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Ohio Holiday Events – 2015

Wondering what to do with those unused vacation days? Grab the family and explore Ohio during the holidays! Reminder: Not all events are open daily. Please see the links below for additional details, registration and fees.

Ohio Holiday Events


Northeast Ohio

Cleveland Botanical Garden
Through Jan 3 Glow is Cleveland’s winter spectacular full of seasonal cheer, where all-new wonders and returning traditions await you.
Cleveland Play House
A Christmas Story (play)
Through Dec 23 The classic holiday comedy adapted for the stage returns to the CPH stage in all its pink-bunny-suit, glowing-leg-lamp, triple-dog-daring glory. The perfect holiday treat for the entire family.
A Christmas Story House
Holiday Tours
Open Year Round Tour the house from A Christmas Story, lovingly restored to its movie splendor. Visit the official museum across the street, featuring memorabilia from the film.


Central Ohio

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Through Jan 3 Millions of LED lights will amaze, and kids will love seeing the animals and visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus
Ohio History Center
Holiday Train Display
Through Jan 3 Enjoy the 1950s-style holiday model train display throughout the holiday season


Northwest Ohio

Toledo Zoo
The Lights Before Christmas
Through Jan 3 Festive holiday lights, rides, ice carving, ice rink, and Santa!
Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont
Hayes Train Special—A Holiday Tradition
Through Jan 3 Enjoy the sights and sounds of multiple model trains running through a Victorian holiday village.
Armstrong Air & Space Museum
Holiday Lights Display
Through Jan 31 The museum’s seasonal lights display features large lighted sculptures, including an animated astronaut.


Southwest Ohio

Cincinnati Zoo
PNC Festival of Lights
Through Jan 2 Festive lights, light show, puppets, refreshments, Santa & his reindeer, train ride
Sharon Woods Park
Holiday in Lights
Through Jan 2 Take the family through this festive drive-through display of decorated trees and more than 120 animated and still figures. Kids will enjoy Santaland, featuring Santa and his elves. ($13 per car)


Don’t see your favorite event on our list? Share your Ohio holiday experiences in the comments section below.