The holidays are almost here & a family favorite of ours is going to see all the holiday light displays we have in the area.
Here’s a list of FREE wonderful locations that have all types of displays for you & your family to enjoy.
1. PUBLIC SQUARE – Downtown
Public Square is kicking off Winterfest this year with their annual tree lighting on Saturday, November 27th at 7PM. The Winterfest light display located in Downtown Cleveland’s Public Square is a great opportunity to bring the family downtown for holiday pictures, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Enjoy an animated light and sound show three times per hour any day of the week. For more info: https://www.winterfestcle.com. To see my IG post on this, go here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CI6qP4BJOtP/
Address: 50 Public Square – Cleveland, OH
2. THE ARCADE – Downtown
No trip downtown during the holiday is complete without stopping by The Arcade. It is always beautifully decorated.
Address: 401 Euclid Ave – Cleveland, OH
3. WINTER RIVERFEST – The Flats
Winter Riverfest at Merwin’s Wharf is set to start November 26th. Besides festive light displays, there will be a synthetic ice skating rink, beer garden, firepits, retail shop, & igloo village. This the second year Cleveland Metroparks is hosting this holiday event along the Cuyahoga River in The Flats. Visit for the lights or stay a while & partake in activities. For more info: https://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/parks/calendar/2021/merwin-s-wharf/winter-riverfest-presented-by-troy-bilt
Address: 1785 Merwin Ave – Cleveland, OH
4. LIGHT UP LAKEWOOD – Lakewood
The most joyous of Lakewood traditions is returning to Downtown Lakewood for the 15th annual celebration. The spirit of the season will come to life with holiday cheer when Light Up Lakewood 2021 takes place on Saturday, December 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit: https://www.lakewoodalive.org/event/light-up-lakewood-2021/
Address: Downtown Lakewood – Lakewood, OH
5. SEABURY HOLIDAY LIGHTS – Fairview Park
Seabury Holiday Lights in Fairview Park is a community project to encourage residents to light up the city with garland lights along front yards. Drive or walk through the neighborhood to enjoy all the hard work put into it! Map can be found here: https://www.zeemaps.com/map?group=2292737#. To see my Instagram reel on this, go here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CInpGS6puGW/
Address: Seabury Ave – Fairview Park, OH
6. MUSICAL LIGHTS HOUSE – Fairview Park
If you go to Seabury, you might as well stop by this house that has a synchronized musical light show. It’s at the corner of W 222 & Alexander. This is a screenshot of my reel about Seabury & this house which you can find here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CInpGS6puGW/
Address: 4251 West 222nd St – Fairview Park, OH
7. NIEDERST HOUSE – Rocky River
This Rocky River House is a great drive-by location if you’re in the area. The biggest feature? A 32 foot tall pixel tree. Please note: there’s nowhere to stop & park here.
Address: 22200 Lake Rd – Rocky River, OH
8. CROCKER PARK – Westlake
Crocker Park is ALWAYS my family’s must-do each year. The whole place is filled with beautiful decorations, the big tree that does a nightly light show, & more! The annual tree lighting celebration is back this year on November 20 at 7PM. For more info: https://crockerpark.com/play.
Address: 177 Market St – Westlake, OH
9. EXCALIBUR MUSICAL LIGHT SHOW – Westlake
This house in Westlake is by far the best musical light display we’ve ever seen at a private residence. You could easily spend at least an hour here with the variety of songs they play. PRO-TIP: if you pull up to the house & don’t see anything happening, please wait! There’s a good 1-2 minute intermission between songs. One of the most fun things about this house is there’s no radio station to tune in to – just roll down your windows & listen – they play it out loud!
Address: 3191 Excalibur Ave – Westlake, OH
10. ESTES FAMILY CHRISTMAS DISPLAY – Avon Lake
This is a beautiful house in Avon Lake that is definitely worthy of a drive-by. There’s beautiful lights tastefully decorated with a lot to see.
Address: 31747 Leeward Ct – Avon Lake, OH
11. MR. GRISWOLD OF AVON LAKE – Avon Lake
While you’re in the area for other Avon Lake displays, be sure to add this one to the list. With more than 50,000 lights & many trees, there’s something for everyone here!
Address: 194 Fay Ave – Avon Lake, OH
12. DEVERE CHRISTMAS DISPLAY – Avon Lake
More than 20,000 lights will be display at this residence in Avon Lake. The Devere family has even decided to start the show earlier than Thanksgiving this year so be sure to carve out some time & check it out! Please note: there’s nowhere to stop & park here. See my Instagram reel on this one here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CIJ-D2rp_Zm/
Address: 688 Lear Rd – Avon Lake, OH
13. VETERANS’ MEMORIAL PARK – Avon Lake
Veterans’ Memorial Park in Avon Lake is a wonderful holiday light display put on by the city of Avon Lake. Drive by & view the lights from the road or stop by to walk around this adorable lakeside park.
Address: 32756 Lake Rd – Avon Lake, OH
14. WARWICK MUSICAL LIGHTS HOUSE – Sheffield Lake
Tune into 88.5 to hear the music play along with all the lights this house has!
Address: 782 Warwick Dr – Sheffield Lake, OH
15. SALEM’S LIGHT DISPLAY – Avon
This Avon house has an extensive 25,000-light display outside of their home complete with inflatables, lighted arches and music.
Address: 37811 Century Lane – Avon, OH
16. BOB MANGAN’S WINTER WONDERLAND – North Ridgeville
Bob Mangan returns for 2021 with his annual Winter Wonderland display in North Ridgeville. There’s even select Santa nights for a great photo op.
Address: 34907 Cambridge Dr – North Ridgeville, OH
17. FINWOOD ESTATE – Elyria
Finwood Estate in Elyria is a great place to see some beautiful lights for the holidays & great news – the inside of the mansion will be open from 6-9pm daily for a visit with Santa!
Address: 799 Abbe Rd – Elyria, OH
18. HOLIDAY LIGHTS CRUISE-THRU – Lagrange
Carlisle Reservation in Lagrange is still the place to celebrate the magic of the season with the Holiday Lights Cruise-Thru! This family-friendly event will feature their classic lighted features to be enjoyed from the comfort of your vehicle! Admission is free, but they are kindly asking visitors to bring one non-perishable food item to be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. This event will start November 26 & go until December 30. For more info: https://www.loraincountymetroparks.com. View my Instagram reel on this one here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CIZbDHQp66q/
Address: 13630 Diagonal Rd – Lagrange, OH
19. BIGGS HOUSE – Lagrange
*2021 Update: I have received word that this display will not be up this year.
If you go to Carlisle, do not miss out on this house in Lagrange on Biggs Rd. Though it’s strictly a drive by, it is incredible.
Address: 42108 Biggs Rd – Lagrange, OH
20. LIGHTS ON THE LAKE – Lorain
Experience this lakefront drive-thru lighted holiday display at Lakeview Park in Lorain! Enjoy “Lights on the Lake” with classic holiday scenes, festive décor, and thousands of twinkling lights spanning this 26-acre park. Lights turn on at dusk and stay lit until 10 pm each night. They even decorated the iconic Easter basket this year!
Santa Nights: 11/28, 11/28, 12/4, 12/5, 12/11, 12/12, 12/18 from 5-7pm. Come visit Santa and celebrate the magic of this holiday season with hot chocolate, cookie decorating, and crafts. Be sure to bring your camera to take a photo with Santa and capture all the wonderful memories. Admission to this program is free, but we are asking visitors to bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. Pre-registration is required. For more info: https://www.loraincountymetroparks.com
Address: 1800 W Erie Ave – Lorain, OH
21. VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK – Lorain
If you’re going to Lorain for Lights on the Lake, you don’t want to miss out on Veterans Memorial Park on West Erie Ave across the street from the police station.
Address: 704 W Erie Ave – Lorain, OH *please note – the park is right across the street from this address – there is no official address for this park*
22. GHOSTLY MANOR LIGHT SHOW – Sandusky
Each night from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day there will be a Christmas light show set to music. Light show runs every 30 minutes from 6 pm-12 am. Everyone is welcome and the light show is free. Park in the rear of the parking lot, turn your lights off and tune into 99.7FM and enjoy the show!
Address: 3319 Milan Rd – Sandusky, OH
BONUS IDEA: DRIVE DOWN LAKE ERIE COASTAL OHIO TRAIL
Take a drive down the Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail more commonly known as Lake Rd from Cleveland all the way to as far west as you want to go! Lights along Lake are in abundance this time of the year especially in Bay Village! You’ll be sure to see some beautiful displays.
Know of any other displays you think should make the list? Comment below!
As always, if you’re looking for more pics & videos of these light displays, please make sure you’re following along on Instagram: @clevelandwestsidemoms