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!
November 28 – 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.
December 31, 10 p.m.-12 a.m. | Marion
Celebrate the New Year with this free event in historic downtown Marion. After enjoying activities throughout the day, catch the main event at the Courthouse when the “popcorn” ball drops at midnight.
November 4 – 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.
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.
November 15 – January 1 | 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.
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.
November 24 – December 23 | 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.
December 6-8 and 13-15 | Lucas
Holiday decorations, cookies, cider and Santa himself – what’s not to love? Celebrate the holidays at the historic Malabar Farm State Park.
November 29 – January 5 | 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.
Open year-round | Medina
Although Castle Noel is open year-round, there’s no better time to go than in December! As America’s Largest Indoor Year-Round Christmas Entertainment Attraction, you won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind experience.
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.
November 9 – January 5 | Cincinnati
Nature lovers are sure to enjoy Krohn Conservatory with their over 3,500 plant species to view. The conservatory will be decorated to celebrate the holidays and Cincinnati’s German history.