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5 Charming Towns that Go All Out for the Holidays

These towns are filled to the brim with holiday cheer!

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5 Charming Towns that Go All Out for the Holidays

By Meg Berno

Posted On: Nov 12, 2021

The holidays are on display in Ohio. You may already know the Arcade will be lit in Cleveland and the Scioto Mile in Columbus, but what if we told you there are even more lights, traditions and festivities to see off the beaten path? These charming Ohio towns are chock-full of holiday spirit, making them the perfect getaway this season. Take your pick from these holly, jolly Ohio towns that go all-out for Christmas!

people sitting and standing outside on the street next to the golden lamb restaurant in lebanon ohio watching the Horse Drawn Carriage Parade and Christmas Festival
Photo credit: Warren County 


Historic charm and holiday cheer abound in Lebanon. Known for its rich history and a great antiquing scene, the holidays truly bring out the best in this charming town. Bundle up the kids and hop aboard the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad (LM&M) for a train ride with Santa. Then, warm up with a festive meal from The Golden Lamb Restaurant and Hotel, Ohio's oldest continuously operating business. And don't miss their holiday marquee event: a Horse Drawn Carriage Parade and Christmas Festival on December 4!

house covered in christmas lights lit up at night in marietta ohio
Photo credit: Marietta Main Street, Facebook


Create warm memories this holiday season in Marietta. The small-town streets illuminate with holiday spirit during the Merry-Etta Tour of Lights (one of the stops on the Ohio Holiday Lights Trail). Feast your eyes on thousands of twinkling lights and a beautiful Christmas Tree in Armory Square that rounds out perfect holiday picture. Bringing the kids? See their eyes light up with wonder as they're greeted by Santa Claus at the entrance of Muskingum Park or fulfill their dreams of riding in a horse-drawn carriage during snowfall. Either way, a holiday visit to Marietta is one they won't soon forget.

gazebo decorated in big red bows and garland for christmas in downtown chagrin falls ohio with snow falling around it
Photo credit: Chagrin Falls, Twitter

Chagrin Falls

Recently named among the Best Small Towns for Shopping by 10Best, Chagrin Falls is full of can't-miss retail establishments for your holiday gifting. From popcorn to jewelry and everything in between, the locally owned shops that line Downtown Chagrin will help you check everyone off your list.

You might come for the shopping, but you'll stay for the scenery. Downtown lights up during the holidays with Christmas décor that'll make you feel like you just stepped into a 20th century painting. Between the seasonal spirit and one amazing waterfall, Chagrin in the perfect place to visit during the holidays. The best part? It's located just 30 minutes outside of Cleveland.

pottersburg covered bridge in union county ohio decorated with christmas lights lit up at night
Photo credit: Marysville & Union County CVB


Looking for holiday cheer? Find it in Marysville! If live trees are your thing, you'll have no trouble finding a sparkling spruce to take home with you between Marysville's three cut-your-own-tree farms. If staying active is your key to a good time, lace up your skates and try ice skating on Downtown Marysville's Iceless rink (and its free!). You may have heard that Marysville is known for its covered bridges, but did you know they light up for the holidays? Head out on a driving tour to visit each one all dressed up for the season. Take the festivities home with you with one of their Gingerbread Bridge Kit, inspired by the architectural treasures in the area.

North Pole Express train at the Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation in findlay ohio
Photo credit: Visit Findlay, Facebook


Things get more than a little festive in Findlay during the holidays. See luminaries line the streets filled with stately homes decorated to the nines with yuletide cheer. Hop on board the North Pole Express at the Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation for a magical trip through a Winter Wonderland. During your ride try and count the Christmas Trees (warning: there are so many that you may lose track) – don't forget your camera for a photo op! Afterwards, warm up with a seasonal brew from Findlay Brewing Company.

'Tis the season to plan your holiday getaway to one of these decked-out holiday towns.

For more #OhiofortheHolidays cheer and Charming Towns, check out #OhioFindItHere at Ohio.org.

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