TREATS FOR THE SENSES Ohio
Diverse holiday traditions across Ohio—lavish lights, beloved tales, festive flavors—form a colorful patchwork of memories to take home.
Find stirring creatures (200 illuminated animal images) and fun at Toledo Zoo’s Lights Before Christmas (November 16– December 31). Tube down the ice slide and try bumper cars on ice.
Historic Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron looks like a million bucks dressed in a million lights for Deck the Hall (November 23–December 30, selected days). The 65-room Tudor Revival manor wears its finest holiday garb. Outside, a light show moves to music and the Playgarden becomes Gingerbread Land.
In Columbus’ German Village, luminarias light the streets for Village Lights (December 2), a night of shopping, dining and cheer. Stores stay open late with treats and deals, vendors fill a Munich-inspired Christmas market and kids drop off their Santa letters in Schiller Park.
TALES AND TUNES
Rejoice, Ralphie fans: The Cleveland house seen in A Christmas Story has been restored to cinematic glory— including leg lamp in window— and opened for tours. A museum across the street displays original movie props and costumes.
Stage magic and fantastic costumes make The Cincinnati Playhouse’s version of A Christmas Carol (November 21– December 29) must-see theater.
The Dickens Dinner (December 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21) celebrates the writer of A Christmas Carol with a six-course tribute of traditional English and Scottish dishes at Glenlaurel Inn in Rockbridge.
Indulge at 12 Amish Country inns during the Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns (December 8–9) in Holmes County. Along with your fill of holiday treats, decor and music, you get the recipes for all of the featured cookies.
STAN HYWET HALL & GARDENS, AKRON
VILLAGE LIGHTS, COLUMBUS
LIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS, TOLEDO ZOO