Holiday light displays are one of the most wonderful parts of the season (you could say they make it merry and BRIGHT!), and Dayton offers some of the best holiday lights in Ohio! Among the many displays around the area, two standouts are the Woodland Lights in Washington Township and the magnificent “Tree of Light” at Carillon Historical Park.
Carillon Tree of Light & A Carillon Christmas
Since 2015, Dayton History has transformed the Deeds Carillon at Carillon Historical Park into a 200-foot-tall Tree of Light for its annual A Carillon Christmas celebration. Visible for miles, the Tree of Light has quickly become Dayton’s newest holiday tradition and a not-to-be-missed site in November and December. It’s even featured on Ohio.org’s 2022 Ohio Holiday Lights Trail!
Carillon Historical Park's entire 65-acre campus becomes a winter wonderland of sparkle, magic and holiday cheer during A Carillon Christmas. In addition to the Tree of Light, it features visits with Santa, the Candy Cane Slopes, Christmas concerts, a Christmas Café, holiday storytelling, model train displays, miniature train rides, a holiday bakery, and much more.
This year, the event kicks off with the lighting of the Carillon Tree of Light on November 22 and runs through December 30. There is no charge to view or visit the Carillon Tree of Light, but there is an admission fee for A Carillon Christmas inside Carillon Historical Park.
Admission to A Carillon Christmas is $14 per adult (ages 18-59), $12 per senior (ages 60+) and $10 per child (ages 3-17). Admission is free for children 2 and under, as well as Dayton History members. Hours for A Carillon Christmas are Sunday-Thursday, 5-9 p.m. and Friday/Saturday, 5-10 p.m.
Carillon Historical Park is located at 1000 Carillon Boulevard, just off Patterson Boulevard. Go to Carillon Historical Park’s website for more about A Carillon Christmas and the Tree of Light.
Washington Township Woodland Lights
The second stop on our tour of area light displays is Washington Township’s annual Woodland Lights, located at Countryside Park, 895 Miamisburg-Centerville Road. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the popular south Dayton holiday display.
Woodland Lights offers a fantasy land of holiday lights and displays along the half-mile paved path. Visitors can stroll through 10 acres of sparkling lights and whimsical displays or take a ride on the new-for-2022 Rieck Express train along a separate path. Woodland Lights also features visits with Santa, carriage rides (select dates) and several specially themed nights.
The month-long festival kicks off November 18 and is open 6-9 p.m. (gates close at 8:30) on November 18-20 and 25-27, as well as December 1-4, 8-11 and 15-23. General admission is $9 per person (children 2 and under free), and season passes are available for $20 per person. New for this year, a special Preview Party will be held on November 17; tickets for the preview event are $15 per person and must be purchased in advance.
Other Notable Holiday Lights
Grande Illumination Tree Lighting
Head over to our previous holiday blog post for more about the Dayton Holiday Festival’s Grande Illumination Tree Lighting and Children’s Parade, taking place on Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton on November 25.
Downtown Jingle Lights
From November 25-January 1, you can see downtown Dayton streets transformed into an interactive, drive-through light show, choreographed to the beat of your favorite holiday tunes. Tune your radio to 105.3 FM as you drive the route.
Austin Landing Lights
Light up your holiday shopping with Austin Landing’s holiday lights, on display November 24-December 31.
And of course many of our neighboring communities light up the holiday season as well! What are your favorite local holiday light displays? Is there a house in your neighborhood that rivals Clark Griswold’s from Christmas Vacation? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to check back here for our Dayton holiday shopping guide, and visit the Things to Do section of our website for more holiday fun around Dayton.
Images courtesy Dayton History/Carillon Historical Park and Woodland Lights
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