It’s hard to beat the charm of Old Worthington during the holiday season. The trees lining High Street are wrapped with bright lights, there’s a big Christmas tree lit on the village green, and all the shops and restaurants have their windows decorated with fun holiday displays.
It’s a cozy and welcoming little neighborhood that’s perfect for spending an entire day, going from shop to shop, checking off some of your holiday shopping, sipping coffee, getting lunch or dinner or a snack, or even drinks at the end of the day. Here are some of highlights of our exploration of the neighborhood!
We love starting with almond croissants at La Chatelaine. On a chilly winter day, nothing beats walking through their door, hearing a welcoming “Bonjour!” and smelling the fresh baked goods. Our second stop is the tiny Highline Coffee for a cappuccino and to admire the local artwork on the walls. Then it’s on to Igloo Letterpress!
Igloo is a letterpress studio and book-bindery. You can usually see them printing cards, posters, business cards, and more on old school printing equipment. Some of their presses date back to the 1890s!
The front of the store is a shop called Swoonful Gifts, with posters, crafts, cards, and plenty of little gifts from local makers. In the rear of the space Igloo features classrooms for everything from printing to calligraphy. We’re big fans of giving experiences as gifts – consider signing someone up for a class as a present!
During the holiday season it’s fun to check all the window displays, from Birch to Vernacular to Peacock Lane Home. The Old Worthington shops hold a competition for the best window display; you can vote for them by donating to a charity of each shops’ choice.
You also can’t miss the model train in the Denig Jewelers window. This year they have a tiny camera mounted to the train, so you can see a live video of the model town from the train’s perspective.
New this year is AR Workshop, where you can sign up for all sorts of DIY classes.
You can make everything from signs to pillows to wood boxes.
As the sun begins to set (which is happening earlier and earlier!), the lights begin to stand out on the trees.
We always love to stop and smell the candles at The Candle Lab. They feature over 100 different fragrances. You can choose from their pre-made candles or make your own!
When we get hungry we sneak into any of the restaurants in Old Worthington, from signature French dishes at La Chatelaine, American classics at Old Bag of Nails and Harold’s, or pizza at Dewey’s or Jet’s. Some of our favorites include the Whitney House and the Worthington Inn, both of which are casual and approachable while offering upscale takes on classic comfort foods. Don’t miss brunch at the Whitney House or Worthington Inn’s excellent happy hour!
I like to end the day with pints at The Pub Out Back, or a glass of wine or pint of beer at House Wine (then pick up a bottle or two to take home).
We love any day we can spend in Old Worthington, especially around the holidays. There are gift ideas from cards and crafts to classes and projects, bikes and jewelry, wine and ice cream, not to mention a great collection of dining options!
Visit the Old Worthington website for a full list of shops, restaurants, and fun activities!
For more holiday activities, Find It Here at Ohio.org.