Uptown for the Holidays 2017

Date(s) - November 30, 2017 - December 16, 2017
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 2017 schedule:

Tree Lighting Celebration & Arrival of Santa | November 30, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Uptown Athens
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 at 5 on Court courtesy of the Athens News.

Enjoy Wagon Rides, cookie decorating (Brenen’s Cafe), ornament making (Cornwell Jewelers), ornament crafts (Cornwell Properties), face painting (Mountain Laurel), holiday book sale (Little Professor), refreshments (Artifacts) and wine, chocolates & cookies (Athens Impact). Visit all of these local businesses, and more, to start the holiday season off right!


Visit with Santa | November 30, December 7 & 14, 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 Cinema Holiday Movie Schedule
November 30th: Double Feature: How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Rankin’ Bass’ A Year Without Santa Claus  – Show time 7:00 p.m.

December 2nd: Elf – Show times 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

December 9th: Home Alone – Show times 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM
Special Evening Movie: National Lampoons Christmas Vacation – Show times 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

December 16th: The Polar Express   – Show times 1:00 PM and 3:00 p.m.

Admission is a non-perishable food item or cash donation.  A complementary snowflake sugar cookie for all patrons.


Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides
Beginning at Court & Washington Streets

Thursdays, November 30th, December 7th & 14th – 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Saturdays, December 2nd, 9th & 16th – 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


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


Uptown Athens