Clifton Mill holiday light display. Photo by Clifton Mill.
Clifton Mill holiday light display. Photo by Clifton Mill.
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The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill is named as one of USA TODAY’S 10 Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards for 2020.

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VAN WERT — The Van Wert Council on Aging travel program has another terrific trip for viewing holiday lights. A trip to Clifton Mill will take place on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. Clifton is near Yellow Springs, Ohio. The mill is positioned at the end of Clifton Gorge and next to the Little Miami River. It is the only one of five mills still standing along this stretch of the river.

On the way to the mill, the bus will stop along various holiday themed destinations. On the itinerary, lunch in Urbana, a visit to an aviation museum, a visit to a candy store, and then the highlight of the trip...the lighted mill and falls.

For 32 years Clifton Mill has celebrated the Christmas season with an award winning light display. Featured in Midwest Living and Ohio Magazine, the light display is one of the country’s finest with over 4 million lights illuminating the mill, the gorge, the riverbanks, trees and bridges. The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill is named as one of USA TODAY’S 10 Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards for 2020.

A 100 foot “waterfall” of twinkling lights illuminates the mill and river. The flip of one switch turns all the lights on at once, transforming the night scene into a fantastical winter wonderland which includes a miniature village, a Santa Claus Museum, a toy collection, and a spectacular synchronized lights and music show that features the old covered bridge.

Every night until the night before Christmas Eve you can take a peek into Santa’s Workshop to see Santa at work and then, every 15 minutes or so, watch him check his list and go up the chimney to load his sleigh.

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The Clifton Mills Christmas Lights event is on Wednesday December 8, 2021 costing $110.00 per person. The bus arrives at COA at 10:30 a.m. Please arrive no later than 10:45 AM to check in. The bus departs at 11:00 a.m. Please park in the back parking lot of the COA behind the buildings.

The itinerary**:

Lunch at Farmer’s Daughter in Urbana, OH (included in your ticket)
Visit Champaign Aviation Museum
Visit Carmazzi Candy & General Store
5:00 PM Visit Clifton Mills Christmas Lights
7:00 PM Leave Clifton Mills
9:00 PM approximate arrival at COA
Each ticket includes lunch, all admissions, travel and the bus driver tip.
Evening meal/snack at Clifton Mills is on your own. (The mill will serve Hot Dogs, BBQ Pork Sandwich, Soup, Cornbread, Hot Chocolate, Cookies, Pie, Popcorn, Soft Drinks that night).

**Itinerary can be subject to change*