Ohio Christmas Events Calendar – 2014

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“Wildlights” at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

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 and fees.

Central Ohio

Location Event Date Description
Franklin Convervatory Holidays at the Conservatory 11/15/2014 – 01/04/2015 See link for hours Display of seasonal foliage, Christmas lights, model railway, live music, etc.
Alum Creek State Park Fantasy of Lights 11/21/2014 – 01/04/2015 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 26 11/17/2014 – 01/04/2015 Sun-Th 5pm-9pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm 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.
Dawes Arboretum Luminary Tour & Poinsettia Sale 12/5/2014 5:30-8PM Tour features 2,000 luminaries, poinsettia sales, hot cocoa, treats & family activities. Dawes Arboretum is also collecting for the Licking County Food Pantry at this event.
Slate Run Metropark Christmas is Coming 1 – 3 pm on 12/6/2014 Help decorate the farmhouse in Victorian fashion. Make an ornament to take home.
Ohio Village (OHS) Dickens of a Christmas Dec 12,13,19,20,21, 2014 A Victorian Christmas in a 19th century village
Ohio Village (OHS) Dickens Dinners 6 to 7:30 pm on Dec 12,13,18,19,20 2014 Advanced reservation required, (800) 686-1541. $60 (OHS members pay $50); price includes staying on for Dickens of a Christmas
Slate Run Metropark Tis the Season 1 – 3 pm on Dec 20, 21, 2014 Stroll around the farm and make an ornament to take home.
Ohio Village (OHS), American House Hotel Christmas Buffet 11 am and 2 pm on 12/21/2014 Advanced reservation required, (800) 686-1541. $44 for adults, $22 for children aged 6 to 12 (OHS members pay $35 for adults, $19 for children); price includes touring the Village’s Dickens festivities.

Northeast Ohio

Location Event Date Description
Quail Hollow State Park Christmas at the Hollow Dec 11 – 13, 2014 See link for hours Christmas at historic Stewart Manor. Decorations, crafts, entertainment and Santa.
Malabar Farm State Park Candlelight Holiday Tours Dec 5-7,12-14 2014 See link for hours Tour of Louis Bromfield’s house with holiday decorations, refreshments.
Zoar Village (OHS) Christmas in Zoar Dec 6,7, 2014 Christmas in an 19th century village
Zoar Village (OHS) Zoar Holiday Tours Dec 8-19, 2014 Christmas in an 19th century village

Northwest Ohio

Location Event Date Description
Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont Hayes Train Special 11/28/2014 through 1/4/2015, Tues through Sat. 9 am – 5 pm; Sundays noon – 5 pm Holiday model trains travelling through a picturesque miniature Victorian village on a three-tier layout. Cost included in Museum ticket price. (419) 332-2081.
Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont Horse-drawn sleigh rides in Spiegel Grove Dec 26-28 & 30-31, 2014 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.
Johnston Farm & Indian Agency, Piqua Christmas at the Johnston Farm 12/6/2014 See link for hours Dinner and seasonal murder mystery. Reservations required, (937) 773-2522;
Toledo Zoo The Lights Before Christmas 11/14/2014 – 1/4/2015 See link for hours Festive holiday lights, rides, ice carving, ice rink, and Santa!
NW Ohio Rail Preservation (in Findlay, OH) North Pole Express See link for dates & hours Quarter scale train rides, holiday decorations, Santa Claus

Southeast Ohio

Location Event Date Description
Hocking Hills State Park Christmas in Ash Cave 12/13/2014 5-7 PM Candle lit stroll to Ash Cave. Carollers, bonfire, refreshments, and Santa
National Road / Zane Grey Museum, near Zanesville Holiday Open House 12/7/2014 1-4 PM Seasonal music with JG Company at 1 pm; refreshments; see spinning demonstration; make a pine-cone bird feeder to take home; view decorated Christmas trees.
Hocking Valley Scenic Railway Santa Train Sat & Sun starting 11/29/2014 – 12/21/2014 – see site for hours A holiday themed train trip featuring Santa starting in Nelsonville, OH

Southwest Ohio

Location Event Date Description
Cincinnati Zoo PNC Festival of Lights 11/22/2014 – 1/3/2015 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 11/28/2014 – 1/1/2015 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 11/21/2014 – 12/31/2014 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 and here.

© Deborah Platt, Robert Platt and TrekOhio.com 2014-2015

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