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.
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.
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.
Winterfair - Ohio Expo Center. Buy one-of-a-kind gifts directly from the artist or craftsman Dec. 6 - 8. Hours Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information visit www.winterfair.org
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.
CFA All Breed Cat Show - Ohio Expo Center. The Ohio State Persian Club presents the CFAAll Breed Cat Show from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. Cat vendors and accessories will be available, along with kittens for sale.Price: Adults - $6; Kids (under 12) - $5; Seniors - $5; Family (2 adults and children) - $15. For more information visit www.pkproducts.com/OSPC.htm
Worthington Stamp Show - Ohio Expo Center. The “best little stamp show in the Midwest” features
25 dealers buying and selling stamps, covers, postcards and supplies from 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 and 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8. FREE! For more information visit http:// worthingtonstampclub.com/
“Christmas in the Park” - Newark. The Licking County Historical Society invites the public to attend its annual “Christmas in the Park” Open House from 5 - 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 7. Visit the “Decorators’ Showcase,” with Sherwood-Davidson House rooms decorated beautifully by area designers. FREE and open to the public.
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
Winter Storm Preparation - Newark. Heritage Hall Senior Center and the Licking County Chapter of the American Red Cross present an education program on how to prepare for winter storms at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Heritage Hall Senior Center, 1058 E. Main St. Handouts will explain how to prepare for storms and what you should stock before a stomr hits. FREE, but call 345-0821 so enough handouts will be available.
“Ugly Sweater Soiree” - Newark. Pull out your ugliest sweater for this fun party from 5 - 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Buckingham Meeting House, Veterans’ Park. Enjoy wine, appetizers and refreshments. Cost is a $25 donation to the Food Pantry Network of Licking County.
Creative Giftwrap for Teens - Hebron Library. Teens are invited to the Hebron Library at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11, for a fun and festive holiday craft. Use recycled and natural items to turn a plain brown paper bag or butcher paper into pretty and imaginative giftwrap for the holidays. Materials will be provided, just bring your creativity!
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.
Cookies with Santa - Thornville. Everyone is invited to share free cookies with Santa from 2 - 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Autumn at the Lake, 14100 Zion Road, Thornville.
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.
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. 14. Admission is $6. For more information visit www.gserr.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.
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.
Heritage Hall Senior Center Christmas Open House - Newark. Join us for a Christmas open house from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17. It will feature cookies, hot chocolate, Christmas music, an art show, your photo with Santa Claus by the fireplace and tours for new visitors. No reservations are needed and the general public is invited.
Heisey Wind Ensemble Christmas Concert - Newark. The Heisey Wind Ensemble presents their annual holiday program with a concert titled “Christmas at the Reese Center” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 14, in John W. Alford Performing Arts Hall in the John Gilbert Reese Center on the Newark Campus of The Ohio State University. The 60 member concert band is under the direction of Dr. Russel Mikkelson, Director of Bands at The Ohio State University in Columbus. Among the highlights will be “Festival Fanfare”, “A Fireside Christmas”, “An Irving Berlin Christmas” and many other Christmas favorites. Ensemble member Jerry Coomer will serve as the narrator on “The Polar Express.” The festive evening will be capped off with an audience sing-along of well known carols and a HWE favorite, Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride”. A capacity crowd is anticipated. Those planning to attend are urged to arrive early. Tickets for the concert will ONLY be available at the door. Adults are $15, seniors (60+) $10 and students are $5.
John Berry Christmas - Newark. The Midland Theatre presents John Berry Christmas at 8 p.m. on Dec. 14. John was one of the top-selling country artists of 1990’s, with one album designated platinum and two gold. Of his 19 songs on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs, he had one #1 and 6 additional top-ten hits. But it was his stunning performance on the 1995 CD O Holy Night that led to his most enduring legacy. John began doing a Christmas tour in 1996 and this will mark his 17th consecutive year. The concert includes a seasonal repertoire that includes both holiday songs and traditional carols. It concludes with his hit single, “O Holy Night.” Ticket Prices: $55 -$35. To purchase tickets, call 740/345-LIVE (5483), visit www.midlandtheatre.org , or stop by the box office at 36 North Park Place in downtown Newark, Monday – Friday, 9 am to 4 pm or one hour before the performance. Please add $4 to each ticket for handling and historic preservation fees.
“Music Under the Cupola” - Newark. The Licking County Library welcomes the adult and youth handbell choirs from the Hanover Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 15, on the second floor under the cupola. They will perform Christmas and holiday music for all ages, led by director Erin Fee.
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.