Nativity Exhibit

Nov. 25-Jan. 8/MARIA STEIN – Creating family traditions is a cherished activity around the holidays.  This year along with the light shows and Christmas parades, check out the Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics, where the spirit of love and peace abounds all year long. See the Nativity Exhibit from the donated collection of Tim and Katheleen Nealeigh. You will be able to view more than 60 nativity sets and see how the simple scene of Christ in the manger with Mary and Joseph has been interpreted in many cultures over the years.  The Relic Shrine’s first-floor Gathering Space will be filled with sets from differing time periods, cultures, and artistic mediums. This display of nativities showcases the various ways Jesus’ birth has been interpreted. Bring the whole family for this wonderful reminder of the reason for the season with this free exhibit. It is open to the public during the normal Shrine Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9:30 am to 6 pm, Friday and Saturday, 9:30 am to 4 pm, and noon to 4 pm on Sundays.  They are closed December 23-26, 2022, and December 31, 2022-January 2, 2023.

Dec. 4/MARIA STEIN – Make your reservations for the Maria Stein Shrine’s annual St. Nicholas Celebration. Taking place from 1pm to 3 pm, the afternoon includes activities, prayers, pictures with St. Nicholas, cookies, cocoa, and plenty of holiday fun. The event is $10 per child, and reservations can be made online at https://mariasteinshrine.org.

A Christmas Story

Nov. 25-27/Mt. VERNON – 7:30 p.m. performances (4 p.m. Sun.) at the Knox Memorial Theater. Production direction is by Ian Fraser Ernsberger with artistic direction by Bruce Jacklin. Based on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash, humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at www.mvac.org, at the Mount Vernon Arts Consortium office at 214 S. Main St., Mount Vernon, or at the door.

Dickens Victorian Village

Through Dec. 31/CAMBRIDGE – A unique walking tour experience that takes you back to life in 1850’s England. A time of Queen Victoria and Charles Dickens. Open Monday – Thursday, 10am-6pm and Friday and Saturday, 10am – 7pm. We will close early on days before the holidays, Wednesday, 11/24 10am – 2pm; Friday, 12/24 10am -2pm and Thursday, 12/31 10am – 2pm. Closed all holidays; We will not publish our visitors guide. Please visit our calendar for all events. Call with questions, 740.421.4956. Learn the story of our 2-month event from our volunteers dressed in costume. Visit our gift shoppe and experience the Imagination Station. https://dickensvictorianvillage.com/

Lakeside Christmas

Dec 2-3, Dec 9-10/LAKESIDE CHAUTAUQUA – There’s no place like Lakeside for the holidays! Start your celebration early by attending “Lakeside Christmas.” Visit with Santa, attend a cookie decorating workshop, see a family movie in Orchestra Hall, and enjoy live entertainment with Chip Richter. All aboard! Invite friends and family to take a ride on the Lakeside Express Train on Dec 2-3. Enjoy the magic and beauty of Lakeside on this scenic ride complete with Christmas spirit and good cheer.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Dec. 4/COLUMBUS – 7 p.m. at the Palace Theatre. Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, this contemporary dance spectacle is a re-mixed and re-imagined version of the classic, smashing hip hop dance and Tchaikovsky’s timeless music together into a heart-stirring and inspirational holiday event. The Hip Hop Nutcracker is brought to life by a powerhouse cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s founding fathers, who opens the show with a short set. Tickets start at $35. https://my.cbusarts.com/

Lights on the North Coast

Christmas lights

Thru Jan. 8/PORT CLINTON – 5-9 p.m. (10 p.m. Fri. & Sat.) at the Watering Hole Safari & Waterpark at Monsoon Lagoon. Kicking off the holiday season with a flash! Come and check out the beautiful Lights on the Northcoast with a drive-through light display with over 1 million lights that dance to music and a walk-through zoo as well! Admission is $25 per car load up to 4 people. Santa will be there on Nov. 25 for photos. Add $5 each for putt putt and zoo. For more information, visit https://lightsonthenorthcoast.com/



New Holiday Lights Pass

Nov. 22 – Jan. 2/COLUMBUS – Visitors and locals can purchase Experience Columbus’ new Holiday Lights Pass to enjoy single-ticket admission and discounts to two of the city’s most dazzling lights displays—Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, and Conservatory Aglow at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (exhibit only). You can also choose to add on discounted admission to the new Magic of Lights experience at Historic Crew Stadium and Columbus City Adventures’ Holiday Lights Tour. To see downtown aglow, visitors are also invited to Columbus Commons’ free Holiday Lights experience where they can marvel at nearly half a million lights Nov. 18 through Jan. 1. Nearby, the Scioto Mile sparkles with holiday lights along the riverfront Nov. 23 to Jan. 2, 2023.

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