Christmas at Kingwood is the perfect family-friendly holiday event

Kingwood Center Christmas Lights in Mansfield, Ohio

Ohio is lucky to have plenty of amazing Christmas light displays and Mansfield is host to some of our favorites. (Yes, here’s our list of the best Christmas lights in Mansfield). One of the places we have made a holiday tradition to visit is “Christmas at Kingwood Center.” Kingwood Center Gardens hosts the most amazing Christmas lights and holiday home tour that is budget-friendly for families.

Kingwood Center Christmas lights- Mansfield, Ohio

Where is Kingwood Center Gardens?

Kingwood Center Gardens is located near downtown Mansfield, Ohio in North Central Ohio. It is approximately 80 minutes from downtown Cleveland and 70 minutes from downtown Columbus.

What is Kingwood Center Gardens?

Kingwood Center Gardens is a 47-acre estate located in the heart of Mansfield. The mansion was once the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kelley King. Mr. King made his money working for the Ohio Brass Company – he went from being their first electrical engineer to the President and Chairman of the Board. He had no children when he passed away in 1953, so he left his estate to a private foundation that still operates Kingwood Center.

Kingwood Center recently underwent a major renovation providing the grounds a new building known as the Garden Gateway Center. This Center is home to the Gateway Cafe, a gift shop, plant nursery, and convention hall. This is also the place to learn the history of the King residence! My kids are always perplexed by Mr. King’s original Zenith TV.

The Garden Gateway Center is the entrance to Kingwood Center Christmas lights and houses a gift shop and cafe.

Kingwood Center at Christmas

Christmas at Kingwood Center 2021 takes place from November 27-December 30. Tickets must be purchased in advance (click here for the website). Tickets are $5 for adults and kids over age 12. Under 12 is FREE! When booking tickets, you must select a 30-minute time slot. You must arrive during that time but are free to stay as you like. The Gardens are open from 4-9 and the Garden Gateway Center & Cafe are open throughout the evening!

This year we chose to go at 4:30. It wasn’t quite dark, but it gave us time to explore with a bit of daylight left to keep an eye on the toddler. 😉

The Christmas Tree Walk is a room of fresh Christmas trees decorated by local businesses. Our children’s favorite was the Little Buckeye Children’s Museum tree because it had so many recognizable ornaments (i.e. toys).

Kingwood Center Christmas - Christmas at Kingwood Center - Christmas Tree Walk - Mansfield Ohio Christmas light displays

We then decided to tour the King Mansion. The Mansion is a 3-story home with enough rooms to easily fit the Yoder Toter brood. Ha! A special feature for 2021 is the opening of the third floor! This floor is usually off-limits to the public, but this year Mr. and Mrs. King’s bedrooms and bathrooms are on display! Even the toilet was decorated! Be prepared – my kids had many questions about why Mr. & Mrs. King had separate bedrooms, and I didn’t leave without Googling, “Boudoir room.”

Touring the Kingwood Center Mansion at Christmas at Kingwood - Mansfield, Ohio
Scarf (similar), boots (similar), and phone case and check out that poinsettia-filled bathtub!

Visiting the King home with kids? The railings are typical of a 1920s home and not up to our 2021 safety codes! In other words, the railings are low and the spaces between the bars are wide! Make sure you keep toddlers and little ones close at hand.

One of the many Christmas trees at the Christmas at Kingwood in Mansfield, Ohio
Just one of the magnificent Christmas trees in the Mansion

Outdoor Christmas lights at Kingwood Center

The highlight for most families will be the outdoor light display! The most popular photo-op is the 28-foot string light tree. Christmas at Kingwood was even featured on the Ohio For the Holidays Light trail!

Kingwood Center Christmas lights in Mansfield, Ohio.  This light display in on Ohio's Trail of lights.
Kingwood Center Christmas lights in Mansfield, Ohio - Christmas at Kingwood Center

This is the perfect place to bundle up with your loved ones and enjoy the holiday season! There are so many excellent photos ops, too! Don’t miss the beautiful doorways with pine swag and the twinkling light backdrops. Maybe your toddler will cooperate more than ours. Ha!

Christmas at Kingwood is located at: 50 N. Trimble Rd, Mansfield, Ohio. Call ahead with questions – (419) 522-0211

Making a day of it? Check out my list of our favorite restaurants in Mansfield and things to do with kids in Mansfield, Ohio.

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