Admission to A Christmas Story House in Cleveland: $11/adult, $9/senior and $7/child ages 7-12. 6 and under are free. Group discounts are available. The price of admission includes a guided tour of the house and yard and admittance into the museum.
- When: Open 7 days a week. Monday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM & Sunday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
- Where: (Map It)3159 W. 11th Street, Cleveland, OH 44109. Admission tickets to A Christmas Story House can be purchased at the giftshop (3166 W. 11th Street) located directly across the street from the house.
- Phone: 216-298-4919
- Web: www.achristmasstoryhouse.com/
A Christmas Story House in Cleveland, Ohio: The house used in the popular holiday classic “A Christmas Story” has been restored to its original 1983 movie appearance. Purchased and renovated by Brian Jones, a true fan of the movie who sells leg lamps for a living, the house takes visitors on a nostalgic journey to the sights and scenes where Ralphie Parker dreams of nothing but receiving a genuine Red Ryder 200-shot Carbine Action Air Rifle for Christmas. In addition to A Christmas Story House, visitors can explore the museum where items from the movie are on display, more than 100 behind-the-scenes photos are featured and movie-related memorabilia can be purchased. A Christmas Story House is located just five minutes from downtown Cleveland at 3159 W. 11th Street in the Tremont neighborhood.
Admission to Castle Noel in Medina is $17/person.
- Open: Year-round. January – November hours are Fri 2-6, Sat 12-6, Sun 1-6. November & December Tue – Sun
- Location: (Map It) 260 S. Court St. in Medina, Ohio
- Phone: 330-721-NOEL (6635) or 440-453-5889
- Web: http://castlenoel.com
Castle Noel in Medina, Ohio: Hollywood meets Christmas …in an old church in a quaint town. In it is America’s largest year-round indoor Christmas entertainment attraction. Mark Klaus (It’s all in the name) and his wife, Dana, have created a wonderland. It features authentic props from Hollywood Christmas movies, including Elf, Grinch, Christmas Vacation, and many other holiday classics. It even has Eddy’s infamous RV from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation! Other delights are unique structures like Santa’s Squeeze simulating the feeling of going down a chimney. There’s even a two-story slide coming down Santa Clause Mountain which is a replica of the slide from the movie, A Christmas Story. There is also Toy Land which allows people to relive childhood by revisiting favorite toys from Christmas’ past. And there’s $2 million worth of stunning Christmas displays from New York City stores. All this and much more wait your Xmas celebration any time of year.
Admission to Christmas Ranch: $12 per vehicle, Buses – $1 per person ($12 minimum) cash and credit cards accepted. Special admission discount: $2 off for visitors who donate a bag of “gently used items” which will be donated to Goodwill of Cincinnati. $2 off general admission for visitors who donate a new toy to Toys for Tots. Half off admission is available for members of the armed forces on Tuesdays.
- Open: Begins after Thanksgiving through January 1st. Operating Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and Holidays, 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
- Location: (Map It) 3205 South Waynesville Road, Morrow, Ohio 45152
- Phone: 513-697-2640
- Web Site: www.thechristmasranch.com
Christmas Ranch: With over 350,000 lights, synchronized to music using state-of-the-art technology, The Christmas Ranch “The Gift of Lights” display is a spectacular experience. The Christmas Ranch sprawls over five acres and includes a scenic drive-thru route which leads you to a magical Christmas Village. Meander through the twinkling town and stop in the barn for some hot chocolate before heading out to watch the Jingle Bell Show. Take a stroll through a forest of giant animated Christmas trees that twirl with 15,000 synchronized lights, or dance along with dozens of Santa’s and Snowmen that bop and spin to the sounds of Bing Crosby, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and traditional Holiday tunes. A portion of the entrance fee to “The Gift of Lights” will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Cincinnati.
Ohio Christmas Train Displays – Excerpt from a past edition of OhioTraveler
EnterTRAINment Junction, location of the world’s largest indoor train display, will offer separate, FREE, holiday train displays throughout December.
The seasonal celebration creates a holiday glow families will never forget with, among other things, lights and decorations, holiday music, some free Christmas train layouts, a re-telling of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol and a memorable journey to the North Pole to see Santa and his workshop. The best part – it’s all inside!…so no cold or miserable winter weather for families to endure. It’s all part of the total entertainment experience awaiting children, teens, parents and grandparents at the ONLY train-themed entertainment center on the planet, with 80,000 square feet of holiday fun all under one roof, although the main train display requires admission.
There is so much to see and do at the Christmas At EnterTRAINment Junction. First, visitors enter EnterTRAINment Junction’s beautiful 1930s-era Main Street cityscape, all decked out in a warm ambiance of holiday lights, Christmas trees, wreaths, gift packages, colorful bunting and more. Carolers will perform periodically. Main Street also has a sidewalk café, gift shop and several party rooms for special events.
Just off Main Street is the FREE Holiday Trains display in the Expo Center. Here visitors will find three unique train layouts, including a Lionel train display originally exhibited at the popular Children’s Museum in Indianapolis. There is also a G-scale (large-scale) train display featuring the ever-popular Dept. 56 buildings and villages. Plus, a third train display (also G-scale) is set against a beautiful winter wonderland backdrop and was created by members of the Greater Cincinnati Garden Railway Society.
Also off Main Street is the brand new Junction Hobbies just in time for great holiday shopping! Trains, Thomas and toys greet visitors to this large (5,000 square feet) retail store offering thousands of top- of-the-line products and supplies from the biggest names in the hobby industry. Shoppers will find, among other things, G-scale and HO scale trains and accessories along with the Midwest’s largest selection of doll houses and miniatures, a huge selection of the ever-popular Thomas The Train merchandise, PLAYMOBIL products and much more.
Main Street, the Expo Center Holiday Trains and the new Junction Hobbies store are all FREE to the public.
Don’t miss the Christmas Journey.
Christmas Journey is actually two holiday “journeys” or “walk- through” experiences for families sharing the good times of Christmas past.
A Christmas Carol transports visitors to the time of Charles Dickens where they become part of his classic holiday story in this interactive journey, featuring period holiday music, theatrical lighting and decor of the season. Authentic period costumes, memorable characters, and beautiful decorations all greet visitors as they experience the enduring tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim in a way not seen before.
Visitors are immersed into the heart of Victorian England as they enter Scrooge’s musty manor house. Here they are met by period- costumed guides who act as storytellers on an adventure through Dickens’ tale. The guides play multi-parts in this updated version of the story, and at times even get the guests involved in the action.
Along the journey, which takes 8-10 minutes, visitors experience London of the early 1800s, with alleyways, wrought iron fencing and flickering gas lights. During the journey guests are visited by Jacob Marley, as well as the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future (presented in a unique, fun and unexpected fashion), as they wind their way through Scrooge’s counting house, Bob Cratchit’s home, and a cemetery with weeping willows.
Then, it’s off to Journey To The North Pole as visitors become wrapped in an amazing winter wonderland as they embark on a memorable family voyage through snowy landscapes and frosted ice caves on the way to the North Pole and Santa’s Village. Along the way they encounter a vortex of snow and an Evergreen forest with animated animals. Finally, visitors arrive at an imaginative North Pole village with a post office, a sleigh house, a reindeer barn and an elves’ workshop where Santa’s helpers are busy making toys. At last visitors discover Santa’s House, all trimmed in holiday colors and lights. Inside they meet Mrs. Claus, who has been baking all day and offers children a fresh cookie. Then, down the hall and into a study, there he is – jolly ol’ Santa himself, who is awaiting children to listen to what they want for Christmas.
The award-winning EnterTRAINment Junction is home to the world’s largest indoor model train display (25,000 square feet, 90 trains, two miles of track), a giant kids’ interactive play area, the American Railroading Museum, an expo center and seasonal walk- throughs decorated for the holidays.
EnterTrainment Junction is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday and Noon- 6 p.m. on Sundays. It is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
The Christmas Journey holiday themed walk-through experience runs 11a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday and Noon – 6 p.m. Sundays.
Freebies include parking, Expo Center Holiday Trains and New Junction Hobbies Store. Train Journey costs $12.95/adult and $9.95/child (those two-years and younger are admitted for free). Discounts may apply when purchasing combination tickets to both Christmas Walk Throughs.
EnterTRAINment Junction is located at 7379 Squire Court, off I-75 at the Tylersville Rd. exit (#22). For more information, call (513) 898-8000, or (877) 898-4656. Website: www.entertrainmentjunction.com.
Admission to Delaware Fantasy of Lights is $15/car.
- When: Daily in December Mondays through Thursdays 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
- Where: (Map It) Alum Creek State Park in Delaware, Ohio
- Phone: 740-369-2900
Fantasy of Lights at Alum Creek State Park in Delaware Ohio: See 132 light displays with a total light count of more than one million. After gazing at the lights, come in and warm up with hot cocoa and cookies and spend some time with Santa.
The Dickens Victorian Village in Cambridge, Ohio
- When: Early November through early January
- Location: (Map It) Historic downtown Cambridge, Ohio
- Phone: 800-933-5480 (Cambridge/Guernsey County Visitors & Convention Bureau)
Dickens Victorian Village in Cambridge, Ohio: Take a trip back in time and experience old world England as historic downtownCambridge, 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.
Admission to Kirtland Nativity Exhibit is free.
- When: December Mondays-Saturdays 9:00 am-9:00 pm. Sundays 11:30 am- 9:00 pm (Closed Christmas Day).
- Location: (Map It) Historic Kirtland Village at 7800 Kirtland-Chardon Road in Kirtland, Ohio
- Phone: 440-256-9805
- Web: www.kirtlandchristmas.com
The Historic Kirtland Nativity exhibit in Kirtland, Ohio features 620 loaned nativity crèches, thousands of lights, and sacred Christmas music. Among hundreds of nativities loaned by area residents are representations from about 30 countries depicting how cultures around the globe celebrate Christmas. For instance, the exhibit features a Croation nativity originally created by a refugee in an Australian camp at the end of World War II. A miniature nativity exhibit features examples of primitive art and very detailed paintings and carvings.
The Historic Kirtland Nativity exhibit is a past American Bus Association “Top 100 Events in North America” selection. The collection occupies the entire Visitor’s Center of the restored Western Reserve era village and a one room school house next door. Of special interest to families and young children is The Children’s Room, where younger visitors can enjoy child friendly nativities, dress up in costume and join a child size nativity scene for a photo opportunity and an “I spy” seek and find activity.
Admission to the Kringle’s Inventionasium® Experience in Cleveland: Adults $16-$36, Children (2-12 Years) $22-$48, Infants (0-23 Months) Free. Group rates available. Reservations Required.
- When: November 18 – December 24, 2016
- Where: (Map It) Tower City Center at 230 W. Huron Rd in Cleveland, Ohio
- Phone: 1-855-MRKRINGLE or 1-855-675-7464
- Web: www.mrkringle.com
Kringle’s Inventionasium® Experience in downtown Cleveland entertains diverse families from all over the world and boasts one of the “Best Santas in the U.S.” according to TIME.com.
For families seeking an innovative holiday activity, the Kringle’s Inventionasium Experience offers guests the opportunity to have fun together in a very magical way.
Kringle’s Inventionasium is more than just a visit with Santa, it’s an unforgettable adventure all its own – a fully immersive, interactive and hands-on experience where guests take an active role inventing toys for the holiday season.
Tour Kringle’s® top secret inventing lab. Explore numerous testing rooms and engage in various activities. Meet with Mr. Kringle himself, for a private visit and photo opportunity.
Before your departure, enjoy Kringle’s Toy Shoppe®. Purchase your pictures and Kringle’s unique toys, novelties, ornaments and decor from his stylish selection!
Mr. Kringle encourages guests to wear pajamas or festive outfits for the most memorable experience.
Accolades: “The best day of my life” that’s what my six-year-old daughter called it. The experience for her was awesome. Everyone was very cheerful and kid friendly.”
“This was the best Santa experience ever. Looking at the sparkle in my kids’ eyes (especially my six-year-old son) as they listened intently to the characters made my husband lean over and say in my ear “totally worth it.”
“It just gets better every year!! We traveled from Chicago again this year and weren’t disappointed! The Characters are outstanding and make the whole experience truly memorable and believable. We had an eight-year-old with us this year that was on the brink of not believing anymore, but after going through the Inventionasium, he spent the remainder of our trip making wishes and trying to invent new toys for Mr. Kringle.”
Admission to the Lights at Clifton Mill is $10 and kids under 6 free.
- When: Day after Thanksgiving through January 1st
- Location: (Map It) 75 Water Street in Clifton, Ohio 45316 on State Route 72 in Greene County
- Phone: 937-767-5501
Legendary Lights at Clifton Mill in Clifton, Ohio: A winter wonderland with more than 3.6 million lights! The tranquil setting along the Little Miami River is, with the flip of a switch, transformed into a brilliant, dazzling display of lights, sights and sounds from every direction to create the Annual Clifton Mill Outdoor Lighting Display. The extraordinary extravaganza runs nightly from 6 to 9:30 p.m. until January 1. The mill is the largest remaining water-powered gristmill in the United States and stands five-stories tall. Step into the Millrace Restaurant to rest a bit, have a steaming cup of delicious hot chocolate and snack.
Admission to Light Up Middletown: Free for Balloon Glow and cash donation for Light Up Middletown drive-through light display.
- When: Usually begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs through December. The Balloon Glow is usually the first Tuesday in December from 6-8pm.
- Location: (Map It) Smith Park, 500 Tytus Avenue – Art Central District in downtown Middletown, Ohio
- Phone: 513-422-3030
Light Up Middletown in Middletown, Ohio: About a dozen hot air balloons will illuminate the winter night sky at the same time Light Up Middletown kicks off for the holiday season. Light Up Middletown is a drive-through fantasy light display. Enter via Christmas Tree Lane, through a 40 foot tunnel of lights, around the reflecting pool with floating swans, under the leaping deer and visit the penguin village and butterfly forest. Special events throughout the season include the Hot Air Balloon Glow and weekend visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus in the historic Lock Tender’s House Museum inside the park. The display expands each year to include new and unusual animated groups. Proceeds from the donations go to improve Middletown Parks.
Cost for Ma & Pa’s Horse-drawn Sleigh Rides: Adults $20.00, Seniors $18.00, Children ages 11-16 $10, ages 5-10 $5, age 4 and younger are free.
- When: Annually from December 1 through the end of February
- Where: (Map It) Main Market Road, (State Route 422), Troy Township, Ohio
- Phone: 440-548-5521
- Web: http://www.maandpas.com/
Ma & Pa’s Horse-drawn Sleigh Rides: How does “Dashing through the snow in a one horse open sleigh” sound? The excursion begins at Ma and Pa’s 1820’s log cabin where you will find various rustic items such as chainsaw carved bears, log furniture, hunting, fishing, and everything for the rustic home. Then out into the woods one of their draft horses will pull one of two old fashioned sleighs, wandering out into an open field where, during the evening rides, the horses often stop so that guests can gaze up into the star filled sky. When the trip has ended, visitors are welcomed back to the cabin for hot chocolate or maple coffee and cookies baked by Ma herself!
Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics
Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics is housed in a beautiful chapel built in 1892, the collection, with over 1000 relics on display, is the second largest collection of its type in the United States (after St. Anthony’s Chapel in Pittsburg). In addition to the permanent displays, the Maria Stein Heritage Museum features exhibits which change annually. A few examples of these expositions include: early homes of the region, lace making, presentations by local artists and craftspeople, and a quilt collection. Such exhibitions make each visit to the Maria Stein Heritage Museum a new and exciting experience.
Admission to Niederman Christmas Farm is free. Hot cocoa and entertainment also free.
- When: Day after Thanksgiving through December from 5:30pm – 10pm daily
- Location: (Map It) 4972 LeSourdsville-WestChester Drive in Liberty Township, Ohio 45011
- Phone: 513-887-0725
- Web: https://www.niedermanfamilyfarm.com/
The Niederman Family Christmas Farm is a free walk-though Christmas Display. Visitors can enjoy tens of thousands of lights that illuminate the path. Fifty speakers set the mood with Christmas music as you view life-size nativity and several Biblical scenes telling the real story of Christmas. In addition there are hundreds of decorated trees and live animals. The walking path is wheel chair and stroller accessible. Free hot chocolate and cookies for everyone.
Ohio Christmas Trains and Holiday Train Rides:
Hocking Valley Scenic Railway Santa Trains in Nelsonville, Ohio: For tickets and information, call 740-249-1452. As the train departs, Santa begins his journey through the train of heated coaches and visits with each child, hearing their special requests before the Big Day. Each child also gets to enjoy a candy treat after Santa’s visit. Trains operate each Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, and a couple of evening departure. The ride lasts approximately two hours. Reserve ahead of time.
The Dennison Railroad Museum‘s Polar Express in Dennison, Ohio:
For availability, reservations and rates, call 740-922-6776.
This newly restored railroad station encourages parents to take your family on a journey of a lifetime. Just like The Polar Express book and movie, passengers are seen riding the rails in their pajamas sipping hot chocolate and snacking on cookies. As the storyline unfolds, so do the events aboard this train. Once at the North Pole, Santa hops aboard to meet the children and hand out presents.
LM&M Railroad‘s North Pole Express in Lebanon, Ohio:
For availability, reservations and rates, call 513-933-8022
Take a ride on a vintage train to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Children will receive a small gift from Santa. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies and entertainment by Santa’s elves. Bring kids, grandparents or a friend but don’t forget your camera because this event is filled with fun.
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s Santa Claus Express and Polar Express in Penninsula, Ohio: For availability, reservations and rates, call 800-468-4070. The trip is full of fun as kids try to spot reindeer in the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley while they wait for Santa to stop by and visit. Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad offers the Polar Express as well. However, getting tickets for this wonderful trip is very difficult even when planning months in advance. It is done through a mail-in lottery. Tickets are sometimes found through area newspapers as well. Passengers are encouraged to wear pajamas. Cookies and hot-coco are served.
North Pole Express in Findlay, Ohio: For availability, reservations and rates, call 419-423-2995. Ride a quarter-scale train past dazzling holiday lights and decorations. Watch HO & Lionel train layouts. Museum beautifully decorated inside. Railroad gift shop. NOTE: Free admission and a train ride for active duty service members and their immediate family upon presentation of a valid D.O.D. Identification.
Admission to the Ohio Statehouse Holiday Celebration is free.
- When: Month of December
- Location: (Map It) Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus
- Phone: 800/OHIO-123
Ohio Statehouse Holiday Celebration: The Ohio Statehouse kicks off the season in Ohio with a free Holiday Festival and Open House. All are welcome at this annual family-friendly event. The celebration continues all month with free tours of the historical building decorated in Victorian style, every day except state holidays. School choirs and musicians fill the space with beautiful music during the month of December. Please visit OhioStatehouse.org for more details.
Admission to Victorian Christmas Exhibit: $6.00/14 yrs & up; $3.00/ages 7-13yrs; Free/6 yrs & under.
- When: Late November through December. Open 1pm – 5pm daily except Mondays (Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day)
- Location: (Map It) 213 Fifth (5th) Street in Aurora, Indiana (near Cincinnati, Ohio)
- Phone: 812 926-0087
- Web Site: www.hillforest.org
Victorian Christmas Exhibit: Hillforest takes on the nostalgic feeling of Christmas past as the 1855 Victorian home is adorned in traditional holiday décor. The home to industrialist and financier Thomas Gaff and family from 1855 to 1891, Hillforest is a prime example of Italianate architecture and is a National Historic Landmark. Special events which occur during the exhibit period are as follows: The Holiday Open House is Saturday, December 8th and features Rivertown Players Holiday Choir at 2pm and harpist Laurie Stohr, costumed docent tours and refreshments. Two Victorian Tea Times are scheduled for Thursdays, December 6th and 13th. These three-course teas include a tour of the mansion, seasonal treats and delicious flavored teas. They require a prepaid reservation, which may be placed by calling 812 926-0087 or visiting www.hillforest.org.
Admission to Woodland Lights in Dayton is $8/person.
- When: Festival nights starting on the Friday after Thanksgiving through December 23rd (Lights only from December 26 – 30th)
- Location: (Map It) Countryside Park at the Washington Township Recreation Center, 895 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd. in Dayton, Ohio
- Web: www.woodlandlights.org/
Woodland Lights offers a month-long festival of holiday lights, animated displays, and revolving activities and entertainment along a half-mile wooded path winding through a park. Whimsical, illuminated characters and critters prepare for the holidays and a panorama of lights – including a new laser light show — reflect off the Woodland Lights pond. Every night leading up to Christmas includes visits with Santa Claus in a historic log cabin, costumed cartoon characters, kid-size amusement rides, live animals, the Grinch world display, bonfires and festival food.
A Kids Party in the Park takes place Monday-Thursday and revolving activities include live entertainment by arts organizations, carriage rides, and the Carillon Polar Express that offers kids the chance to hop on board for a ride through the park. Special nights include pet nights when dogs can walk the path with their owners, Star Wars Battlefront nights, and Free Friday Festival Flix when films are shown in a professional movie theater, located at the entrance to the path.
Find details about revolving activities and special nights by visiting the website listed above.
After the Festival: The path closes after December 23, then reopens December 26-30 as a quiet walk through sparkling lights, without the festival experience.
Tipp City’s Christmas in the Village Home Tour cost $15 in advance and $20 the day of the tour.
- When: Always the first Saturday in December from 12 – 5pm.
- Location: (Map It) Downtown Tipp City, Ohio
- Phone: 937-667-4499
- Web: Click here
Welcome to the The Tippecanoe Christmas in the Village Home Tour. Nestled in Southwest Ohio, Tipp City is a jewel of a town in rural Miami County. At the Holidays they throw their doors wide open and encourage guests to visit their historic downtown and tour the fancifully decorated homes on the Christmas in the Village Home Tour. The tour is held the first Saturday of each December.
Whether you are a couple looking for design ideas or a groups of pals kicking off to the Season, you are welcome to come explore. Each home will reveal the charm and traditions of the homeowners’ own Holiday displays, as well as stunning tabletops designed by members of DSID, the Dayton region’s professional design organization. Entertainers will stroll the streets, keeping toes tapping as you visit homes at your own pace. All profits benefit local charities. Buy tickets online at through the link above.
Admission to Waynesville Christmas in the Village is free.
- When: December 2 – 4, 2016 (First weekend in December)
- Location: (Map It) Waynesville, Ohio
- Phone: 513-897-8855
- Web: Click here
Waynesville Christmas in the Village: This seasonal event is billed as a traditional Dickens holiday complete with Victorian street strollers, horse drawn carriages, carolers and live nativity scenes. Don’t miss the evening luminary display as 1,300 luminaries light up Main Street. The festivities also include Dickens characters, community Christmas tree and Tuba Christmas.
Admission to Christmas in Zoar Village: Adults $8 Children under 12 free.
Christmas in Zoar Village showcases an old-fashioned Christmas with naturally decorated historic house museums and visits from the traditional German Belsnickle and Krist Kind. Snacks and meals are available throughout the village either from craftspersons making delicious treats to church groups offering full meals or the local restaurant providing a buffet.
American Folk and Craft Artists fill the historic school house and number one house offering unique Christmas gifts and décor. The historic blacksmith and tinsmith shops feature local artisans producing wares the old fashioned way. The dairy and kitchen operate much as they did 200 years ago and offer a sample of the foods they made in Zoar. The meeting house is filled with music all day from local high school, amateur and professional music groups.
The main attraction at the event is the tree lighting in the garden. This event starts at the meeting house with a candle light service, continues with a procession to the garden, and culminates with the tree lighting.
Admission to Lebanon Horse Drawn Carriage Parade & Christmas Festival is free.
- When: December 3, 2016 – Always the first Saturday in December (Christmas Festival from 10am-8pm and Horse-Drawn Carriage Parades are held at 1pm and 7pm (candlelit)
- Location: (Map It) Downtown Lebanon Ohio
- Phone: 513-932-1100
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Known as the Lebanon Horse Parade, the Lebanon Horse Drawn Carriage Parade & Christmas Festival in Lebanon, Ohio is hosted by The Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce. The Lebanon Horse Drawn Carriage Parade & Christmas Festival is always held on the first Saturday in December. There will be two horse-drawn carriage parades: a daylight parade at 1 pm and the traditional candlelight parade at 7 pm. Festivities continue to grow, and are sure to include: gift and food vendors stationed along E. Mulberry Street, Christmas carolers, traveling bell choir, storytelling, Paso Fino Horse Demonstrations, musical entertainment, train ride to the North Pole on the North Pole Express visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, street characters, and extended business hours for our 80-plus antique and specialty stores. This is a free family event!
Admission to Christmas Candlelighting at Roscoe Village is free.
Christmas Candlelighting at Roscoe Village: Historic Roscoe Village cheers on the holiday season with its Christmas Candlelighting Ceremony. Share in the tradition of lighting the Christmas tree and participate in lighting your own candle as “Silent Night” is heard throughout the crowd. Throughout the day, guests can enjoy art with Santa, strolling carolers, candlelight tours, complimentary hot-mulled cider and cookies and many other holiday festivities.
Admission to the Williamsburg Christmas at Jefferson Depot Village is free.
- When: December 3, 2016 (Always the 1st Saturday in December)
- Location: (Map It) 147 East Jefferson Street in Jefferson, Ohio
- Phone: 440-576-0496 or e-mail email@example.com
Williamsburg Christmas at Jefferson Depot Village: An Old-fashioned Williamsburg Christmas” Celebration. Amidst Williamsburg finery, fragrant wreaths, welcome candles, celebrate the season in the 1800’s. at the Historic 19th Century Jefferson Depot Village. Festivities begin at 3:00pm with sleighbell wagon rides, caroling ’round the old piano and pot-belly stoves, ice sculpture, early kids games, break a pinyata, make a Victorian ornament, listen to a Christmas Musical, and talk to jolly ole St. Nick. Take a Candlelight Walk thru the decorated village from 5-6pm. See the historic buildings aglow, listen to the Musical in the 1848 “Church in the Wildwood”. Step back in time and see the Live Nativity in the 1849 Barn. The butler will welcome you into the 1888 Victorian House for warm woissol and cookies. Enter the gingerbread house contest in the 1872 Depot. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free admittance and free parking sponsored by Jefferson Depot, Inc., a non-profit, charitable, restoration group. There are also free monthly diversified programs at 8pm on the first Monday of each month from May thru December.
Tickets to Akron Sugar Plum Tour cost $25 each.
The Akron Sugar Plum Tour in Akron, Ohio: This seasonal tour of Gracious Holiday Homes in Akron is just around the corner! This year’s tour goers will again enjoy a day touring five great Akron area homes decked out in holiday finery! The Sugar Plum Tour is an annual fundraising event benefiting the Gay Community Endowment Fund. To learn more about the fund and its mission, please to visit the fund’s website.
The Island of Misfit Toys event is free, but each family is asked to bring one new, unwrapped toy to donate to a child in need. Normal museum admission is $7 for adult general admission, $5 for student and senior (65+) general admission and free for children (12 and under).
- When: TENTATIVELY scheduled for December 4, 2016 – Usually the first Sunday in December (Register in advance for these time slots: 11:30am-1pm, 1:30-3 pm, 3:30-5 pm)
- Location: (Map It) Akron Art Museum at One South High in Akron, Ohio
- Phone: 330-376-9185
Island of Misfit Toys: Bring the family down to break, bash and build using bits and pieces from electronic toys, stuffed animals, action figures and odds and ends to create brand new, one-of-a-kind sculptures. All tools and materials provided; cast-off toys and items from home are welcome. Donations of clean but unwanted or broken toys are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off in the museum’s lobby through the day of the event. Although the event is free, you must register and choose a time to attend. Visit www.AkronArtMuseum.org to register.
PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo
- When: Mid December – January 1 (closed Christmas eve and day)
- Location: (Map It) Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
- Phone: 513-475-6124 or 1-800-94-HIPPO
PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in Cincinnati, Ohio: Established over 20 years ago, Festival of Lights has become the region’s largest and most anticipated holiday event. The 2.5 million lights sparkle in the background of special holiday entertainment, carolers, children’s activities, reindeer, train rides and seasonal fare that have made this event one of the tri-state’s most cherished family traditions.
Admission to the Great Lakes Science Center’s New Year’s Eve Eve is $24 or $20 for members.
- When: December 30 from 7:00 – 11:30 pm
- Where: (Map It) Great Lakes Science Center, 601 Erieside Ave in Cleveland, Ohio
- Phone: 216-694-2000
Great Lakes Science Center’s New Year’s Eve Eve celebration: Learn how to carpet skate on our indoor rink, marvel at our one-of-a-kind Big Science Shows, make your own fake snow and enjoy a holiday OMNIMAX double feature, To The Arctic and Alaska. Ring in 2013 with a countdown, a ginger ale toast and a 2,013-balloon drop! . Visit www.GreatScience.com for more information.
Toledo Zoo’s Lights Before Christmas annual celebration has become “THE” holiday tradition in Toledo and northwest Ohio. The “Big Tree,” is an 85-foot spruce decorated with more than 35,000 energy-saving LED bulbs illuminating the night sky.
Lights Before Christmas display features over one million lights and more than 200 illuminated animal images. Other traditions continuing at Lights this year include the Ice Slide with Winter Village, ice carvings, live animal encounters and, of course, Santa. New this year is the Talking Tree that leads a short holiday sing-along and more cold weather animals than ever before. It would not be Lights without the Zoo’s famous hot chocolate, homemade fudge and baked goods!
Lights Before Christmas will run through December. The display will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve night, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Hours of operation for Lights Before Christmas are 3-8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 3-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Zoo will close one hour after last admission to allow guests to finish their visit.
Come enjoy all the season has to offer at the Lights Before Christmas at your Toledo Zoo!
For more information, please visit toledozoo.org or call 419-385-4040.
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