Great Parks will host a new outdoor holiday event replacing the drive-through light show

Great Parks of Hamilton County has announced that it will no longer hold its ‘Holiday in Lights’ drive-in show at Sharon Woods. The parks will instead launch a new event called “Holiday on the Farm” at Parky’s Farm in Winton Woods. The event will allow guests to experience an outdoor winter vacation with themed events and activities. “A farm vacation will be about experiencing the season in nature, even with a chill in the air,” said Todd Palmeter, CEO of Great Parks. “The incredible increase in the number of visitors to the park over the past two years has confirmed to us how much the community appreciates the well-being benefits of exploring the outdoor spaces. This gathering will be a great opportunity to recharge and reconnect with friends and family while re-discovering all the amazing sights at Parky’s Farm in the winter.” Parky’s Farm will include self-guided lighted nature trails through the woods, wagon rides, carol shanties, animal encounters Grands Parcs and photos with Father Christmas. The farm will also include a beer garden as well as other food and drink options. The announcement drew mixed reactions in the community, with many locals upset at the end of a decades-old tradition. “Holiday in Lights” organizers took to social media over the weekend, expressing their disappointment with the change. The Allen Company is the provider used to create and operate Holiday in Lights. According to operations manager Nick Kaeser, his company learned in early spring that Great Parks was moving away from illuminated steering wheel displays. this family tradition right now,” Kaeser said. “They were just wondering why the parks, to put it bluntly” kicked us out. “A petition to save the light show has already received over 2,000 signatures. ‘Hold the Holiday in Lights 5K run and light show at Sharon Woods,’ the petition states. “This holiday light show is a tradition of Cincinnati for over 31 years and the 5K for over 12 years,” the petition reads in part. WLWT has reached out to Great Parks to comment on the backlash of the decision. The organization said the decision was due to a drive-in light show contest and declining attendance. Parks said he received positive feedback on the change. For more information, visit the Great Parks website.

Great Parks of Hamilton County has announced that it will no longer hold its ‘Holiday in Lights’ drive-in show at Sharon Woods.

The parks will instead launch a new event called “Holiday on the Farm” at Parky’s Farm in Winton Woods.

The event will allow guests to experience an outdoor winter vacation with themed events and activities.

“A farm vacation will be about experiencing the season in nature, even with a chill in the air,” said Todd Palmeter, CEO of Great Parks. “The incredible increase in the number of visitors to the park over the past two years has confirmed to us how much the community appreciates the well-being benefits of exploring the outdoor spaces. This gathering will be a great opportunity to recharge and reconnect with friends and family while rediscovering all the amazing sights at Parky’s Farm in winter.”

Parky’s Farm will include self-guided lighted nature trails through the woods, wagon rides, carol singing, encounters with Great Parks animals and photos with Santa Claus.

The farm will also include a beer garden as well as other food and drink options.

The announcement drew mixed reactions in the community, with many locals upset at the end of a decades-old tradition.

“Holiday in Lights” organizers took to social media over the weekend, expressing their disappointment with the change.

The Allen Company is the provider used to create and operate Holiday in Lights. According to operations manager Nick Kaeser, his company learned in early spring that Great Parks was moving away from illuminated steering wheel displays.

“A lot of people have called me and said we’re really disappointed that we can’t continue this family tradition at this time,” Kaeser said. “They were just wondering why the parks, to put it bluntly, ‘put us out’.

A petition to save the light show has already garnered over 2,000 signatures.

“We are heartbroken to announce that Great Parks of Hamilton County no longer wishes to host the Holiday in Lights 5K run and light show at Sharon Woods,” the petition reads. “This holiday light show has been a Cincinnati tradition for over 31 years and the 5K for over 12 years,” the petition read in part.

WLWT has contacted Great Parks to comment on the backlash of the decision. The organization said the decision was due to a drive-in light show competition and declining attendance numbers. Parks said he received positive feedback on the change.

For more information, visit the Grands Parcs website.