Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Luminary Tour- Friday, December 7, Inclement Weather Date:, Saturday, December 8, 5:30 - 8 p.m. Silent night, festive night! The North End of the Auto Tour is lit with 1,500 candle luminaries. Enjoy a unique and peaceful view of the Park Woods and Daweswood House after dark. All proceeds will benefit the Licking County food pantry. Please bring two non-perishable food items or a $5 donation, begins at the North End of the Auto Tour.
Creating a Holiday Centerpiece- Saturday, December 15, Session One, 9 a.m.- 11 a.m .Session Two, noon - 2 p.m. Create a festive arrangement of greens taken from The Dawes Arboretum grounds to decorate your hearth or table. We'll provide all of the materials, including decorations and candles to enliven your display. Two sessions of this popular program are being offered this year, please sign up for one, either the morning or the afternoon. $25/$15 members, reservations required, meet at the Visitors Center.
The grounds are open from dawn to dusk. The Visitors Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays and holidays. Call 740-323-2355 or 800-44-DAWES for information or visit www.dawesarb.org.
Author Gordon Korman - Newark. Gordon Korman will discuss his work and the writing process at Newark Public Library on December 4 from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Korman has written more than 50 books for children and teens including The Sixth Grade Name Game, Son of the Mob and Schooled. He wrote his first book at the age of 12 as part of an English class assignment. Participants are invited to bring copies of his books for Korman to sign. This event is free of charge and open to the public. Visit the Main Library at 101 West Main Street in Newark or call 740.349.5553 for more information.
Christmas in the Country - Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Come to Infirmary Mound Park's James E. Bradley Center from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 for an old-fashioned Christmas gathering. Enjoy horse drawn wagon rides under the clear winter sky or take a guided hike through Infirmary Mound Park. Roast marshmallows over a roaring fireor listen to sounds of the season. Guests can sample some fresh homemade cookies; grab a cup of hot wassail or crack open a roasted chestnut or two. Children can gather around Santa Claus for a reading of T'was the Night Before Christmas or search for the traditional Christmas pickle. This event is free and open to the public with donations appreciated. For more information, call (740) 587-2535.
Christmas Candlelight Walking Tour - Granville, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2 to 9 p.m.
• 2-4 & 5-9 p.m. Opera House Park & Old-fashioned hay wagon rides.
• 2 to 2:30- Granville Elementary School- Dance performance by Granville Dance Academy.
• 2 to 3- Centenary United Methodist Church- A Recital of Holiday Music and Other Favorites by Flutists and Pianists of the Denison University Suzuki Program.
• 2 to 4- First Baptist Church Education Building- (Basement Classroom), Granville Parent Cooperative Preschool, Holiday craft, cookies and hot chocolate. (Drop-in activity)
• 2:30 to 3- Granville Elementary School- Dance performance by Granville Dance Academy.
• 2:30 to 4:30- First Baptist Church, Children's Program. Cookie Decorating and Crafts (Drop-In Activity)
• 3- Burke Recital Hall (lower campus at Denison University), Singer's Theatre Workshop presents the musical HONK!
• 3:30 to 4- Centenary United Methodist Church- A Concert of Holiday Music and Other Favorites by the String Ensemble from the Denison University Suzuki Program.
• 3:30 to 4- Granville Village OfficesWelsh Hills School students will be singing on the steps.
• 4:30- Granville Village OfficesSanta & Mrs. Claus arrive for the evening
• 6- Centenary United Methodist Church- Centenary UMC Children's Choir presents "The Christmas Family Tree." Composer: Kathie Hill.
• 6- Broadway Pub- Celts Crossing, traditional Irish music with a twist.
• 6 to 7:30- First Baptist Church- Ensembles from the Department of Music, Denison University.
• 6:15- Pilgrim Lutheran Church- Folk Legends of Central Ohio. Folk music on acoustic instruments, including dulcimers, guitars, and autoharps.
6:30 to 7:30- First Presbyterian Church- Combined concert by the Festivo Handbell Choir and Chancel Choir.
• 7- St.Luke's Episcopal Church- Classical and Christmas Favorite Music. Jane and Fred Karaffa, Flute and Violin. Scott G. Hayes, Organ.
• 7:30- Centenary United Methodist Church Vintage Voices of Granville "Sing a Song of Christmas."
• 7:30- Pilgrim Lutheran Church- Newark-Granville Youth Symphony Chamber Orchestra.
• 7:30 to 8:30- First Presbyterian Church- The Youth Choir.
• 7:45 to 8:15- First Baptist Church- Performance by Newark Brass.
• 8- St.Luke's Episcopal Church- Classical and Christmas Favorite Music. Jane and Fred Karaffa, Flute and Violin. Scott G. Hayes, Organ.
• 8- Swasey Chapel, Denison University Denison University Orchestra performs music by Tchaikovsky, Bizet and a World Premiere by Assistant Professor Hye Kyung Lee. by Andy Carlson and Nicolas del Grazia.
Breakfast with Santa - Millersport. Millersport Lions is hosting breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the clubhouse. Little ones can Christmas shop for loved ones at our Elf Shelf.
December at the Licking Park District - Licking County.There's plenty to do this winter at the Licking Park District. For more information, call (740) 587-2535 or visit www. lickingpark district.com.
• Dec. 4- Homeschool Explorations, Survival of the Fittest- How do plants and animals survive the cold winter weather? What can we learn from them? We will findthe answer to these questions and more as we learn to survive in the cold. Homeschool Explorers will investigate how birds thrive here during the winter, what makes the best insulation, and why polar bears don't freeze in the frigid Arctic waters. We will also venture into the cold to see what is happening outside the Nature Center. William C. Kraner Nature Center. 1:00 p.m.
Scuba Santa - Newport Aquarium, Newport, Kentucky. Scuba Santa shows off his underwater talent at the Newport Aquarium through Jan. 1. Santa Claus and the world's largest magical underwater sleigh and seahorses delights and amazes visitors from around the world. Newport Aquarium showcases thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water. The Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located only two minutes from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee. For more information, visit www.newportaquarium.com.