It’s the most magical time of the year! Experience the festive fun in Athens County for yourself and plan for a season filled with holiday cheer. From tree-lightings to caroling, old-fashioned horse-drawn wagon rides, and shopping for that perfect gift, there is something for everyone to help celebrate the festive holiday season.
Uptown for the Holidays!
Athens dresses up in its holiday finest during the month of December. It’s a magical time for kids young and old to head to uptown Athens and experience what only a small town can do. Horse drawn carriage rides around the historic bricks and decorated buildings, crafts and art making for kids AND adults. Holiday movies shown on the big screen at The Athena Cimena. And of course, the arrival of the Jolly Old Elf, himself; Santa! The fun kicks off on Thursday, December 5 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM with the Opening Night, Tree Lighting and Santa’s arrival. Schedule for the season and additional details can be found HERE.
The Annual Holiday Shopping Bazaar at The Dairy Barn
Over 40 artisans will be selling their wares at this annual event held at the prestigious Dairy Barn Arts Center. Held on Friday, December 6th (12:00-7:00PM) and Saturday December 7th (9:00 AM-3:00PM), you can shop, sip, sample local food goodies and get unique gifts for your special someone at this beloved event. Schedule and additional information available HERE.
Watch a holiday classic at The Athena Cinema
One of the best parts about the holidays is watching those classic movies that celebrate the season. The Athena Cinema’s Holiday Film Series is a perfect way to warm up and spend some time with friends and family. Classics, new and old, including Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, The Polar Express, Elf and It’s a Wonderful Life will be shown throughout the series. Remember, admission is a non-perishable food item or cash donation. A full schedule of movies and times available HERE.
Check off your holiday shopping list, Athens style
Uptown Athens and The Historic Public Square are hubs for local shops. From vintage to chic, handmade to local foods, you’ll find something for everyone on your list. Fun, funky and uniquely Athens County items; all the best gifts to give your family and friends!
See vintage model trains, decked out for the season at Train Fest
Fun for the entire family, The Fossil Rock Raiders Model Train Barn is a truly unique experience. See a vast collection of model trains, vintage toys, memorabilia and so much more at this hidden gem. The show runs the first and third weekends of December, so make your plans! Dates, times and additional details found HERE.
North Pole Nelsonville
Holiday tree lighting & carolers on the square kick off a season of fun around Historic Nelsonville! Enjoy the annual Christmas Parade, Christmas music concerts, Santa’s Workshop and much more. One of the highlights of Christmas in Nelsonville are the Santa Trains run by the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway. So much to do for families of all ages! A full list of events and activities available HERE.
The Athens Art Guild Holiday Shoppe
Source your holiday gifts locally! Select from handcrafted work including ceramics, jewelry, glass, organic soaps & lotions, wall art, photography, leather goods, unique apparel, wood bowls, utensils & furniture, spun yarn, eco-printed scarves & more. This family friendly shopping event is not to be missed! Additional information available HERE.
Enjoy a Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Clause
Quickly becoming one of the most beloved traditions in Athens, The Ohio University Inn & Conference Center hosts Santa & Mrs. Clause for a breakfast buffet for both adults and children. Create holiday crafts and pose for photos with the Santa! Reservations HIGHLY recommended for this magical event on December 8th. More information available HERE.
There are SO many ways to celebrate the season! To keep up to date with events, activities and other celebrations, visit us HERE or on our Facebook event’s page HERE.