Ohio

Dickens Village

Thru Jan.1/CAMBRIDGE – Lighting up the night with thousands of pulsating lights synchronized to holiday music. Stroll down the street as you view the 94 scenes with 164 life-size mannequins dressed in Victorian style. They can be found under every lamppost for five blocks. Read the brass plaques to discover the connection to Charles Dickens and Victorian times. Before heading home for the evening, stop at the Courthouse Holiday Light Show each evening from 5:30 – 9 p.m. This historic building, built in 1881, is bathed in colored lights with over 60,000 lights outlining the building. (Show continues until 11 p.m. on Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1). It’s free to attend and watch night after night under the stars.

I-X Christmas Connection

Nov. 22-24/CLEVELAND – More than 725 booths offering unique gifts, ornaments, decorations, and all things shopping. See Santa, decorate and eat a gingerbread cookie. Create a holiday-themed string art masterpiece in the feature area, Strung by Shawna. There will be live daily entertainment. Let the little ones relax while they watch classic Christmas movies in the theater area. For tickets (general admission is $14) and more information, visit https://www.ixchristmasconnection.com/

Fantasy of Lights

Dec. 1-30/UPPER SANDUSKY – 6-9:30 p.m. Mon. – Thur. and 6-10 pm. weekends.at the Harrison Smith Park.The 33 acres of this park becomes a spectacular show with different scenes each year. This year’s featured display is “The Pastime of Life” sponsored and created by Diamond Rollup Door. Each year, a commemorative postcard is handed out to each visiting vehicle from Dec. 2-5, while supplies last. The photo on the postcard will be of the featured display. Donation of $5 er car requested. >MORE

Christmas at Kingwood

Nov. 30 – Jan. 5:/MANSFIELD – 3-9 p.m. every Thursday—Sunday . Experience Christmas at Kingwood Center Gardens like you have never experienced it before with our largest Christmas event yet! Holiday theme workshops. Tour Kingwood hall and view dozens of lit and decorated themed trees inside the mansion as well as 200 lit trees outside in the gardens. Meet Santa and enjoy live holiday music on select nights. >MORE

Bethlehem Cave 

Dec. /AKRON – Special marketplace. at Nativity of the Lord Jesus Catholic Church. Visit a replica of the cave where Jesus was born as it appears today in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Israel.  Only two such replicas exist in the United States.  Our Museum contains over 500 Nativity Scenes from all over the world. Experience the Bethlehem marketplace as it might have been during the time of Jesus, and view nativities from all over the world. An event for all ages. The Bethlehem Marketplace is a hands-on activity that gives visitors the experience of the town of Bethlehem at the time of Jesus. Shopkeepers in Old Testament garb exhibit their wares. Visitors taste honey soaked pastries, weave a mat, make jewelry, select and grind herbs and play a dreidel game. Admission is free. >MORE