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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 23 – January 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.

Marion Pop-n-Drop

December 31 – 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.

North Pole Nelsonville

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.

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 17 – 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.

Central Ohio Symphony Holiday Concerts

December 10 – 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 10

Holiday Fun at Kleerview Farm

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.

Candlelight Holiday Tours

December 1 – December 10 – Lucas

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