For over three decades the ‘Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill’ have ‘turned on’ for the holiday season brightening the lives of kids of all ages. Folks in these parts know all about us, but now we have an opportunity to spread our Christmas Holiday tradition with the entire country through USA Today’s 10 Best Public Holiday Lights Display.
You can vote every day through December 15. Let’s do this Ohio and Miami Valley!
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 31.
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 31 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.
Clifton is in Greene County, Ohio three miles east of Yellow Springs on State Rt. 343, six miles south of Springfield on State Rt. 72, and three miles north of Cedarville on Rt. 72.
MostMetro.com is making it east to see the lights with our Hoiliday Beer & Light Tour! Board the 937 Party Bus at Dayton Mall, Elder Beerman parking lot and we’ll treat you to a holiday beer tasting as we ride out to Clifton, we’ll drop you off to take a walking tour through the grounds and then we’ll get back on the bus and head back to the South Suburbs. Your$35 ticket will include the beer, the bus ride and your ticket into Clifton Mill. Reservations Required.