Are the kids home from school? Holiday houseguests still sticking around? Need options to get everyone out of the house and heading for fun? Take a holiday tour of some of our historic buildings, see some magnificent Christmas decorations, finally show them The Ohio State Reformatory or spend a day on the slopes skiing or tubing at Snow Trails. Before heading out, take a look at this list of some special seasonal hours so you plan accordingly.
Ohio’s only life-sized wax museum featuring 78 life-sized dioramas of classic Bible stories. The tours include: The Life of Christ, The Miracles of the Old Testament, Amazing Grace-The Journeys of Paul and more.
Open: November through March, Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm
Closed: Sundays, Christmas, New Year’s Day
Special Event: 30th Anniversary Special: Dec 30th 3 tours for $3.30
Kingwood Center Gardens
The 47-acre former estate of Charles K. King, featuring sweeping gardens and an elegant mansion. Renowned in the holiday season for their spectacular decorations and indoor Hall of Trees.
Open: Mansion Tours: November 25-December 31, Thurs – Sun, 2-8pm
Closed: Dec 2nd, 24th, and 25th
Special Event: Christmas at Kingwood 2017: Heaven & Nature Sing
Kingwood’s iconic Christmas celebration features their towering 18 foot Christmas tree, live music, dozens of uniquely trimmed Christmas trees, hot cocoa and cookies, outdoor light displays, campfire, and more!
Full-service Christmas tree farm, offering you-cut or pre-cut trees, wreaths, visits with Santa and a reindeer petting zoo.
Open: Nov 20-Dec 23, Weekdays 1pm-5pm, Weekends 9am-5pm
Special Event: Holiday Fun at Kleerview Farm
Kleerview Farm offers weekend visits with Santa, a petting zoo of Reindeer and other animals, Santa’s Barnyard Express and activities and snacks for the whole family.
Little Buckeye Children’s Museum
Children’s museum, full of colorful, interactive exhibits to support exploration, imagination, creativity, and self-discovery through science, art, and literacy.
Open: Nov 1-Dec 17, Wed-Fri: 10am-4pm, Saturday: 10am-5pm, Sunday: 12pm-5pm
Dec 18-30 Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm
Closed: Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day
Special Event: First Friday Christmas Party Dec 1, 5-8pm
Join us for a jolly night of Play! Come celebrate Christmas, Little Buckeye style! Crafts, treats, games, and even a visit from Santa himself!
Malabar Farm State Park
Explore this historic farmhouse dressed in its holiday finest. The former home of author Louis Bromfield and wedding site of Hollywood-icons Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
Open: House and Farm open dawn to dusk all December.
House Tours: Saturdays & Sundays 12pm, 2pm, 4pm
Closed: Farm and Mansion: Christmas Day. Mt. Jeez, picnic areas, outside restroom facilities, and campgrounds are closed November through April.
Special Event: Candlelight Holiday Tours Dec 1,2,8 & 9 5pm – 9pm and Dec 3 & 10, 12pm -5pm
Tour Louis Bromfield’s Big House all decked out for the Holidays. Enjoy freshly baked cookies and hot cider; you may even see Santa Claus himself.
Mansfield Art Center
Home to traveling art exhibits from artists all over and offering workshops and classes for all ages. Home to The Christmas Holiday Fair, featuring homemade crafts and gifts from local artists.
Open: Nov 18-Dec 30, Tue – Sun, 11am – 5pm
Closed: Mondays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day
Special Event: Holiday Fair
Peruse and purchase one of kind gifts for the holidays! Featuring hand-made jewelry, ceramics, functional wood work, original paintings, fused & blown glass, wearable fiber art, and much, much more!
Oak Hill Cottage
The most perfect Gothic House in the US, built in 1847, it has seven gables, five double chimneys and seven marble fireplaces. Refurbished in the original style with authentic furnishings and décor.
Open: All Sundays in December, 2-5pm
Special Event: Ghosts of Christmas Past Dec 9th, 5-7pm
Previous residents of Oak Hill Cottage step out of the pages of history and return each year for this special evening.
Ohio State Reformatory
With the cornerstone laid in 1886, this castle-like prison has played host to five major motion pictures have been filmed on location including “The Shawshank Redemption” and has been a hotbed of paranormal activity.
Open: Self-guided tours: Nov 24- Dec 17th, 11am-4pm
Richland Carrousel Park
The first hand-carved wooden carrousel to be built and operated in the US since the 1930’s. Carved in the style of G.A. Dentzel, fifty-two beautiful horses and wild animals circle an operational Stinson Band Organ for a whimsical ride back to childhood.
Open: Mon – Sun. 11am – 5pm
First Friday 11m – 8pm
Closed: Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
Special Events: Christmas Time in the City
Carrousel Family Night, 4-8pm, Five rides for only $2. Downtown festivities begin at 5pm with a reindeer petting zoo, photos with Santa, Christmas caroling, light displays, and more! Christmas Tree Lighting at 6pm.
Ohio’s first and finest ski resort! Snow Trails is the most technologically advanced man-made snow resort of its kind, featuring 200 acres of slopes, 17 ski trails, board and tube runs, nine chair and carpet lifts. Perfect for experts and beginners.
Open: Season Opens Dec 16
Weekdays: 10am- 9:30pm
Weekends & Peak Days* 9am- 9:30pm
SNOW TUBING (Thursday- Sunday Only)
Thursday 5 -9:30pm
Friday 5pm- Midnight
Saturdays 9am- Midnight
Sundays & Peak Days* 9am- 9:30pm
*PEAK DAYS Dec 16th- Jan 1st
Closed: 5pm on Christmas Eve, all day Christmas
Special Event: 57th Season Kick-Off Party Dec 16th, 7pm
The Party is a GO! even if the Slopes and Tubing Park are not yet available. We are all about joining friends together once again in The Snowflake Loft at Snow Trails, to party and celebrate our hopes for a great season!! Featuring SWAGG Live on-stage in The Snowflake Loft! 7PM: Doors Open 9PM WITH SWAGG!
Check our Calendar of Events and attraction websites as all dates are subject to change. New listings added on an ongoing basis, so check back often! Don’t see your Attraction’s event? Add it to our calendar!