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12 Days of Ohio Holiday Attractions

Celebrate this holiday season at unique spots you can only find in Ohio.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad North Pole Adventure™ in Peninsula

12 Days of Ohio Holiday Attractions

By Mary Kleffner

Posted On: Nov 15, 2022

There's no shortage of holiday tradition here in Ohio. Christmas movie sets, entire villages of Nutcrackers, real-life winter wonderlands, and so much more. When you stop by these festive attractions, you'll make joyful memories at the best holiday spots Ohio has to offer.

A Christmas Story House in Cleveland 

Relive scenes from this treasured movie as you tour the home from the "You'll shoot your eye out!" classic: A Christmas Story. Located in Cleveland, A Christmas Story House has become a cherished holiday tradition. You too, can decode a secret message in the upstairs bathroom, or see if you can climb under the sink just like little brother Randy.

After visiting the house, be sure to swing by the museum located right across the street where you'll find more movie memorabilia – and the opportunity to buy your very own leg lamp.

Blaze of Lights in Bluffton 

The village of Bluffton is ablaze with holiday cheer. Blaze of Lights, on display from Nov. 26 - Jan. 1, features a lighted display of folk art. The Ream folk art adorns the Bluffton Presbyterian Church lawn and welcomes visitors into the village and downtown business district. 

two kids with parents in background walking down hallway looking at display inside Castle Noel in Medina Ohio

Castle Noel in Medina 

Penned as "America's Largest Year-Round Indoor Christmas Entertainment Attraction," Castle Noel is teeming with excitement and the spirit of the holiday season. Housing the world's largest private collection of Hollywood Christmas movie props, costumes, and more – you're sure to feel as if you're on a Christmas movie set. Scope out treasures from dozens of Christmas movies, including The GrinchElf, and The Santa Clause.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad North Pole Adventure™ in Peninsula 

Get ready for a train ride through scenic Cuyahoga Valley National Park as CVSR takes you on a journey to the North Pole. But before you board, be sure to write your letter to Santa. When you reach the end of the line, you'll be able to hand deliver your letter to the North Pole mailbox! 

Dickens Victorian Village in Cambridge 

Literary fans will love Dickens Victorian Village in Cambridge. Between Nov. 1 - Dec. 31, stroll along to see more than 90 Victorian-era scenes scattered along the historic downtown's main roadway. For even more fun, stop by the Dickens Welcome Center and Curiosity Shoppe (Nov. 1 - Dec. 30) where costumed volunteers share stories and behind-the-scenes looks at how the display is created. Plus, if you visit the Imagination Station, you can get your picture taken dressed in Victorian costumes too.

Legendary Lights of Historic Clifton Mill Ohio

Legendary Lights of Historic Clifton Mill in Clifton

Don't miss the Legendary Lights of Historic Clifton Mill, which has dazzled visitors for 35 years. With more than 4 million lights (including a must-see, 100-foot waterfall of lights),  this holiday spot has it all. This must-see attraction's light display will be up from Nov. 25 - Dec. 30. While there, check out the Miniature Village, Santa Claus Museum , and peek into Santa's Workshop to see a live Santa at work!

Light Up Camp at Flying Horse Farms in Mt. Gilead 

A twinkling wonderland awaits at this year's Light Up Camp at Flying Horse Farms. the half-mile season drive-thru light display transforms the property's buildings into an animated wonderland show. The free attraction runs from Nov. 25 - Dec. 24 (with a suggested donation to that'll assist FHF in continuing its mission). 

Merry and Bright Bridges in Marysville 

Spectacular holiday happenings are taking place all throughout Marysville. Find your next holiday adventure with Union County's Covered Bridge Trail. This year, several of the covered bridges - like the Bigelow Covered Bridge  and Pottersburg Covered Bridge - are decorated with holiday lights. It's the perfect scenic sight to explore this season! 

sleigh ride at Spiegel Grove at Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums in Fremont ohio

Spiegel Grove at Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums in Fremont 

There's so much to do this holiday season in Fremont at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums. With so many different events to choose from, you'll find something for everyone to enjoy. The highlight of the holidays though, is sure to be "A Presidential Christmas at Spiegel Grove: Horse-drawn sleigh and trolley rides." From Dec. 26-31 (1-4PM), enjoy sleigh rides through Spiegel Grove. This beloved estate is a must-visit spot for the holidays.

Storybook Christmas in Zanesville 

Get into the holiday spirit with A Storybook Christmas, during which local businesses and attractions in Zanesville, New Concord, and Dresden decorate according to their favorite holiday storybooks. You can peruse the official Christmas Storybook Booklet to find even more holiday inspiration. 

Steubenville Nutcracker Village 

Walk through a real-life winter wonderland at Steubenville Nutcracker Village. Featuring 200 life-size nutcrackers, it's the world's largest display of life-size nutcrackers! Walk through historic downtown Steubenville from Nov. 22 - Jan. 7 and see these one-of-a-kind decorations IRL. 

Bring the whole family and try the Great Nutcracker Storywalk. The StoryWalk on 4th Street is a family-friendly trail that combines walking a trail and reading - or rather hunting - for book pages around the nutcrackers. You'll pick up your Treasure Map at Leonardo's Coffeehouse and if you finish the whole book ... bring the map to the Main Library get a free nutcracker surprise! 

Winter Nights, River Lights in Cincinnati 

Hit the road and for a traverse along The Purple People Bridge in Cincinnati. For the Winter Nights, River Lights holiday display, the bridge is decorated with over 1,000 lights. Plus, if you roll down your windows, you can listen to holiday tunes playing on speakers throughout the bridge. The display lasts from Nov. 17 - Jan. 7 - so plan your holiday trip soon! 

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