COA’s Journey to Clifton Mills Christmas Lights


VAN WERT – The Van Wert Council on Aging Travel Program offers another great trip to see the holiday lights. A trip to Clifton Mill will be on Wednesday December 8, 2021. Clifton is near Yellow Springs, Ohio. The mill is located at the end of Clifton Gorge and next to the Little Miami River. It is the only one of the five mills still standing along this stretch of the river.

On the way to the mill, the bus will stop along various themed vacation destinations. On the program, lunch in Urbana, visit of an aviation museum, visit of a confectionery, then the highlight of the trip … the illuminated mill and waterfalls.

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

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

Every night until Christmas Eve, you can peek into Santa’s Workshop to see Santa at work, and then every 15 minutes or so, watch him check his list and climb upstairs. the chimney to load his sled.

The Clifton Mills Christmas Lights event will take place on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at a price of $ 110.00 per person. The bus arrives at the COA at 10:30 am. Please arrive no later than 10:45 am to check in. The bus leaves at 11:00 a.m. Please park in the rear COA car park behind the buildings.

The itinerary **:

Lunch at Farmer’s Daughter in Urbana, OH (included in your ticket)
Visit the Champagne Aviation Museum
Visit Carmazzi Candy & General Store
5:00 p.m. Clifton Mills Christmas Lights Tour
7:00 p.m. Leave Clifton Mills
9:00 p.m. approximate arrival at the COA
Each ticket includes lunch, all tickets, travel and the tip of the bus driver.
Evening meal / snack at Clifton Mills is available to guests. (The grinder will serve hot dogs, barbecue pork sandwich, soup, cornbread, hot chocolate, cookies, pie, popcorn and soft drinks that evening).

** Itinerary may be subject to change *

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