Worth the Drive: Ohio’s Free Christmas Cave

Looking for something a little different this holiday season? In Minford, OH, you’ll find an Ohio tradition that’s truly something special.

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The Christmas Cave

The Christmas Cave is located in Minford, OH. It features nearly a mile of self-guided displays, both above and below ground in the White Gravel Mines. The mine’s mysterious passages are decked out with lights depicting the Christmas story, including three Nativity exhibits. In addition, there are also two tunnels of lights and new outdoor displays.

Although a newer holiday tradition, it’s already become very popular. Last year, 36,000 people walked its grounds during the holiday season, some traveling hundreds of miles to see the spectacle.

The Christmas Cave

When is the Christmas Cave Open? 

The Christmas Cave is open every Friday and Saturday from Nov. 18-Dec. 17 from 4-10 pm. The Mine gate will open starting at 4 pm with the gates closing at 10 pm. 

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How much does it cost to visit the Christmas Cave?

Admission to The Christmas Cave is free. A donation of $1 per person is appreciated at the entrance to the cave, but no one will ever be turned away. All proceeds are used to improve and add to the community’s positive events.

Reservations are not needed. Peak hours are 6-8 pm.

The Christmas Cave


The Christmas Cave is located at 4007 White Gravel McDaniel Road, Minford, OH. For directions and more information, click here.

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