Light in the Forest

Selected date

Sunday December 5

Selected time

6:00 PM  –  6:30 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
  • Installations by Brave Berlin, the creative team behind Cincinnati's Luminosity and BLINK 
  • Live music
  • Bonfire
  • A historic home with nature-inspired decorations
  • Holiday shopping! 

Member adult $10, member child $5; Nonmember adult $12, 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-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?

Masks are required indoors for unvaccinated people (individuals kindergarten and up). Indoor areas include the Visitor Center, Krippendorf Lodge, and all restroom facilities.  Masks are not required indoors for fully vaccinated individuals or for preschool children and younger. Masks are not required outdoors or under pavilions and tents. 

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 a beautifully decorated period home, and enjoy holiday shopping!

Are restrooms available?

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

May I purchase drinks or food at this event?

Drinking fountains will be on at the Rowe Woods Visitor Center for those who wish to fill their water bottles. A truck offering hot beverages (coffee and cocoa) 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.

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 using consideration of recommendations made by the CDC and local health agencies. Safety precautions will include:

  • Timed ticketing to limit amount of people on the trails.
  • All unvaccinated adults and children kindergarten age and up must wear masks while indoors.
  • Social distancing measures are encouraged.
  • Limits for people walking together: Only gatherings of 12 or fewer are permitted.
  • Limits for people inside each building. Capacity depends on the building. 
  • 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 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.

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

On behalf of myself and others in my party (if purchasing multiple tickets), I hereby grant permission to Cincinnati Nature Center to use my likeness and the likeness of others in my party in a photograph or video in any and all of its promotional materials and publications (print or electronic). I also grant the right to provide my likeness to members of the media (including, but not limited to, newspapers, internet content, social media outlets, television, magazines, etc.) at any time, without payment or any other consideration.

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.