The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill, located in Clifton, Ohio, has been nominated for USA Today’s best public lights holiday display. It’s the only Ohio nominee, this unique attraction boasts nearly 4 million lights and has been illuminating the holiday season for 32 years.
Clifton Mills finished #2 in this poll in 2018, but with your VOTES they are hoping to land the #1 spot this year. You can vote daily here until polls close on Monday, December 2 at noon. The 10 winning displays will be announced on 10Best.com on Friday, December 13 just in time for Christmas. As of this post on Sun, Nov 17th Clifton Mills is in 6th place. Please VOTE!
The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill’s gates open at 5pm, and precisely at 6pm, over 4 million lights brighten the night instantly, transforming the mill and gorge into a shimmering world of Christmas wonder. The lights come are open 7 nights a week through December 30th.
What began as a simple idea of stringing a few strands of lights on the historic mill for the enjoyment of family and friends is now one of the largest outdoor holiday displays in the country. Now, millions of lights later, the Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill decorate the mill, trees, river banks and almost everything in between. Including the water wheel.
One of the big crowd pleasers is the covered bridge synchronized light & music show, which occurs hourly each night.
Also 32 years ago, the owners began work on a miniature village with scaled down versions of some of Clifton’s historic buildings built by an artisan in Pennsylvania. There have been new additions each year by a variety of artists and today it is a sight to behold with street after miniature street of scaled down homes and businesses, a tiny Fire Dept. putting out a “house fire”, an outdoor train, a 1950s drive-in theatre, a County Fair and much more lit up for the holidays! Clifton Mill has over 3000 examples of ‘Santa Claus’ on display dating back to 1850. Some are toys, some used for advertising, odd to elegant, all are interesting. Plus, a real live Santa popping out of the chimney.
The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill is an outdoor event and weather permitting. Call beforehand. Admission is $10 per person for everyone age 7 and older. Concession Food is available. BEST TIME TO VISIT IS MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY.
Join Dayton Brew Tours on a trip to see the Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill!
We’ll board the 937 Party Bus at Dayton Mall, Elder Beerman parking lot and treat you to a holiday beer or wine tasting as we ride out to Clifton, we’ll drop you right at the entry gate to take a walking tour through the grounds for a couple hours and then we’ll get back on the bus and head back to the South Suburbs. Your ticket will include the beer, the bus ride and your ticket into Clifton Mill. Reservations Required. $35