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Holiday Fun Around Ohio - for the Whole Family

The holiday season is officially underway! Keep your family in the holiday spirit by visiting the most festive events Ohio has to offer. With plenty of indoor options, even cold weather doesn’t have to slow down your plans to celebrate. We’ve rounded up activities around the state, to give you a taste of what’s out there to enjoy!

Christmas by Candlelight

November 27 – December 25  |  Marion

Listen to festive Christmas music and see thousands of lights on display without ever leaving your car! Held at the Marion County Fairgrounds, this drive-thru light show tells the story of Christmas with lights and live animals.

North Pole Nelsonville

November 17 – December 24  |  Nelsonville

This annual tradition boasts numerous holiday events, including the Santa Train, Christmas parade and Santa’s Workshop. With events and activities for all ages, your family is sure to find something for everyone.

Holiday Film Series

November 30 – December 16  |  Athens

What better way to spend a cold winter day than watching classic Christmas movies and eating Christmas cookies inside? Bring a canned good or non-perishable food item to the Athena Cinema for the price of admission.

Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights

November 19 – January 2  |  Delaware

Formerly known as Alum Creek’s Festival of Lights, this drive-thru light show boasts three miles of all LED lights. After the lights, make sure to stop at Santa’s House across the street at the Cross Creek Camping Resort.

Central Ohio Symphony Holiday Concerts

December 15  |  Delaware

Celebrate the sounds of the season with the Central Ohio Symphony. The 65-member symphony will perform holiday favorites during their two concerts on December 15 at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Holiday Fun at Kleerview Farm

November 22 – December 20  |  Bellville

The animal lover in your family is sure to love Santa’s Barnyard Express at Kleerview Farm! Reindeer, ducks, piglets, rabbits, miniature horses and donkeys will all be available for your little ones to come visit.

Candlelight Holiday Tours

December 3-5 and 10-12  |  Lucas

Holiday decorations, cookies, cider and Santa himself – what’s not to love? Celebrate the holidays at the historic Malabar Farm State Park.

Lucy Depp Park Light Show

November 29 – January 8  |  Powell

See Lucy Depp Park light up for the holidays! Five historic houses and the surrounding areas will be decorated to put on a show.

Castle Noel

Open year-round  |  Medina

Although Castle Noel is open year-round, there’s no better time to go than in December! The castle is reservations only, and private tours are available. As America’s Largest Indoor Year-Round Christmas Entertainment Attraction, you won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind experience.

A Christmas Story House

Open year-round  |  Cleveland

Did you grow up watching “A Christmas Story” every Christmas? Now is your chance to visit the house from the movie! With props they used throughout the house, it’ll feel like you’re in the movie. If you book early enough, you might be able to spend the night at the Parker’s, or their neighbors, the Bumpus’s.

A Zinzinnati Holiday at Krohn Conservatory

November 6 – January 9  |  Cincinnati

Nature lovers are sure to enjoy Krohn Conservatory with its over 3,500 plant species to view. The conservatory will be decorated to celebrate the holidays and Cincinnati’s German history.

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