Events December 2017

Christmas at Alley Park

Santa in the Park, Alley Park, Lancaster, Ohio
Friday, Dec 01, 2017 - December 31, 2017
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Exhibit - "Toys and Collectibles"
Location: AMA Hall of Fame Museum, 13515 Yarmouth Dr, Pickerington, Ohio 43147
Time: 9 AM - 5 PM, seven days a week
Organization: American Motorcycle Association
Contact: Museum Office
Phone: 614-856-2222

The exhibit features a collection of toy motorcycles from the past 50 years. Included are Lego models, steel toys, motorized and wind-up motorcycles and more.

Friday, Dec 01, 2017 - December 31, 2017
Decorative Arts Center of Ohio "In Our Own Image - The Genesis of Photography and the Contemporary Eye"
Location: Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, 145 East Main Street, Lancaster, OH 43130
Time: Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-4 pm, Sunday 1-4 pm
Organization: The Johns Family and the Fairfield County Foundation
Phone: 740-681-1423

This is an ongoing exhibit from September 9-December 31, 2017
Explore the history of photography over the last 170 years, plenty of stunning images and fascinating activities, free admission.

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 1pm-4pm

Friday, Dec 01, 2017 - February 25, 2018
Ohio Glass Museum Exhibit: "A Very Private Collection"
Location: 124 W Main St, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
Time: Tues-Sat. 1-4 pm
Organization: Ohio Glass Museum
Contact: Office
Phone: 740-687-0101

A wide variety of vintage glass items from 18775-1920 from an anonymous private collection. The Glassblowing Studio is always open during Museum hours. Museum open Tuesday through Saturday through February.

Friday, Dec 01, 2017 - December 2, 2017
Lancaster Camp Ground 16th Annual Christmas Walk
Location: 2151 West Fair Ave
Time: 4:00-8:00 pm
Organization: Lancaster Camp Ground
Contact: Sandy Casey
Phone: 740-974-4055

Two historic buildings, Hotel Woodside and Grocery Store, will be open for tours.  The Temple, cottage tours, Santa’s Workshop, LuLaRoe Boutique and a tour to see all of the decorations is also available. A candlelight dinner with live music will be served in our Cafeteria. To honor the real meaning of Christmas, a nativity drama will be performed on both evenings in the Temple. A shuttle service will be available both evenings.

For the first time ever Lancaster Camp Ground will be partnering with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves to be a drop off point for toy donations to Toys for Tots. You can bring your donations to the office before December 1 or during either evening of the Christmas Walk.  A Marine will be present on Friday evening during the Christmas Walk to receive your donations.

There is no charge to attend; however, we accept donations at the front entrance. 

Dinner will be served on both Friday, December 1st and Saturday, December 2nd from 4:30-7:00 pm.  Reservations are required and may be obtained at the Camp Ground office between 9 - 5, weekdays, or by calling the office at 740-653-2119.  Deadline for reservations is November 22. Cost is $15 Adult / $8 Children in advance or  $18 Adult / $9 Children at the door. Cash, check or credit card accepted.

Friday, Dec 01, 2017 - December 25, 2017
Fairfield County Festival of Lights
Location: 157 E. Fair Avenue, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
Time: 5pm-10pm
Organization: Kellar Farms
Contact: Bernie Fleming
Phone: 614-207-5030

$5 per Car | $10 per Passenger Van/Shuttle Bus

Vehicles should enter the fairgrounds at the Broad Street and Fair Avenue entrance and drive through the fairgrounds enjoying the exhibits and then exit on Columbus Street. The festival is strictly drive-through, but there will be a place visitors can stop for hot chocolate and other refreshments and hear Christmas carols on the grounds. A variety of Christmas sights including a Christmas tree, numerous holiday figures like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Shrek, nativity scenes and more can be seen along the way.

This display will be open from Thanksgiving to Christmas.

Friday, Dec 01, 2017
Pickerington Holiday Gathering
Location: Olde Pickerington Village, 13 W Columbus St, Pickerington, OH 43147
Time: 5pm-8:30pm
Organization: Pickerington Village

Annual Holiday Gathering featuring the Festival of Lights at the Food Pantry at 5:30 and the City Tree Lightning at 7:00. Free family friendly event. Visit with Santa, pet a reindeer, decorate cookies, vote for your favorite Gingerbread House, listen to Christmas stories, make a craft, watch ice carving, ride a horse-drawn wagon or the circulating trolley, check out the live nativity and the indoor gift market, and much more.


Friday, Dec 01, 2017 - December 9, 2017
Pickerington Community Theatre Production: "The 1940's Radio Hour"
Location: Prince of Peace Church, 895 Old Diley Rd, Pickerington, OH 43147
Time: Fri. 8 pm, Sat. 2 pm & 8 pm.
Website/Facebook: https://www.pickerington
Contact: Box Office
Phone: 614-508-0036

Performances Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and evening. Tickets available online, at the box office, or at the door.

Saturday, Dec 02, 2017
Pickerington "Breakfast With Santa"
Location: Pickerington Senior Center, 150 Hereford Dr, Pickerington, OH 43147
Time: 8 am, 9:30 am, 11 am
Organization: Pickerington Parks & Recreation Dept.
Contact: Parks Office
Phone: 614-833-2211

Breakfast, Kids Craft Station, Secret Santa Shoppe, bake sale, pictures with Santa. Tickets in advance only, $6 (children under 2 free). Seatings at 8, 9:30, and 11 am.

Saturday, Dec 02, 2017 - Dec. 2, 2017
Keller Handmade Holiday Craft Market
Location: Keller Market House, 134 S. Columbus St., Lancaster, OH 43130
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Organization: Lancaster Handmade Market
Contact: Bianca Gery
Phone: 614-940-9494

Experience a one-of-a-kind shopping event that showcases the talents of local Ohio craft and artisan vendors.  This is the perfect opportunity to shop for the holidays and find unique gifts for everyone on your list!

Saturday, Dec 02, 2017 - 12/2/2017
Simply Christmas in Lithopolis
Location: Lithopolis
Time: 10 am-6:30 pm
Contact: Kathy Moling
Phone: 614-837-4705

Celebrate the sights and sounds of the holiday season with family-friendly Christmas events, seasonal activities and more in the village of Lithoplis, Ohio.

Learn more and stay up-to-date on scheduled activities at

10 am-2 pm Open House at The Wagnalls Memorial including: Santa, Vendors, Crafts, Baked Goodies, Holiday Harp Music & a Food Truck, 150 E. Columbus Street 
Learn more on their Facebook Event Page

10 am-6 pm  Holly-Day Shop Hop: Visit 8 village shops & register for door prizes. 
Participating shops can be found by clicking this link

1 pm-3 pm  Petting Zoo (Briar Patch Farms) and Open House at Eastside Athletics, 11435 Lithopolis Road 

3 pm-3:30 pm  Winchester Trail Elementary 5th Grade Choir at Lithopolis Methodist Church, 80 N Market Street  

3 pm-5:30 pm Pictures with Santa, Train Display & Bake Sale at Village Municipal Building located at Columbus & Market Street

3 pm-6 pm  Children’s Games, Door Prizes & Food Vendor at Wilson Memorial Park located at Columbus & Market Street

5:30 pm  Lighting of the Village

Saturday, Dec 02, 2017
Lancaster Winter Carnival and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Location: Main & Broad St., downtown Lancaster
Time: Noon - 5 pm Tree lighting at 5 pm.
Organization: Destination Downtown Lancaster
Contact: Michelle Storts
Phone: 740-277-6607

Free family-friendly event. Horse-drawn carriage rides, children’s crafts and elf scavenger hunt, pictures with Santa, lots more. Cookies, hot chocolate, and caroling during the tree lighting ceremony at 5 pm.

Saturday, Dec 02, 2017
Lancaster Festival Messiah Sing-A-Long
Location: Fairfield Christian Church 1965 N Columbus St., Lancaster
Time: 7:00 pm
Organization: Lancaster Festival
Contact: Ken Culver
Phone: 740-687-4808

This first-ever event will feature musicians of the Lancaster Festival Orchestra and members of local choral groups. Audience members will be encouraged to participate in sing-a-long fashion during specific parts of the concert. Gary Sheldon, Lancaster Festival Artistic Director, will be hosting and conducting along with other area conductors.

“The Festival is pleased to offer this timeless holiday classic for the first time here in Lancaster as a way of saying ‘thank you’ to the community for 33 years of support,” said Festival Director Ken Culver.

A donation of cash and/or non-perishable food items to benefit local food pantries will be accepted for admission to the event.

More information about the Lancaster Festival is available at

Sunday, Dec 03, 2017
Christmas at Rock Mill
Location: Rock Mill Park, 1429 Rockmill Rd NW, Lancaster, OH 43130
Time: Noon - 4 pm
Organization: Historical Parks
Contact: Parks Office
Phone: 740-681-7249

Find unique gifts for everyone on your list (and maybe something for yourself)! Cookies and mulled cider. Free admission. Tour this stunning 1824 grist mill that stands 90 feet above the gorge of Hocking River Falls. In the early 1800s, Rock Mill was one of a dozen mills in the area whose power source was the Hocking River. Also on site is the scenic Rock Mill Covered Bridge, constructed in 1901. Be sure to bring your camera! Serving cookies and mulled cider in the mill from noon – 4:00 p.m. Find unique gifts for those special to you and, maybe, something for yourself. Mill-themed items are available in the gift shop, note cards with five scenes of the mill and area, mugs, aprons, prints for framing, more. FREE, family-friendly event run by Fairfield County Forever, the volunteer group supporting Fairfield County Parks. VENDORS interested in setting up at this event should call Fairfield County Forever, 740-654-8363

Sunday, Dec 03, 2017
Christmas Tea at the Georgian Museum
Location: The Georgian Museum
Time: 3:00 pm
Organization: Fairfield County Heritage Association

Serving scones & finger sandwiches, cookies & candies, & lots of specially brewed Christmas tea!

$35 per person Tickets go on sale at 9 am, Wednesday, Nov 1 Call 740-654-9923 to order

Proceeds go to support the work of the Fairfield County Heritage Association, which owns & operates the Georgian and Sherman House museums & champions preservation & education.

Monday, Dec 04, 2017
Holiday Fun Night
Location: Alley Park, 2805 Old Logan Rd SE, Lancaster OH 43130
Time: 6-8:00 pm
Organization: Lancaster Parks and Recreation

Holiday Family Night - in the lower level of the nature center. A preview of the amazing light display (so far) for Santa’s arrival at the park. A fun craft night for all. Help us make ornaments touse to decorate the donation tree.

Saturday, Dec 09, 2017 - December 9, 2017
Santa and Friends at Alley Park
Location: Alley Park, 2805 Old Logan Rd SE, Lancaster, OH 43130
Time: 6 - 8 pm
Organization: Lancaster Parks and Recreation Department
Contact: Parks Office
Phone: 740-687-6651

This holiday celebration is fun for kids of all ages!  Enjoy the beauty of nature as you and your family explore Alley Park.  Bask in the glow of the bonfires, and share hot dogs, marshmallows, and hot chocolate while listening to seasonal music.  Be amazed by the elaborate light displays throughout the park on your way to meet the elves and Mrs. Claus.  Listen as Santa tells some fun stories to the whole group.  Visit the animals in the nature center.  Wood carvers are on hand, and you can also pick up some Christmas ornaments to help support the nature center.  Bring your clan for an evening of family fun!  Visit or call 740-687-6651 for more information.

Saturday, Dec 09, 2017
Follow the Star Candlelight Tour
Location: Various churches in downtown Lancaster
Time: 6 pm
Organization: Fairfield County Heritage Association

This walking tour in downtown Lancaster visits 8 historic churches with a brief musical program at each one. Tickets on sale Nov 1: $10 presale, $12 day of the tour *Children 5 to 12: $4 Buy tickets at Fairfield National Bank branches at Kroger & Meijer, The Georgian & Sherman House Museums, or Buy tickets tour night at First Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church

Tuesday, Dec 12, 2017
Christmas at the Reese-Peters House
Location: 145 E Main St., Lancaster, OH 43130
Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Organization: Decorative Arts Center of Ohio

Join us for an evening of family fun and holiday treats. Meet Father Christmas and explore a Victorian-style holiday.

Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017
Pickin' in the Park
Location: Alley Park, 2805 Old Logan Rd SE, Lancaster OH 43130
Time: 7-9:00 pm
Organization: Lancaster Parks and Recreation

If you play an instrument and are looking for a place to play, you can join other musicians at Alley Park for Pickin’ in the Park every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at the Goslin Nature Education Center located in lower level of the Alley Park Nature Center from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. All levels of musicians are welcome, from beginner to expert. This is a great way to improve your playing, or to help someone who wants to get better. A great time for all.

Sunday, Dec 17, 2017
Holiday Concert by the Lancaster Community Band
Location: Sixth Avenue United Methodist Church: 1004 W Sixth Ave, Lancaster, Ohio
Time: 2:00pm
Organization: Lancaster Community Band
Contact: Matt Haban
Phone: 740-756-4430

Holiday Concert by the Lancaster Community Band, with a variety of
both old and new seasonal music. The band is under the direction of
Judy Rehrer.

Wednesday, Dec 27, 2017
Ohio Mammals & Winter Crafts
Location: River Valley Mall
Time: 12:00 PM-2:00 PM
Organization: Fairfield County Parks
Contact: Kimber Caito
Phone: 740-681-7249

Join us and our partners from AHA! A Hands-On Adventure, A
Children’s Museum for some fun Wednesday, December 27 from noon to
2:00 at River Valley Mall near Elder-Beerman.
Have you felt real bear fur? We will have Ohio mammals’ skins and
skulls. Can you identify them? Have fun making winter crafts provided
by AHA! This is a free, family-friendly event that is fun for all
ages. If you have questions, contact Marcey Shafer, 740 681-7249 or

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