December Holiday Driving Traditions

Everyone’s up for some spirited holiday celebration—as long as it doesn’t involve walking. Spending time outside. Snow, ice, or cold. Which leaves only one alternative, which many holiday events have taken full advantage of: holiday events experienced from the comfort of your own vehicle.

Blame it on the growing laziness of the average American, or the innocent coziness of sipping hot chocolate from inside a heated vehicle, but car-friendly happenings are growing more popular all over the city.

Check out these attractions without having to go walkin’ in a winter wonderland, but instead by car, train, and wagon.

HOLIDAY IN LIGHTS: SHARON WOODS

What: Drive through a mile of outdoor holiday lights from your own vehicle.
When: Every day (including all holidays) until January 1, 2011, opening each evening at 6:00 p.m. From Sunday through Thursday, the display closes at 9:00 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, Holiday in Lights is open until 10:00 p.m.
Where: Sharon Woods, Cincinnati OH
Cost: $12.00 per car
Website: http://www.holidayinlights.com/

HOLIDAY AUTO THEATRE
What: Old-school drive in movie theatre
When: Triple Feature for the Holidays: Friday, December 24th through Saturday, January 1st
Box Office Opens: Fri and Sat – 6:30pm / Sun through Thur – 6:45pm
Where: Old Oxford Road, Hamilton, OH
Cost: Adults $8.00 / Children 4-11 $5.00 / Children 3 and Under FREE
Website: http://www.holidayautotheatre.com/index.php

NORTH POLE EXPRESS
What: While it’s not your own vehicle, a train seat is just as cozy, especially a seat on the North Pole Express.
When: December 11* & 12, December 18* & 19: 10:00am, 12:15pm, 2:30pm, 4:45pm, *7:00pm additional departure on Dec. 11 and 18. Event lasts for 1 hour, 45 minutes.
Where: Mechanic Street, Lebanon OH
Cost: Adults: $20.50
Seniors (62+): $15.50
Children (5-16): $15.50
Toddlers (2-4): $8.50
Infants (1 yr. & under): FREE
Website: http://lebanonrr.com/northpole.html

THE CHRISTMAS RANCH
What: “A whimsical place with 350,000 dancing Christmas Lights synchronized to holiday music,” featured on Good Morning America and HGTV. Wagon rides available.
When: The Gift of Lights- A Spectacular Animated Holiday Light Show plays through December 31st.
Monday through Thursday – 5:00 PM to 9:30PM
Fridays, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays – 5:00PM to 10:00PM
Where: S. Waynesville Road, Morrow, OH
Cost: $12 per vehicle
Website: http://www.thechristmasranch.com/