Check Out These 6 Magnificent Holiday Light Up Shows in Cleveland

Enjoy some fun holiday light up events in Cleveland, Ohio today with your family and friends!

Holiday Light Up Events


Sara Nuss


Jan 21, 2021

The holiday season is approaching and we all know what that means, holiday light shows! Experiencing he snow on the ground and trees lined and decorated with some of the most beautifully colored lights, seeing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer leading Santa’s sleigh, gingerbread men and their houses, Frosty the Snowman, and so much more, holiday light shows are exciting and fun for the whole family. You and your loved ones can enjoy some fun Christmas music that syncs up with the lights for an even better experience that you’ll never forget!

Check out these holiday light up events in Cleveland 2022:

  • Cleveland’s WinterLand in Public Square
  • Wild Winter Lights Drive-Through
  • Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds
  • Light Up Lakewood
  • Ashtabula County’s Lights on the Lake
  • A Christmas Story House
  • Castle Noel
  • Nela Park Holiday Lights

Cleveland’s WinterLand in Public Square

Come on down to the hub of Cleveland’s downtown area for a special holiday event on November 26th!

The Downtown Cleveland Alliance is the organizer of this winterfest event. Image courtesy of Destination Cleveland

50 Public Square Cleveland, OH 44113  |

Downtown Cleveland holds an annual winterfest each Saturday after Thanksgiving annually! The perfect holiday season kickoff with activities including twinkling lights, holiday trees, horse-drawn carriage rides, hot cocoa, and caroling. The event will continue on into the night, with a special fireworks show and a gorgeous lit tree.

Mark your calendars for the 26th from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Admission is free!

Wild Winter Lights Drive-Through

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo hosts its holiday light show as a drive through and walk-through!

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

If you enjoy holiday lights, make sure to check out Cleveland Metropark Zoo’s Wild Winter Lights Drive-Through  this holiday season! Image courtesy of Engage! Cleveland.

3900 Wildlife Way Cleveland, Ohio 44109 | 440-331-5530 |

If you are interested in either a drive-thru holiday light show, or a walk-through one, then make sure to check out Wild Winter Lights at the Cleveland Metropark Zoo! The Cleveland Metropark Zoo transforms into a beautiful winter wonderland for you and your family or friends to either walk or drive through that features over one million lights and many unique twists on holiday traditions. 

Guests are able to experience Candyland, the Enchanted Forest, Starry Skies, a Conservation Trail, and Santa’s Workshop.

Drive-Through Dates:

  • November 15, 16, 22, 29, 30
  • December 6, 7, 12, 13, 14

Walk-Through Dates:

  • November 17-20, 23, 25-27
  • December 1-4, 8-11, 15-23, 26-30


Tickets for the walk through are $57 per car for Zoo members and $66 per car for non members. Advanced discounted tickets on walk-through evenings for Zoo members is $19 and $22 for non-members, or a 4-pack for $57 for Zoo members and $66 for non-members. 

Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds

Get a great deal while checking out the beautiful holiday lights close to Cleveland!

Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds

If you want to experience a marvelous holiday light show at a good price, then you need to come to Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds! Image courtesy of Magic of Lights. 

19201 E. Bagley Road Northeast, OH 44130  | 440-243-0090 |

If you want to experience a holiday light show that you and the family will absolutely love, then you need to check out Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds annual holiday light show! From November 23rd to January 1st, you can experience a winter wonderland in a whole new way featuring your favorite holiday scenes and characters using LED lights and the latest digital animations to make it one-of-a-kind. 

Tickets per car cost $30 on weekdays and $35 on weekends from November 3rd to December 9th. This price will change to $35 on weekdays and $40 on weekends beginning December 10th until January 2nd. From 5:30pm-10pm, you can experience a whole new world full of lights and colors that the family will love, so stop by Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds to celebrate the holiday season!

Light Up Lakewood

Experience a free light show on December 3rd perfect for those of all ages!

Light Up Lakewood

If you want to enjoy a free event with friends and family, then check out Light Up Lakewood on December 3rd! Image courtesy of This is Cleveland.

14650 Detroit Avenue #LL40, Lakewood, Ohio 44107 | 216-521-0655 |

 If you want to enjoy a light up event with lots of family fun, then you need to come to Light Up Lakewood taking place on Saturday, December 3rd this year! This one day event is one of the largest in all of Northeast Ohio, and takes place fifteen minutes outside of Cleveland in Lakewood, Ohio where you can enjoy a lighting ceremony, fireworks, a holiday market, a beer garden, a holiday train, live music, food trucks, and lots of fun stuff for kids to partake in.

The event begins at 4 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. on December 3rd. Feel free to walk around Lakewood’s downtown district and visit some local shops and restaurants! 

Ashtabula County’s Lights on the Lake

Over 70 displays over 54 acres of hills and Lake Erie in the background to top it off!

Ashtabula County's Lights on the Lake

Check out Ashtabula County’s Lights on the Lake is the perfect place to go to for some beautiful light displays right by Lake Erie. Image courtesy of The Lakehouse Inn. 

Lakeshore Park | 1700 East 1st Street | Ashtabula, OH 44004 | 440-993-1051 |

If you are looking forward to some beautiful holiday light displays while getting views of Lake Erie, then you should definitely stop by Ashtabula County’s Lights on the Lake! Located in Lakeshore Park, you can experience over 70 light displays on their 54 acres of property with a backdrop of Lake Erie in the background for a really neat view along with the magnificent lights! 

This year, the event will be taking place on Friday, Saturday, Sunday November 25th through December 31st from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission price will be by donations or tickets that you can purchase ahead of time at a few different locations around the area for $5 a car. 

A Christmas Story House

Tour Ralphie’s House with Christmas lights on the outside with the famous leg lamp in the window!

A Christmas Story House

Check out A Christmas Story House in Cleveland for a different take on holiday light up shows this year! Image courtesy of Cape Gazette.

3159 W 11th Street Cleveland, OH 44109 | 216-298-4919 |

If you want to enjoy a different take on light up shows this holiday season, then we think that you need to visit the famous A Christmas Story House in Cleveland! This house is famous for taking after one of the all-time classic Christmas movies, A Christmas Story, where a young boy named Ralphie dreams about getting the gift that he wants the most for Christmas, a Red Ryder BB gun and tries to convince his parents why it is the perfect gift. He also dodges bullies, and goes through other shenanigans leading up to Christmas day.

The famous A Christmas Story House doesn’t necessarily feature an extravagant light up show, but they do feature the original house from the movie decorated for Christmas time with lights outside the house, and the famous leg lamp standing in the window. Admission is $15 a person and they are open 10am-5pm every day. Make sure to check out the A Christmas Story House today for a great time this holiday season!

Castle Noel

Check out the ultimate Christmas shop in Cleveland, Ohio featuring some of the most famous props from many Christmas movies!

Castle Noel

Come experience the ultimate Christmas museum at Castle Noel featuring many different Christmas props from many famous movies! Image courtesy of Castle Noel. 

260 S. Court Street Medina, OH 44256 | 330-721-6635 |

If you want to enjoy the ultimate Christmas experience, then there’s no better place to go to than Castle Noel, a fun and exciting Christmas museum dedicated to people of all ages! Castle Noel is the perfect place to go to to see props and costumes from many different Christmas movies such as The Grinch, Jingle All the Way, Christmas Carol, Elf, and many more while also including holiday lights around every corner to bring in the Christmas spirit.

Open all year round. Castle Noel is proud to present its Christmas collection to people who love Christmas just as much as its employees do. They offer public tours of their museum, along with private tours. Admission starts at $27.50 for adults on Tuesday and Friday, and $29.50 on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $22.50 for children 12 and under. Hours vary by the week, so make sure to take a look at their schedule here to plan in advance. Make sure to check out Castle Noel today and bring on the Christmas spirit!

Nela Park Holiday Lights

Check out one of the oldest Cleveland Christmas light displays!

Image courtesy of, where you can look at some pictures from the event and get some more information!

1901 Noble Road East Cleveland, OH 44112

Nela Park is quickly approaching nearly 100 years of celebration! This light up show is a bit more unusual in terms of location, because NELA actually stands for the National Lamp Electric Association. This industrial park is no stranger to lights, with it being home to many different sorts of invention and lighting discoveries over the last decade. 

Some of the displays feature hot air balloons and baskets with gifts and cards. You can also check out Santa’s reindeer preparing to take flight, festive snowmen and snowflakes, and other holiday décor that is hung from the buildings. A stunning replica of the National Christmas Tree is also available to look at! It’s important to note that the park may not actually be open to the public, but you still get great views on the sidewalks and roads nearby and there is no admission price!

Start Scheduling!

Which of these light up shows will you be inviting friends and loved ones to this year? Mark down the dates and of course, have a fun holiday season!

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