Things to do…
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, 9am- 11am, Session Two, noon - 2pm, Create a festive arrangement of greens taken from the 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. $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.
Texas Hold'em Tournament - Hebron. Lakewood Athletic Boosters sponsor the Licking County Area Winter Championship. Two days of fun, starting Friday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. and continuing Saturday at noon and 6 p.m. at the Hebron American Legion Hall, 103 N. Water St. Players must be at least 18 years old.
LCAP Christmas Dinner & Dance - Newark. The Licking County Aging Program's Christmas dinner and dance at Zerger Hall Senior Center is set for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 and will feature a complete holiday meal and two-hour concert. Brian Oaks and the Heartland Express will perform holiday music following the dinner. Tickets are $7 and are on sale at Zerger Hall, 745 E. Main St., during weekday business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dinner will be served starting at 5:30 p.m. The concert and dance will start at 6:30 p.m. Santa Claus will attend and seniors can get their pictures taken with him for $1. Call 345-0821 or 1-800-452-0097 for more details or for transportation inquiries.
Wild Winter Tour - The Wilds, Cumberland. Pre-registered visitors will have a special winter opportunity to see and learn about some of the rare and endangered animals at the Wilds from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15. Many of the animals at the Wilds are from warm climates in Asia and Africa and must be moved from open pastures into heated animal management facilities to endure Ohio's winters. Participants will see rhinos, giraffes, cheetahs and other animals up close in the facilities where they spend the colder months of the year. Some animals do stay out in pasture for the winter, like camels, bison, deer, and takin. The tour will include a drive through the pasture to view these animals as well. Advance reservations are required to attend, and must be made by Dec. 13. Call 740-638-5030 x2286.
Alexandria Christmas Tree Festival - Alexandria. Have a nostalgic day of holiday fun Saturday, Dec. 8. See Santa come to town in the Holiday Parade at 10 a.m., then stay around to buy a Christmas tree or wreath, Christmas crafts, homemade Christmas cookies, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, visit the Christmas Open House at Alexandria Museum, enjoy a free art show at Alexandria Public Library, or enjoy boulevard trees decorated by Alexandria Elementary students! Visit: www.alexandriaoh.org.
Dickens of a Christmas- Columbus. A Victorian Christmas returns to Ohio Village on Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 14-15, from 6-9 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 16, noon-5 p.m. The spirit of Dickens comes to life through British actor Roger Jerome portraying the author himself, a cast of characters from Dickens' stories, period entertainment including a puppet show and a "mummer's" play, hands-on traditional holiday crafts, making plum pudding, caroling by the Ohio Village Singers and many more Victorian holiday traditions. Tickets are $11 for adults and $8 for children ages 6-12 years.Children ages 5 and under are admitted at no charge. Parking is $4 per vehicle and free to OHS members. For more information, call 614.297.2300 or 800.686.6124.
Holiday Trail of Lights - Lake Hope State Park, McArthur. The Buzzard Cave Trail at Lake Hope State Park in Vinton County is again dressed in 50,000 lights for the annual "Holiday Trail of Lights" event. Animated displays, decorated trees and landscapes dot the quarter-mile trail, which is adjacent to the park's nature center. Access to the "Holiday Trail of Lights" is free. The trail is open 6 to 10 p.m. nightly through December 31 with special activities, snacks and more planned at the nature center each Friday and Saturday evening until Christmas. On Saturday, December 8, the park is offering free horse-drawn wagon rides from 4 to 7 p.m., along with visits from Santa, model train displays and other activities. For more information, contact park naturalist Dave Sapienza at 740-596-3030.
The Midland Theatre - Newark. Tickets are avilable at the box office,36 N. Park Place in Newark, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and one hour prior to the show; callling (740) 345- LIVE (5483); or online at www. midlandtheatre.org.