November Ohio Holiday Events & Fests




Fabulous Food Show Cleveland

Cleveland’s I-X Center Fabulous Food Show

  • When: This event will return in 2018
  • Location: (Map It) Cleveland’s I-X Center at 6200 Riverside Drive, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Web: www.fabulousfoodshow.com

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!

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.

A Winter’s Yuletide Gathering

Admission to A Winter’s Yuletide Gathering in Tipp City is free.

  • When: November 11 & 12, 2017 (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.

Warther’s Christmas Tree Festival

Admission to Warther’s Christmas Tree Festival is $5 per person.

  • When: November 11 – 19, 2017
  • 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.

Holiday Welcome Weekend

Admission to the Holiday Welcome Weekend is free.

  • When: November 17 – 19, 2017 on Friday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm & Sunday from Noon – 5pm.
  • Location: (Map It) Miami County, Ohio historic downtown communities of Covington, Piqua, Tipp City, Troy & West Milton
  • Phone: 800-348-8993
  • Web: Click here

Miami County, Ohio’s Holiday Welcome Weekend spans three days, five towns, and over 100 unique shops and restaurants. The shops and restaurants of Covington, Piqua, Tipp City, Troy and West Milton welcome visitors to browse and dine while enjoying the best they have to offer this holiday season. The towns of Miami County have come together to create this first annual Holiday Welcome Weekend.

Why shop the Big Box stores? Instead, you are invited to explore Miami County’s historic downtowns for that one-of-a-kind gift, toy, and unique treasure for anyone on your shopping list. Grab your best friend, sweetheart, mom or sister and head to a place that can handle all of your holiday shopping needs. Then treat yourself to something savory at any of our local restaurants.

There is so much going on during this weekend that you may want to spend a night or two. Area hotels offer holiday packages and special discounts. For more information visit the link above.

Medina Candlelight Walk

Admission to the Medina Candlelight Walk, Parade & Fireworks is free.

The Medina Candlelight Walk, Parade & Fireworks: Throughout the weekend, the shops and restaurants of the 9-block Medina historic district will be open later into the evening to welcome up to 50,000 people. The event features over 1,500 luminaries, 5,000 votive candles, 15,000 Christmas lights, a truck load of sand, a 13’ Christmas tree, a 60 unit parade, 62 holiday flags, and more. Friday sparks the much anticipated lighting of the district. Saturday brings an amazing Holiday Parade of Lights at around 5:30pm with over 60 parade floats, cars, trucks, and even people covered in lights. Santa will be available for photographs on Saturday evening and throughout Sunday. The pyrotechnic spectacular, Light Up The Night Fireworks, will be launched from the top deck of the County parking deck behind the County courthouse at the conclusion of the parade. The show is best viewed from Public Square or from the surrounding blocks. On Sunday, shops and restaurants will be open for holiday shopping and dining.

Wooster Window Wonderland

wooster window 2Admission to Wooster Window Wonderland is free.

  • When: November 17, 2017 from 7pm – 9:30pm (Always 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.

Hometown Holiday Horse Parade

greenville-horse-paradeAdmission 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.

Memories of Christmas Past

Admission for Memories of Christmas Past is $7/adult, $6/senior and $5/child ages 3-18.

  • When: November 18, 2017 – January 7, 2018 Tuesday – Sunday (closed on all Mondays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve) from 12 – 4pm and Twilight Thursdays open until 7pm.
  • Location: (Map It) The Arms Family Museum at 648 Wick Ave. in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Phone: 330-743-2589 
  • Web: https://memoriesofchristmaspast.com

Memories of Christmas Past in Youngstown revisits the best holiday memories from your childhood.  This annual holiday spectacular at the Arms Family Museum features breath-taking vignettes and vintage Christmas decor from the 1800s through the 1960s. It fills seven rooms of the 1095 Arts & Crafts mansion of Olive and Wilford Arms.

This one-of-a-kind winter wonderland rivals the best of the professional holiday displays as seen in New York City, Chicago, and Atlanta. Exquisitely arranged, the vintage decor on display includes toys, trains, ornaments, lights, trees, and more. Every year visitors say how much the vignettes bring back their best nostalgic childhood memories.

Visitors on the self-guided tour are welcome to make multiple passes through the period rooms. The Christmas Hands-On History Room will feel like walking into Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole, with elves, reindeer games and even a naughty and nice list.  Special events are scheduled throughout the run of the exhibit which will include a model train display, behind the ropes tours and author visits.

Why not make it a weekend? There are so many special holiday events happening in the Youngstown area! To see a complete list, please visit www.youngstownlive.com, or call the Mahoning County CVB at 800-447-8201 for more information.

Steubenville Nutcracker Village

steubenville-ohio-christmans-nutcracker-villageAdmission to the Steubenville Nutcracker Village & Advent Market is Free.

  • When: November 21, 2017 through January 7, 2018 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.

Coley’s Stag Reunion

Coleys Carrollton OhioAdmission to Coley’s Stag Reunion is free.

  • When: November 24, 2017 (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.

Dayton Holiday Festival

Admission to Dayton Holiday Festival is free.

  • When: November 24, 2017 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.

Holidazzle Illuminated Parade & Festival

holidazzle-wilmingtonAdmission to Holidazzle Illuminated Parade & Festival in Wilmington is free.

  • When: November 25, 2017 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.

Veterans Day Concert by USAF Band

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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