There are so many traditions during the holiday season and countless ways to celebrate as a family in Cincinnati. Each year, there are a few things we try to do with our now five and four-year-olds, in the hope that we can continue these traditions for years to come. One thing we started when our son was just shy of one, was heading to a drive-thru light display. Even as a baby, he could enjoy the colorful lights, whimsical scenes and festive music. Living in Northern Kentucky, we’ve always had to cross the river to experience this, but that’s no longer the case!
Light Up the Fair is a new holiday event that’s gotten a lot of great attention – and it’s easy to see why. Light Up the Fair is s spectacular drive-thru light display in Burlington that every family in the Tristate will enjoy.
New this year, Light Up the Fair is held at the Boone County Fairgrounds and is open now through January 5th. If you’ve ever been to the fairgrounds before, you’ve never seen it like this, as they are now illuminated with over half a million dazzling lights. On a freezing cold evening, from the warmth of our car, we piled in with pajamas on and snacks in hand and paid a visit to our area’s newest light display.
Gates open at 5:30 pm and as soon as it’s completely dark, you’ll be able to drive along the mile-long path through the property. Set your radio to 97.9 and be amazed as the music perfectly matches up with the lights. The path winds through the fairgrounds, past many different displays, tunnels, and scenes, so you’ll never see the exact same thing more than once. The variety was one of our favorite parts of this attraction.
We also loved the local nods within the display (look for the Florence Y’all Tower), all of the tunnels, and the patriotic themes. We were very impressed with the quality of the show, and not just for a first year. It really stands up to all of the other drive-thru attractions in Cincinnati. Of course it’s extremely convenient for those of us in Northern Kentucky, but it’s really worth the drive from anywhere in the Tristate.
Admission costs to Light Up the Fair are based on the number of people in your vehicle, and you can find that information here. If you’re looking for a new tradition to begin with your own family, Light Up the Fair is a wonderful opportunity to do so. It runs nightly now through January 5th, and we look forward to returning next year to continue our own tradition, and right here in our own backyard.