Ohio November 24, 2016
11 Winter Festivals In Ohio That Are Simply Unforgettable
Just because the temperatures are cooling down in Ohio, that doesn’t mean the festivals stop. Here in Ohio there are several winter festivities, ice sculpting exhibits and even a burning snowman festival or two to keep you out and about. Beat the winter blues this year with these 11 winter festivals in Ohio that are simply unforgettable.
1. Winterfest (Cleveland)
Don't miss 2016's Winterfest in Public Square on November 26. The schedule is packed this year, featuring free ice skating, live entertainment, food trucks, the official tree lighting ceremony and more.
2. Hometown HoliDazzle Illuminated Parade and Festival (Wilmington)
Pictures with Santa, holiday crafts, an evening parade and more will take place during this hometown holiday festival on November 26 from 1 p.m. to the end of the 7 p.m. parade.
3. Steubenville Nutcracker Village (Steubenville)
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.
4. Lebanon Horse Drawn Carriage Parade and Christmas Festival (Lebanon)
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.
5. Winterfest in the Village (Newton)
For the 10th year in a row, this town will feature horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday characters and caroling by the local children’s choir. Winterfest in the Village takes place on December 10 from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
6. Mohican Winter Fest (Loudonville)
From January 13 -15, 2017 you can observe more than 25 elegant ice sculptures along Loudonville's Main Street. Be sure to check out the downtown shopping and live ice sculpting demonstrations as well.
7. Ice Fest (Hamilton)
You never know what kind of ice sculpture you'll see in downtown Hamilton during the Ice Fest. The festival takes place on January 20-21, 2017 and the theme is "To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before."
8. Buckeye Lake Winterfest (Buckeye Lake)
Don't miss this year's Buckeye Lake Winterfest, which takes place on January 28, 2017. The festival will start with fireworks at 6:30 a.m.
9. Winter Blues Festival (Findlay)
This year's Winter Blues Festival in Findlay will take place on February 10, 2017. Ice sculpting, ice beer mugs (pictured), live music and more await you at this one-of-a-kind winter festival.
10. For the Love of Chocolate Festival (Medina)
Also kicking off on February 10, 2017 this delicious festival will take place at the Medina County Fairgrounds Community Center. In addition to delicious chocolate sampling, there will be a Candyland children’s area, stage contests, and wine, beer, and cheese sampling.
11. Burning Snowman Fest (Port Clinton)
Food, drinks, live music and a giant burning snowman are just a few things you'll encounter at Port Clinton's Burning Snowman Fest, which takes place on February 25, 2017.
Have you ever been to any of these winter festivals in Ohio? What (and where) is your favorite winter festival in Ohio? Let us know!
And for more fun things to do and see this winter, check out our previous article,
It’s Not Christmas In Ohio Until You Do These 12 Enchanting Things.