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.
Holiday Luminary Tour - Friday, Dec. 7, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Enjoy 2,000 candle luminaries along the Auto Tour. Stop by the Visitors Center for a cup of hot cocoa, a holiday treat and some activities for the whole family. Purchase a beautiful poinsettia to help support The Arboretum. Please bring a non-perishable food or monetary donation for the Food Pantry Newtwork of Licking County. Free!
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
BODY WORLDS & The Brain exhibit - Columbus. COSI is showcasing Gunther von Hagen’s incredible BODY WORLDS & The Brain exhibit runs through Jan. 6. Presented for the first time ever in Ohio, the exhibit shows visitors a rare glimpse of how the human body and mind function together internally, offering views of both the body and brain that are not outwardly visible. The exhibit is open seven days a week, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission includes general admission to COSI: $24.95 for adults, $23.95 for seniors, $19.95 for children 2-12 and $17 for teachers with valid ID. COSI also offers special hours to view only BODY WORLDS & The Brain for $16: Thursday-Saturday, 5-9 p.m., to Dec. 22.
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
Statehouse Holiday Tours - Columbus. The holidays are a perfect time for visiting friends and family to take a trip to the People’s House for a holiday tour on Capitol Square. Guests are invited to “step back in time” during a free guided tour of the 1861 Statehouse and see holiday decorations the way they were in Victorian times. Walk-in tours of the Statehouse meet in the Map Room, easily accessible from the Third Street entrance, on the hour on weekdays at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., and weekends at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. There will be no noon tour during weekdays due to the free noon holiday performances.
Steak Dinner - Baltimore. Everyone is invited to a steak dinner from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, at Baltimore United Methodist Church. Cost is $9 per adult.
Santa Visit - Hebron. Santa will be stopping by the Hebron New Life United Methodist Church from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7. Bring your camera for photos and enjoy free refreshments.
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.
LEGO League Robotics Tournament Performance Competition - Newark. Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark are hosting an Ohio FIRST(r) LEGO(r) League (FLL) Robotics Regional Tournament on Saturday, December 8, in the John Gilbert Reese Center. The event includes 20 central Ohio teams. The public is invited to attend the robot performance portion of the competition from 12:45 to 3:35 p.m. in the Reese Center’s Alford Performing Arts Hall.
Inspirational Author to Speak - Newark. Local author Connie Cameron will speak about her newest book, Stories of Faith and Courage from Prison, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Newark Library, 101 West Main Street. This 365-day devotional includes true stories of how God has worked in the lives of inmates. This moving and inspirational book would make a great gift! Proceeds from sales will benefit the Licking County Jail ministry. Connie Cameron’s other writings include several Chicken Soup for the Soul titles and articles for the Reader’s Digest magazine. Dozens of her published works have been compiled into her first book, God’s Gentle Nudges.
Buckeye Model Train & Railroad Show - Ohio Expo Center. Ohio’s largest combination model train and railroad memorabilia show is coming to town from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Lausche Building. Admission is $6.
Book Signing - Buckeye Lake. Kirkersville resident and author Mary Hickey will be signing copies of Ask Deborah, a Christian humor book from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 8, at The Flour Shop bakery and cafe on Ohio 79 in Buckeye Lake Village. Several Biblical characters write to an advice columnist, named Deborah after the wise judge of the Old Testament. Her book will be available for $10. It is also available on amazon.com for $14 plus shipping.
Christmas Parade & Chicken Dinner - Millersport. The parade down Lancaster Street starts at 11:30 a.m. with Santa arriving at the fire station at noon. Visit with Santa until 2 p.m. A grilled chicken dinner will be served from noon to 4 p.m. for a donation. Proceeds purchase toys for needy area children.
Heisey Holiday Open House - Newark. The National Heisey Glass Museum holds its Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 8. All decked out in holiday splendor, the museum will be full of activities. There will be a 20% discount on all Gift Shop purchases and special “Glass from the Attic” will be offered for sale. Craft activities with Heisey punch cups run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served and photos with Santa will be available. The National Heisey Glass Museum, along with its neighbors- the Sherwood Davidson House and Buckingham House, host this Holiday Event at Veteran’s Park, Sixth & Church Streets, Newark. Admission is FREE to all three.
Snow Crafts! - William C. Kraner Nature Center, Newark. Even if there isn’t any snow on the ground, it’s still the perfect time to learn about snow and make some crafts. Drop in any time between 12-4 on Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9. FREE!
Caroling -Thornville. Members of the Thornville Nazarene Youth group will be carolling in the Thornville area from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. Call 740-246-5208 to request a visit.
Santa Claus Visit - Buckeye Lake. Join us at the Buckeye Lake Library from 5 - 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 13, as we welcome Santa Claus. Light refreshments will be provided, and cameras are welcome. This event is free and open to all.
LCAP Christmas Dinner & Dance - Newark. Tickets are on sale for the annual Christmas dinner and dance featuring a prime rib dinner at Heritage Hall Senior Center, 1058 E. Main St., starting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13. Musical entertainment by the Never Too Old Band runs from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at Heritage Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For transportation inquiries concerning the dance, call 740-345-0821 and speak to the transportation department.
Service of Lessons and Carols - Denison University, Granville. The 13th annual Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols is set for 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, in Swasey Chapel (200 Chapel Drive). A Lessons and Carols Choir, comprised of students who study in the music department, will perform the special music. Mark R. Orten, director of religious and spiritual life and university chaplain, and Kevin N. Wines, liturgist and conductor, will preside at the service. Scott Hayes, organist at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Granville, will play and lead the singing of the congregational carols from the organ console. The service is free and open to the public.
Community Christmas Variety Show - Thornville. The Third Annual Community Christmas Variety Show has 7:30 p.m. performances on Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15. Shows are in the Sheridan High School cafetorium. The Show features over 30 local vocalists singing Christmas favorites – both sacred and secular, a special children’s choir, soloists and the funny antics of four end-men. Tickets can be purchased in advance from any member of the cast, at all Northern Local schools, or at the door on both evenings for $5 per adult and $3 student. This show was put together with the entire family in mind!!
Heisey Wind Ensemble Christmas Concert - Newark. The Heisey Wind Ensemble presents their annual holiday program at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 15, at The Reese Center at Ohio State University Newark/ COTC. The 60-member concert band is under the direction of Dr. Russel Mikkelson, Director of Bands at The Ohio State University in Columbus. Tickets are: $15 adults, $10 for seniors (60+) and $5 students.