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Spirit of giving

  • Toys for the children’s toy drive. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sat., November 27th. Athens City Pool Parking Lot, 601 E. State St., Athens. Help Bryana collect toys to be distributed at Nationwide Children’s Hospital to those unable to go home during the holidays. If you have any questions or would like to see the toy wishlist, please contact Bryana Wallace at 740-590-7833.
  • Donkey for the Christmas gift table for dogs. 11 am–3pm Tuesday, Dec. 7, Donkey Coffee & Espresso, W. Washington St., Athens. Join the Friends of the Shelter Dogs holiday table for homemade dog snacks, locally made treats, teas, Christmas gifts, and more as you support the programs we offer to shelter dogs: syringes, flea products, wormer products, funds for sick and injured dogs, and much more ! Plus, meet some cute shelter dogs.

Parades and Santa Claus

  • Athens city tree lights and arrival of Santa Claus. 6–8pm Thursday, Dec 2, Athens Armory, North Court Street. Information under https://athenschamber.org.
  • Krampus Parade. 5-7 p.m. Saturday, December 4th. Chosen Pathways Spiritual Emporium, 400 E. State St. Suite A, Athens. In European mythology, Krampus accompanied Nicholas to punish naughty children. All age groups are welcome to join in the fun. Krampusnaucht is traditionally December 5th. We will hike from Chosen Pathways to Donatos and then walk over to the Athens Community Center for donuts with hot cocoa and cider. Then we go back to selected paths. Costumes are encouraged, the creepier the better – look for Krampus mask patterns for sale on Etsy. Bring your bells, drums and hand lanterns (no flashlights please). We will be making a lot of noise and having fun bringing in the holidays in Athens. More information about Facebook.
  • Visit Santa Claus. Santa’s Workshop, 6–8pm, Thursdays 9–23. December, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturdays 4th – 18th December. Corner of Court and Washington Street, Athens.
  • Guernsey County Courthouse Christmas Light Show. 5.30 p.m. – 11 p.m. November 25 – 27, December 3 – 4, December 10 – 11, December 17 – 18, December 24 – 26, December 31 – December 1. 1; 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. other days. Guernsey County Courthouse, 801 Wheeling Ave., Cambridge.
  • Gallipolis in lights. November 25th – January 2nd Virtual Light Ceremony on November 25th at 7pm.
  • Belpre Christmas lights. November 27 – January 2.
  • Merry-etta tour of lights. 6–10 p.m. Wed. Dec. 1 – Fri., Dec. 31, Marietta.
  • Columbus Commons Christmas lights operated by the AEP Foundation. Evening twilight until 11 p.m. daily November 19th – 1st 2. 160 S. High St., Columbus. More than 400,000 LED lights. Roaming musicians, free hot chocolate and carousel rides from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday 3rd, 10th and 17th December.

Local goodies to order

  • Chesterhill produces auction holiday packages.to order until December 1st; Pickup from the CPA in Chesterhill or Thursday, December 16 2-5pm from the Rural Action office, 8 N. Plains Rd., The Plains. Small bundle, $ 30: popcorn, wheat bread, chocolates, fruit jam, pint of syrup, dessert bread. Medium Bundle $ 60: All small bundles plus soap, homemade candle, 3-foot rug, cutting board. Large Bundle, $ 100: Any medium bundle (carpet is four feet long) plus bag of chips, Integration Acres item, rolling pin.
  • Biscuit jars of the Catholic Women’s Club. Pre-orders with payment due by Wed., Dec. 1; Collection from the Holy Family Center, Stewart St. 75, 3–6 pm Fri., Dec 10th or 10 am–12pm Sat., Dec 11th. Various biscuits, kolaches (walnuts, apricots, poppy seeds or plums) and homemade ones Cinnamon rolls from Father Mark.
  • Athens holiday market. Saturdays 4.-18. Dec. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Market on State, 701 East State Street, Athens. Find jewelry, fibers, painting, prints, ceramics, woodworking, candy, baked goods, plants, eco-printed scarves, clothing, quilted bags and more. Sponsored by the Athens Art Guild, the Athens Farmers Market, and the Market on State.
  • Prints, Plants & Pots Sale. Sat., Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Noon-5 pm Sun., Dec. 5, Arts West, 132 W. State St., Athens. A truly one-of-a-kind shopping experience featuring handcrafted artwork, live plants and ceramic work, all created or grown by local artists or gardeners. Get a jump on your Christmas shopping while supporting your local economy at the same time! Parking spaces are available behind Arts West.
  • Christmas craft show. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sat., December 11th. Christ Community Wesleyan Church, 6275 Kenney Memorial Lane, Albany. All vendors are only handcrafted and offer a wide range of handcrafted items.
  • Chesterhill Holiday Auction. 11 am-12pm Sat., Dec 11th Chesterhill Produce Auction, 8380 Wagoner Rd., Chesterhill. Lots of gifts and seasonal products available. The tours start one hour before the start of the auction.
  • Riverside Cloggers Benefit Craft / Seller Show. Sat 12-6pm, December 11, Syracuse Community Center, 2244 7th St., Syracuse, Ohio. Fundraiser for Riverside Cloggers in Middleport to attend a workshop in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, March 2022.
  • Rural Action Holiday Open Day. 5.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. Tue., Dec. 14 UpCycle Ohio Thrift Store and Community Makerspace, Athens.

Visual and performing arts

  • Opening of the Starbrick Gallery during the Christmas season. Fri., November 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Starbrick Gallery, 21 W. Columbus St., Nelsonville. Share the spirit of the season as you enjoy snacks and great artwork by local artists.
  • “How the Grinch stole Christmas.” 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Thursday, December 2, Athena Cinema, Court St., Athens. Part of the ninth annual vacation film series. Admission is a non-perishable food or cash donation to the Athens Food Pantry. Vaccination certificate required from 12 years of age; Masks required.
  • “Eleven.” 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sat, Dec 4, Athena Cinema, Court St., Athens. Part of the ninth annual vacation film series. Admission is a non-perishable food or cash donation to the Athens Food Pantry. Vaccination certificate required from 12 years of age; Masks required.
  • “A Muppet Christmas Carol.” 1pm and 3pm Sat, Dec 11th, Athena Cinema, Court St., Athens. Part of the ninth annual vacation film series. Admission is a non-perishable food or cash donation to the Athens Food Pantry. Vaccination certificate required from 12 years of age; Masks required.
  • Holiday Pops with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Sat, Dec 11, Stuart’s Opera House, 52 Public Square, Nelsonville. When the orchestra first came to Stuart’s, the performance was sold out! Box seats: $ 37.50 / advance booking, $ 42.50 / door. Rows A-E: $ 37.50 / presale, $ 42.50 / door. Rows F-I: $ 27.50 / presale, $ 32.50 / door. Balcony: $ 22.50 / presale, $ 27.50 / door. https://stuartsoperahouse.org/events/columbus-symphony-orchestra/.
  • “The polar express.” 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sat, Dec 18, Athena Cinema, Court St., Athens. Part of the ninth annual vacation film series. Admission is a non-perishable food or cash donation to the Athens Food Pantry. Vaccination certificate required from 12 years of age; Masks required.
  • “It’s a wonderful life.” 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Thursday, December 23, Athena Cinema, Court St., Athens. Part of the ninth annual vacation film series. Admission is a non-perishable food or cash donation to the Athens Food Pantry. Vaccination certificate required from 12 years of age; Masks required.

Children and family activities

  • Christmas decorations for children. 2:30 p.m. Sat, Dec 4, Burr Oak State Park, 10220 Burr Oak Lodge Rd., Glouster. Stop by the nature center to make a simple ornament for your tree or home. All materials provided.
  • Upcycling creations: bows & branches. 3: 30-5: 00 pm Thursday, December 9th Glouster Public Library, 20 Toledo St, Glouster. Create an upcycling centerpiece or wreath from carefully used Christmas items, natural greens, and a grapevine wreath base. Donate your creation back to the library and it will be distributed to a local business, take your creation home or do both! Light snacks and drinks are provided. Masks are required for adults and recommended for children who can wear them.
  • DIY Christmas decorations. Friday, Dec 10th, 1pm – 1pm. Coolville Public Library, 26401 Main St, Coolville. Join us for an hour or two to create a rustic, homely decoration, listen to Christmas music and leave the stress of the holidays behind you.
  • Make holiday wreath. 4–5pm Wed, Dec 15, Chauncey Public Library, 29 Converse St, Chauncey. Make a holiday wreath with locally harvested greens from evergreen trees in southeast Ohio. We will take some time in this program to learn more about our local evergreens and identify which trees the branches we are using come from. Each participant will leave with an Advent wreath.
  • Hike to the winter solstice. Burr Oak State Park 10220 Burr Oak Lodge Rd., Glouster. Tue., Dec. 21st 2: 00–4: 00 pm Join the naturalist on a 2.5 km hike to enjoy evergreen plants, many of which are associated with the Christmas season, on this shortest day of the year . Hot chocolate and homemade cookies by the fire after the hike. Wear sturdy walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Meet in the lodge lobby.


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