Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70. The Dawes Arboretum began charging admission fees to non-members on April 15, 2019. Arboretum admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 -15. Children younger than 5 will be admitted for free. Arboretum members do not pay an admission fee.
Preschool Storybook Science – from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, September thru May. Explore quality children’s literature in a natural setting only The Dawes Arboretum can provide. Each 45-minute session may include songs, games, crafts, creative movement, outdoor exploration and a hands-on science activity suitable for children ages 3 – 5 and their caregiver. Free; donations appreciated. Registration is not required.
Beginner Tai Chi Chuan- Winter – 1 or 2 p.m. on Sundays beginning November 24 through January 5. Cost: Non-members – $65. Tai Chi is designed to help increase muscle and cardiovascular strength; help improve balance, joint flexibility and posture and support mental health. This class focuses on basic Tai Chi skills along with completion of the Modified Tai Chi Chuan Short Form (Yang Style). Basic warm-ups start the class with a new portion taught each week. Students should wear comfortable clothing and flat-soled shoes. Fee includes 6 sessions. Class will not be held on December 22.
Intermediate Tai Chi Chuan- Winter – 2 or 3 p.m. on Sundays beginning November 24 through January 5. Cost: Non-members – $65. Tai Chi is designed to help increase muscle and cardiovascular strength; help improve balance, joint flexibility and posture and support mental health. This class focuses on advanced warm-ups, the complete Modified Tai Chi Chuan Short Form (Yang Style) from the beginner’s class and additional Qi Gong exercises. Students are required to complete the beginner class at least once prior to participating in the intermediate class. Students should wear comfortable clothing and flat-soled shoes. Fee includes 6 sessions. Class will not be held on December 22.
Winter Wonders Walk – from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm on Thursday, December 12, Friday, December 13, and Saturday, December 14. Walk through The Arboretum’s winter wonderland surrounded by illuminated trees. Explore the Daweswood House Museum before heading to the Learning Garden to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate!
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
Bikes for Children – Buckeye Lake area. It’s the season of giving. Bike Buckeye Lake works with schools, churches, and Job & Family Services in our tri-county area to provide local, underprivileged children a bicycle for Christmas during the organization’s annual Christmas Bike Drive going on now. Giving the blessing of a bicycle for Christmas to a local child in need is easy. $100 provides a child a bicycle, and $20 provides a child a bicycle helmet. Donations can be made online at bikebuckeyelake.org, and checks are accepted payable to Bike Buckeye Lake, PO Box 523, Buckeye Lake, OH 43008 with Child Bike Donation in the Memo.
“WonderLight’s Christmas in Ohio” – National Trail Raceway, Hebron. This dazzling drive-through Christmas lights show synchronized to music is now open nightly through January 5, 2020. This family-friendly event features an approximately two-mile car ride through more than 1 million LED lights, all synchronized to music and powered by more than 50,000 computer channels. Giant Christmas trees, floating snowflakes, shooting stars, dancing candy canes and three enchanting tunnels of light will illuminate the night as visitors enjoy traditional and newer, rocking Christmas music from the warmth of their own vehicles. Open every evening, rain or shine, including holidays. The cost is $7 per person with children three-years old and under Free. A “Carload Pass” for vehicles with up to six passengers, is available for $30. Group rates and additional information is available at www.christmasinohio.com
Granville Farmers’ Market – Granville. The market is now indoors at Granville Elementary School from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through February 1, 2020. All kinds of good things to eat and drink.
Columbus Winterfair – Ohio Expo Cener, Columbus. The Columbus Winterfair retursn December 6 – 8, 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 – 7 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/
Buckeye Model Train and Railroad Artifact Show – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus.Ohio’s largest combination model train and railroad memorabilia show is coming to town December 7. Hours: 9 am – 4 pm. Cost: General admission – $7; Children (under 12) – Free! For more information visit :http://www.gserr.com
CFA All Breed Cat Show – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. The Ohio State Persian Club presents the CFA All Breed Cat Show December 7 – 8. Various cat vendors and accessories will be available, along with kittens for sale. Hours: 9 am – 5 pm. Cost: Adults – $8; Kids (2-12) – $5; Family (2 adults and 2 children) – $20. For more information visit cfa.org
Holiday Open House – Licking County Historical Society, Newark. Kick start your holiday season with the Licking County Historical Society! Join LCHS from 5 – 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, for our annual open house events, Christmas in Veterans’ Park and Candlelight Christmas at the Webb House.
All of the historic structures located in Veterans’ Park (N. 6th Street, Newark) will be open and full of holiday cheer. See the Sherwood-Davidson House Museum decked out in “The Colors of Christmas.” The Buckingham Meeting House will host the evening’s entertainment with live music, sweet treats and warm beverages, a children’s craft and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. At the National Heisey Glass Museum’s King House, take part in family fun amidst the sparkling glass and holiday festivity.
Located just a few blocks away, visit the Webb House Museum (303 Granville Street, Newark) which will be charmingly decorated to celebrate classic tales of the holiday with “A Storybook Christmas.” While there, enjoy an array of festive refreshments and good company.
The open house events are free and open to the public – everyone is invited to enjoy. For more information visit www.lchsohio.org
Scott Antique Market – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus.The amazing indoor Scott Antique Marke returns December 21 – 22, featuring aisles upon aisles of one-of-a-kind antiques and collectible items available for sale. Hours: Saturday 9 am – 6 pm; Sunday 10 am – 4 pm. FREE! For more information visit scottantiquemarket.com
Dion Pride – Ohio Valley Opry, Twin City Opera House, McConnelsville. Dion Pride returns as the special guest for the Ohio Valley Opry Christmas Show at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 7. Dion Pride is the son of legendary Charlie Pride and a dynamic performer in his own right. A crowd favorite, Dion captivates the audience with classic country tunes of his father’s in addition to songs he penned himself. Dion entertains folks of all ages, and no one goes away disappointed. Also appearing on the show will be Jimmy Howson and the Ohio Valley Opry regulars: The Clark Family, Matt Coleman, Beth Sigler-Bigham, Mike Morrison, and comedian Uncle Doofus. Doors open at 5 p.m. for the one show only at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased on line at www.OhioValleyOpry.com or by calling the ticket office at 740.525.9218.
Come early to enjoy “A Twin City Christmas” downtown. The historic town of McConnelsville comes to life with the spirit of Christmas.The streets will be filled with the smells of hot cider, fresh doughnuts and kettle corn, and every purchase (at a participating Main Street Business) gives customers a chance to win the grand prize basket filled with gifts from local shops, restaurants, and more. The winner will be announced during the Ohio Valley Opry show. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/TwinCityChristmas
A Night at the Opera House: A New Year’s Eve Fundraiser for Stuart’s Opera House – Stuart’s Opera House, Nelsonville. Come celebrate New Year’s Eve in style at Stuart’s Opera House from 8:30 to 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 31! Our grand lobby is the place to be for an exciting evening featuring games of chance, live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, and a champagne toast to bring in 2020! Please note, there will be no exchange of real money when playing games. Your purchased ticket allows you to play the games as a fundraiser for Stuart’s Opera House, a 501(c)3 organization. Tickets are on sale at (740) 753-1924 or www.stuartsoperahouse.org
Town Mountain – Stuart’s Opera House, Nelsonville. Tickets are on sale now for the 8 p.m. performance on Friday, February 28, 2020. Raw, soulful, and with plenty of swagger, Town Mountain has earned raves for their hard-driving sound, their in-house songwriting and the honky-tonk edge that permeates their exhilarating live performances, whether in a packed club or at a sold-out festival. The hearty base of Town Mountain’s music is the first and second generation of bluegrass spiced with country, old school rock ‘n’ roll, and boogie-woogie. It’s what else goes into the mix that brings it all to life both on stage and on record and reflects the group’s wide-ranging influences – from the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia and the ethereal lyrics of Robert Hunter, to the honest, vintage country of Willie, Waylon, and Merle. Doors open at 7 pm and the show starts at 8 pm. Tickets are on sale at (740) 753-1924 or www.stuartsoperahouse.org
Jonathan Richman with Tommy Larkins & Bonnie “Prince” Billy with Emmett Kelly – Stuart’s Opera House, Nelsonville. Tickets are on sale now for Jonathan Richman with Tommy Larkins & Bonnie “Prince” Billy with Emmett Kelly at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2020. This show is part of unique tour with an incredibly limited number of shows. For this very special show, the legendary Jonathan Richman will start the evening of music featuring his drummer Tommy Larkins. Following his set, Bonnie “Prince” Billy will finish the night accompanied by Emmett Kelly. Doors open at 7:00 pm, with music starting at 8:00 pm. Tickets are on sale at (740) 753-1924 or www.stuartsoperahouse.org