Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Night Hike: The Squirrels are Going Nuts – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21, FREE. Winter is coming and the squirrels are scurrying! Learn about this active mammal of The Arboretum and join us on a hike to the Deep Woods where we attempt to locate our only – yet numerous – nocturnal squirrel species, the Northern Flying Squirrel.
Home School Investigations: We All Need Trees – 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, $5 per student. Just how much do we depend on trees in our everyday lives? Join other home school students in exploration of the natural world. Each 90-minute session includes a hands-on science study correlated with the Ohio Academic Content Standards for Life Sciences. Sessions are for ages six to ten.
Luminary Tour and Poinsettia Sale – 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, FREE. The Dawes Arboretum brings you an evening of illumination as you drive through the South End Auto Tour lined with over 2,000 candle luminaries. Join us inside the Zand Education Center after the drive for a cup of hot cocoa and a holiday treat as well as some activities for the whole family inside the Visitors Center. Please bring a non– perishable food item or monetary donation for the Licking County Food Pantry. 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. It’s our biggest, brightest, most memorable Wildlights yet! All your Wildlights favorites will be here, as well as a few new ones. You can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, tour the Global Celebrations Village in Asia Quest, as well as ride the Bob Evans Polar Bear Express. New attractions this season include: Electric Yultide – Experience the spectacular display of lights set to the sound of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (shows every 30 minutes starting at 5:45); and Holiday Magic – An animated light show presented by Disney on Ice (shows every 30 minutes starting at 6 p.m.). Celebrate your holiday tradition with us while surrounded by the magical, twinkling flow of three million lights. Hours: Sundays thru Thursday – 5-9 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays – 5-10 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. For more information visit www.columbuszoo.org
Granville Farmers Market – Granville. The market has moved indoors from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at the Granville Elementary School. The market returns to North Main Street from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 22, for its traditional pre-Thanksgiving market. There is no market Nov. 29 and it returns to Granville Elementary School on Dec. 6.
Granville Turkey Trot – Granville. Participants line up on Broadway in front of Opera House Park at 9:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning. This 5K run/walk goes east on Newark Granville Rd, turns near Bryn Du Mansion, and returns. All proceeds benefit the Food Pantry Network of Licking County. Visit GranvilleTurkeyTrot.com for more information.
Holiday Homecoming – Newark. Visit The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology, to kick off the holidays with special family fun during Holiday Homecoming, A Very Victorian Celebration, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, November 28. Inspired by Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” this year the museum will celebrate the Victorian age. Enjoy Victorian crafts, ornaments, and games, plus candle dipping and weaving in the Land of Legend shops. Glass-blowing demonstrations, a showing of a “Muppet Christmas Carol,” music, and refreshments are also part of this afternoon of family fun. Check out the Gear Shop Sale – Tuesday, Nov. 25 through Sat. Nov. 29. Shop for holiday savings on the best-rated toys and hand-crafted glass. Members will receive 20 percent discount; non-members 10 percent discount. Museum admission cost is not required if only visiting the Gear Shop.
Pancake Breakfast – Hebron. Help support the New Life Baby Pantry by enjoying an All- You-Can-Eat Pancake & Sausage breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29, at Hebron New Life United Methoidst Church, 925 W. Main St. Suggested $5 donation. Monthly on the last Saturday of every month.
Hands-On – Newark Library. Usher in the holidays by watching a live demonstration at the Main Library and meet the creative staff from Wilson’s Garden Center as they make handmade garlands using live greens, pine cones, berries, and bows. These beautiful holiday accents look great on a door, fence, mailbox, or around the home. Please join us Tuesday, December 2 and Wednesday, December 3 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the Main Library in downtown Newark.
Santa Visit – Hebron. Santa arrives at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Hebron Municipal Complex. Enjoy his visit and some stories plus some refreshments and craft projects at the Hebron Library.
Holiday Movie and Cookie Exchange – Buckeye Lake Library. Stop by the library at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, for the holiday movie and cookie exchange program. Enjoy a holiday movie and bring your favorite holiday cookies with recipe card to share. Open to the public and FREE.
Yoga Classes – Buckeye Lake Library. The Buckeye Lake Library is hosting free yoga classes for any skill level. Classes will be instructed by Lenise Alexandra. The next class is set for 9 – 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 6. Classes are free and open to the public. No registration is required to attend.
2014 Granville Candlelight Walking Tour – Granville. There is no better way to get into the holiday spirit than in the quaint, New England-style village of Granville. This year marks the 29th Anniversary that the Village of Granville has entertained thousands of visitors and residents at the Christmas Candlelight Walking Tour. The Tour runs from 1-9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6.
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 free horse-drawn wagon ride, holiday music at area churches, or visit museums and businesses that host special events.
Santa Claus – Buckeye Lake Library. Santa Claus is coming to the Buckeye Lake Library at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9. Don’t miss your chance to visit with Santa and enjoy some cookies and juice while supplies last. Open to the public and FREE.
“Music from the 1940s” – Newark. The University Chorus at The Ohio State University at Newark presents “Music from the 1940s” at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 21, in Founders Hall Auditorium on the Ohio State Newark campus. Selections will include several of the top hits from the 1940s including popular songs by Cole Porter, numbers from musicals by Rogers and Hammerstein, and favorite songs from the movies. The program will end with several popular holiday selections from the period, “Let it Snow,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Admission is free!
‘A Chorale Christmas’ – Lancaster. Lancaster Chorale’s Christmas concert, ‘A Chorale Christmas,’ is set for 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30, at St. Mary of the Assumption Church. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Student tickets are free. Regular tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors.
“The Nutcracker” – Newark. Central Ohio Youth Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” at The Midland Theatre. Performances are Nov. 28, 8 p.m., Nov. 29, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 30, 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.MidlandTheatre.org or by calling 740.345.LIVE.