Uptown for the Holidays 2016

Date(s) - December 01, 2016 - December 22, 2016
All Day

Every December local businesses and organizations join the City of Athens in sposoring a variety of holiday-themed events, that both children and adults can enjoy, as part of the Uptown for the Holidays festivities in Athens, Ohio on Dec. 19, 2013. [Photograph by Joel Prince]

Uptown Athens puts on its holiday best each December.

Welcome to the most wonderful time of the year in Athens, Ohio!

Head to Uptown Athens for a month-long holiday celebration featuring wagon rides, holiday lights and decorations, loads of family-friendly fun, and the jolly old elf himself: Santa!

Uptown for the Holidays 2016 schedule:

Tree Lighting Celebration & Arrival of Santa | December 1, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Athens County Courthouse
The official start to the holiday season in Athens! Horse-drawn wagon rides, holiday shopping, dining, musical entertainment, children’s activities and the arrival of Santa! Get your complimentary photo taken with Santa courtesy of the Athens News.

Visit with Santa | December 1, 8 & 15, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Santa makes a special appearance in Uptown Athens to hear your holiday wishes. Find Santa at:
The 5 on Court Building
5  N. Court Street
First Floor Lobby
Athens, Ohio

The Athena Holiday Movie Schedule

November 26th: Nightmare Before Christmas – Show times 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM (No evening show)

December 3rd: Elf – Show times 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM (No evening show)

December 10th: Muppets Christmas Carol – Show times 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM
Special Evening Movie: Scrooged (with Bill Murray) – Show times 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM

December 17th: Miracle on 34th Street (original black and white version)   – Show times 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM  (No evening show)

Admission is a non-perishable food item or cash donation.  A complementary snowflake sugar cookie for all patrons.  This is the fifth season for the Holiday Film Festival.  Last year we donated nearly 1,000 pounds of non-perishable food and almost $400.00 in cash to the Athens County Food Bank.

Gingerbread House Display
Head uptown and check out the window displays of local businesses to see enchanting recreations of notable Athens-area architecture. See rules and enter online at: www.athensgingerbread.com. Direct questions to athensgingerbread@gmail.com.

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides
Saturdays:  December 3, 10 and 17; 11am – 1pm
Thursdays: December 1, 8 & 15; 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Departing from the side of the Court House.

Keep checking back—more events and activities to come!


Make it a full day & night of fun – BOOK YOUR STAY NOW! List of where to stay HERE

Uptown Athens