Light in the Forest

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Saturday January 2

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6:00 PM  –  6:30 PM

This time slot is SOLD OUT. Please join us for another time slot.

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

Program participants meet at our Rowe Woods location.

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
  • Installations by OBLSK, a BLINK light show artist
  • Live music
  • Bonfires
  • Two decorated period homes
  • Holiday shopping! 

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

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-five minute window thereafter. For example, if you register for this event with a 5 pm start time, please arrive at the gatehouse from 5 to 5:25 pm. Tickets are nonrefundable and cannot be exchanged after purchase. 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.

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.

Are masks required?

Please bring a mask. Whether indoors or outdoors, masks are required for all adults and children (kindergarten and up). Masks are to be worn outside on the trails as one cannot consistently be spaced 6 feet apart. Masks are also required to be worn while inside all facilities (for example, Rowe Visitor Center, restroom, etc.). 

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, our gatehouse staff will provide you with a map for the event and information on where to park.

How long is the trail? How long will it take?

The trail is one mile and mostly flat. 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 the live music, warm by the bonfire, visit two beautifully decorated period homes, and enjoy holiday shopping!

Are restrooms available?

There are three restroom facilities available along the trail, included a handicapped accessible restroom.

Are pets (dogs) allowed? Service dogs are welcome. But we ask that you leave your pet at home during this event.

What social distancing measures will be in place?

Cincinnati Nature Center will run this event in accordance with current guidelines outlined by the CDC and local health agencies. Safety precautions will include:

  • Timed ticketing to limit amount of people on the trails.
  • All adults and children Kindergarten age and up must wear masks.
  • No food or drink will be served.
  • The trail follows one direction to limit the amount of people you’ll pass.
  • All staff will wear masks and minimal contact check-in measures are in place.
  • Social distancing measures are encouraged.
  • Limits for people walking together: Only gatherings of 10 or fewer are permitted.
  • Limits for people inside each building. Capacity depends on the building but will be restricted to 50% of full capacity.
  • Strict cleaning protocols of our facilities, including restrooms, in compliance with Ohio Department of Health operating best practices.
  • Please do not attend if you’re not feeling well and/or showing signs of Covid-19.

The status or format of this program may change based on COVID-19 best practices and conditions at the time of the program. In the event that Cincinnati Nature Center cancels a program, full refunds will be issued.

For additional frequently asked questions, please see our website.

Important Information For All Program Registrants: Once your order is complete, you will receive a 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.