Light in the Forest

Selected date

Friday December 9

Selected time

8:00 PM  –  8:20 PM

Join us for a new winter tradition! Walk through an enchanting display of lights and illuminated trees, reflecting peace and inspiration. 


  • A beautifully lit forest
  • New installations by five regional light artists
  • Added children's activities
  • Live music
  • A warm bonfire
  • A historic home with nature-inspired decorations
  • Holiday shopping! 

Member adult $10 and member child $5; nonmember adult $12 and nonmember child $7.

Preregistration required for all adults and children. We expect this event to sell out, register today! 

Please meet at our Rowe Woods location (4949 Tealtown Rd, Milford, OH 45150).

You are registering for a timed arrival. Please arrive on time at the gatehouse at your reservation start time listed on your ticket, or for a twenty minute window thereafter. For example, if you register for this event with a 6 pm start time, please arrive at the gatehouse from 6 to 6:20 pm. If you are registering for an 8 pm time slot, we suggest you arrive as close to 8 pm as possible to fully enjoy the experience.

Tickets are nonrefundable. Tickets for this event support the mission of Cincinnati Nature Center.  

This event is rain or shine, except in cases of severe weather. Extreme weather like severe storms will cancel this program and a full refund will be offered. Cancellations will be posted on our website by 3 pm on the day of the event. Please check our website for updates before coming out for your event.

Ticket sales close once the event is sold out or 30 minutes before the event starts.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What should I wear?  
Dress for the weather. You’ll be outside most of the time. The trails can be muddy, so wear appropriate footwear/boots.  
Where is the event? Where should I park?  
This program takes place at Cincinnati Nature Center's Rowe Woods location (4949 Tealtown Rd, Milford, OH 45150). Upon check in, we’ll guide you in parking.  

Will I receive a map or program? 

There will be a digital map available through our Mobile Guide. There will be a QR code for you to scan with your phone onsite, and that will take you directly to the map. 

How long is the trail? How long will it take?  
Our expanded trail is just over a mile and mostly flat. We are featuring five light show artists this year. Most of the trail is outside. It traverses around the Rowe Visitor Center, Krippendorf Lodge, and Abner Hollow Cabin, where you can warm up a bit. The entire trail should take about an hour to complete. We recommend a slow pace to take in the sights and sounds of this special evening. Be inspired by the forest glow, listen to live music, warm up by the bonfire, visit a beautifully decorated historic home, and enjoy holiday shopping!  
Are restrooms available?  
There are three restroom facilities available along the trail, including a handicapped accessible restroom.

May I purchase drinks or food at this event?  

Drinking fountains will be on at the Rowe Visitor Center for those who wish to fill their water bottles. A truck offering hot beverages (coffee and cocoa) for purchase may be available outside of Krippendorf Lodge, but this is not guaranteed for all nights and hours of the event. Please place trash from beverage purchases in designated trash receptacles located throughout the event. No food will be available for purchase. 

For additional frequently asked questions, please see our website.

By registering for this event, I agree to the below for all attendees for whom I am purchasing a ticket:

  • Pet Policy for Programs/Events: For the comfort and safety of all guests, no pets are allowed at programs or events. Service animals specifically trained to aid a person with a disability are welcome. Therapy animals, whose function is to provide comfort or emotional support, do not qualify as service animals. For more information about pets on our grounds, please see our pet policies on our website. 
  • Cancellation Policy: This event is a fundraiser for Cincinnati Nature Center. All tickets sales are final. All programs continue, rain or shine. In the event Cincinnati Nature Center cancels a program, full refunds will be issued.
  • COVID-19 Policies: Cincinnati Nature Center will run advertised programs using consideration of recommendations made by the CDC and local health agencies. Current COVID-19 protocols can be found online on our website. Cincinnati Nature Center may update the status or format of programs and events based on COVID-19 conditions at the time of the program.
  • Media Release: All participants (18 and older) associated with this transaction grant permission to Cincinnati Nature Center to utilize images, likenesses, actions, or statements in any form taken during a visit to the Nature Center, a Nature Center sponsored event, or virtual presentation for the purpose of promoting the Nature Center in perpetuity.

Once your order is complete, you will receive confirmation of your order via email. Please retain your order number electronically or save an email acknowledgement as a receipt. All registered guests will check in by providing their name at the event. We ask that your group all come together. However, if you are unable, please notify the person checking you in that there are additional guests arriving separately.