Fairfield County Holiday Happenings
By Tia Dauterman
Create memories and enjoy a delightful holiday season in Fairfield County. Only 30 minutes south of Columbus, Fairfield County offers visitors an opportunity to see what small town Christmas really means and engage in festivities designed to bring joy to you, your friends, and your family. With so many fun celebrations, you’ll surely discover the magic of the season.
Whether you’re shopping locally for the perfect gift, checking out decorated homes on the Holiday Spirit Trail, attending merry events, or discovering snowy covered bridges, there’s lots of reasons to visit Fairfield County during the holiday season. You can even create your own experiences with curated, themed trails that are available year round.
This holiday season, grab your friends and family to visit any number of our local farms, like Saum Family Farms or Timberpeg Tree Farm, to pick out the perfect tree for you and your home. This is a key activity to kick off the season in Fairfield County.
Once you’ve selected your tree and Christmas begins to feel like it’s right around the corner, you’ll want to continue the festive fun by picking up a few things on your gift list. Start your shopping or find stocking-stuffers at the local stores in Downtown Lancaster, Olde Pickerington Village, and across Fairfield County. These shops provide a unique opportunity to find one-of-a-kind gifts that your friends and family will cherish.
Fairfield County’s HandMade & HomeGrown and Boutique, Unique, & Antique Shopping Trails are good places to start when searching for holiday gift-giving inspo. The HandMade & HomeGrown Trail features all the shops where you can find locally-sourced, handcrafted items. Similarly, the Boutique, Unique, & Antique Shopping Trail highlights a variety of locally-owned boutique stores, antiques, and more.
But with so much to choose from, the Tinsel & Traditions Trail really shines this season. This themed trail highlights tree farms, shopping, and seasonal events in one place, making it easy for you to plan accordingly and make special memories. And what better way to make memories during the yuletide than with family-friendly events that allow you to celebrate together?
Some holiday happenings include community tree lightings, like the Pickerington Holiday Gathering, WinterFest in Downtown Lancaster, and more. These events include activities that are fun for all ages, like crafts, carols, and carriage rides. Each community celebrates the season in unique ways and invites you to join the fun.
If you need to take a break and warm up from the frosty air, try attending one of our Christmas productions. Theatre groups around Fairfield County offer chances to attend plays and musicals that tell stories of the holiday season.
Throughout December, don’t miss live performances of It’s a Wonderful Life (December 1-3) by The Lancaster Playhouse, Ohio University Lancaster Theatre, and The Garret Players or A Christmas Carol (December 9-11) by Rise Up Arts Alliance.
For other artistic ways to celebrate the holidays, check out the Crossroads Ministry Center and the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio in Lancaster. At Crossroads, you will find Fontanini figures and scenes on display from 6 to 9 pm every Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday in December.
These hand-painted figures are completed by several artists who specialize in different aspects (like hair, clothing, and facial expressions); the figures can take years to finish and the craftsmanship of each piece is truly outstanding. While visiting the exhibit, you will experience the sights, sounds, and smells of each scene. It is a unique and free experience.
The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio also offers a free way to enjoy the holidays. From November 5 to December 31, relive your childhood with two new exhibits: A Very Brady Holiday and A Storybook Christmas.
Explore the 1970s at the A Very Brady Holiday exhibit as the museum reproduces The Brady Bunch family’s iconic Christmas trees; there will also be displays of toys and gifts from the series and time period. Costumes from The Brady Bunch movies will also be on display and serve as the pinnacle of the Brady-inspired exhibit.
A Storybook Christmas features children’s books from 1850-2000 and Christmas trees decorated to reflect the themes and characters of each story.
A collection of pop-up books from the 1950s will surely be the highlight of this nostalgic exhibit.
There are countless ways to celebrate the holidays in Fairfield County. No matter what you choose to do, you can create memories that you’ll cherish for years to come.
Take a photo on one of our 15 snow-covered bridges, finish your holiday shopping at a local boutique, treat yourself to a cup of hot chocolate at a stop on the Fairfield County Java Trail, and find special events on the Tinsel & Traditions Trail.
Then, commemorate your visit with a glassblowing class at the Ohio Glass Museum, creating an ornament that will ascend during the New Year’s Eve street party, Glass Town Countdown. With so many holiday events and traditions, why not join our small town celebration?
For more information, call 740-654-5929, go to VisitFairfieldCounty.org, or download the free Visit Fairfield County app for iOS and Android.
Fairfield County Holiday Happenings