How you can help Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill earn national bragging rights

For more than 30 years, Clifton Mill has been a glowing example of what the holiday season is about in Southwest Ohio. 

The official website published its Ohio Holiday Lights Trail list, and Clifton Mill was near the top of most spectacular light shows in the state.

>> What makes the Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill different from the rest

The recognition comes just in time, as Clifton Mill is in the running for the “USA Today 10BEST” competition. Currently, Clifton is in fourth place in the “Best Public Holiday Lights Display,” but there are still a few weeks left to vote. You can vote once daily for the duration of the contest, which ends  It’s the only Ohio display up for vote.

The polls close on Monday, Dec. 10 at noon ET. The 10 winning displays will be announced on on Dec. 21

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>>VOTE HERE: USA Today 10BEST: Best Public Holiday Lights Display

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>> The BEST Christmas light displays across the region

As small and mighty as Clifton Mill Lights might be going up against big city zoos, parks and even entire villages decorated for the season and still coming out on top is impressive to say the least. 

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This year's light display at Clifton Mills comprises more than 3.2 million bulbs. With the addition of the snow on the ground, the display is even more spectacular than usual. (Damon Higgins)

The Legendary Lights of Historic Clifton Mill begin on Nov. 23. Gates open at 5 p.m. and lights are illuminated at 6 p.m.

Unlike other lighting festivals where the lights are already on when you arrive, Clifton Mill stages a dramatic opening where people who arrive at 6 p.m. get to see all four million lights turn on at once. Throughout the evening, either on the hour or every half hour, the lights will be turned off and then turned on again so the later-comers can experience it as well. 

The lights themselves cover Clifton Mill’s scenic attributes, including the mill, a covered bridge, cliffs and riverbanks. There’s also a synchronized light show to the music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Christmas in Sarajevo.”

Visit for all the Lights Display information for the 2018 season.


What: Legendary Lights at Clifton Mill 

Where: 75 Water St., Clifton 

When: 5-9:30 p.m., Nov. 23-Dec. 31, though Legendary Lights closes at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. 

Cost: $10, children 6 and younger are admitted free 

More Info: 937-767-5501 |

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