Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Holiday Greenery Workshop – Six sessions available. Thursday, Dec. 10 – 6-8 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 11 – 6-8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 12 – 9 -11 a.m.; Saturday, Dec. 12 – noon – 2 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 12 – 3-5 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 13 – noon-2p.m. Cost: $35/$25 members. Create a festive arrangement of greens taken from The Arboretum to decorate your hearth, door, entry or table. Let the sight and smell of pine boughs, holly branches, cedar berries and other greens put you in the mood for the holidays. The Arboretum provides all of the materials, including decorations and candles, to enliven your display! Please select from wreath or centerpiece. Registration is required.
Second Saturdays Speaker Series: Daytime Astronomy – The Sun & Space Weather, 10 -11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12. FREE! Does the change in the season have you feeling chilly? Warm up with this presentation by Tim Winship where he will discuss space weather, solar activity and structure and how to safely observe the sun. Tim has been an amateur astronomer for over 50 years. He holds a BA in Biology from the University of Rochester, a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the State University of New York at Buffalo and was an employee of Abbott Nutrition in Columbus for almost 27 years. Now retired, Tim has concentrated on solar astronomy since he is no longer allowed to stay up late on school nights!
Night Hike – 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18. FREE! On the 3rd Friday of each month, join our team of educators and volunteers for a guided hike on our main grounds, after hours. Search for night-time critters and look for stars, as daylight fades and your senses change. Each season brings something new to see and hear.
Jingle Bell Dog Walk – 1 – 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19. Cost: $5/$3 members. Jingle all the way with your pup in this celebration of the season. All dogs receive bells to wear on their collars and make a salt-dough paw ornament. Dogs must have a good temperament and be on a 6’ leash or shorter; no flex-leashes. Maximum two dogs per person. Registration is required.
Adult Night Hike: Owls and Their Calls – 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19. Cost: $5/ Members Free. Four species of owls call Ohio home. Learn about the life history of these majestic creatures and how to identify them by call. This hike takes participants into The Arboretum’s Deep Woods where an attempt is made to locate birds of prey in their natural habitat. Registration is required, as space is limited to ensure a small group size.
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.dawesarb.org
Wildlights – Columbus Zoo. Millions of colorful LED lights await holiday visitors from 5 – 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 5 – 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 3. Enjoy three animated musical light shows, Santa and Mrs. Claus, reindeer and other holiday festivities plus five indoor viewing areas for animals. Regular zoo admission rates apply. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas.
Dickens Victorian Village – Cambridge. Take a trip back in time and experience old world England as historic downtown Cambridge, is charmingly transformed into a Dickens Victorian Village each holiday season. From Nov. 1 to Jan. 2, visitors are invited to stroll amidst over 92 scenes of 166 lifelike figures representing classic scenes from Victorian society. The Dickens scenes are stationed along Wheeling Avenue at each antique lamppost and bench, between 6th and 11th Streets, in windows on street level, and in second story windows. Wheeling Avenue is also the historic National Road/ Route 40, and features an outstanding streetscape of original buildings from the 1800s. The Dickens Victorian Village scenes are comprised of life sized and hand-made mannequins wearing real vintage clothing. The faces for each character are individually sculpted and painted by local artists. The displays include engaging depictions of classic Dickensera scenes and figures such as Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim, the town crier, groups of carolers, a bucket brigade, lamplighters, school children, street peddlers, and Father Christmas, all posed in active scenes that appear frozen in time. FREE!
Granville Farmers Market – Granville. The market now moves indoors to the Granville Elementary School auditorium. Hours are 9:30 to noon on Saturdays. All kinds of good thing to eat and drink.
All-U-Can-Eat Breakfast – Buckeye Lake. Come out from 8 – 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, for a great breakfast at the First Community Church, 4381 Walnut Road SE, Buckeye Lake. Cost is $5 for adults; and $3 for children 12 & under.
Toy Drive – Thornville. The Thorn Township Firefighters’ Association will be collecting donations of new toys or cash for their annual toy drive from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, Dec. 12, at their 13770 Zion Road fire station. For more information call 740-605-1178.
Santa visits Buckeye Lake – Buckeye Lake Library. Come see Santa from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Buckeye Lake Library. Parents, feel free to bring your cameras. Light refreshments will be provided while supplies last. No registration is needed to attend.
Writers’ Café – Newark. Share your work during this open mic night hosted by Licking County Library at Palumbo’s Italian Market/River Road Coffeehouse on the Square. Writers of all genres are invited to read their own writing or favorite passages. A sign-up sheet will be available before the reading and readings are limited to five minutes unless time permits longer. Event will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 10 at Palumbo’s Italian Market and River Road Coffeeprovided house on the Square. Writers and readers of all ages are encouraged to come to listen to the talent of local writers. FREE!
Santa returns to Hebron – Hebron New Life United Methodist Church. The jolly gent visits Hebron New Life UMC from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10. Crafts, books and refreshments will be available. Bring your camera for photos with Santa.
Breakfast with Santa and Elf Shelf – Millersport. Enjoy breakfast with Santa and then let your children shop in the Elf Shelf from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Millersport Lions clubhouse. Breakfast is $5 with children under 3 free.
Buckeye Model Train and Railroad Artifacts Show – Ohio Expo Center. Ohio’s largest combination model train and railroad memorabilia show is comes to town from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12. Admission: $6; Children under 12 FREE. For more information visit http://www.gserr.com
Holiday DIY Makerspace Open House – Buckeye Lake Library. Teens & Tweens are invited to join us from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 12, to create holiday themed crafts like cookies in a jar, snowman greeting cards, and more at the Buckeye Lake Library. Materials will be while supplies last. No registration is required to attend.
Outville Christmas Parade – Outville. The 20th annual Outville Christmas parade will be held on Saturday, December 12, 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. For more information email email@example.com or visit our Facebook page.
Family Movie Night – Buckeye Lake Library. Join us at the Buckeye Lake Library from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 17, for a holiday themed movie that the whole family can enjoy. Popcorn and light refreshments will be provided while supplies last. No registration is required to attend.
Free Holiday Movie – Hebron Library. Join us at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, for a family-friendly holiday movie and refreshments. We will be showing a popular seasonal flick, rated PG. The cookies and drinks – hold the syrup – are on us! No registration is required for this free event. Visit the Hebron Library at 934 W. Main St., or call 740.928.3923 for more information or for the title of the movie.
Santa returns to Buckeye Lake – Buckeye Lake. Come see Santa from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20, at the Buckeye Lake Youth Association, 140 W. 3rd St. Santa will hand out candy, hats, gloves and a toy to each child present. Come see the jolly old man. Chocolate candy and suckers will be available for sale. Proceeds support youth association activities.
Free Triple P Parent Program – Newark. A Triple P Parenting Program, Raising Resilient Children, will be held at the Licking County Family YMCA in Newark on Thursday, January 14, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. All parents, grandparents, and caregivers of children from birth to age 12 are invited to attend! This program will include free food, free childcare for children age 7 and under, and a gift card raffle. You will learn researched based parenting strategies you can use with your children every day. 96 percent of parents who have tried some of the Triple P strategies have seen an improvement in their child’s behavior! To register: call 740-522-1234, Ex. 22 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To request childcare you must register by January 8.
Mental Health First Aid Training – Newark. Learn how to help someone in need through Mental Health First Aid from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, at OSU-Newark/COTC, Hopewell Hall Room 53. You will learn how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Free and open to all adults. Instructors are Odean Goforth from the Licking County Sheriff’s Office and Penny Sitler from Mental Health America. Bring your own lunch. Register at email@example.com or 740-522-1234.