Cambridge Dickens Victorian Village
- When: November through early January
- Location: (Map It) Historic downtown Cambridge, Ohio
- Phone: 800-933-5480
Cambridge Ohio’s Dickens Victorian Village: Take a trip back in time and experience old world England as historic downtown Cambridge, Ohio, is charmingly transformed into a Dickens Victorian Village. Visitors are invited to stroll amidst over 89 scenes of 180 lifelike figures lifelike figures representing classic scenes from Victorian society. This innovative public art exhibition can be enjoyed by families, couples, and groups alike – an experience that will engage the senses as you explore the charming streetscape, striking historic architecture, and eclectic shops and eateries of Cambridge.
The Dickens scenes are stationed along Wheeling Avenue at each antique lamppost and bench between 6th and 11th Streets. Wheeling Avenue is also the historic National Road/Route 40 and features an outstanding streetscape of original buildings from the 1800s.
The Dickens Victorian Village vignettes are comprised of life-sized and hand-made mannequins wearing real vintage clothing. The faces for each character are individually sculpted and painted by local artists. The displays include engaging depictions of classic Dickens-era scenes and figures such as Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim, the town crier, groups of carolers, a bucket brigade, lamplighters, school children, street peddlers, and Father Christmas, all posed in active scenes that appear frozen in time.
Cleveland’s I-X Center Fabulous Food Show
Fabulous Food Show at Cleveland I-X Center: Your premier grilling and outdoor entertaining event! Top-rated celebrity chefs will be firing up fresh menu ideas and sharing their expertise in summer grilling techniques, while experts help you discover how to enhance your outdoor living and entertainment space!
Indulge in one day or a full weekend of fabulous high-energy performances by celebrity chefs Emeril Lagasse, Bobby Flay, Steven Raichlen, Jamie Purviance and many great local chefs. Hundreds of exhibitors will be selling and sampling products just in time for the summer grilling season, and a whole pavilion of delectable wines, beers and spirits are there for tasting. Don’t forget to plan ahead so you can join in the meet and greet autograph sessions available with your favorite chefs! Hotel packages available with shuttle service. Visitwww.fabulousfoodshow.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
Admission to A Winter’s Yuletide Gathering in Tipp City is free.
- When: November 12 & 13, 2016 (Always the second weekend in November from 10am to 8pm on Saturday and Noon to 6pm on Sunday)
- Location: (Map It) Downtown Tipp City, Ohio
- Phone: 937-667-0883 or 8631
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A Winter’s Yuletide Gathering in Tipp City, Ohio: Holiday shopping begins early in downtown Tipp City with the annual Winter’s Gathering. Dozens of shopkeepers introduce new merchandise and costumed carolers and horse-drawn carriages fill the streets to create an early holiday feel. Downtown Tipp City has a wide selection of shopping opportunities including art, crafts, clothing and antiques and collectibles.
Admission to Warther’s Christmas Tree Festival is $5 per person.
- When: November 12 – 20, 2016
- Location: (Map It) Warther Museum 331 Karl Ave in Dover, Ohio
- Phone: (330) 343-7513
Warther’s Christmas Tree Festival in Dover, Ohio: A forest of beautifully decorated Christmas trees will be set amid Warther’s famous train carvings, handmade of ebony, ivory, and walnut. Each tree, with its own unique theme, will be for sale. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Union Hospital Auxiliary.
Admission to Blossom Holiday Lighting Festival is $15.00 per car load.
- When: Mid November through early January (7 days/week from 7-9pm)
- Location: (Map It) Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
- Web: blossomholidaylighting.com
Blossom Holiday Lighting Festival: This exhibit features more than 300 displays sprawled across two miles of a driving tour on the grounds of Blossom Music Center.
Admission to Appalachian Mountain Christmas is free.
- When: November 18 & 19, 2016 from 10am – 8pm on Fri and 9am – 5pm on Sat
- Location: (Map It) Hilltop Designs at 9764 Tri-County Rd in Winchester, Ohio
- Phone: 937-695-5545
- Web: Click here
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Appalachian Mountain Christmas: Over 35 artists and crafters will once again be showcasing their wares at the at Hilltop Event Center in the outskirts of rural Winchester, Ohio. Entertainment, demonstrations, delicious food, a Princess Tea Party and Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick all under one big roof. Enjoy your holiday shopping in a warm festive atmosphere. Come hungry for possibly the world’s best cinnamon rolls. Shop and dine at your leisure while watching a demonstration or musical entertainment. Bring the family and make it a new tradition.
Admission to Wooster Window Wonderland is free.
- When: November 18, 2016 from 7pm – 9:30pm (Usually the Friday before Thanksgiving)
- Location: (Map It) downtown Wooster, Ohio
- Phone: 330-262-6222
Window Wonderland in downtown Wooster, Ohio: Reflections of the past are seen in all the storefront glass in a town where everything old is new again. Welcome to Wooster, Ohio’s wonderful Window Wonderland! The nostalgic evening transcends the historic northeast Ohio town into Christmas scenes from yesteryear. It all begins with the lighting of The Children’s Christmas Tree at 7:00 p.m. in Wooster’s public square along with a petting zoo and Herky the Clown. Hot cocoa fills the brisk evening air and is free along with coffee and cookies at several locations. Once the sky is illuminated, Santa arrives from the rooftops and comes down a firefighters’ ladder where he is met by elves and is escorted to a gazebo where kids gather by to tell Santa what they want for Christmas. The air fills with the sound of music from a children’s choir, caroling in the streets and strolling musicians. Horse and carriage rides add to the allure of the night warming everyone up for the featured event – unveiling Window Wonderland.
The diverse cross section of downtown merchants provide more shopping variety than any mall could in a much more authentic winter wonderland where storefronts transcend into art. Until the unveiling, every storefront along every streetscape is covered in secrecy. Bring a camera to capture the sights as this event brings new meaning to window-shopping.
Admission to Greenville Hometown Holiday Horse Parade is free.
Greenville Hometown Holiday Horse Parade in Greenville, Ohio: It’s the most wonderful time of the year! More than 50 lighted horse drawn carriages, hitches and riders illuminate the historic downtown for a grand holiday tradition. The parade travels down S. Broadway, around the Circle, and back up S. Broadway.
Admission to the Steubenville Nutcracker Village & Advent Market is Free.
- When: November 22, 2016 through January 8, 2017 from dawn to dusk.
- Where: (Map It) 120 South 3rd Street in Steubenville, Ohio
- Phone: 866-301-1787
- Web: Click here
The Steubenville Nutcracker Village & Advent Market features over 100 life size, uniquely designed and hand-painted Nutcrackers will stand under twinkling arches in Fort Steuben Park for the holiday season. Ranging from traditional characters such as Scrooge, St. Nicholas, and the prince from the Nutcracker Ballet to depictions of Dr. Who, a Mad Scientist, and representatives of various schools, businesses and organizations, the figures bring delight and wonderful photo opportunities for friends and families. An Advent Market featuring handmade and locally crafted wares, gifts, entertainment and food is open on the four consecutive weekends after Thanksgiving. In addition, those weekends will offer hayrides, trips around town on the Holly Trolley, and an original musical comedy based on the Steubenville Nutcrackers and the music from Tchaikovsky’s classic Nutcracker Suite. The Christmas Wonderland inside the Visitor Center welcomes young and old to reminisce, write letters to Santa and browse the Nutcracker Gift Shop.
Admission to Coley’s Stag Reunion is free.
- When: November 25, 2016 (Always the day after Thanksgiving) from approximately 11 am – 11pm
- Location: (Map It) Long’s Storage Units, 921 Canton Road in Carrollton, Ohio
- Web: www.coleystag.com
In 1987, the world as many men in the Carroll County area knew it came to the end with the closing of Coley’s Stag. The men-only bar, an “institution of higher learning” from 1930 until 1987, was owned by brothers Russel and Henry Cole.
Although a parking lot now stands at Coley’s Stag’s location, the legacy of the brothers continue with Coley’s Stag Reunion, held the Friday after Thanksgiving at Long’s Storage Units and organized by the Carrollton Civic Club. Proceeds from the event benefit the Russel and Henry Cole Scholarship Fund and has provided more than $65,000 in scholarships to Carrollton High School students.
The event features Coley’s hot chili and bean soup, made using the same recipes as the Cole brothers, ham-and-Swiss sandwiches and beverages. Those attending who purchase a collectible chili bowl may eat all the soup they can throughout the day. Many former residents return to enjoy the soup and visit with old friends and make new ones during the event.
Admission to Dayton Holiday Festival is free.
- When: November 25, 2016 from 4-9pm with tree lighting at 7:45pm (Grande Illumination & Dayton Children’s Parade Spectacular in Lights) …Always the day after Thanksgiving
- Location: (Map It) downtown Dayton, Ohio
- Phone: 937-224-1518
Dayton Holiday Festival in Dayton, Ohio: The holiday season is everyone’s favorite time of year! With family, food, and entertainment, what’s not to love? Throw in some gingerbread homes, carriage rides, a holiday village, and one of the largest tree lighting ceremonies in the region and that’s only a taste of what the Dayton Holiday Festival has to offer! The Dayton Holiday Festival was started by Mrs. Virginia Kettering so that everyone in the community, regardless of their economic means, could enjoy the holiday season. And today, it still offers most activities to all for free. The festival has since expanded to include carnival and horse drawn carriage rides, holiday crafts in the Holiday Village and Gingerbread homes on display in the Old Courthouse! The fun doesn’t end there! The tree lighting will occur on Courthouse Square at 7:45pm and the Dayton Children’s Parade Spectacular and Lights will immediately follow. All this and much more at the Holiday Festival in downtown Dayton. Other activities are featured throughout December.
Admission to Holidazzle Illuminated Parade & Festival in Wilmington is free.
- When: November 26, 2016 from 3pm – 9pm (Saturday after Thanksgiving)
- Location: (Map It) Main Street in historic downtown Wilmington, OH 45177
- Phone: 937-383-9090 (or 937-283-9265)
- Web: hometownholidazzle.com
Holidazzle Illuminated Parade & Festival: Downtown Wilmington closes its streets and opens its doors for everyone to see our hometown all lit up, from the twinkling decorations to the thousands of lights decorating the nighttime parade. Santa Claus will end the parade and be available to hear the kids’ wish lists. Indoor carnival games, delicious food and strolling musicians help bring in the holiday season.
Admission to USAF Band Veterans Day Concert in Dayton is free.
- When: Call for current November dates or cancellations (from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm)
- Location: (Map It) National Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton, Ohio
- Phone: 937-255-3286
- Web: www.nationalmuseum.af.mil
Veterans Day Concert by USAF Band: Join the U.S. Air Force Band of Flight and the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force as they honor veterans during the annual Veterans’ Day Concert. Museum doors open at 6:30 p.m. and performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
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