Holiday Events Around Ohio

Holiday Events in Central Ohio

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Hanby Home for the Holidays

Dec. 37-9 p.m.
Dec. 7 and 81:30-4:30 p.m

Hanby House Historic Site, Westerville

Visit the restored family home of Benjamin Hanby, composer of the Christmas favorite Up on the Housetop. Enjoy contnuous live holiday music in the decorated parlor and see the award-winning video From Servitude to Service: The Story of the Hanby Family on the hour and half-hour. $3, $2.50/age 60+ or OHS member, $1 ages 5 - 17, Free/age 4 and under. 800.600.6843 or

Holiday Events in Northeast Ohio

Christmas in Zoar

Dec. 7 • 10-6 p.m.
Dec. 8 • noon-5 p.m.

Zoar Village Historic Site, Zoar

Make holiday memories with a visit to Zoar, home of the communal Society of Separatists from 1819 to 1888. Tour homes and other village landmarks, shop a juried craft show, enjoy musical entertainment, ride in a horse-drawn wagon and enjoy food and beverages from vendors throughout the village. $7, Free/age 12 and under. Ohio History Connection members enjoy a 10% discount. 800.262.6195 or

Cleveland Christmas Memories Presentation and Book Singing

Dec. 15 • 3-5 p.m.
Shaker Historical Museum, Shaker Heights

Join in the conversation as Gail Bellamy shares dozens of northeast Ohioans' personal stories and recollections from her book Cleveland Christmas Memories. $5, Free/OHS member. 800.860.6078 or

Holiday Concert and Community Tree Lighting

Dec. 1 • 4-6 p.m.

Tallmadge Church, Tallmadge

Enjoy music of the holidays in the 1825 Tallmadge Church followed by the annual community tree lighting ceremony on Tallmadge Circle. Free. 330.633.0855 or

Holiday Open House

Dec. 8 • 2-5 p.m.

Shaker Historical Museum, Shaker Heights

Enjoy sweets and savories plus holiday music by Nightingale. Free. 800.860.6078 or 216.921.1201 or

Miniature Wonderlands

Nov. 19 - Jan. 19 • Tuesday-Friday 11-5 p.m.,
Sunday 2-5 p.m.

Shaker Historical Museum, Shaker Heights

See fanciful miniature rooms and houses plus model trains from private collections of Gerry Arnold, Cathy and Emma Lincoln, Cleveland Miniature Society and Stewart's Hobbies $4, $2/ages 6-18, Free/OHS Member or under age 6. 800.860.6078 or

Moravian Lovefeast

Dec. 8 • 2-4 p.m.

Schoenbrunn Village Historic Site, New Philadelphia

Take part in a traditional Moravian church service based on friendship and brotherly love, in the reconstructed 18th-century log church at Schoenbrunn, site of Ohio's first church. Free. 800.752.2711 or

Saturdays in Zoar Free Speaker Series

Dec. 7 • 1 p.m.

Zoar United Church of Christ, 142 E. 5th St.,
Zoar Village Historic Site, Zoar

Roscoe Village Historian Christopher Hart presents A Christmas Carol Unwrapped. Free. 800.262.6195 or

Holiday Events in Northwest Ohio

Hayes Model Train Clinic 

Jan. 4 • 2-5 p.m.

Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont

Keep your model trains on track with help from Hayes Presidential Center. This clinic offers amateur model railroaders a chance to talk with experts about model train maintenance and repair as well as the worth of older trains. Have a G- or O-gauge train? Bring it to run on the museum's 12x24-foot layout. Sponsored by Croghan Colonial Bank and the Gordon W. Knight Family. $2/all ages. 800.998.7737 or

Hayes Train Special Model Train Display

Nov. 29 - Jan. 5 • 9-5 p.m.

Hayes Presidential Center, Freemont

Watch eight 19th-century-style model trains travel a 12x24-foot, three-tier layout. Act as the engineer by lifting gates, sounding the whistle and more via interactive buttons. Sponsored by Croghan Colonial Bank and the Gordon W. Knight Family. $7.50, $6.50/age 60+, $3/ages 6-12, Free/age 5 and under. 800.998.7737 or

Holiday Open House

Dec. 8 • 1-4 p.m. (Site open Noon-5 p.m.)

Fort Meigs Museum and Visitor Center, Perrysburg

Meet War of 1812 soldiers and civilians and see demonstrations of camp life in the museum and visitor center. Browse the museum store for gifts and enjoy holiday music, hot cider and cookies. $5, $4/senior or youth, Free/age 5 and under. 800.283.8916 or

Sleigh Rides in Spiegel Grove

Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29, and 31 • 1-5 p.m.

Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont

Relive a scene from Currier & Ives on a sleigh ride through Spiegel Grove, the 25-acre estate of 19th president Rutherford B. Hayes. Young and old alike will delight in these nostalgic horse-drawn tours provided by South Creek Clydesdales. $3/person. 800.998.7737 or

Holiday Events in Southeast Ohio

Gallipolis Holiday Tour: The Traditions of Christmas

Dec. 6 • 6-10 p.m.

Downtown Gallipolis
Tickets at French Art Colony, 530 1st St., Gallipolis

Our House Tavern, French Art Colony, St. Louis Catholic Church and Gallia County Visitors Center host the annual Gallipolis Holiday Tour. Holiday Tour sites are all within a few blocks downtown, making a perfect candlelight walking tour. The tour features Our House, a restored tavern that hosted Lafayette when he visited Gallipolis in 1825, A Dickens Christmas, with live dulcimer music plus cookies and molasses fruitcake made from 19th-century recipes, Our House special-blend tea and hot chocolate. $15/person. Purchase your ticket at French Art Colony, 530 1st St., Gallipolis, or call 740-446-3834. Go to for full details.

Mid-Winter Celebrations on the Frontier

 Dec. 7 • 1-4 p.m.

Campus Martius Museum, Marietta

Parents,  take advantage of a December Satruday afternoon to finish your shopoping or enjoy much-needed "me" time. Bring your second-through-sixth graders to the museum, where they'll participate in a variety of holiday-inspired activities from making gifts for family or friends to crafting decorations, and enjoy holiday treats. $15. Advance registration is required by Nov. 29. 800.860.0145 or

Holiday Events in Southwest

Breakfast with Santa 

Dec. 7 & 89-11 a.m.

Adena Mansion and Gardens Historic Site, Chillicothe

Have your picture taken with Santa, who'll be making an appearance at breakfast, will be available for pictures and will even have a small gift for each child. This event also includes ornament making, cookie decorating and story time- fun for the whole family! $10/person. Advance registration is required. 800.319.7248 or

Holidays at Adena

Dec. 7-811-4p.m.

Adena Mansion and Gardens Historic Site, Chillicothe

Enjoy a special holiday-themed tour of Adena, 1807 home of early Ohio governor Thomas Worthington, decorated for Christmas in 19th-century style. Elsewhere on the grounds, find the Tenant House decorated for Christmas, animals ready for winter, crafts for children, refreshments and horse-and-carriage rides. $10. 800.319.7248 or

Holiday Wreath Workshop

Dec. 8 noon-4:30 p.m. 

Adena Mansion and Gardens Historic Site, Chillicothe

Decorate a wreath for the holidays. We'll provide the evergreen wreath as well as natrual materials gathered from the grounds of Adena Mansion and Gardens. You can bring personal mementos to decorate your wreath, as well. $35 evergreen wreath; $30 snowflake wreath; $50 for both. 800.319.7248 or

Lighting the Serpent - This event is canceled

Dec. 21 • 4-8 p.m. (rain or wind date Dec. 22, 2013)

Serpent Mound, near Peebles,

Celebrate the Winter Solstice at ancient Serpent Mound. Help volunteers light over 1,000 candles outlining the mound. Please bring a long taper candle and a flashlight and arrive by 5 p.m. to take part in the lighting, or arrive before 8 p.m. to enjoy the festive and scenic holiday glow. Enjoy free hot drinks and seasonal goodies. Parking $7/car. 937.205.0094, 937.587.3953 or