Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
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. There is no market Nov. 29 and it returns on Dec. 6.
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.
Santa Paws – Newark. Customized digital pet portraits with Santa from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30, Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7, at Wilson’s Garden Center off Ohio 16. Bring your flash drive and take all poses. Plus music, treats and free gifts. Proceeds benefit Angel Paws.
Heritage Hall Holiday Open House – Newark. Licking County’s Senior Center holds its holiday open house from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, featuring a performance by local entertainer Gene Perrine from 2 to 4 p.m. in the dining room. The open house will feature holiday cookies and other light refreshments. Tours of the building will be available. No reservations are necessary for the open house or for the Perrine performance.
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. Corrected time. Santa arrives at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the Hebron Municipal Complex. Enjoy his visit and some stories plus light refreshments and craft projects at the Hebron Library.
Storybook Christmas – Zanesville. More than 50 attractions and businesses in Zanesville, New Concord and Dresden have chosen their favorite storybooks and have decorated with that theme in mind. The holiday booklet is available at www.visitzanesville.com Stop by the light and music show 6 to 9 p.m. nightly Dec. 3 to Jan. 4, at the Muskingum County Courthouse in downtown Zanesville.
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.
“Holiday House to House” – Newark. The Licking County Historical Society invites everyone to a Preview Night Progressive Dinner at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 5. Guests will have a preview tour of three decorated historic houses while enjoying hors d’oeuvres at the Webb House, a savory main course at the Buckingham Meeting House, and dessert and coffee at the Sherwood Davidson House. Cost is $28 for LCHS members, $32 for non-members. Reservations are requested by Dec. 2. Please call 740-345-4898 or e-mail: email@example.com. Seating is limited.
Yoga Classes – Buckeye Lake Library. The Buckeye Lake Library is hosting free yoga classes for any skill level. Classes are instructed by Lenise Alexandra. The last class is set for 9 – 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 6. Free and open to the public. No registration is required to attend.
Millersport Christmas Parade Millersport. Parade starts at noon proceeding from the schools to the fire station on Saturday, Dec. 6. Get a photo with Santa from 1- 3 p.m. at the firehouse.
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.
Full Moon Gathering – Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Join us at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, as we gather by the light of the Full Cold Moon this December. There will be a guided hike and a guided horseback ride. You must bring your own horse; minimum rider age is 9 years. Helmet required for riders under 18 and recommended for all. The horseback ride will head out at 6:30 p.m. sharp! So arrive in plenty of time to tack up and be ready to ride out at 6:30 p.m. Afterwards we will have a bonfire and roast hot dogs. Come on out and warm up by the fire with us.
Jingle Bell Run/Walk – Columbus. The Jingle Bell Run/ Walk for Arthritis steps off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 6, at the corner of Nationwide Boulevard and High Street. Day-of registration and festivities begin at 8 a.m. Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a 5K (3.1 mile) run/ walk for competitive and noncompetitive runners and walkers. A kids’ Snowflake Run is set for 9:30 a.m. All proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Central Ohio. An estimated 4,000 participants are expected to attend the holidaythemed event. Festivities include a costume contest, team photos with Santa, holiday music, and a variety of snacks and refreshments from local restaurants to enjoy post-race. Register online at www.jinglebellruncolumbus. kintera.org
Licking County Genealogical Society – Newark. The December program is “Techniques tracking your family heirlooms,” presented by Jennifer Alford at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, in the first floor meeting room at the Licking County Library, 101 W. Main St. As family heirlooms are passed down from generation to generation it becomes challenging to know where the item originated and the story behind it. The presentation will cover methods (techie and non-techie) to document your photographs, documents, quilts, and embroidered samplers. Light refreshments will be provided. In this time of giving, please bring a monetary donation for the food pantry. For more information visit rootsweb. ancestry.com/~ohlcgs2/
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.
Outville Christmas Parade – Outville. The 19th annual Outville Christmas parade heads off at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 13. 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 features motorcycles, antique cars, trucks, tractors, equestrian units, organizations, bands and more! The parade travels north on Outville Road. Entertainment, an auction, a visit from Santa and refreshments including cornbread and the renowned Outville ham and bean soup follow the parade at the Harrison Township Community Complex. For more information visit the parade’s Facebook page.
Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show – Columbus. The Columbus show 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20, features over 100 local vendors who hand-make each item. Handmade items in the show range from jewelry, clothing to home décor. The Show will be held at St. Agatha Church (Parish Hall) – 1860 Northam Road, Columbus, 43221. Admission is $3 and children under 12 are free. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Pets Without Parents, a non-profit, no-kill, all-breed shelter for cats and dogs, which places each pet into a loving, permanent home.
‘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.