Visit Roscoe Village for Holiday Charm

A group of carolers in Roscoe Village

Take a step away from the hustle and bustle of the holidays on a getaway to Coshocton, Ohio and Historic Roscoe Village, located within a few hours of Columbus, Cleveland and Pittsburgh. It’s the perfect hallmark-movie setting to make new holiday memories.

Roscoe Village is a canal-era neighborhood filled with charming historic buildings, many of which were built in the 1830s, but are now home to modern shops, restaurants and pubs. Shops are all locally owned and filled with hand-made items including leather, woodworking, pottery, art and home decor items. Fine jewelry, ladies clothing, farm-to-table and specialty pet items can also be found. Take a break at one of four restaurants for a craft cocktail, specialty coffee, glass of wine or delicious meal.

While exploring the shops and restaurants, guests may also explore the designated Living History buildings on the Roscoe Village Self-Guided Living History Tour, which is available daily from 10 am – 4 pm. Step back in time and hear from the village’s residents in their homes and stores. Tickets may be purchased at the Roscoe Village Visitor Center or online at roscoevillage.com.

For more than 50 years, Candlelighting Days has marked the start of the holiday season. “The first Christmas Candlelighting Ceremony took place in 1968,” said Roscoe Village Director Casey Brown, “and has been a yearly tradition ever since.”  Enjoy a day of shopping and special activities that may include carolers, roasted chestnuts, crafts for kids and visits with Santa, followed by the Christmas Candlelighting Ceremony, which begins at 6 pm in the center of the village.

Gather at the base of the village Christmas tree with friends old and new to remember times past, hear stories, and see the 30-foot tree be lit. The passing of the candlelight from one person to another is magical. As the light illuminates the darkness, so does the sound of Silent Night, which is sung throughout the crowd. Following the ceremony, guests are invited to share hot apple cider and cookies prepared by the village’s shop owners.

Holiday Packages are available at the Coshocton Village Inn and Suites and include a room, use of the swimming pool and hot breakfast, along with vouchers for pottery painting at RUST, $25 meal voucher, a Roscoe Village Tour and more. Call (740) 622-9455 to reserve your holiday getaway today.

For details, lodging information and a complete list of shops and restaurants, see VisitCoshocton.com.

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