The Hallmark Channel Officially Named Portsmouth, Ohio Its Hometown Christmas Town
By April Dray|Updated on November 03, 2023(Originally published October 31, 2022)
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.
You may think you’ve stumbled onto the movie set of a Hallmark Christmas town in Ohio if you are lucky enough to experience any of the magic these small towns have 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.
Have been lucky enough to experience a Portsmouth, Ohio Christmas? If so, we want to know what your experience was like! Have you been lucky enough to visit any of these other places that look like a Hallmark town in Ohio? Tell us about your time in these towns or any other charming Christmas towns!