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Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill Photo Shoot - 1 of 2

  • Dec 17, 2013 · 5:15 PM
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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 full moon night as well with the moon rising at 5:55 pm - let's see if we can work the moon into a shot as well.  Gates open every day at 5 pm, the lights come on at 6 pm.  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 and 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, the rest is outside so dress for the weather.

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.

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).

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  • Fred H.

    It was everything I thought it might be and a bit more. Promptly at 6 pm there is a light and music show that was well worth having a camera ready to record. I really enjoyed myself. Dress warm.

    1 · December 17, 2013

    • tim m.

      The light and music show involving the covered bridge is repeated on each hour , including tonight at 9pm, right before the lights were doused for the night.

      December 17, 2013

  • Fred H.

    Full Moon rise is about 6 pm tonight. I am going to look at putting myself on Wilberforce-Clifton Road on the west side of the mill to try and capture that (if the clouds miraculously part).

    December 17, 2013

  • Vicky J. E.

    my change of plans also....boo I need to get my grandkids to babysit. is there a Thursday meet?

    December 17, 2013

    • Fred H.

      Yep, remove your RSVP here and add yourself to Thursday night.

      December 17, 2013

  • Kathy

    Change of plans. I cannot make it and was really looking forward to using up my film here. Maybe another night.

    December 17, 2013

  • MIKE D.

    There is a chance I will not make it tonight Beck's mother past last Friday and we have a funeral this morning, so if she is up to it we wil be there

    December 17, 2013

    • Kathy

      Sorry to hear that Mike. My condolences.

      December 17, 2013

    • Debra P.

      So sorry, Mike.

      December 17, 2013

  • Kathy

    After looking at the maps, i am just going up 71n to 35w. Long drive, but I took off early for it.

    December 17, 2013

  • Heather

    I really hope I can make this!

    December 16, 2013

  • Ina K

    Just found out I'm going to Houston TX for work tomorrow. So I can't make it... Can't make Thursday either... I may have to go on my own, I love that place.

    December 16, 2013

    • Fred H.

      So sorry to hear that Ina, I go to Houston a fair amount also, but not this time of the year.

      December 16, 2013

    • Ina K

      It's 70 there and sunny. But I go out in the morning and back to CVG in the evening so I won't have much time to enjoy the sun.

      December 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Last minute work is going to cause me to cancel. Everyone enjoy

    December 16, 2013

  • Jeff S.

    Darn...I accepted and then had to rescind due to a 6:30 meeting that one of my West coast reps scheduled. All of you enjoy!!

    December 16, 2013

  • grace m.

    I look at the date and its will not work for me. It's a work day.

    November 26, 2013

  • Connie S.

    I would love to do this, but December 17 is the pick-up date for the OVCC show at Christ Church Cathedral, so I have to be there!

    November 25, 2013

    • Debra P.

      I think I will do the same.

      November 25, 2013

    • Fred H.

      The two Legendary Lights photo shoots bracket the dinner on that Wednesday.

      November 25, 2013

  • Sophia Z.

    I switched to Thursday because Dec 17 is the OVCC pickup at Christ Church, and my daughter's birthday. Figure I can't drive from downtown to Clifton in just one hour. Thanks for scheduling Thursday.

    1 · November 25, 2013

    • Connie S.

      I can't do it Thursday, either, but I'm glad that adding a date helps someone else.

      November 25, 2013

    • Fred H.

      That's the beauty of two events, find the one that best fits your schedule.

      November 25, 2013

  • Eugenia M.

    Will be there as long as the weather is good. Don't like to take any chances if it could get slick.

    November 25, 2013

  • Tina K.

    Would absolutely love to do this but I will be on a cruise in the caribbean instead!!!

    November 25, 2013

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