Enjoy a family-friendly evening enjoying Christmas lights in North Central Ohio
Our family loves looking at Christmas lights! It’s a fun and memorable way to spend an evening once the winter darkness sets in. There’s something special about driving around together on a dark evening — and viewing Christmas lights allows us to get out of the house without spending much money, too.
Here’s our itinerary (and map) for a family-friendly evening in the Mansfield, Ohio area.
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Kingwood Center Gardens Christmas lights
Visiting Kingwood Center Gardens is always one of the highlights of the holiday season. In 2022, Christmas at Kingwood runs from Nov. 26 – Dec. 30. We try to go on the opening weekend and kick off our holiday season.
Unlike previous years, Kingwood Center now requires reserving your visit in advance. Tickets for a time slot can be purchased in advance at the Kingwood Center website. They are $8 for adults & children over 13 Children 12 and under are free, as well as members.
One of our favorite features of Kingwood is the garden of trees. Kids of all ages will enjoy walking through this lighted wonderland.
If you like Christmas decor, don’t forget to tour the Kingwood House. Local businesses decorate the home to go with a central theme.
Allow approximately 90 minutes – 2 hours at Kingwood (from check-in until exit) and then travel to your next stop.
For more on visiting Kingwood Center during the holidays, check out my full post on Christmas at Kingwood.
Lights on the Square in Downtown Mansfield
Downtown Mansfield is twinkling with many different colored lights and trees! Stop by the beautiful gazebo after dining at the Reindeer Grill or Uncle John’s Place (both on my list of the best restaurants in Mansfield). Doesn’t it look like something out of a Hallmark Christmas movie?
The next 7 stops are individual homes. These are places that our family has driven by and stopped to enjoy the lights. I’d recommend visiting the Beal Rd. home before Kingwood Center if you are able to coordinate the times!
Christmas lights at homes near Mansfield, Ohio
Corner of Beal Rd./Fleming Falls Rd. in Madison Township
This display encompasses two lots! Roll down the windows and enjoy the music because there is so much to look at from minions to snowmen to traditional twinkle lights. Make sure you also turn onto Fleming Falls Rd. and watch the display at the home facing that road. Our children enjoyed the teddy bear with his moving arms!
485 Forest Hill Rd, Mansfield
The lights on Forest Hill have thousands of lights synchronized to music! Tune your radio to 91.1 to enjoy the display. Our kids were very fond of some of the inflatables – including Chase from Paw Patrol and a stormtrooper from Star Wars.
1031 Yorkwood Rd, Mansfield
This home has a traditional display with many characters from the popular 1964 movie, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
607 Kirkwood Dr, Mansfield
Another great display set to music, although you’ll have to roll your windows down to listen! I loved the vintage toy soldiers, while my kids were enamored with the giant Olaf.
40 Holiday Hill St, Lexington, Ohio
Roll down your windows and enjoy the holiday music for this family-friendly Christmas light display in the village of Lexington. The Santa and reindeer on the roof reminded me of Christmas Vacation.
177 Foxcroft Rd., Lexington, Ohio
Kids and adults will love this light show that is choreographed to music. Turn your radio up and enjoy! Here’s a preview I found on YouTube (my video had too many ooos and aahs from my adoring children and husband). You can view showtimes on their Facebook page.
175 Huron St., Bellville, Ohio
If you have a little more time in your evening, take a 10-minute detour to Bellville, Ohio, and visit the Frozen House. We made our little girl’s evening by showing her Anna, Elsa, Sven, and the rest of the gang.
That wraps up our recommendations! Have you found any great Christmas light displays in the Mansfield, Ohio area? I’d love to hear your suggestions!
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