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Blaze of Lights

Holiday spirit blazes in Bluffton!

November 25, 2023

The 36th annual Blaze of Lights is bringing back traditions for everyone to celebrate! Plan on the traditional Reams folk art collection being lit after a traditional parade on Saturday, November 25, 2023. 

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Click here for a Parade Application

November 25, 2023 through January 1, 2024

The Blaze of Lights display--including the Ream folk art collection--will be illuminated at 112 N. Main St. (Bluffton Presbyterian Church).

Shop Small every day! Explore Bluffton for great shopping and dining!

Thank you to our 2023 Blaze of Lights Sponsors


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Holiday Lights & Folk Art Display

The village of Bluffton, Ohio, displays a lighted collection of vintage Christmas folk art on the lawn of Bluffton Presbyterian Church,  at 112 N Main St. The display is just 2-4 minutes from exits 140 and 142 on I-75.

Amid towering lighted evergreens, the Ream folk art display turns the downtown business district into a sparkling destination for the month of December. Now featured on's Holiday Lights Trail, the village added almost 1.5 miles of light strands in 2018.

Farmer Harry Ream and his wife Dorothy started making and displaying Christmas decorations in 1938. In the mid-80s, the Ream family donated 168 wood cutouts to the village. Dozens more have been added by artist Terry Mullenhour.



Families join in the Blaze spirit with holiday decorations including Ream-style cutout figures. The chamber conducts an annual decorating contest with prizes awarded in "Bluffton Bucks."

The Blaze of Lights is a tradition of more than 35 years in the making. It is the work of the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, the Village of Bluffton, and countless volunteers.

For more information about the Blaze of Lights, contact the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce at or (419) 369-2985.

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2023 Highlights


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Santa will return to the Alley across from the Ream Display

The Trolley (sponsored by SumiRiko Ohio, Inc.) returns for a second year with free rides.

Romick Railway (sponsored by Grob Systems, Inc.) is back this year with free rides.

The Blaze After Lighting returns on Vine Street featuring Wastin' Neon.

Wessler Engineering

County Electric

Shirley's Gourmet Popcorn

SumiRiko Ohio, Inc.

Family Eye Care

Kira's Flipside Grill

Tyler Sutton State Farm


Matthew Ellerbrock, D.C.

Twisted Whisk Cafe

Webb Insurance Agency

Samuel W. Diller Co., L.P.A.

Richard Boehr

1861 Wine Lounge

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Northwest Physical Therapy

Schroeder, Blankemeyer and Clinton, LLC

Ed Reichenbach State Farm

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Double D's Nuts

Bluffton Auto Repair

Stratton Auto Sales

Shannon Theater

Blaze Schedule and Activities!

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Join in the 2023 Blaze of Lights parade on November 25. Submit an application for your organization BELOW.

THEME:   A Journey Through Time

From Victorian carolers to retro 1950s-inspired decorations to modern displays, Use your imagination and creativity to create an entry that celebrates Christmas traditions.  


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