Holiday Events Around Ohio

Holiday Events in Central Ohio

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Christmas Open House

Tues., Dec. 2, 2014

7–9 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 6, & Sun., Dec 7, 2014

1:30–4:30 p.m.

Hanby House, Westerville

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Up on the Housetop with a visit to the restored Hanby House, home from 1853-1858 of Benjamin Hanby, who wrote the beloved Christmas song in New Paris, Ohio, 150 years ago this holiday season. See the Hanby House decorated for the holidays, hear continuous live music performances in the parlor, enjoy cookies and hot cider and see an award-winning video about the Hanby family. $3, $2.50/senior or Ohio History Connection member, $1/child. 800.600.6843 or

Holiday Events in Northeast Ohio

Toyland Exhibit Featuring Legos

Weds., Nov. 19, 2014–Sun., Jan. 25, 2015

Tues.–Fri. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 2–5 p.m.

Shaker Historical Museum, Shaker Heights

Visit Shaker Historical Museum’s special holiday exhibit featuring Legos, hosted in partnership with Northeastern Ohio Lego Users Group. $4, 2/ages 6–18, Free/Ohio History Connection member or age 5 and under. 800.860.6078 or


Saturdays in Zoar Free Speaker Series: Christmas at the White House

Sat., Dec. 6, 2014

1 p.m.
Zoar Village, Zoar

Learn about White House Christmas traditions with Christopher Kenney of the McKinley Museum. Free. 800.262.6195 or


Christmas in Zoar

Sat., Dec. 6, & Sun., Dec. 7, 2014

Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. Noon–5 p.m.

Zoar Village, Zoar (Tickets at Zoar Store, 198 Main St.)

German religious separatists founded the Tuscarawas County village of Zoar, home of an unusual communal society from 1819 to 1898. Lovingly preserved, Zoar looks much as it did a century and more ago. During Christmas in Zoar, tour homes, enjoy musical entertainment, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, shop a juried craft show and attend a tree-lighting ceremony or candlelight service in the historic church. $7, Free/age 12 and under. Ohio History Connection members save 10%. 800.262.6195 or


Traditional Moravian Love Feast

Sun., Dec. 7, 2014

2 p.m.
Schoenbrunn Village, New Philadelphia

Take part in a traditional Moravian church service based on friendship and brotherly love in a reconstructed 1770s-style log church at the site of the first church in Ohio. Free and open to the public. 800.752.2711 or


Holiday Open House

Sun., Dec. 7, 2014

3–5 p.m. (RSVP requested by Weds., Dec. 3)

Shaker Historical Museum, Shaker Heights

Celebrate the holiday season with a visit to Shaker Historical Museum during this free open house. Browse exhibits and enjoy live music by the a cappella group Nightingale plus seasonal refreshments. RSVP requested by Dec. 3. 800.860.6078 or


Holiday Concert and Community Tree Lighting

Sun., Dec. 7, 2014

4–6 p.m.

Tallmadge Church, Tallmadge

Enjoy music of the holidays in the 1825 Tallmadge Church, followed by the annual community tree-lighting ceremony on Tallmadge Circle and refreshments in the 1859 Old Town Hall and Museum. Free. 330.633.0855 or


Zoar Holiday Tours

Mon., Dec. 8, through Fri., Dec. 19, 2014

By Advance Appointment

Zoar Village, Zoar

Learn about Christmas legends and traditions of the village of Zoar—home in the 19th century of a German communal society—including the broomstick tree and clay horn. See historic buildings decorated for a 19th-century Christmas and enjoy carols played on the organ in the original meetinghouse, now the Zoar United Church of Christ. Want to add an authentic German lunch to your day? We can help you make your reservations. Tours available Mon., Dec. 8, through Fri., Dec. 19, by advance appointment. $8, $4/child, ($7/adult for groups of 10 or more). Ohio History Connection members save 10%. 800.262.6195 or


Holiday Events in Northwest Ohio

Hayes Train Special Holiday Train Display

Fri., Nov. 28, 2014–Sun., Jan. 4, 2015

Tues.–Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. Noon–5 p.m.

Closed Christmas Day & New Year’s Day

Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont

Become a kid again! Watch as eight different model trains travel a 12x24-foot, three-tier layout. All eight trains are in styles relating to the life of 19th president Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893) and his family. Play engineer by lifting the gates, flashing the lights, sounding the whistle and more via a series of interactive buttons as the trains travel through a picturesque miniature Victorian village. Made possible in part by Croghan Colonial Bank, Hayes Train Special is included with Hayes Museum admission: $7.50, $6.50/age 60+, $3/ages 6–12, Free/age 5 and under. 800.998.7737 or


Christmas Dinners at Spiegel Grove

Thurs., Dec. 4, Fri., Dec. 5, & Sat., Dec. 6, 2014

6:30–10 p.m. (Advance registration required)

Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont

Spend an enchanting and memorable holiday evening in the home of 19th president Rutherford B. Hayes. Enjoy an elegant six-course Victorian feast modeled on state dinners served during the Hayes administration, plus a horse-drawn carriage ride, period entertainment and more. Seating is limited to 24 guests per night. Proceeds benefit Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. $250/person. Advance registration required. 800.998.7737 or


Christmas at the Johnston Farm
Who Killed Scrooge?

Sat., Dec. 6, 2014

1–3:30 p.m., 4–6:30 p.m. or 7–9:30 p.m. (Advance registration required)

Johnston Farm & Indian Agency, Piqua

Attend a Victorian-themed murder mystery in which you’ll be put in charge of determining who did-in Ebenezer Scrooge. Enjoy a traditional dinner in the dining room of John Johnston’s early Ohio home, then tour the house—transformed into a Victorian-era hotel for this event—and meet folks who may have had a hand in Scrooge’s demise. After the tour, enjoy dessert by the winter-kitchen fireplace, where you’ll be asked “Who killed Scrooge?” This reservation-only event requires advance registration, so call early to ensure your place at the table! $35, $30/child (Ohio History Connection member: $30, $25/child). 800.752.2619 or


Holiday Open House

Sun., Dec. 14, 2014

1–4 p.m. (Site open Noon–5 p.m.)

Fort Meigs, Perrysburg

While the fort is closed for the season, join us in the museum and visitor center, open year-round, to celebrate the holidays 1812-style. We’ll have soldiers and civilians on hand to offer demonstrations and answer questions about the War of 1812 and camp life. Enjoy holiday music, refreshments and hands-on activities and shop the museum store for out-of-the-ordinary holiday gifts. 800.283.8916 or


Sleigh Rides in Spiegel Grove

Fri., Dec. 26; Sat., Dec. 27; Sun., Dec. 28; Tues., Dec. 30; & Weds., Dec. 31, 2014

1–4 p.m.

Closed Mon., Dec. 29, 2014

Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont

Ride in a real horse-drawn sleigh at Spiegel Grove, 25-acre estate of 19th president Rutherford B. Hayes. Just in case the weather doesn’t cooperate, our sleighs are equipped with wheels, too, so rides take place snow or not. $3/rider. Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont. 800.998.7737 or


Hayes Model Train Clinic

Sat., Jan. 3, 2015

2–3:30 p.m.

Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont

Keep your model trains on track with help from Hayes Presidential Center. This clinic offers amateur model railroaders a chance to talk with experts about model train maintenance and repair, as well as the worth of older trains. Have a G- or O-gauge train? Bring it to run on the museum’s 12x24-foot layout. $2. 800.998.7737 or


Holiday Events in Southeast Ohio

Holiday Open House

Sun., Dec. 7, 2014

1–4 p.m.

National Road & Zane Grey Museum, Norwich, between Zanesville & Cambridge

Join us for a special holiday afternoon at the museum—see the beautiful Trail of Trees donated and decorated by local businesses and community members and hear sounds of the season by JG Company from John Glenn High School in Cambridge. See spinning demonstrations, make a pine-cone bird feeder to take home and enjoy seasonal refreshments including cookies and roasted chestnuts. Free. 800.752.2602 or


Holiday Talent Show

Sat., Dec. 13, 2014

9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

National Road & Zane Grey Museum, Norwich, between Zanesville & Cambridge

Enjoy a special day at the museum, featuring local musical talent. Soloists and ensembles from kindergarten through age 20 are invited to participate. Judging will be by professionals and many gift cards will be awarded. $1. Register by Dec. 1 to participate in the Talent Show. 800.752.2602 or


Sounds of the Season Along the National Road

Thurs., Dec. 18, 2014

6:30–9 p.m.

National Road & Zane Grey Museum, Norwich, between Zanesville & Cambridge

See the beautiful Trail of Trees donated and decorated by local businesses and community members, hear sounds of the season by Jacob Holmes and Friends and enjoy holiday refreshments. Free. 800.752.2602 or


Holiday Events in Southwest

Holidays at Adena

Sat., Dec. 6, & Sun., Dec. 7, 2014

Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. Noon–5 p.m.

Adena Mansion & Gardens, Chillicothe

Closed for the winter, Adena Mansion & Gardens comes alive Dec. 6–7 for a holiday special event. See the home of early Ohio governor Thomas Worthington decorated for a 19th-century Christmas and explore the 1807 stone mansion on a special holiday tour. Elsewhere at Adena, find the Tenant House decorated for Christmas, animals ready for winter, crafts for children and horse-drawn carriage rides. $8, $7/senior, $4/age 6 and up, Free/age 5 and under. 800.319.7248 or


Holiday Wreath Workshop

Sun., Dec. 7, 2014

Noon–4:30 p.m. (Advance registration required)

Adena Mansion & Gardens, Chillicothe

We’ll provide the evergreen wreath, with natural materials you can use to decorate it, gathered from the grounds of Adena, 1807 home of early Ohio governor Thomas Worthington. Bring mementos to add if you’d like. $30–35. Advance registration required. Adena Mansion & Gardens, Chillicothe. 800.319.7248 or


All Aboard! A Polar Express Breakfast With Santa

Sat., Dec. 13, 2014

9 a.m.–Noon (Advance registration required)

Adena Mansion & Gardens, Chillicothe

Have your picture taken with Santa, who’ll be making an appearance at breakfast and will be available for photos. Enjoy a continental breakfast, ornament making, cookie decorating and story time—fun for the whole family! $15/person. Advance registration required. 800.319.7248 or


Lighting the Serpent

Sun., Dec. 21, 2014 4–8 p.m.

Serpent Mound, near Peebles

Celebrate the Winter Solstice at Serpent Mound by helping Friends of Serpent Mound light over 1000 candles around the perimeter of the mound for the 10th Lighting the Serpent. Bring a long taper candle and a flashlight and arrive by 5 p.m. to take part in the lighting celebration, or arrive before 8 p.m. to enjoy the scenic and festive holiday glow plus free hot drinks and seasonal goodies. Free with $7 parking. 937.205.0094 or