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.

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GLOW SHOWS

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.

CHRIST­MAS CRAV­INGS

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

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