The Hallmark Channel Officially Named Portsmouth, Ohio Its Hometown Christmas Town
Small town Ohio is a magical place to be when the holiday season rolls around. While the best Christmas town in Ohio has long been a matter of local debate, The Hallmark Channel finally laid this question to rest once and for all. You see, the riverfront town of Portsmouth, Ohio was deemed The Hallmark Channel’s 2019 Hometown Christmas Town. The sleepy little town has been hard at work transforming its town square into a winter wonderland for each winter season, thanks to some spirited citizens and a local nonprofit. From holiday shopping and pictures with Santa to ice skating and snow tubing, this humble little town is the place to be this Christmas season. Friends of Portsmouth Winterfest at Market Square is downright magical — so magical it could be a Hallmark Christmas movie set.
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Have you ever been to Portsmouth during the Christmas season? If so, we want to know what your experience was like!
Each community, it seems, has its own spin on holiday fun when it comes to Christmas in Ohio. Some of the most magical events are drive-thru light shows, tree lightings, visits with Santa, and more. Ask around for the best events near you… locals know their communities like nobody else.
Can I take a sleigh ride in Ohio in the winter?
Does the Portsmouth sleigh ride sound exciting to you? If it’s a bit far away, don’t worry one bit. You can also find other sleigh rides throughout the state, including those at Ma & Pa’s Gift Shack and Gervasi Vineyard.
What are the best ice skating rinks in Ohio?
Ice skating is a beloved winter pastime for Ohioans. Lock 3 in Akron, located just paces away from the Akron RubberDucks’ home field, is easily the largest in the state. However, we have a number of unique skating rinks, including one at a brewery!
April is the Ohio staff writer for Only in Your State. She is an Ohio native with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. With more than 10 years of writing experience and a background in news reporting for Ohio newspapers, she's published pieces in multiple print and online publications. When she's not on deadline or chasing after her toddler, she's hunting for hidden gems in Ohio or getting lost in a good book.
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