- When: November through early January
- Location: (Map It) Historic Downtown Cambridge, Ohio
- Phone: 800-933-5480 (Cambridge/Guernsey County Visitors & Convention Bureau)
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.
(Admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors and $6 children age 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: http://www.achristmasstoryhouse.com/
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. For more information or for directions, visit www.AChristmasStoryHouse.com.
(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/
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!
(Admission is Free)
This is a free bike ride of 3, 24, or 12 miles on New Year’s Day – despite the weather. A map is provided, but NO other services are provided. NO sag wagon, NO snack stops, NO closed course, NO first aid cars, NO food. Get the idea? Then come prepared! The route does go through a couple of cities where food may be purchased if you need it. Optional personalized participation certificates are available at the end of the ride for 25 cents. Donations up to 50 cents are cheerfully accepted for this ride.
(Special stamping is free but must apply proper postage to envelopes)
- When: January 1 – February 14
- Location: (Map It) Loveland Area Chamber of Commerce in Loveland, Ohio
- Phone: 513-683-1544
Send your Valentines stamped with a romantic cachet and postmark from Loveland, Ohio. Prepare your Valentines, affixing proper postage, address, and return address, and include them in a larger envelope addressed to: The Valentine Lady, 123 West 2nd St., Loveland, OH 45140. All of the Valentine Ladies, past and present, members of the sweetheart court, and Loveland Area Chamber of Commerce staff members, will affix the special cachet bearing our signature slogan, “There is nothing in this world so sweet as love.” After the special cachet is stamped upon the Valentine envelopes, they are taken to the Loveland Post Office where they are hand canceled bearing the passionate postmark from Loveland, OH. Please don’t wait until February to send your Valentines! For more information please visit www.lovelandchamber.org.
(Admission is Free!)
The Sled Dog Classic is the only sled dog event in Ohio attracting mushers from across Ohio and other states. Teams will cover one to six miles through woods and across open fields. Because the weather doesn’t always cooperate, there will be an alternate race date announced. Park Accommodations: Punderson State Park offers a beautiful lodge (Manor House) for overnight stays or many rustic cottages that can sleep 8-10 people. Call the lodge for rates 440-564-9144 or 1-800-282-7275. Camper hookups are also available
(Admission to Winter Fest is free)
- When: January 9 – 10, 2015 from 4-8pm and 11am – 4pm respectively
- Location: (Map It) Downtown Loudonville, Ohio
- Phone: 419-994-4789
Come and enjoy ice carving competitions featuring Award winning Ice Carvers. Ice carvings are displayed throughout downtown with most of the events in Central Park. Visitors will enjoy speed carving, demonstrations, carriage rides, winter hike, train expo and more.
(Admission is $12 for adults. Children 12 and under free. Seniors 60 and better $11.)
The Mid-America Boat Show is one of the largest indoor boat shows in the country. The event will feature the best prices in years on powerboats, sailboats, fishing boats, personal watercraft, trailers, and accessories. It will be the best place to shop from more than 50 exhibitors from across the state and would be a perfect winter rendezvous point for all your boating buddies!
(Admission is Free)
The winter season is approaching quickly and that can only mean one thing…the return of IceFest in Hamilton, Ohio! IceFest, whisks visitors away to a winter wonderland filled with ice sculptures, ice carving competitions, yummy hot chocolate and family-fun activities. The Hamilton-based organization, City of Sculpture, leads the way in the planning of the event. An estimated 200 blocks and 40 tons of ice are needed for the event; then locally and nationally-based carvers will chisel and create to bring the works of art to life. IceFest features a Technicolor Ice Walk, Human Dog Sled Races and of course, competition carving.
(Participation is Free)
- When: January 17, 2015 with continuous starts from 9am – 11 am
- Location: (Map It) Hike begins with continuous starts between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. from the Old Man’s Cave Visitor’s Center.
- Phone: 740-385-6841 or 740-385-6842
- Web: http://www.hockinghills.com/winter_hike.html
More than 5,000 outdoor enthusiasts will participate in the Annual Hocking Hills Winter Hike. Hikers should assemble at the Old Man’s Cave Visitor Center at any time from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Winter Hike and all pre-hike and post-hike activities are free. Donations are encouraged for the refreshments, and for the return ride to Old Man’s Cave. Commemorative patches and hiking stick medallions are available for purchase. Hikers should come dressed in layered clothing and sturdy shoes. Hocking Hills State Park is located about 55 miles southeast of downtown Columbus on State Route 664 in Hocking County.