As the vibrant colors of Ohio fall begin to fade, the warmth of the holidays soon fill any of the gaps that remain. For many, November is the kick-off for a holiday season filled with family, friends and togetherness. November is about the warm embrace of family, finding the perfect gift for your loved one, sharing laughs and memories over mulled cider, and enjoying the awe of holiday lights at your favorite Ohio spot. November is also filled with amazing events and festivals that will surely get anyone into the spirit or the season:
Dickens Victorian Village & Guernsey County Courthouse Holiday Light Show – Cambridge, Now – Jan. 7
Go back in time to experience Old World England amongst the streets of Historic Downtown Cambridge in the heart of Guernsey County. The historic buildings, dating from the 1800’s, along Wheeling Avenue (historic National Road 40) are the perfect backdrop for the free outdoor public art exhibition. The Dickens Victorian Village is a community affair with more than 200 volunteers that work as greeters, coordinate holiday décor, and work behind the scenes to welcome visitors of all ages to the Victorian holiday village.
The Dickens Welcome Center and Curiosity Shoppe is located in the historic Gomber House (745 Steubenville Avenue). The Gomber House is considered to be the oldest building in Cambridge, dating back to the early 1800’s. Volunteers (dressed in Victorian costume) welcome visitors to tour the historic home, offer maps for the Dickens Victorian Village, and provide a short history of the Victorian-era village.
The Guernsey County Courthouse was built in 1881 and sits in the middle of Historic Downtown Cambridge. With 55,000 lights, three-twenty foot Christmas trees, and 60 animated displays, the courthouse becomes the nightly star of Cambridge! Nightly from November 2-January 2, thousands of colored lights twinkle to synchronized traditional and contemporary holiday music. This wonderful holiday light display will delight visitors of all ages!
Blade Holiday Parade – Toledo, Nov. 12
Giant helium balloons, marching bands, clowns, floats and mascots. The star of the parade, Santa himself, will arrive on a special float pulled by nine reindeer. After the parade, Santa will be available at Imagination Station for free photos and to hear children’s Christmas wishes, courtesy of Taylor Automotive.
International Wine Festival – Fairfield, Nov. 11 – 12
Wine your way around the world at Jungle Jim’s International Wine festival this November. With over 90 wineries pouring over 400 wines, you’re guaranteed a great time! Enjoy delicious food pairings by country, live music and great company during an extravagant evening filled with the finest international wines.
Hometown Holiday Horse Parade – Greenville, Nov. 19
Downtown Greenville plays host to the annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade featuring lighted, horse-drawn carriages. Bring the entire family to enjoy this event and see Santa Claus come to town! The parade will include carolers, bands, bell choirs and lighted carriages pulled by horses through the streets of Historic Downtown Greenville at 7:00 pm. Many of the downtown shops and restaurants will be open late.
Legendary Lights at Clifton Mill – Clifton, Nov. 25 – Jan. 1
Historic Clifton Mill celebrates the Christmas Season with an extraordinary light display of 3.5 million lights illuminating the mill, the gorge, the riverbanks, trees and bridges. Enjoy and outdoor miniature village which includes replicas of a train station, moving light parade, diner, and drive-in movie. Look inside Santa’s workshop while he works to get ready for the big day. View a fantastic collection of over 3000 Santa Clauses. Enjoy a musical covered bridge light show every hour on the hour.
Cleveland Metroparks Toboggan Chutes – Strongsville, Nov. 25 – March 5
If traditional sledding isn’t enough for your group, try out the tallest and fastest toboggan chutes in Ohio. The 700-foot-long chutes propel riders at speeds up to 50 miles per hour! You are certain to have fun spending the day screaming and giggling all the way down these icy channels.