Holiday Events

Made in Ohio Showcase


Saturday, December 8, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Ohio History Center, Columbus 

A first for the Ohio History Connection, the Made in Ohio Showcase will feature art, food, wine, and crafts made throughout Ohio.

  • Meet artisans and see special artisan demonstrations. 
  • Partake in special hands-on activities for the whole family.
  • Shop for unique Ohio arts, crafts, foods, wines, and other unique merchandise.
  • Tour the Ohio History Center Museum.
  • Take advantage of special discounts at the Ohio History Store.
Admission: Included with regular Ohio History Center museum admission: $10/adult (13-59), $9/senior (60+), $5/youth (6-12), Free/Ohio History Connection member, Free/child (age 5 and under). Parking is free and readily available. There is no fee to shop at the Ohio History Store at the entrance to the museum and at any tables in the entrance lobby. For more information call 800.686.6124.  

Come for the Made in Ohio Showcase and stay for...

Dickens of a Christmas 

Friday and Saturday December 7-8, 6-9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday December 14-15, 6-9 p.m.
Sunday, December 16, 2012, Noon-5 p.m.
Ohio Village, Columbus

At Dickens of a Christmas, capture the spirit of Christmas Past at Ohio Village, our recreated 19th-century community in Columbus, where Charles Dickens' festive and enduring vision of Christmas comes to life through carols, decorations and traditions inspired by his colorful tales. See holiday preparations underway in village homes and shops, enjoy craft and cooking demonstrations, meet St. Nicholas and Dickens himself, hear carols by the Ohio Village Singers and shop the General Store for old-fashioned gifts. Watch this video about Dickens of a Christmas

Admission: $12/adults, $9/youth (6-12), $10/OHS adult members and $7/OHS youth members (6-12). Parking is free. Buy advance tickets here. For more information call 800.686.6124.

Hungry for more? Reserve a spot at a tasty Dickens Dinner or Dickens Buffet. Or, if you want a little theatre with dinner, make a reservation for Dinner with Lord and Lady Snobgrass

Holiday Events Around Ohio

Christmas at Johnston Farm, Johnston Farm and Indian Agency, Piqua
December 1 –EVENT SOLD OUT

This event in the restored 19th-century home of U.S. Indian Agent John Johnston includes a traditional dinner of the era, holiday entertainment by the Johnston Farm Mummers, and a few more holiday surprises. This is a reservation-only event.

Christmas in Zoar, the Village of Zoar
December 1-2

Experience Christmas in the historic German separatist community of Zoar. Enjoy strolling carolers, musical entertainment, home tours, shopping in historic buildings, and Belsnickle Santa and the Kristkind.

Holiday Open House, Concert, & Tree-Lighting, Tallmadge Church, Tallmadge
December 2

Tour an 1825 Federal style Tallmadge Church, an architectural landmark and a reminder of northeast Ohio's New England heritage, and at 4 p.m., enjoy a holiday followed by the annual community tree-lighting ceremony on Tallmadge Circle. 

"Trail of Trees" Holiday Open House, National Road/Zane Grey Museum, near Zanesville
December 2

Experience the holiday spirit at the museum with the "Trail of Trees,” featuring trees donated and beautifully decorated by community members and businesses. Here music by JG Company at 1 p.m. and tales by storyteller Mike Follin at 2 p.m. and sample roasted chestnuts and wassail.  

Hanby Holiday Open House, Westerville 
December 4, 8, and 9

Tour the restored home of the Hanby family, who lived in Westerville from 1853 to 1880, and enjoy holiday decorations, music by a variety of musicians, refreshments, and new video produced this year that shares the Hanby story. 

Fort Meigs Holiday Open House, Perrysburg
December 9

Celebrate 1812-style. Soldiers and civilians will be on hand to offer demonstrations and answer questions about the War of 1812. See exhibits on Fort Meigs and the War of 1812 in the museum and visitors' center, enjoy hands-on activities, holiday music, hot cider and cookies and shop the museum store.

Holiday Tours, Harding Home, Marion
December 19-21, and 26-28
Looking for a way to entertain family and friends this holiday season? Tours of the Harding Home will be available without advance appointments at 1 p.m. on December 19-21, and on December 26, 27 & 28. Tours begin in the Press House (the small, white cottage at east end of the Harding Home parking lot). Please allow about an hour and 15 minutes on the site. NOTE: The Home is not decorated for the holidays this year.

Lighting the Serpent, Serpent Mound, Peebles
December 21

Celebrate the winter solstice – bring a long taper candle and a flashlight and help volunteers place and light over 900 luminarias outlining Serpent Mound (believed to be an ancient solstice marker), or just take in the festive glow and reflect upon the significance of this world-renowned earthwork. Free hot drinks and seasonal goodies.

Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides in Spiegel Grove, Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont
December 26-30 

Experience a scene straight from a Currier & Ives print as Hayes Presidential Center hosts sleigh rides through the 25-acre estate of 19th president Rutherford B. Hayes. Young and old alike will delight in these nostalgic horse-drawn sleigh tours. Afterward, warm up with a tour of the 31-room Hayes Home or visit the two-story Hayes Museum.

Hayes Train Special, Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont
November 25- January 6

Be a kid again! See the museum’s annual holiday train display featuring eight different 19th-century style model trains traveling through a picturesque miniature Victorian village. Also on display is the cut-paper snowflake art of Mary Gaynier of Toledo, who has had her work exhibited all over the world.

Holiday Lights Display, Armstrong Air and Space Museum, Wapakoneta
November 22- January 31

See a beautiful and festive light display throughout the holiday season. Consider coming earlier in the day to tour the Armstrong Air and Space Museum that tells the story of Neil Armstrong’s extraordinary life.