There are dozens of well-known destinations around the world that attract visitors to their incredible holiday lights, decorations, and displays. Some are more famous than others, but one lesser-known place has been getting a lot of well-deserved attention lately and it happens to be very close to Cincinnati. The Clifton Mill in Clifton, Ohio has been recognized for many years as a top spot for viewing holiday lights by regional publications like Midwest Living and Ohio Magazine. However, Clifton Mill has recently made the following national lists: House Beautiful (2020), Country Living (2020), and Travel + Leisure (2019).
For 32 years Clifton Mill has celebrated the Christmas season in a very special way. Their light display is one of the country’s finest with over 4 million lights. It is truly a mesmerizing, spectacular display with the mill, the gorge, its riverbanks, trees, and bridges all illuminated. There is even a 100 foot “waterfall” of twinkling lights. The flip of one switch turns all the lights on at once transforming the night into a fantastical winter wonderland which includes a Miniature Village, a Santa Claus Museum , a Toy Collection and a spectacular synchronized lights and music show that features the old Covered Bridge.
Every night through December 23, you can peek into Santa’s Workshop to see a live Santa at work and then, every 15 minutes or so, watch him check his list and go up the chimney to load his sleigh. The fantastic light display will be operating every night from 6 to 9 PM until December 30. On December 24 – 25, from 6 to 8 PM. Gates open at 5 PM.
Clifton Mill is less than 75 miles from downtown Cincinnati. For directions, click here. If you go, please be aware that Clifton Mill is taking enhanced health and safety measures for their guests. Below are a few things they ask to keep your visit safe and enjoyable.
- Limited Capacity – crowds will be held at 25% – there may be longer lines
- Masks are Mandatory – no exception – social distancing is highly encouraged
- No Inside Restrooms
- No Inside Dining – a food truck will be outside for hot chocolate & snacks
- Follow state health department guidelines if you are feeling under the weather