Lighting up your Holidays Today and Always
Christmas was a special occasion for Narciso “Butch” Bando, a local business owner of Butch Bando Concrete in the Delaware area. His family remembers how their dad had a way of making everyone feel welcome. He loved to make people laugh and helped those in need. Butch was always looking for a way to make a difference in the world.
23 years ago, the family established the original drive thru light show for Columbus at Alum Creek State Park Campground. It is still family owned and operated, being open each evening at 5:30 from November 18, 2022 – January 1, 2023.
For Butch, the holidays were a chance to share joy and help others. People in the area always tell stories of his loving nature, generous spirit and cheesy jokes. Even though he passed away years ago, the family decided in 2017 to rename the light show the Butch Bando Fantasy of Lights in his honor.
Enjoy over 300 displays with tunnels and light walls filled with bright LED lights. Their 500-foot customized light wall is stunning and one of a kind. Be thrilled as reindeer hop over your car as you drive through this popular display. Watch gingerbread men do tumbling acts. Of course, there’s a giant Christmas tree along the way.
See a nativity scene with Mary kneeling at the manger, dancing fish, a tribute to our military, and an Ohio-themed light display at the very end where you can get out of your vehicle for a fun photo. There’s action on every corner of this thirty-minute drive-thru experience which covers about three miles. New displays are added each year!
Delaware Area Career Center students created, from scratch, the official Fantasy of Lights radio station for musical background as you drive through the light show. This partnership gives students in multiple fields opportunities for real world application of their skills.
Because of the military’s commitment to serving our country, Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights believes these special evenings are the least they can do to thank them for their service. They appreciate those who have served to protect our freedom so December 26-30 is Military Appreciation Week. This week active duty and their spouses are admitted free with valid military ID and veterans’ cost is $10.
Weekends are a busy time here so if you can visit during the week, your wait time will be shorter and the drive will be smoother. Plus, there is a $10 weekday discount. They are open rain, snow, or wind. During severe weather, check their Facebook for updates.
Make Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights a family tradition as they support many local charities all year long. Included are A Kid Again, a local charity that supports families with children living with life threatening diseases; Recreation Unlimited for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities; 3rd and Goal making a difference in veterans’ lives; SEAL KIDS and Steps for Sarcoma.
Load up your entire family for the magical light display that will delight everyone from the comfort of your car. While there you might want to visit Santa’s House at Cross Creek Camping Resorts, part of the Alum Creek State Park. It’s just 30 seconds down the street from the Fantasy of Lights. Check their schedule to see when Santa is available for pictures.
Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights is located at 33115 Old State Rd., Delaware. Cost per vehicle Monday – Thursday (5:30-9:00) is $20, while on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (5:30 – 10:00) the cost is $30. For more information, visit their website at http://www.butchbandosfantasyof lights.com
If you have a story about Butch to share with the family, that would make them extra happy. Making family memories that last a lifetime plays an important role in Christmas celebrations. Add Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights to your Christmas traditions.