Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Luminaries Light up The Dawes Arboretum - Friday, Dec. 6, 5:30 - 8 p.m. Join us for an evening of illumination with over 2,000 candle luminaries lighting the Auto Tour. This year, expect lighted trees on grounds, holiday festivities, music, and a special walking tour to the Learning Garden and Daweswood House where Flurry the Snowman will meet visitors on the front porch. Delight in the season with a drive through the glowing lights lining the South End Auto Tour. Afterwards, warm up inside the Visitors Center with a cup of hot cocoa, a holiday treat and some activities for the whole family. Purchase a poinsettia from our beautiful variety and help support The Arboretum (ranging from $5 - $10 each), or browse the selection of unique holiday gift items at Daweswood Gifts. This is a free, family-friendly event. In keeping with the spirit of the season, monetary and canned food donations will be accepted for the Food Pantry Network of Licking County.
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
Granville Farmers Market - Granville. The indoor market runs Saturdays from 9:30 to noon at the Granville Elementary School. The outdoor market returns one last time for its special Pre-Thanksgiving Market from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, on North Main Street between Broadway and College streets. All kinds of good things to eat and drink plus holiday specialities.
Pre-School Storytime - Hebron Library. Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join us every Tuesday at 11 a.m. for stories, songs and a craft. Fall storytime themes include kitchen fun, pets, and things that go zoom!
Wildlights - Columbus Zoo. We’ve decked the halls, trees and everything but the animals with millions of LED lights for the 25th anniversary of our Wildlights display, beginning Nov. 22, and running through Jan. 5, 2014. A new holiday light show at Conservation Lake will delight guests of all ages. The eight-minute show features new songs, new elements and 25 animated trees. Shows will take place every 30 minutes beginning nightly at 5:30 p.m. Wildlights runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 - 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Regular admission rates apply.
A Knight at the Museum - Buckeye Lake. Join our girls’ night in and get ready for your next Girls’ Night Out! Learn about Damsel in Defense products at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Buckeye Lake Museum, 4729 Walnut Road (Ohio 79), Buckeye Lake. These products protect, empower and educate women on to be safe.
Granville Turkey Trot - Granville. This 5K run/walk lines up on Broadway in front of Opera House Park on Thanksgiving morning. The route goes east on Newark Granville Road, turns near Bryn Du Mansion, and returns. For more information or to register visit stlukesgranville.org and click on the turkey. All proceeds benefit the Food Pantry Network of Licking County.
Annual Licking County Courthouse Holiday Lighting Ceremony - Newark. The holiday season in Licking County starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29, continuing a tradition that began in 1949. Generations of local families return each season for the annual lighting ceremony. In addition to the courthouse itself, the grounds and gazebo also are decorated. The event starts with a musical program and culminates in the arrival of Santa. Visit www.facebook.com/courthouselighting for more information.
Ford Swap Meet - Ohio Expo Center. United Ford Owners presents the Columbus Fall Super Swap Meet Nov. 30 - Dec. 2. The largest fall indoor all-Ford swap meet and car corral in the United States features more than 1,000 vendors present with cars and accessories for sale. Times: Saturday - 9 am - 5 pm; Sunday - 9 am - 3 pm. Visit www.fallsuperswap.com for more information.
Arthritis Jingle Bell Run/ Walk - Columbus. The annual Arthritis Jingle Bell Run/Walk takes place on at 8 a.m. on Saturday, December 7, at COSI (333 W. Broad Street). The holidaythemed 5K has also been chosen as one of the “Most Incredible Themed Races” around the globe and helps to raise awareness and funds for arthritis research, programs and education. Over 4,200 runners and walkers will dress up in festive attire and tie jingle bell to their shoelaces. Day-of registration and event festivities begin at 8 a.m. and the 5K starts at 10 a.m. Visit www.jinglebellruncolumbus. kintera.org to register and for more info.
Christmas Candlelight Walking Tour - Granville. This year marks the 27th Anniversary that the Village of Granville has entertained thousands of visitors and residents at the Christmas Candlelight Walking Tour. The quaint, New England-style village lights up the first Saturday of each December, capturing the essence of an old-fashioned Christmas. Stroll along the streets lined with live Christmas trees aglow with sparkling lights and hundreds of luminaries. Find special gifts at unique shops, and dine in a variety of restaurants. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride, holiday music at area churches, or visit our museums and businesses that host special events. FREE! For specific events, visit www.granvilleoh.com
Outville Christmas Parade - Outville. The 18th annual Outville Christmas parade will be held on Saturday, December 14, at 3 p.m. Parade registration and lineup will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Harrison Township Community Complex located at 6750 Outville Rd. S.W. The parade will feature motorcycles, antique cars, trucks, tractors, equestrian units, organizations, bands and more! The parade will begin at 3 p.m. leaving from the Harrison Township Community Complex and traveling north 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.
Ohio Valley Opry - McConnelsville. Country music royalty is coming for this year’s Twin City Christmas show on Saturday, December 7. Grand Ole Opry star John Conlee is the featured guest for shows at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Visit www.OhioValleyOpry.com for more information.
White Christmas - Newark. The Licking County Players present White Christmas Nov. 21-24. Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful songand dance act following World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge. The dazzling score features well known standards including Blue Skies, I Love A Piano, How Deep Is The Ocean, and the perennial favorite, White Christmas. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are available at www.lickingcountyplayers or by calling the box office at (740) 349-2287. Tickets are $15 for regular adult admission, $13 for seniors and students, and $10 for children under 12. Visit www.lickingcountyplayers.org for more information.
The Nutcracker - Newark. The Central Ohio Youth Ballet presents a holiday classic for the entire family at the Midland Theatre. The Nutcracker is a fascinating tale about dreams, family and overcoming obstacles. Nov. 29, 8 p.m., Nov. 30, 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Dec. 1, 2:30 p.m. Ticket Prices: $22-$11. To purchase tickets call (740) 345-LIVE or visit www.MidlandTheatre.org
Les Miserables - Newark. Weathervane Playhouse invites you to be swept away to 19th century France as this classic Victor Hugo novel is brought to life through the beautiful music and lyrics of Schönberg and Boublil. Follow the melodies to “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Bring Him Home,” and many more in this 13-times Tony award winning musical. Join us on the amazing journey of Jean Valjean who served 19 years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread to help feed his sister’s starving child and is relentlessly tracked down afterwards by inspector Javert. Through the kindness of a local Bishop, compassion and love of others during his struggle for redemption, Valjean faces his demons to find peace with God and himself. With the characters ranging from the comedic Thénardier’s to the classic story of Cossette and Marius’s young love, you won’t want to miss this classic tale told in true dramatic and emotional fashion at the Weathervane Playhouse. Dec. 19 through 29, visit www.weathervaneplayhouse.org for more information.