Woodland Lights offers a fantasyland of holiday lights and displays along a half-mile wooded path. The event enters its 22nd season with more lights, more vignettes, and the same winter whimsy that enchants thousands of visitors every year.
December 5 - December 30, 2014
6 - 9 pm Nightly
Closed Dec. 24 & 25
Nostalgia Nights December 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17
View the lights, enjoy refreshments & bonfires, and visit with Santa in an historic log cabin through Dec. 23.
COST: $3 Free for kids 2 & under
Activity 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.
COST: $7 Free for kids 2 & under
Lights, Santa, action! .... Woodland Lights returns for its 22nd season with the traditional lights and sights people have come to love and a full month loaded with holiday 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 for the holidays.
"Woodland Lights is a place that's magical and enchanting. Every year, we do our best to stay true to that vision," says Linda Madden, Woodland Lights coordinator. "The front area feels more like a festival with lighting and animation. The mood at the back is quieter, more pristine, and emphasizes the park's natural beauty."
Favorite stopping points include nine holiday window displays, interactive lights, the 14th 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.
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. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17.
It's easy to find Santa at Woodland Lights. Just walk down a sparkling path to an historic log cabin decorated in lights and festooned with greenery. Everything about the historic log home is authentic -- from the large beams overhead to the old limestone fireplace. A fire burns each night in a large hearth near Sant's chair, greenery is draped across the mantle and beams, and a holiday tree sits in the corner.
Santa welcomes children to his cozy cabin every night through Dec. 23. His annual arrival to Woodland Lights takes place at 6 p.m. opening night, Dec. 5, atop a fire engine, with flashing lights and a siren.
The historic Woodland Lights cabin offers an inviting alternative to more commercialized visits with Santa. Parents are invited to take their own pictures, or photos may be purchased for $5.
After Christmas, Santa returns to the North Pole but his cabin stays open for visitors to stop and warm themselves by the fire.
For complete details, check the calendar here.
There are dozens of ways to be jolly at Woodland Lights -- whether you're looking for loads of festivities, a quiet walk, a bit of culture, or family activities. Depending upon which night you attend, you can ...
Be Silly ... Wear a holiday hat or an ugly sweater for a free cup of hot chocolate.
Enjoy Your Pet ... Walk the path with your favorite canine at two Bow Wow Walks.
Play Together ... Combine Woodland Lights with a Family Fun Night or a Holiday Family Dance Party.
Be Theatrical ... Combine Woodland Lights with the Town Hall Theatre production of "Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells."
Swap for Fun ... Participate in a holiday book swap or a Secret Santa Exchange.
Enjoy a Film ... Sink into soft seating and warm up with a 30-minute holiday film on the big screen at Rec West.
Be Creative ... Make a holiday ornament or enter a holiday coloring contest.
Give Back ... Bring a donation for the Firefighter's Boot Drive to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
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How to Find Woodland Lights
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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October 31, 2014 - Ghosts and goblins will be knocking on doors from 6 to 8 p.m. October 31.
Closed - Recreation Department
November 27, 2014 - Thanksgiving
Closed - Recreation Department
December 25, 2014 - Christmas Day