CINCINNATI — It’s that time of the year again for Christmas light shows.

What You Need To Know

  • On Friday, Nov. 12, Coney Island kicked off its annual Christmas Nights of Lights

  • It's put on every year by Kelly and Dodd King, who design and create the show

  • There are millions of light displays that are synced to Christmas music
  • Marine Veteran Reggie King flipped the switch and kicked off the show

And one of the biggest displays in southwest Ohio is getting even brighter with some new additions this year.

For the past couple of months, Coney Island Christmas Nights of Lights manager Kelly King and her crew have been setting up for the big event.

One of the biggest projects was the tunnel of lights. 

“This is our RGB tunnel and we’re in the process of taking these off and putting brighter and more beautiful lights on,” said King. 

This is King’s sixth year putting on the two-and-a-half-mile-long drive-thru light show. But this is the first time she’ll be using a different brand of lights for their 300-foot tunnel.

She said you'll notice the difference as soon as you drive through.

“We’ve done a lot of testing at home. We just like these bulbs a lot better,” she said. “They’re durable and they’re going to be a better, brighter color.”

King and her husband, Dodd, work seven days a week just to make it all happen.

Getting on lifts and inspecting lights is just one of their daily duties.

There are close to a million lights on displays, big and small, set up across the park.

“Half of them will go out and we’re the only ones to notice it,” said Dodd. “But we like to keep the show running as tight as we can.”

The night show officially opened on Friday, Nov. 12.

Marine Veteran Reggie McKenzie had the honor of flipping the light switch.

“For quite a couple of years now we’ve been coming to this one and every year it gets bigger and better and we enjoy it. We really do," said McKenzie.

Now that the switch has been flipped everyone now can enjoy King's work and get into the holiday spirit. 

The dazzling display is open every night through Jan. 2, including holidays.

This weekend, veterans get in for free.

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