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Light show named for local business man


The view as you drive through the tunnels of lights at the Butch Bando Fantasy of Lights.

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.

Twenty-three 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, and is open each evening at 5:30 p.m. through Jan. 1.

For Butch, the holidays were a chance to share the 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.

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More than 300 displays with tunnels and light walls are filled with bright LED lights. Their 500-foot customized light wall is stunning and one of a kind. Reindeer hop over your car as you drive through the display, and you’ll see 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 end where you can get out of your vehicle for a photo. There’s action on every corner of this 31-minute experience which covers about three miles. New displays are added each year.

The entrance to Fantasy of Lights.

Delaware Area Career Center students created, the official Fantasy of Lights radio station for the musical background as you drive through the light show. This partnership gives students in multiple fields opportunities for real-world application of their skills.

Recognizing the military’s commitment to serving our country, Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights will mark Military Appreciation Week with free admission for active military members and spouses with valid identification Dec. 26-30. Veterans will be admitted for $10.



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