Celebrate the Holiday Season with the Ohio History Connection

(COLUMBUS, OH)— The Ohio History Connection invites you to travel back in time for the holidays beginning November 28th through January 4th.
From the 19th century to the 1950s, enjoy holiday favorites like Dickens of a Christmas, the fully decked-out Lustron home, a 1950s model train display and a special holiday Echoes in Time Theater performance called I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas. We also invite you to attend other special holiday happenings at our sites around the state.
A Christmas classic, Dickens of a Christmas takes visitors back in time as the Ohio Village, the Ohio History Connection’s recreated 19th-century community, is transformed with Victorian-era crafts, decorations, caroling, cooking demonstrations and traditions inspired by Charles Dickens’ festive vision of Christmas. Follow the Ghost of Christmas Past and meet Dickens, Saint Nicholas himself and an assortment of 19th-century characters along the way.
At the Ohio History Center you can get festive, 1950s style! With the help of the Central Ohio Model Railroad Club, the Ohio History Connection has created a holiday train display within the 1950’s: Building the American Dream exhibit. Visit the nine-by-20-foot display in the Lustron home and check out some of the home’s authentic holiday decorations while you’re there.
Also, don’t miss the Echoes in Time Theatre performance of I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas. Enjoy a walk down memory lane as the character Mabel recalls Christmas past and prepares for the holidays circa 1950 in this one-woman show.
For your holiday gift needs, you can shop the stores at The Ohio History Center and Ohio Village for unique gifts including art, food, wine and crafts made in right here in the state.
Holiday Events at the Ohio History Center and Village:

  • Dickens of a Christmas at Ohio Village – Dec. 12, 13, 19 and 20 from 6-9 p.m., and Dec. 21 from noon-5 p.m.
  • Decorated Lustron Home- Dec. 3-Jan. 4, Weds. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun. noon- 5 p.m.
  • 1950s Holiday Train Display – Nov. 28 – Jan. 4, Weds.-Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m.
  • I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas – Dec. 6, 13 and 20 and 27 at 1 and 3 p.m.

Other Holiday Events from Around the State:
Christmas in Zoar-Founded by German religious separatists in 1819, Zoar Village looks much as it did a century and more ago. During Christmas in Zoar December 6 and 7, you can tour homes, enjoy musical entertainment, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, shop a juried craft show and attend a tree-lighting ceremony or candlelight service in the historic church. For more information, call 800.262.6195 or visit historiczoarvillage.com.
Lighting the Serpent-Celebrate the Winter Solstice at Serpent Mound located near Peebles on December 21. You can help the Friends of Serpent Mound light over 1000 candles around the perimeter of the mound and enjoy festive drinks and seasonal goodies. Call 937.205.0094 or visit serpentmound.org for more information.
Holiday Open House- Celebrate the holiday season at a free open house at the Shaker Historical Museum in Shaker Heights. On December 7, you can browse unique exhibits, enjoy live music and partake in seasonal refreshments. For more information, call 800.866.6078 or visit shakerhistory.org.
Sleigh Rides in Spiegel Grove-Ride in a real horse-drawn sleigh at Spiegel Grove, the 25-acre estate of Rutherford B. Hayes in Fremont. Sleighs and the Clydesdales that pull them will be on hand December 26, 27, 28, 30 and 31.Call 800.998.7737 or visit rbhayes.org for more information.
For more information on all of the Ohio History Connection’s holiday events, call 800.686.6124 or visit www.ohiohistory.org.
Ohio Historical Society is now Ohio History Connection
On May 24, 2014, the Ohio Historical Society changed its name to the Ohio History Connection. Established in 1885, this nonprofit organization provides a wide array of statewide services and programs related to collecting, preserving and interpreting Ohio’s history, archaeology and natural history through more than 50 sites and museums across Ohio, including its flagship museum, the Ohio History Center in Columbus. For more information about programs and events, call 800.686.6124 or go online at www.ohiohistory.org.

Posted December 1, 2014
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