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.
Holiday Decorations for Wildlife - Saturday, Dec. 7, 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 decorations should 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! General Admission: $35, Members: $25, meet at the Zand Education Center Greenhouse Classroom.
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.
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.
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.
Licking County Genealogical Society Christmas Party - Newark. “History of the Christmas Tree, Wreath, Candy Canes, Mistletoe, Stocking, and Carolers” is the program for this month’s meeting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1, in the first floor meeting room of the Newark Library. Light refreshments will be provided. Please bring a monetary donation for food pantry. Free and open to the public.
Pizza Cottage FUNraising Night - Buckeye Lake. Millersport TWIG 13 of Fairfield Medical Center will hold a “Pizza Cottage FUNdraising Night” from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Buckeye Lake Pizza Cottage. For everyone who presents a coupon when dining at Pizza Cottage for lunch or dinner, Pizza Cottage will donate 15% of the group’s total sales to TWIG 13. The coupon, which is available from all TWIG 13 members, must be presented at the time of ordering on dine-in orders only. The donation will be based on the total of the purchase before taxes. Alcohol sales and tips are excluded. No other offers or coupons will be honored and is limited to dine-in sales, no carry-out orders. All proceeds will benefit Fairfield Medical Center patients. For more information or a coupon call Carol King at 467-3130 or any TWIG member.
Santa Visits Hebron - Hebron. Santa arrives on a fire truck at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Hebron Municipal Complex, 934 W. Main St. Craft making in the Hebron Library, plus Santa will read a story. Free cookies and hot cocoa until 7 p.m. Bring your cameras.
Holiday Movie & Cookie Exchange - Buckeye Lake Library. Join us at the Buckeye Lake Library from 5 - 7 p.m. on Thursdays, December 5, December 12, and December 19, for our free Holiday Movie & Cookie Exchange. We will be showing a mix of contemporary and classic holiday movies, and you are encouraged to bring in your favorite holiday cookies and recipes to share.
Millersport Christmas Parade - Millersport. The annual Christmas parade through downtown to the fire station starts at noon. Bring your family and pets for a photo with Santa from 1-3 p.m. at the fire station.
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.jinglebellruncoleaving lumbus.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
Visit from Santa - Buckeye Lake Library. Join us from 4 - 7 p.m. on Friday, December 13, as we welcome Santa Claus. Light refreshments will be provided, and cameras are welcome. This event is free and open to all.
Millersport Fire Fighters Holiday Toy Drive - Millersport. It’s the 12th Annual Toy Drive to brighten Christmas for less fortunate area children. Drop off new toys for children of all ages from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Millersport Fire Station. Monetary donations are welcome. Donations are also accepted 24/7 at the Fairfield Beach and Millersport fire stations. Call Tena at 740-973-1164 if you know someone needing help with toys for Christmas.
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. 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.
Coyote Round-Up - New Lexington. The Perry County Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is hosting a Coyote Round-Up to save the habitat Dec. 13-15. Hunting begins at 5 p.m. on December 13 and ends at 3 p.m. on December 15. Hunting can be done anywhere in Ohio. Individual cash prizes of the $365 will be awarded to the team with the heaviest coyote and to the team with the heaviest combined coyotes. There is no entrance fee. For more information call Kenn McCord at 740-621-1584 or Tim Young 740-721-8135.
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.
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. 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 at the Weathervane Playhouse. Dec. 19 - 29, visit www.weathervaneplayhouse.org for more information.