Woodland Lights offers a fantasyland of holiday lights and displays along a half-mile wooded path. The event enters its 21st season with more lights, more vignettes, and the same winter whimsy that enchants thousands of visitors every year.
December 6 - December 30, 2013
6 - 9 pm Nightly
Closed December 24 & 25
Nostalgia Nights on December 9, 10, 16, 17
View the lights, enjoy refreshments, and visit with Santa before Christmas in an historic log cabin. Musical entertainment in the cabin the day after Christmas.
COST: $3 Free for kids 2 and under
Festival Nights on All Other Nights
For visitors who want the most that Woodland Lights offers. Lights, Refreshments & Santa Visits PLUS carriage rides, amusement rides, costumed characters, live deer games, and activities musical entertainment after Christmas.
COST: $7 Free for kids 2 and under
Woodland Lights is celebrating its 21st year with the traditional lights and sights people have come to love, plus extra sparkle and a full month of activities.
Visitors to the nightly event can enjoy the beauty of lights sparkling along a half-mile wooded path and reflecting against a woodland pond. Along the trail, whimsical characters and illuminated critters prepare for the holidays, while a real-life Santa Claus visits with children inside an historic log cabin decorated as a candyland.
"Woodland Lights is a place that's magical and enchanting. Every year, we do our best to stay true to that vision," said Linda Madden, Woodland Lights coordinator. "The front area feels more like a festival with lighting and animation. The mood at the back of the park is quieter, more pristine, and emphasizes the park's natural beauty."
Favorite stopping points include nine holiday window displays, interactive lights, the 13th annual collection of home-made gingerbread houses, and a lookout point at a scenic pond that offers a panoramic view of lights and displays reflection off the water. Bonfires, hot chocolate and other refreshments are offered nightly. Highlights this year include more lights, a new Ferris wheel for children, more special events, and more Festival Nights when a full range of activities are offered.
Festival Nights offer all of the fun of Woodland Lights, plus a full range of festivities including carriage rides, live deer, amusement rides, costumed characters, games and extra activites such as face painting. Kids can play on a fun slide and enjoy seven amusement rides including a small train, Santa swing, twister and pony carts. All nights are Festival Nights except for Dec. 9, 10, 16 and 17.
At Woodland Lights, it's easy to find Santa. Just walk down a sparkling path until you see an historic log cabin decorated in lights.Turn right at the split rail fence and Santa will welcome you to his cozy cabin every night through December 23.
The setting is an inviting alternative to more commercialized visits with Santa. While young visitors whisper their wish lists in Santa's ear, parents are invited to snap a picture. Photos also may be purchased for $5.
"This is a real, historic log home that originally was located in Hillsboro, Ohio," says Woodland Lights Coordinator Linda Madden. "Everything about it is authentic - from the large beams over head to the old limestone fireplace." A fire burns bright each night in a large hearth near Santa's chair, greenery is draped across the mantle, and a tree is decorated in the corner.
After Christmas, Santa returns to the North Pole but his cabin stays open for visitors to stop and warm themselves by the fire.
A series of special event nights are offered throughout the Woodland Lights season. Several Bow Wow Walks give dog owners the chance to walk the path with their favorite canine, while other nights offer festival goers the chance to mix Woodland Lights with a Town Hall play, a movie, a swim, or a family activity night. Our Night-by-Night page includes complete details.
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895 Miamisburg Centerville Road; Dayton, OH 45459
Directions from North or South I-75
I-75, to I-675 North (Exit #43), Right turn onto OH-725 (Exit #2) 1 mile to 895 Miamisburg Centerville Road (Left side of the road)
Directions from Northbound OH-48 (If south of Centerville)
OH-48 North, left onto OH-725, 1.5 miles to 895 Miamisburg Centerville Road (Right side of road)
Directions from Southbound OH-48 (If north of Centerville)
OH-48 South, right onto OH-725, 1.5 miles to 895 Miamisburg Centerville Road (Right side of road)
Directions from the East
West to I-675 South, Left onto OH-48 (exit #4), right onto OH-725, 1.5 miles to 895 Miamisburg Centerville Road (Right side of road)
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