There’s so much Christmas fun going on for the Holidays in Fairfield County.
From tree lightings, to holiday markets, to nativities and more, there’s always some holiday cheer to find in Lancaster and the surrounding communities of Fairfield County.
Lancaster Holiday Festival Parade
November 19, 2022 at 10 am
The Winter Wonderland parade starts at the Columbus Street exit of the Fairgrounds and proceed south on Main Street, left on Broad, and back to the fairgrounds.
A Storybook Christmas Featuring A Very Brady Holiday:
From November 2, 2022 – December 31, 2022
Celebrate the holidays immersed in favorite childhood storybooks, iconic toys and memorable costumes from one of America’s most-loved TV and movie families.
The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio will present, “A Storybook Christmas Featuring a Very Brady Holiday,” an exhibition that is sure to evoke memories from treasured Christmases past.
Downtown Holiday Window Display Contest
Stroll the streets of downtown Lancaster to vote on the best window display between November 19- December 2, 2022. Details here.
Heart of Christmas Craft Show
November 25 and 26, 2022 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at The Clum Auction Gallery
The Clum Auction Gallery has filled their 1800s log and stone barn with thousands of items. You will find the perfect gift for everyone on your Christmas list. You’ll even find the perfect gift for yourself! Shop while enjoying holiday music, the aroma of the season, and fresh-baked Christmas cookies. Admission is free.
Lancaster Holiday Spirit Trail
November 26 – December 31, 2022
Find the holiday spirit in Lancaster with app or links to holiday fun on the website. Take a drive or stroll in and around Lancaster, Ohio to see how residents and businesses are showing off their holiday spirit.
Small Business Celebration Week
November 26-December 3, 2022
Shop small and support the local businesses of Downtown Lancaster during Small Business Celebration Week. Take advantage of week-long specials, deals, and giveaways as you gear up for the holidays.
Crossroads Nativity Festival
Sunday, November 27, from 6-8:30 pm
This annual tradition features nativities on display at Crossroads Event Center from the congregation at First United Methodist Church. Admission is free
Rushville Community Tree Lighting
November 29, 2022 from 7-9 pm
Rushville Community Tree Lighting! Gather beside Rushville Church (8594 Main St). The Fairfield Union Assembly Singers will perform and there will be cookies, hot cocoa, and pictures/visits with Santa!
Advent Window Walk
December 1 – January 3, 2023
Advent Window Walk is a living advent calendar in residential downtown Lancaster. For each night of December, a historic home will reveal a festive design in a newly decorated window. By Christmas Eve, the advent windows of 24 homes will be illuminated for nighttime viewing. The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio will reveal a final design on Christmas night.
The participating homes are located on Main, Wheeling, Mulberry, and King Streets (between High and Broad Streets) and High Street (between King and Main Streets).
Fontanini Nativity Display
December 2, from 6 pm – 9 pm
Visit the almost life-size nativity display and experience Christmas in a unique way at Crossroads Ministry Center. Sights, sounds, and smells place YOU in the center of the indoor nativity featuring Fontanini figures.
Christmas Walk at the Lancaster Camp Ground
December 2-4, 2022 from 4-8 pm.
Visit the Lancaster Camp Ground during the first weekend of December for the 2022 Christmas Walk. Don’t miss this wonderful celebration of Christmas with beautiful luminaria throughout the historic grounds. Enjoy the many sights, sounds, and tastes of the holiday season, including photos with Santa, vendors, music, and more.
Holiday Gift Market at Combustion Brewery & Taproom
Friday, December 2 from 5-8 pm
Visit Combustion Brewery & Taproom on Friday, December 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. to enjoy the Holiday Gift Market by Olde Pickerington Farmers Market. Over 50 vendors will be set up on the second floor of Combustion Brewery & Taproom where you can shop small and local vendors as you find the perfect gifts for your holiday season.
Pickerington Holiday Gathering
Friday, December 2 from 5-8 pm
Family friendly event with activities all around the Pickerington Village. Many participating businesses provide a place to warm up and offer free activities and treats.
Enjoy a lighted holiday stroll featuring more than a block of lighted holiday inflatables, horse-drawn wagon rides, a trolley, ice carving demonstrations, children’s crafts and holiday stories, cookie decorating for kids, live reindeer, visits with Santa and more!
There will be complimentary popcorn and hot chocolate to enjoy as well as many shops and restaurants open– including the Holiday Gift Market! Then, at 7 p.m., enjoy the lighting of the Christmas Tree at the gazebo.
Holiday Market in Baltimore
Saturday December 3 from 3-7 pm
Join the Baltimore Famers Market for at its annual holiday market event at the beautiful Johnson Park to shop vendors from the area. When you get chilled, stop by the bonfire to warm up while carolers and musicians help to set the mood for festive shopping!
A Christmas Carroll
Saturday, December 3, starting at 4:45 p.m.,
Visit Carroll for fun, family-friendly holiday festivities at A Christmas Carroll. There will be a tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. There will also be free holiday hayrides, crafts, and treats for kids.
Lancaster WinterFest & Tree Lighting
December 3 from 12 pm – 6 pm. Celebrate the holiday season in the heart of Downtown Lancaster with WinterFest and Tree Lighting. Make memories and enjoy free horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa, family activities, a scavenger hunt, holiday music, and much more!
The tree lighting starts at 4:45 p.m. at the bandstand.
Baltimore’s Annual Lighted Holiday Parade
December 4 from 6-8pm.
The Annual Lighted Holiday Parade in Baltimore kicks off on Summer’s Choice Drive, proceed north on Park Drive, turn left on 256 (East Market Street) and continue west down 256 through town, ending just past Trinity Church. The lineup will begin at 5:00 p.m. at 220 Summers Choice Drive. The parade will kick off promptly at 6:00 p.m.
Millersport’s Holiday Chocolate Hop and Tree Lighting
December 4, from 2-6 pm
Local businesses will be open for holiday shopping and each participating location will be providing a piece of chocolate for all ticket holders of the Holiday Chocolate Hop. The Barr Hopper will be in town to transport shoppers throughout town so everyone can enjoy this special event.
Tickets for this event are $10/person and proceeds benefit Millersport families through the Walnut Township Local Schools and Millersport Lion’s Club White Christmas project.
The Village of Millersport’s annual tree lighting at Miller Park will follow at 6:00 p.m. and a Community Christmas Party at the Lion’s Club will begin at 6:30 p.m. with live music, socializing and beverages.
Santa in the Park at Alley Park
December 8-10 from 6 pm – 8 pm
Visit Alley Park on December 8-10 to visit Santa and his friends for a spectacular evening.
Bundle up for a beautiful stroll through the hoop lights and along Lake Loretta on the path that leads back to the Nature Center at Alley Park. Enjoy more than a million lights illuminating the way and wave to Santa and his elves at this free event! Donations are appreciated.
Christmas Open House at The Wagnalls Memorial Library
December 9 and 11
Visit the Wagnalls Memorial Library in Lithopolis on Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10 to celebrate the holiday season! On Friday, enjoy a choir concert on with the CW high school choir, the Wagnalls Children’s Community Choir, and other local choirs!
On Saturday, visit with Santa and participate in lots of children’s activities! There is also a Christmas market with 17 vendors in the Community Building as well as live piano music, two artists in the gallery, and much more!
A Christmas Evening on the Frontier at Smeck Park
December 10 from 12 pm – 7 pm
Visit Smeck Park for the reenactment, “A Christmas Evening on the Frontier.”
It is the winter of 1797-98. In a tavern, two proprietors have been listening to the stories of their travel-weary guests. While listening and regaling others with tales of their own, they are finishing up the day-long preparations for a Christmas evening feast! The rooms are full of the scents of roasted duck, vegetables, and plum pudding – all made over the open fire.
Come see and be a part of this recreation of period-correct holiday traditions including cooking techniques. Learn 18th-century lore where some myths may be debunked. Play tavern games, listen to songs and sing carols with “Captain Joseph Ogle’s Company.”
Candlelight Christmas Tour by the Fairfield County Heritage Association
December 10 at 6 pm
Join the Fairfield County Heritage Association for “Peace, Goodwill to All”. Take a guided tour along candlelit streets to seven historic churches and hear a musical program at each church. You will choose to start at First Presbyterian or First United Methodist
Buy tickets early and save the date. Order online, call 740-654-9923, or stop by the Sherman House Museum or the Fairfield Heritage office at the Georgian Museum for tickets. Adult tickets are $10; student tickets (ages 5-18) are $4.
Save Christmas in Downtown Lancaster from the Grinch
December 11, 2022
Join Rise Realty Co. and Destination Downtown Lancaster in saving Christmas! The Grinch has been lurking about downtown Lancaster with a plan to steal Santa’s Letters! He is planning his big heist Sunday, December 11 at 2 p.m. at Santa’s mailbox near the gazebo.
The Who’s from Who-ville will be hiding and waiting to catch the Grinch in the act along with the Lancaster Police Department. Surround the Grinch in song, so his heart grows to three times its size! Make sure to visit downtown Lancaster near the gazebo to help the Who’s and Lancaster Police catch the Grinch.
Santa Visits Outerbelt Brewing
December 11, 2022
Visit Outerbelt Brewing on Sunday, December 11 to meet Santa! The folks at the brewery are excited to welcome Santa during the Winter Wonderland Vendor Show. Don’t miss this chance to finish your holiday shopping, meet Santa, and enjoy a hot chocolate bar.
Winter Night Hike at Alley Park
December 11 from 6-8 pm
Free and open to the public, bundle up for one last night to enjoy the lights at Alley Park. Take a self-guided hike through the lights around Lake Loretta after dark. Enjoy concessions and bonfires behind the nature center before heading home. This event is free and open to the public.
2022 Glass Town Countdown
December 31 from 9 pm – 1 am
Join your friends, family, and neighbors for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve celebration! Visit historic downtown Lancaster for a family-friendly street party where you will taste fantastic food and spirits at local restaurants and pubs, watch the ascent of the giant glass globe, and light up the sky with a spectacular fireworks show!
The Glass Town Countdown celebrates the importance of glass in Lancaster’s history as the community creates a beautiful piece of glass art for this fun party. The globe is a traveling piece of art until New Year’s Eve, when it rises high above Zane’s Square and rings in the new year.