Holiday happenings

Itching to get in the holiday spirit? Here are some ideas of home tours, light shows, and festivals in your town, or a day trip away. Let us know if you have others to add to the list.

Village lightsCINCINNATI

Cincinnati Choo Choo
cincinnatiparks.com
Filled with poinsettias, evergreens, cyclamen, and amaryllis, Krohn Conservatory will feature a train display and historical buildings to immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of chugging trains and splashing water.
•    Nov. 18 - Jan. 7

OTR Holiday Home Tour
flotrhometour.eventbrite.com
Visit a selection of homes and churches on a self-paced, walking tour of Over-the-Rhine. Proceeds benefit Future Leaders OTR.
•    Dec. 1-2

2017 Annual Victorian Christmas Tour
eastrow.org/victorian-christmas-tour-and-tea
Newport, Kentucky’s East Row Historic District homes reflect Queen Anne and Italianate architecture styles and feature original staircases, fireplace mantles and woodwork. Besides holiday decor, visitors will see amazing renovated spaces.
•    Dec. 2 - 3

Lebanon Antique Horse-Drawn Carriage Parade
lebanonchamber.org
More than 100 horse-drawn carriages decorated for the holidays will parade through downtown Lebanon. Parades feature miniature horses, ponies, Belgians and those impressive Clydesdales!
•    Dec. 3

Holiday decorCLEVELAND

A Christmas Story House
achristmasstoryhouse.com
Ralphie's actual house from A Christmas Story with the Leg Lamp in the window is restored to its movie splendor and features original props and costumes from the movie.
•Open year round, seven days a week

Medina Candlelight Walk
mainstreetmedina.com
The historic district of Medina lights up with over 1,500 luminaries in a celebration featuring over two miles of LED lights highlighting the traditional Victorian Square and buildings.
•Nov. 17-19

Deck the Hall
stanhywet.org
The Stan Hywet estate is illuminated inside and out with over one million lights and the historic Manor House is decorated with the theme of Postcards from the Past. Dazzle is a fantastic outdoor light show choreographed to three new songs.
•Nov. 24-Dec. 26

Rocky River Holiday Home Tour
rrwc.org/our-events/hometour
Tour six beautifully decorated and unique Rocky River homes highlighting the sights, sounds and tastes of the holiday season. Show sponsored by the Rocky River Women's Club.
•Dec. 3

Deck the hallsCOLUMBUS

Wildlights
columbuszoo.org
Enjoy millions of LED lights, 3 animated musical light shows, a holiday skate rink and more at the Columbus Zoo's Wildlights. Enjoy two new animated musical light shows, Rudolph's Remix and Holiday Magic.
•Nov. 17-Jan. 1

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival
ohiolanternfestival.com
See how exquisite silk lanterns are created as artists perform traditional Chinese dances and songs. Take in the brilliant colors as you walk through this magical display at the Ohio Expo Center's Ohio Department of Natural Resources Park.
•Nov. 17-Jan. 7

Picture an Old-Fashioned Christmas
hanbyhouse.org
Create a unique holiday photo by posing in the decorated parlor of Westerville's Hanby House. Wear your own finery or wear a Civil War era costume provided.
•Nov. 18

Holiday Lights Celebration
visitgahanna.com
A reindeer petting zoo, carriage rides, crafts and activities for all ages, bands and more keep families busy during the day. As the sun goes down, Gahanna's Creekside District is illuminated with thousands of tiny lights and a host of dazzling surprises.
•Nov. 19

It's a Wonderful House
jlcolumbus.org/holiday-tour-of-homes
Get in the holiday spirit and see how Dublin residents deck their halls. The Holiday Tour of Homes, presented by the Junior League of Columbus, invites you to tour and admire area homes decorated for the holidays.
•Dec. 2

Holiday Hop
experiencecolumbus.com
Celebrate the holidays on the first Saturday of December at Holiday Hop along with thousands of visitors who converge on High Street in the Columbus Short North Arts District.
•Dec. 2

Village Lights
germanvillage.com
Twinkling luminarias greet visitors who are ready to kick off the holiday on the historic streets of German Village! Festive surprises are at every corner including carolers, live holiday music and a Munich-inspired Striezelmarkt.
•Dec. 3

Christmas Open House
hanbyhouse.org
Visit the decorated Westerville home of the composer, Benjamin Hanby, who gave us the Christmas song "Up on the Housetop" in 1864. Enjoy hot cider, cookies and music in the parlor.
•Dec. 5

Holiday lightsDAYTON

Woodland Lights
washingtontwp.org/recreation/woodland-lights-2
A fantasyland of holiday lights and displays along a half-mile wooded path, this month-long festival features live animals, food, rides for kids and Santa in his historic log cabin, a new laser light show, a tunnel of lights and a trackless train ride.
•Fridays through Sundays begining Nov. 24
•Nightly from Dec. 8-30

The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill
cliftonmill.com
The historic mill is located on the cliffs of the Little Miami River gorge and comes to life every holiday season. More than 3.6 million vibrant lights, including a synchronized music light show, can be seen on the covered bridge.
•Nov. 24-Dec. 31

Hometown HoliDazzle
hometownholidazzle.com
Wilmington transforms into a dazzling display of holiday thrills as their Hometown HoliDazzle. When the parade rolls through town prepare to see lighted tractors, horses, giant turkeys, clowns and more.
•Nov. 25

An Evening of Lights at Charleston Falls Preserve
MiamiCountyParks.com
A tradition for over 20 years, take a stroll down the luminary trail to the 37' waterfall, illuminated to enhance its natural beauty. Continue on the trail to the Goldenrod Hexagon where Santa and his helpers visit with children.
•Dec. 2

Tippecanoe Christmas in the Village
homegrowngreat.com
Self-guided tour of eight homes on Second Street in historic Tipp City. Decor provided by local designers, florists and master gardeners. Hear heart-warming Christmas music as you walk.
•Dec. 2

A Dickens of a Christmas
stanneshill.org/events/christmas-tour/
Walking tours begin at the High Street Gallery and include several homes on charming neighborhood streets in the St. Anne's Hill Historic District. Tours conclude in the landmark Bossler Mansion with a special holiday dessert.
•Dec. 8-Dec. 10

Chinese dragon
PITTSBURGH

Symphony Splendor
pittsburghsymphony.org
The Pittsburgh Symphony Association presents this festive tour of eight beautifully decorated home in Virginia Manor of Mt. Lebanon.
•Nov. 19

Holiday House Tour
avonclub.benavon.org
Tour six beautiful homes in the Ben Avon Borough representing a wide variety of architectural styles and designs, as well as diversity in age. Each is beautifully decorated to honor historical features and the unique style of the homeowners.
•Dec. 2

Zelienople Christmas Home Tour
zelienoplehistoricalsociety.com
Zelienople area homes decorated in a variety of styles will be opened for guests during the self-drive event sponsored by the Zelienople Historical Society.
•Dec. 2

Cranberry Christmas House Tour
cranberrywomensclub.org
Gather your family and friends for an evening touring beautifully decorated local homes. Hop in your car and visit each home at your own pace. Club members and homeowners will be at each location to guide you.
•Dec. 3

Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour
alleghenywest.org
Six restored Victorian homes plus the historic Calvary United Methodist Church, famous for its beautiful Louis Tiffany stained glass windows, all are decorated to celebrate a 19th century Christmas. Guides explain Victorian holiday traditions, and provide the history of Allegheny West and its famous early residents.
•Dec. 8-9

Holidays at the Mansion
AMISH COUNTRY

Berlin Christmas Open House
heartofamishcountry.com
Experience what it's like to live in a Dickens Christmas Village as you stroll through the streets in downtown Berlin and visit the many shops that are decorated for the holidays.
•Nov. 10-11

Holidays at the Mansion
holmeshistory.com/events
In Millersburg, a 28-room Victorian House mansion built in 1900, is decorated by area businesses, organizations and individuals.
•Nov. 18-Dec. 31

Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns
christmascookietour.com
Celebrate Christmas at 12 beautiful inns of Amish Country during the Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns. Each stop on the self-guided tour will have specialty cookies available to sample and recipes will be provided.
•Dec. 9-10

Serpant Mound lights
OTHER

Christmas in Ash Cave
parks.ohiodnr.gov/hockinghills
Come bundled for the weather and enjoy a lighted stroll to Ash Cave in Hocking Hills. Warm up with refreshments by an open fire. Join in with our carolers, have the kids visit with an old fashioned Santa, or help decorate our Christmas tree for wildlife.
•Dec. 9

Lighting of the Serpent
serpentmound.org
The Winter Solstice is celebrated in Peebles at Serpent Mound during the Lighting of the Serpent. At dusk, more than 900 candles surrounding the serpent effigy are lit by volunteers resulting in a luminous candlelit outline of the great Serpent Mound.
•Dec. 21

Indian Rocks Beach Holiday Home Tour
TAMPA

Wonderland of Lights
brandonchamber.com/events/wonderland-of-lights-2017.html
The Wonderland of Lights aims to amaze with a wide variety of animated and still LED light displays. Hop out of the car and and check out the horse-drawn carriage rides, a train, amusement rides and food and crafts.
•Nov. 23-Dec. 30

Indian Rocks Beach Holiday Home Tour 2017
irbhome.com
Get in the holiday spirit by touring the seven different homes participating in this holiday home tour. Boasting a plethora of styles, each will be decked out in its festive best.
•Dec. 9


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