For those who get there by 5:45 pm meet on the Mill's restaurant back deck/porch. Set up for the 6 pm light show and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or hot cider from the gift shop. Maps to the Clifton Mill are in the FILES area.
For over 20 years Clifton Mill has celebrated the Christmas season in a very special way. Their "Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill," featured in Midwest Living and Ohio Magazine, is one of the country's finest with over 3.5 million lights illuminating the mill, the gorge, the riverbanks, trees and bridges. There is even a 100 foot "waterfall" of twinkling lights. Santa Claus Museum houses the private collection of the Satariano family which has taken nearly 40 years to amass. There are over 3000 examples of Santa Claus on display dating from as far back as 1850.
(photo from Ed Dixon blog)
It will be a near full moon night as well with the moon rising at ~5:55 pm - let's see if anyone can work the moon into a shot as well. Gates open every day at 5 pm, the lights come on at 6 pm with the light show on the covered bridge. Gates close at 9 pm; lights go off 30 minutes after gates close.
More on their web-site here: http://www.cliftonmill.com/index.htm
Cost is $10 per person and Cash/Master Card/Visa are accepted. Parking is free off Wilberforce-Clifton Road. You can get snacks there (Hot Dogs, Sandwiches, Soup, Cornbread, Hot Chocolate, Cookies, Pie, Popcorn, Soft Drinks). The lights are not open in Severe weather so pay attention for any last minute rescheduling. The gift shop and Santa Museum are inside (beware, your lens may fog if has been cold), the rest is outside so dress for the weather. Bring thin work style gloves you won't have to take off.
Tripods will be necessary for shooting the lights outside, where you can photograph a miniature village, a covered bridge, the Little Miami headwater banks, and more. Music and lights are coordinated for the shows on the hour.
Directions: 75 Water St., Clifton, OH 45316 (see map link above; GPS:[masked], [masked]); allow approximately 50-60 minutes to get there, driving the back roads in daylight is a good idea if you don't have your GPS).