A Village Christmas to Remember
Inspired by the Hallmark Christmas movies that are often set in quaint small downtowns decked from rooftop to street level with garlands and evergreens galore, the Village Christmas to Remember in Caldwell, Ohio, is a sight to behold. Led by the spirited young first-ever female Mayor, Misty Wells, the award-winning downtown festivities are a must-see this holiday season.
“We want everyone to experience the beauty and spirit of a small-town Christmas,” said Mayor Wells. “We are conveniently located just off Interstate 77 exit 25 and offer a variety of events and celebrations.”
Wells spearheads a crew of Christmas elves who ready the downtown for residents and guests to enjoy annually. From handmade light ornaments and hot chocolate to the iconic little red truck, and hometown Christmas parade with tree lighting ceremony, guests will find themselves in the holiday spirit. Activities include horse drawn carriage rides, a reindeer petting zoo, and more. For up-to-date details and schedules, visit www.caldwellohio.org.
The Ohio History Connection, Ohio’s nominating authority to the National Register of Historic Places program, approved The Caldwell Downtown Square as an historic district.
The original town plat is still evident through the street grid arranged around a central public square with the Noble County courthouse serving as the focal point and 61 late-nineteenth to mid-twentieth century historic resources that contribute to the significance and integrity of the district where there is free parking.
Also on the Registry is the unique Noble County Jail & Sheriff’s Office Museum. This experience will take you back to when nearly 60% of Ohio’s counties had a combined jail and sheriff’s office/residence. Be sure to get your Noble County historic site trading cards when you stop.
Caldwell is also located along one of the state’s scenic byways, the Appalachian Byway of Ohio. This multi-county byway follows State Route 78 from The Ohio River Scenic Byway (SR7) to Nelsonville, Ohio, with a leg-up to the famed Columbus Zoo-operated The Wilds. The 9,000-plus-acre park provides kids with an immersive safari experience.
It is just about 23 miles north of Marietta or 80 miles south from Canton and 100 miles from Akron, making Caldwell a great weekend road trip. Local eatery options include family restaurants like Lori’s and Patty’s Place or Wing’s Etc., and local pizzerias such as Wally’s or Creno’s.
Lots of homespun shopping spots are also available you won’t want to miss from antiques to boutiques. Learn more about where to stay and what to do and see or access the online 2022 Visitors Guide at www.visitnoblecountyohio.com.
Under the nighttime skies, family ice skating is available by donation. Whether you’re new or a seasoned skater, you’ll feel like a kid again on skates. Ten great tips for beginner skaters that we found online are: dress for the outdoor setting, make sure your skates are the right fit, secure your skates, and follow the rink rules.
In addition, don’t look down or lean backwards, bend your knees for balance and don’t be afraid to fall. Most importantly, relax and have fun! Visit the Village of Caldwell Ice Skating Rink on Facebook at @skatinginthevillage.
That’s just what Caldwell Mayor Misty Wells wants families and individuals to do at the Village Christmas to Remember, have fun. Join us in 2022 for wreath making or holiday painting classes, photo opportunities, sharing lists with Santa, the Community parade and other special events in conjunction with the Noble County Historical Society at the Noble Jail Museum and iconic Ball-Caldwell Homestead, which is also on the Historic Register.
Learn more on Facebook @ourhallmarkchristmas or https://www.facebook.com/ourhallmarkchristmas.
|November 23 at 6pm||Christmas Tree lighting & Opening Night of Ice-Skating Rink|
|December 3||Christmas Parade|
|December 10||Christmas Donkeys from White Oak Farms|
|December 17||Breakfast with the Grinch 8 – 11 a.m.|
|Little Roaming Train: 11 a.m. to 7p.m.|
|An old Country Christmas Square Dance with the Buckeye Travelers at the Ball-Caldwell Barn: 7 to 9 pm|
|December 23||The Love Quartet on the Courthouse Square|
|Events & Times subject to change due to weather; verify at @ourhallmarkchristmas on Facebook|
Noble County Ohio’s Hallmark Christmas to Remember