Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
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. Market is open Saturday, Dec. 19, but closed Saturday, Dec. 26. All kinds of good thing to eat and drink.
Family Movie Night – Buck- eye 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.
Winterfest – Buckeye Lake. The festivities begin at dawn with fireworks on Saturday, Jan. 30, at the North Shore State Park. Winterfest’s mascot, Benny the Bass, will make his prediction on the coming of spring. Businesses throughout the lake area will be open special hours, host unique activities, contests and exhibits, and offer special Winterfest products and pricing to keep people circling the lake throughout the day and into the night.
“Night of Miracles” – Millersport. The Millersport United Methodist Church and Community Theater presents “Night of Miracles” a beautiful Christmas Cantata telling the story of our Savior’s birth through music, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 20, at the Millersport UMC, 2310 Refugee Rd. Everyone is welcome at this free program including a lovely candlelight reception following the performance.