Ohio November 19, 2016
Here Are The 10 Most Enchanting, Magical Christmas Towns In Ohio
“The most wonderful time of the year” will be here before you know it.
This holiday season, we think you should make a trip to some of Ohio’s most spirited towns to really embrace the magic of Christmas. All throughout the state, there are historic villages, city parks and even ranches that are transformed into enchanting Christmas towns the whole family will love. Here are 10 of our favorite Christmas towns in Ohio:
Dickens Victorian Village in Cambridge is a must-see. Take a trip back in time and explore the historic downtown of Cambridge. Until early January, the town is transformed into old world England, featuring more than 80 scenes of 180 lifelike figures representing typical scenes from Victorian society and Dickens' novels.
The Lebanon Horse Drawn Carriage Parade & Christmas Festival takes place in downtown Lebanon on December 3rd. (The Christmas Festival is from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. and the Horse-Drawn Carriage Parades are held at 1p.m. and 7 p.m.) This free event also features gift and food vendors stationed along E Mulberry St, Christmas carolers, musical entertainment and train rides to the North Pole via the North Pole Express to visit Santa.
Light Up Middletown is open the day after Thanksgiving until New Year's Eve and features a drive-thru light display. (Donations are encouraged.) View the lights every night from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m., regardless of weather (including holidays.) It is located at 500 Tytus Ave., Middletown, OH 45042.
The French City's park lights up the night during the holiday season, beginning November 23. Visit this quaint small town along the Ohio River for a visit to Santa's house (also located in the park) and a memorable holiday season. You'll find the city park at 2nd Ave., Gallipolis, OH 45631.
5. Washington Township
This half-mile wonderland of lights, displays and festival activities in Countryside Park is a popular holiday family fun attraction. It is open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. nightly starting the day after Thanksgiving until December 23.
The Steubenville Nutcracker Village features the largest display of life size nutcrackers in the U.S., Christmas lights, vendors, caroling and more at the at the Fort Steuben Park. The nutcrackers will be on display from November 22nd until January 10th.
The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill are featured nightly from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (weather permitting) starting the day after Thanksgiving until December 31. (On Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year's Eve the display closes at 8 p.m.)
8. Grand Rapids
This town goes all out for the holiday season with a Christmas Open House, which features horse drawn wagon rides, ice sculptures, twinkle lights and more. This year's Christmas Open House takes place on November 19-20.
Featuring 150,000 Christmas lights and more than 1,000 nativity scenes from around the world, this historic village is a unique holiday experience for families. The exhibit opens for the season on November 27 at 6:30 p.m. with free hot chocolate and caroling at the Historic Kirtland Visitors' Center.
10. The Christmas Ranch
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This popular family fun attraction features a million dancing Christmas lights synchronized to holiday music, Christmas shops, pictures with Santa, wagon and train rides and hot food and drinks. It is open the day after Thanksgiving until December 31 on Sunday - Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Friday - Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Christmas Ranch is located at 3205 S Waynesville Rd., Morrow, OH 45152.
Have you been to any of these towns during the holidays? If so, let us know what your experience was like!
And for more reasons why you should celebrate Christmas right here in the Buckeye State, check out our previous article
10 Reasons Why I’ll Always Come Home To Ohio For The Holidays.