One of my favorite family traditions that we have, is to get in the car on Christmas Eve and drive around the neighborhoods looking at all the decorations and lights. To me, there is just something so magical about seeing Christmas lights.
So, earlier this month we decided specifically to visit a place that had Christmas lights display. We went to Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in Hamilton, Ohio (I wrote about our visit, which you can check out here), and planned it so we could see their Holiday Lights on the Hill after dark.
Let’s just say, it did not disappoint! Logan pretty much declared he wanted to live there. I then decided that all neighborhoods should require every house to be decorated so we can live and experience that kind of magic every day during the holiday season! Ha!
Well, let me share a little bit about our visit. Also, be sure to check out the video below so you can get an idea of how fantastic this place is!
Holiday Lights on the Hill
So, what is Holiday Lights on the Hill? I’m so glad you asked! Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park dedicates a part of their park to this event and goes all out with lights. It is a drive through display. The whole ride is about two miles long. So, it’s a mile in and then you turn around and come a mile back.
I’m not sure exactly how many lights there are, but it’s A LOT! We felt like we were in a winter wonderland. Plus, one of the things I loved about it, was the lights were not in some sort of design or shape, like Santa. Don’t get me wrong, there was some of that, but there is also a lot of the trees and surrounding objects that are all decorated. That just makes the whole drive seem magical.
My favorite part is when you get to the top of the hill and circle around to come back down. The view from the top is spectacular. I wish we could have stopped and soaked it all in for a while. However other cars were driving behind us, so we had to keep moving. Bummer, I know.
A Few Tips
Here are just a few quick tips to help make your visit to Holiday Lights on the Hill even better!
- If it is possible, let your kids wear their jammies! We forgot to bring some, so we made a quick stop at Target after dinner and picked up a pair for Logan. This way if he fell asleep on the drive home we could just put him straight to bed. Plus there is just something fun about wearing jammies in the car.
- Be sure to play some Christmas music as you drive through. In all honesty, we did not do this because Shadrach is not a fan. However, if you do like Christmas music, this is a great time to bust it out!
- Keep in mind that you are NOT allowed to get out of your car. There are a lot of places where you can get out and walk to see Christmas lights, but this is not one of them. For us, that is great because Ohio weather is usually cold this time of year. So, it was nice to have heat and warmth while seeing the lights.
- Know that if you have children on each side of the car, that they will eventually see everything since you circle around at the top of the hill and come back the same way. This way, people on each side of the car see everything!
- I’m not sure if there is a perfect time to go our not. We got there around 8 pm on a Saturday night. It was also the first weekend of December when we went, and it was not busy at all!! There were moments where there were no cars in front or behind us. Now, keep in mind, the closer you get to Christmas, the busier it will probably get.
A New Tradition
In case you can’t tell, I really loved Holiday Lights on the Hill! It was the perfect way to jump-start the holiday season. I’m hoping we are able to make it back again next year (seeing as how it is 1.5 hour away from our house, it was quite a drive).
It really is a magical experience, and we all loved it! Plus it made for a fun family day to visit the park in the afternoon, get dinner, and then head back to see the lights. In full disclosure, the fee you pay to visit the park during regular hours does not cover the cost of seeing the lights. That is extra. You can find out more about Pyramid Hill Sculpture Parks hours and cost here.
So, do you have a Christmas tradition of looking at Christmas lights? Is there a particular place you like to go each year? I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!!
P.S. This was not a sponsored post. It was just a really great place we visited and wanted to share with all of you!