Ohio Christmas Events Calendar – 2015


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The following is a list of Christmas events at Ohio parks, zoos, and historical villages. Some of the events start in November, so don’t wait till Christmas to make your plans. Please see the links below for additional details, registration (where required) and fees.

Central Ohio

Location Event Date Description
Alum Creek State Park Fantasy of Lights 11/20/2015 – 01/03/2016 ♦ See link for hours Drive through the campground and see one million lights and holiday displays plus visit Santa Claus & enjoy refreshments.
Columbus Zoo & Aquarium Wildlights 11/20/2015 – 01/03/2016 ♦ Sun-Th 5pm-9pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm (Closed 11/26,12/24,12/25) Zoo lit by over 3 million festive LED lights. Holiday displays, music, carolers, refreshments, Santa and his reindeer. See our photos from a past visit to this Zoo event.
Franklin Conservatory Holiday Pointsettias Nov 21, 2015 ♦ 11 AM – 2 PM Create a festive paper poinsettia and enjoy the varieties of poinsettias on display
Franklin Conservatory Candlelight Dinners Dec 2,9,16, 2015 ♦ See link for hours Candlelight dinners at warm and exotic John Wolfe Palm House
Slate Run Metropark Christmas is Coming 12/5/2015 ♦ 1 – 3 PM Help decorate the farmhouse in Victorian fashion. Make an ornament to take home.
Gallant Farm Holiday Evening on the Farm 12/5/2015 ♦ 6 – 8 PM Music, refreshments, and holiday decorations
Franklin Conservatory Breakfast with Santa Dec 5,12, 2015 ♦ 8:30 – 10 AM Join Santa for breakfast
Franklin Conservatory Holiday Gift Making Dec 5,12, 2015 ♦ 11 AM – 2 PM Children create thier own gifts
Slate Run Metropark Tis the Season Dec 6,19,20, 2015 ♦ 1 PM Visit the farm, make popcorn ornaments
Dawes Arboretum Holiday Greenery Workshop Dec. 9,10,11,12,13, 2015 ♦ See link for hours Create your own festive arrangements of greens from arboretum. Greenery, decorations, and candles supplied by Arboretum
Ohio Village (OHS) Dickens Dinners Dec 11,12,18,19, 2015 ♦ 6 PM Advanced reservation required, (800) 686-1541. $65 (OHS members pay $55); price includes staying on for Dickens of a Christmas
Ohio Village (OHS) Dickens of a Christmas Dec 11,12,18,19,20, 2015 ♦ See link for hours A Victorian Christmas in a 19th century village
Blendon Woods Metropark Christmas Open House Dec 12, 2015 ♦ 2 PM Make nature crafts, enjoy decorations, live Christmas music, and hot chocolate
Franklin Convervatory Tis the Season Dec 17, 2015 ♦ See link for hours Celebrate the holidays with live music, cocktails and tapas (age 21+ only)
Franklin Convervatory Mrs. Claus Kitchen Dec 19,20, 2015 ♦ 11 AM – 2 PM Decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus. Santa and two live reindeer make an appearance
Ohio Village (OHS), American House Hotel Christmas Buffet 12/20/2015 ♦ 11 AM and 2 PM Advanced reservation required, (800) 686-1541. $45 for adults, $30 for children aged 6 to 12 (OHS members pay $35 for adults, $20 for children); price includes touring the Village’s Dickens festivities.
Franklin Convervatory Arctic Express Magic Show Dec 22, 2015 ♦ 11 AM & 2 PM “Magician with a Mission” takes children on a magical train ride to learn about winter holiday celebrations around the globe

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Northeast Ohio

Location Event Date Description
Malabar Farm State Park Candlelight Holiday Tours Dec 4,5,6,11,12,13 2015 ♦ See link for hours Tour of Louis Bromfield’s house with holiday decorations, refreshments.
Zoar Village (OHS) Christmas in Zoar Dec 5,6, 2015 Christmas in an 19th century village with a visit from Santa
Quail Hollow State Park Christmas at the Hollow Dec 10 – 12, 2015 ♦ See link for hours Christmas at historic Stewart Manor. Decorations, crafts, entertainment and Santa.

Northwest Ohio

Location Event Date Description
Toledo Zoo The Lights Before Christmas 11/13/2015 – 1/3/2016 ♦ See link for hours Festive holiday lights, rides, ice carving, ice rink, and Santa!
Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont Hayes Train Special – A Holidy Tradition Nov 27, 2015 – Jan 3, 2016 ♦ See link for hours Festive holiday model train exhibit
Armstrong Space Museum Holday Lights Display Nov 27, 2015 – Jan 31, 2016 ♦ 6 PM – 11 PM Nightly seasonal outdoor lighting display
NW Ohio Rail Preservation (in Findlay, OH) North Pole Express 11/27/2015 – 1/3/2016 ♦ See link for hours Quarter scale train rides, holiday decorations, Santa Claus
Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont Christmas Dinners at Spiegel Grove Dec 3,4,5 2015 Cost is $250 / person. Call (419) 332-2081 for details
Johnston Farm & Indian Agency, Piqua Christmas at the Johnston Farm 12/5/2015 ♦ See link for hours Dinner and entertainment. Reservations required, (937) 773-2522;
Fort Meigs Holday Open House 12/13/2015 ♦ 1 – 4 PM Music, refereshments, and activities
Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont Horse-drawn sleigh rides in Spiegel Grove Dec 26-31, 2015 ♦ 1-4 PM Nostalgic horse-drawn sleigh tours. Sleigh rides cost $3 for all ages; admission to the Hayes Home or Hayes Museum is a separate charge. (419) 332-2081.

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Southeast Ohio

Location Event Date Description
Hocking Hills State Park: Ash Cave Christmas in Ash Cave 12/12/2015 ♦ 5 – 7 PM Holiday Music, Christmas tree decorating, refreshments, visit fro Santa
Lake Hope State Park Santa and Wagon Rides 12/19/2015 ♦ 10 AM – 4 PM Call Lake Hope Park Office at 740-596-4938 for details
National Road / Zane Grey Museum, near Zanesville Holiday Open House 12/6/2015 ♦ 10 AM -2 PM Seasonal music with One More Time & JG Company at 1 pm; refreshments; see spinning demonstration; make a pine-cone bird feeder to take home; view decorated Christmas trees.
Adena Mansion (Chillicothe, OH) Breakfast with St. Nicholas Dec 12, 2015 ♦ 9 AM – Noon Breakfast with Governor & Mrs Worthington and Santa. Call 740-772-1500 for details
Campus Maritius Musuem Here We Come A-Caroling 12/12/2015 ♦ 10 AM – 3 PM Storytellers, crafts, holiday music, and sing-a-longs
Hocking Valley Scenic Railway Santa Train Sat & Sun starting 11/28/2015 – 12/20/2015 ♦ See link for hours A holiday themed train trip featuring Santa starting in Nelsonville, OH

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Southwest Ohio

Location Event Date Description
Cincinnati Zoo PNC Festival of Lights 11/21/2015 – 1/2/2016 (Closed 11/26. 12/24, 12/25) See link for hours Festive lights, light show, puppets, refreshments, Santa & his reindeer, train ride
Clifton Mill (Clifton, Ohio) Legendary Lights at the Clifton Mill 11/27/2015 – 12/31/2015 ♦ See link for hours 3.5 million lights at restored water-powered grist mill on Little Miami River.
Sharon Woods Park in Hamilton County Holiday in Lights 11/20/2015 – 1/2/2016 This is a drive-through display; besides decorated trees, there are more than 120 animated and still figures. There is a Santaland featuring Santa and his elves. The event takes place in the Sharon Woods park of Hamilton County; $13 is charged per car. There is a $2-off coupon at the event’s website.

Additional holiday events around the state can be found here, here and here.

Looking for some outdoor winter adventure? See our Winter Hike Calendar for December, January, and February organized hikes around the state.

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2 thoughts on “Ohio Christmas Events Calendar – 2015”

  1. KH says:

    Will there be a list for 2015? Thanks.

    1. Deb Platt says:

      Kyle, we just updated our calendar for 2015!

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