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“As it gets dark, and all the lights are up, it takes everything else away, and brings a smile to my face, it’s so magical. I’m looking forward to sharing that, and wanting everybody to let go of everything else, shed whatever is weighing you down, and live in the moment of the lights and the magic of the lights,” Higgins said.
A few of the traditional features will include decorated ponds with swans, a skating pond with a sequence of skaters that light up and doves overhead. There’s also a grove of pine trees that will light up in different sequences, called “dancing trees.” Also, children enjoy the giant lighted inflatables in the pavilion.
“It’s so beautiful here. What we have is art and nature together, and we’re building on that to create a holiday light experience,” Higgins said.
Hamilton’s popular drive-through light display will be open nightly from Friday, Nov. 17, through Sunday, Dec. 31. The attraction will open at 6 p.m. each evening.
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Pyramid Hill’s crew begins designing the light display in September. In the drive-through, two-mile round trip, visitors can expect to see light displays close to the road with gardens of light as well as those that go further and deeper into the park’s background and surrounding lakes. The design staff also uses different kinds of lights, including LED lighting, to highlight the park’s various features.
As a non-profit organization, Pyramid Hill’s Holiday Lights on the Hill is a major winter fundraiser for the park. Funds help maintain the 300-plus-acre outdoor sculpture park and the Ancient Sculpture Museum.
“We don’t count individuals, we go by cars, but we’ve estimated 20,000 to 25,000 guests annually,” Higgins said.
WANT TO GO?
What: Holiday Lights on the Hill at Pyramid Hill
Where: Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum, 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road, (Ohio 128), Hamilton
When: Open every night from Friday, Nov. 17 through Sunday, Dec. 31. Hours are Monday through Thursday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday through Sunday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: Monday through Thursday $20; Friday through Sunday $25 (Per carload). Admission for Pyramid Hill members presenting a current membership card is $15 every day.
www.pyramidhill.org or (513) 868-8336.
Pyramid Hill is partnering with several local organizations to feature four special evenings this year:
Thursday, Nov. 30, 6 - 9 p.m. Serve City Night: Bring a non-perishable food item to receive $15/carload admission. (Regularly $20)
Thursday, Dec. 7, 6-9 p.m. Toys for Tots Night: Bring an unwrapped new or packaged toy to receive $15/carload admission. (Regularly $20)
Monday, Dec. 11, 6-9 p.m. Military Night: Show your military ID (active military or veteran) to receive $15/carload admission. (Regularly $20)
Monday, Dec. 18, 6-9 p.m. Santa Night: Santa will be here to take your letter to the North Pole. Santa will be at the park, handing out candy canes and greeting guests the week before he makes his big trip around the world.