I don’t know about you, but I am definitely jumping into the holiday season this year with both feet first! Over the last several years, it usually takes me a while to accept that Christmas is coming. I am so looking forward to all that this season has to offer! If you need a little bit more of a push this year, then maybe one of these weekend events will help you get into the mood too!
Head over to Carillon Historical Park’s 65-acre campus, transformed into a winter wonderland of sparkle, magic,and holiday cheer! Featuring the Carillon Tree of Light, Santa’s Toy Shop, Carillon Carolers, Model Train Displays, 15 miles of Christmas Lights, and more! This special event runs each night beginning at 5 pm all through December. Cost is the same as general admission ($10 for adults, FREE for members).
Ring in the holidays Friday from 6 to 8 pm with family and friends. Holiday music and carriage rides begin at 6:00 and help us count down to the lighting of the tree at 6:30 pm. Enjoy sweet treats (while they last) and the colorful display of lights throughout Lincoln Park (3600 Shroyer Ave).
Woodland Lights, in Washington Township, offers a fantasy land of holiday lights and displays along a half-mile wooded path. The month-long festival has more lights, more vignettes, and the same winter whimsy that enchants thousands of visitors every year. Woodland Lights operates weekends only until 7 December, then is open nightly from 6 to 9 pm. Only at certain times, including this Friday and Saturday) does the train run, and tickets for adults are $8.
Visit Waynesville Ohio this holiday season and capture the spirit of the holidays! Stroll in and out of retail and dining storefronts, while listening to barbershop quartets,choirs and musicians. Enjoy 1300 luminaries (Friday & Saturday evenings), take a carriage ride and feel that the holiday spirit in the air with the clip clapping of the horses hooves and jingle bells. Costume characters will be throughout the weekend to help bring a smile to your face. Don’t forget jolly old St. Nick he will be here all weekend long to listen to the requests of all the good boys and girls. Make this a weekend to remember and visit Waynesville this holiday season. This FREE event runs this weekend only; Friday 6-9, Saturday 12-9 and Sunday 12-5.
Join Meghan Nicole Photography at the Pet People store in Centerville as we capture your pet’s personality this Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm! They will provide some holiday items for you to use to dress up your pet, and a portion of each package will be donated to Adopt A Pit rescue to help cover medical expenses of the dogs in the rescue. See the site for details on pricing.
The Christmas in the Village Committee invites you to ignite your holiday spirit on a self-guided tour of eight homes in historic Tipp City. The tour will be a seasonal feast for your senses. Delight your eyes in every home with unique décor proved by local designers, florists and master gardeners. Hear heart-warming Christmas music as you walk about the venue. Immerse yourself in the beauty and excitement of Christmas and discover why Tipp City was named the Best Hometown by Ohio Magazine. Tour runs Saturday from noon until 5 pm and tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
Come out and help up get out community ready for the holidays! We will be decorating the tree all through the week, culminating in the lighting on Sunday, December 2 at 5:30 pm. Parking will be available at Walgreens. Join us for pictures with Santa, caroling, and other fun events to start the holiday season. This event is brought to you by the Belmont Eastmont Hearthstone Community Council at 2366 Glenarm Avenue.
Celebrate the start of the Holidays with family and friends. Walk the shops of Centerville, visit Santa, see our live nativity and more! Bring your family and enjoy the wonderful features of the Hometown Holiday Walk. (Santa, Carriage Rides, Live Nativity, Kids Crafts & Games, CHS Choral Groups, Food Trucks, Shops will offer special sales & activities) The official Centerville tree lighting will occur at Benham’s Grove following the walk! Enjoy the sounds of the season with musical entertainment from the Cline Cougar Chorus and the Centerville Community Band. The walk begins in downtown Centerville at 1 pm and runs until 5 pm when the tree lighting begins.
If you are a Christmas nerd like me, Dayton is a great place to be! Every year I can only pick a few events to try because there are just so many amazing events going on. Don’t forget the Dayton Holiday Festival is still going on downtown (including a holiday train display and Rike’s Wonderland Windows) all through December. The ice rink at Riverscape will be open through February, and Clifton lights will be on nightly through the New Year.
While my husband and I have been to the Carillon of Light for each of the past two years (the first being when he decided to propose), we have yet to actually go into the park for the full Carillon Christmas experience. Now as members, we have absolutely NO excuse to miss it this year! If you only go to one big Christmas event this year, which one would it be?