Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Holiday Greenery Workshops - Saturday, Dec. 1, (register by November 26) 9 - 11 a.m. OR Saturday, Dec. 15 (register by December 10) 2 - 4 p.m. Create a festive arrangement of greens taken from The Dawes Arboretum grounds to decorate a hearth or table. Let the sight and smell of pine boughs, holly branches, cedar berries and other greens put you in the mood for the holidays. The Arboretum provides all of the materials, including decorations and candles, to enliven your display. Visitors Center - $30/$20 members; registration required (no vouchers).
Holiday Decorations for Wildlife - Saturday, Dec. 1, 1 - 4 p.m. OR Saturday, Dec. 15, 9 a.m. - Noon. Join this fun, entertaining workshop to build a wreath or swag for wildlife! Once the basics are learned, embellish a work of art with tasty, edible decorations just for wildlife! These holiday decorations for wildlife must be set outdoors on a front door, barn door or fence where wildlife can take advantage of it. All materials are provided-greens, unsalted popcorn and peanuts, cranberries for stringing, pine cones to be stuffed with peanut butter and birdseed, fruit slices and more! Visitors Center - $30/$20 members, reservations required.
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. For more information visit www.dawes arb.org
Wildlights - Columbus Zoo. We have decked the halls, trees, bushes, everything but the animals with eco-friendly LED lights to bring you the brightest Wildlights display ever! Central Ohio’s favorite family holiday tradition is celebrating its 24th year and offers more holiday fun than ever before! Wildlights runs from to Jan. 1. Wildlights activities run from 5 - 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursday and from 5 - 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Regular admission rates apply. For more information, visit www.columbuszoo.org
Restore, Detox, and Cleanse class - William C. Kraner Nature Center, Newark. Join Yoga instructor and personal trainer, Dodi Wilson from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25. Together we will use Flow yoga to heat the body and shed some of those extra calories while opening our minds and hearts to the Universe’s Energy. Water, mats, are required. Blocks, blankets and straps all welcomed and recommended. $10 if pre-registered, $15 at the door. Call (740) 967-8320 to register.
Photos with your Pet - William C. Kraner Nature Center, Newark. Have a family photo taken for the holidays with your pet from 3 - 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25, with our Ohio Nature Education photographers, Cindy and Wilma. Photo prices start at $5 and registration is required. Call (740) 967-8320 to register.
Columbus Winterfair - Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. The Columbus Winterfair returns Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, with fine arts and crafts. Browse the holiday holiday artists’ market and find unique and beautiful handcrafted items for the home, office or gift giving. Artists from across the nation will be showcasing their traditional and contemporary crafts including ceramics, wood, glass, painting, metals, fiber, jewelry, photography, sculpture and more. Hours: Friday and Saturday - 10 am - 8 pm; Sunday - Noon - 5 pm. Admission: Adults - $12; Youth (12 and under) - Free. For more information, visit www.ohiocraft.org/craft-fairs/
Community Christmas Party - Thornville. Autumn at The Lake is hosting a Christmas party from 1 - 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. Bring the kids to meet Santa and decorate cookies. Photos with Santa are $3. Everyone is welcome!
Victorian Christmas Tea - Granville. The Robbins Hunter Museum is celebrating a Civil War Christmas by hosting a Victorian Christmas Tea at noon on Friday, Dec. 7, complete with a tasteful sampling of savories and sweets reminiscent of 19th century holiday gatherings. Dr. Rebecca Dungan, member of the Board of Governors and Chair of the Collection Committee at the museum, will be sharing her extensive research of Christmas the Civil War era. Seating is limited. Cost is $15. Please send check payable to Robbins Hunter Museum P.O. Box 183, Granville OH 43023.
Craft & Cookie Bazaar - Thornport. AMVETS Post #51 Auxiliary is hosting a craft and cookie bazaar from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the post. Everyone is welcome.
Outville Christmas Parade - Outville. The 17th annual Outville Christmas parade begins at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 8. Parade registration and lineup begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Harrison Township Community Complex located at 6750 Outville Rd. S.W. The parade features motorcycles, antique cars, trucks, tractors, equestrian units, organizations, bands and more! The parade travels north from the Harrison Township Community Complex on Outville Road. Immediately following the parade at the Harrison Township Community Complex, there will be entertainment, an auction, and a visit from Santa himself. Refreshments will also be served including cornbread and the renowned Outville ham and bean soup. For more information visit our Facebook page.
“Avenue Q” - Denison University, Granville. Denison University’s Singer’s Theatre Workshop will present the raucous musical comedy “Avenue Q,” under the direction of Belinda Andrews-Smith, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, and at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Burke Recital Hall (240 West College Street). “Avenue Q” is rated for mature audiences only and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.denison.edu
Denison University Wind Ensemble - Granville. The Dension University Wind Ensemble performs at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, in Swasey Chapel (200 Chapel Drive). Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.denison.edu