Lebanon, Ohio

lebanon-horse-paradeLebanon, Ohio
Excerpt from a past edition of OhioTraveler

This month, while traveling around the world in Ohio, we discovered Lebanon.  That’s Lebanon, Ohio not the Lebanon in the Middle East. But we’ll tell you about both anyway.

This place draws 1,800 horse’s hooves this time of year and has the oldest inn in the land – The Golden Lamb. The streets are filled with pedestrians, crafters, magic acts and strolling musicians. Of course, we’re talking about Lebanon….Ohio!

Yes, this small Southwest Ohio town comes alive with the annual Historic Lebanon Christmas Parade in very early December. Thousands of visitors come every year to see majestic Clydesdales, adorable miniature horses, and decked-out equines of all sizes as they herald the beginning of the holiday season. Parade times are 1pm and then again for a lighted parade at 7pm. Even Martha Stewart took notice of this delightful event and featured the parade on her popular television program.

On December weekends, visitors may board Santa’s North Pole Express on the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railway. The vintage train ride travels to Santa’s workshop, where each child will receive a special gift from Santa, plus hot chocolate for all passengers. Be sure to  bundle up!

Christmas at Glendower provides an opportunity to experience a Victorian Christmas in all its brilliance at this grand historic residence. Lebanon merchants decorate each room with their own signature touch, providing a unique room-by-room tour of decorative holiday splendor. Live musicians and refreshments are served in classic style.

Christmas Village in Lebanon offers unique Christmas items, toys, and home décor plus a special treat for girls with a princess tea party in a Narnia-setting.

The Golden Lamb Inn & Restaurant offers unique holiday dining opportunities: Frohe Weilhnachten (German meal of venison); Cratchit’s Christmas Dinner (English meal of goose); Christmas at Mt. Vernon (American meal of turkey & ham).

Lebanon, Ohio is also known for its quaint shops and antique stores, great dining and streetscapes, and many special events throughout the year.

Although Lebanon, Ohio is certainly the safer of the two Lebanons to visit this holiday season, many are considering a trip to the Lebanon overseas to reunite with family and friends, do business or help rebuild after war ravaged the land this past summer. It must be noted that the security situation in Lebanon remains hazardous despite the end of military action. Although the Beirut airport is open, damage through the region remains significant. Considering December is a holy time of year for the world’s three major religions, we often hear the phrase may there be peace on Earth.

That said, one day Lebanon will again attract tourists and for good reason.

After all, Beirut, Lebanon is often referred as the Paris of the Middle East. Lebanon packs a lot into its modest borders: ancient cities, ski resorts, impressive architecture and striking landscapes are just the start. Then there’s the great food and nightlife that created the reputation for being the party capital of the Middle East.

If you are planning a visit to Lebanon, Ohio and want to learn more about it, click here. If you are planning a visit to Lebanon in the Middle East, click here.