Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Holiday Greenery Workshop – 6 – 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and noon – 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, and noon – 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11. Cost: $25 members; $35 non-members. Pick a session to create a festive arrangement of greens taken from The Arboretum grounds 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. We provide all of the materials, including decorations and candles, to enliven your display! Please select from wreath or centerpiece.
Second Saturday Speaker Series: By Golly, I think it’s a Holly. But how do I know? – 10 – 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. Cost: $2 recommended donation. Enjoy a short presentation by Richard Larson, The Arboretum’s Nursery Manager and Propagator, showcasing the best hollies for Central Ohio. Afterwards, walk to Holly Hill where you’ll stroll through one of the largest holly collections in the United States, getting first-hand information from Rich who has cared for them for the past 20 years.
The Christmas Bird Count – 6 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16. FREE! Be a part of the nation’s longest running citizen bird project! The Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count began in 1900 and has attracted thousands of bird enthusiasts throughout the years! Participate in this event by helping to complete a bird census on Arboretum grounds. Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this long-running wildlife census to asses the health of bird populations, and to help guide conservation action.
Owl Call Night Hike – 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16. Cost: Members-Free; Nonmembers$ 5. 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 Depp Woods where we’ll attempt to locate bird of prey in their natural habitat.
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
Granville Farmers Market – Granville. The winter market runs from 9:30 a.m to noon in the Granville Elementary School. All kinds of good things to eat and drink plus holiday crafts.
Wildlights – Columbus Zoo. Central Ohio’s most spectacular holiday show runs now through January 1. Hours: 5 – 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 5 – 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Regular zoo admission rates apply. Attractions include holiday skate rink (rentals available), new Sparking Spruce with a fantasy light and sound show every 30 minutes, a magical zoo made of gingerbread, an animated light show every 15 minutes at Conservation Lake, Polar Bear Express train ride, Santa’s Reindeer Corral and more. For more information visit www.columbuszoo.org
Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival – Ohio Expo Center. A five-week celebration of Chinese culture comes to the Ohio Expo Center now through Jan. 2. Get ready to experience Columbus in a whole new light with exquisite silk lanterns, traditional performances, and amazing food! Hours: 5 – 10 p.m. nightly. Cost: $15 – Adults, $12 – Seniors/Military; $10 – Children Under 18. For more information visit www.ohiolanternfestival.com/
Tai Chi Classes – Buckeye Lake. Free Tai Chi classes are being offered each Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. from November 7 to December 12, at the Buckeye Lake Youth Association Building, 140 3rd Street. The Tai Chi practice gives older adults better balance and is an evidence-based program proven to reduce falls and improve fitness. Please call (740) 349-6500 for more information. This class is designed to encourage physical activity in Buckeye Lake and is promoted by Creating Healthy Communities and the Licking County Health Department.
Preschool Storytime – Buckeye Lake Library. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Preschool Storytime is returning every Wednesday from November 30 thru December 21 at Buckeye Lake Library! Children ages 3-5 are invited to explore new books with the library staff on Wednesday mornings at 11:00 a.m. For learning, songs, stories, laughter, and more, grab your caregiver and come down to the library for our Preschool Storytime.
Santa Visit – Buckeye Lake Library. Santa Claus will be at the Buckeye Lake Library from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, to hear from all the good little boys and girls. Visit with Santa and enjoy cookies and punch while supplies last.
The Grand Illumination – Scioto Mile, downtown Columbus. Celebrate the holiday season in downtown Columbus as thousands of twinkling lights illuminate the Scioto Mile. The Lighting Festivities from 5 – 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, will kick off with an evening of holiday inspired entertainment and activities for all ages, and a special appearance by Santa! Activities are one night only, but the lights will be viewable nightly, from dusk until dawn, December 2, 2016 through January 8, 2017.
Winterfair – Ohio Expo Center. The Columbus Winterfair returns Dec. 2 -4, with fine arts and crafts. Browse the holiday artists’ market and find unique and beautiful handcrafted items for the home, office or gift giving. Artists from across the nation will be showcasing their traditional and contemporary crafts including ceramics, wood, glass, painting, metals, fiber, jewelry, photography, sculpture and more. Hours: Friday and Saturday – 10 am – 8 pm; Sunday – 11 am – 4 pm. Cost:: Adults – $7; Youth (12 and under) – Free (note: ticket is valid all three days). For more information visit http://winterfair.org/
Christmas Candlelight Walking Tour – Granville. It’s the 31st year for the Candlelight Walking Tour. Enjoy Granville’s New England charm from 1 – 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. A total of 70 lighted Christmas trees line Broadway and Main streets. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride or a music performance or just soak up the Christmas atmosphere. For more information visit www.visitgranvilleohio.com
Worthington Stamp Show – Ohio Expo Center. The “best little stamp show in the Midwest” returns Dec. 3 -4, featuring 25 dealers buying and selling stamps, covers, postcards and supplies. Hours: Saturday – 10 am – 5:30 pm; Sunday – 10 am – 3 pm . Price: Free with registration. For more information visit worthingtonstampclub.com/
World War II Program – Buckeye Lake Library. World War II veteran Donald Jakeway is our special guest from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Buckeye Lake Library. He will be sharing his experiences from the Battle of the Bulge and D-Day. No registration required to attend this unforgettable afternoon.
“Christmas in Veterans’ Park” – Newark. The Licking County Historical Society in Newark will host a holiday celebration, “Christmas in Veterans’ Park,” from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, December 3. Three historic houses will be open in Veterans’ Park, located between West Main and West Church Streets, and an additional society home on Granville Street will welcome guests. The Sherwood- Davidson House, Buckingham House, the National Heisey Museum’s King House, and Webb House will be decorated for the holiday season. Music, refreshments, Father Christmas and a children’s craft will be featured at the 1835 Buckingham House. The 1827 Sherwood-Davidson House will be decorated completely out of character as “The Sherwood-Davidson House goes to the Movies!” Nine different Christmas movies will be presented in the museum’s rooms, and visitors may participate in a name- that- movie- contest. The museum will also be open daily 1-3:00 p.m. through December 10th. The 1907 Webb House’s theme is “We Love Christmas,” and will be decorated from top to bottom. It is located at 303 Granville Street. For more information on this FREE event, visit lchs.org.
Small Towne Christmas – Somerset. The 7th Annual Small Towne Christmas begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 3, at the Someret Art Co-Op, 206 S. Market St. Activities include a bake sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; free ornament painting for children from 10 a.m. o 4 p.m., arts & crafts vendors opening at 3 p.m., wreath/basket silent auction at Courthouse with final bids at 5:45 p.m., homemade cookie contest judging at 4 p.m. and auction at 5:15 p.m.; Santa arrives in parade at 4:30 p.m. and tree lighting ceremony at 6:30.
Christmas Craft Show – Hebron. Crafts, baked goods, vendors, drawings and lunch will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, at Hebron Christian Church, 610 W. Main St., Hebron.
Santa Visit – Hebron Library. Who’s coming to town? It’s Santa Claus! Kick off the holiday season at the Hebron Library when Santa arrives by fire truck on Tuesday, December 6 at 5 pm. Bring your wish list and camera for a festive story time and photo op with The Big Guy. Musical guests will entertain you with holiday favorites during this special evening. Crafts and light refreshments will be available while supplies last. We will host Santa until 6:30 pm when he will need to head back to the North Pole to oversee Christmas preparations in his workshop. Free with no registration needed.
All-U-Can-Eat Breakfast – Buckeye Lake. Enjoy an All-U-Can-Eat Breakfast from 8 – 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 10 at the First Community Church. 4381 Walnut Road SE (Ohio 79), Buckeye Lake. Cost is $5 adults; $3 children 12 & under.
Rescheduled Penguin Party – Buckeye Lake Library. Meet and greet a real live African Penguins from 4 – 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at the Buckeye Lake Library. Registration is not needed.
Dion Pride – The Ohio Valley Opry, McConnelsville. Dion Pride, son of Charlie Pride, is returning on Saturday, December 3, for the Twin City Christmas show. His dynamic personality and showmanship on his first visit to the Opry earlier this year earned him the title of favorite artist of 2016. Shows are set for 4 and 8 p.m. Come early to the show to enjoy the Annual Twin City Christmas event in downtown McConnelsville. There will be Christmas Carolers, free refreshments, Santa Claus, cookie decorating, and super deals in each participating store, and much more. Appearing with Dion Jimmy Howson, and the Ohio Valley Opry regulars – The Clark Family, Mike Morrison, Matt Coleman, Beth Bigham and country comic Uncle Doofus. Tickets are available at the door, online at www.OhioValleyOpry.com or by calling 740.525.9218. Advance tickets are $20, $15, and $12. Tickets at the door are $15.
“Mamma Mia, Mamma Mia” – Newark. Weathervane Playhouse presents “Mamma Mia, Mamma Mia” Dec. 20, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. Individual tickets are available online or at the Box Office. Individual ticket rates are $35 for adults, $33 for senior citizens, $27 for season subscribers, $24 for students with ID, $15 for children (12 and younger). For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.weathervaneplayhouse.org. Weathervane Playhouse is located at 100 Price Road in Newark.