors Molly’s Store, crammed with distinctive vacation items on the market.

Within the Manor Home, Ohio’s largest historic residence, visitors will discover 21 rooms and areas decked out in decorations reflecting a theme of basic Christmas motion pictures, plus 25 adorned vacation bushes.

Deck the Corridor might be open from 5 to eight p.m. Nov. 26-28; and Dec. 2, 9-23 and 26-30 at 714 Portage Path, Akron.

Tickets price $18, or $7 for college kids ages 6 to 17 Mondays by way of Thursdays, and $22 and $9 Fridays by way of Sundays.

Tickets should be bought prematurely at or by telephone at 330-315-3287.

Masks are required in any respect indoor venues at Stan Hywet.

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The Lilly House is illuminated during Winterfest at Newfields in Indianapolis.

The Lilly Home is illuminated throughout Winterfest at Newfields in Indianapolis.

The 142-acre arts and nature middle in Indianapolis, additionally contains a historic household mansion and might be decked out in sensible vacation lights and decor.

The allee on the Lilly Home, former residence of Indianapolis businessman J.Okay. Lilly Jr., is the positioning of the Panorama of Gentle, a mesmerizing mild present that includes lights that “dance” to vacation music. The show is simply a part of Winterlights at Newfields, which options greater than 1.5 million lights in The Backyard, the positioning’s 52-acre “museum of gardens.” Guests will even discover ornaments and regionally handmade items on the web site’s Wintermarket.

Winterlights will run Nov. 22 by way of Jan. 2 at Newfields, 4000 Michigan Street, Indianapolis. Tickets, which should be bought prematurely, price $25, or $17 for college kids ages 6 to 17. Go to for tickets or extra info. Masks are required in any respect indoor venues at Newfields.

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An old-time sternwheeler, created with light, is one of some 90 displays along the six-mile Festival of Lights driving tour at Oglebay in Wheeling.

An old-time sternwheeler, created with mild, is one among some 90 shows alongside the six-mile Competition of Lights driving tour at Oglebay in Wheeling.

One more historic residence, Oglebay Mansion, anchors one other huge and fashionable mild show, the Competition of Lights at Oglebay resort park, 465 Lodge Drive, in Wheeling, West Virginia.

The previous residence of Cleveland industrialist Earl W. Oglebay is the positioning of the Magical Mansion Present, one other animated mild present choreographed to acquainted vacation music. Inside, the Holidays on the Mansion show options 13 rooms trimmed with elaborate interval vacation decor.

The primary attraction, although, are the hundreds of thousands of lights used to create 90 totally different scenes on the competition’s six-mile self-guided driving tour. The show, which covers greater than 300 acres, attracts greater than 1 million guests yearly.

Guests to Oglebay this vacation season will even discover quite a few procuring alternatives on the resort’s boutiques, the Rockin’ Vacation Gentle Present at Oglebay’s Good Zoo, vacation dinner exhibits by the West Virginia Public Theater, guided trolley excursions and rather more.

The drive-through Competition of Lights tour is open nightly by way of Jan. 9 from nightfall to midnight.

A donation of $25 {dollars} per car is requested for the tour and features a cross good all through the competition plus an Oglebay Rewards Ebook containing greater than $500 in coupons. A further payment is required for admission to the Good Zoo and for another Oglebay occasions. For extra info go to

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Clifton Mill is a visual delight at holiday time.

Clifton Mill is a visible delight at vacation time.

Nearer to residence, Clifton Mill, 75 Water St. in Clifton, about an hour southwest of Columbus close to Yellow Springs, is a good looking historic grist mill that, with the addition of greater than 4 million lights, turns into a sight that may amaze even Santa.

The mill’s setting, on a gorge above the Little Miami River, is picturesque at any time of the 12 months. However add a twinkling 100-foot “waterfall” of sunshine and different glowing shows atop the mill and alongside the gorge and the scene turns into one thing really spectacular.

The Clifton Mill Christmas Lights celebration additionally features a miniature village, Santa Claus Museum, toy assortment and a synchronized mild and music present on the web site’s Outdated Lined Bridge.

The occasion runs each day Nov. 26 by way of Dec. 30. Gates open at 5 p.m., with the lights approaching at 6 p.m. Gates shut at 9 p.m. each day, 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Christmas day.

Admission is $10 per individual ages 4 and older.

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Steve Stephens is a contract journey author and photographer. Electronic mail him at [email protected]

This text initially appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Vacation lights, Christmas shows briefly journeys from Columbus