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Through 30, Dayton
Countryside Park at the Washington Township Recreation Center
Woodland Lights offers a month-long festival of holiday lights, animated displays and revolving activities and entertainment along a half-mile wooded path winding through a park. Visits with Santa Claus take place in a historic log cabin (before Christmas). From 6 to 9 p.m. (closed Dec. 24 and 25). Costs $8 per person. Visit woodlandlights.org or call 937-433-8957.
Through December 30, Akron
Deck the Halls featuring Dazzle and Gingerbread Land
Stan Hywet Hall
Bring the whole family and enjoy one of Ohio’s holiday traditions. The estate is illuminated inside and out with more than 900,000 lights and the historic Manor House is decorated and inspired by the theme of “A Storybook Christmas.” DAZZLE is a musically animated light show not to be missed. From 5 to 8 p.m. select evenings, last admission is at 8 p.m. The estate is open until 9 p.m. For hours and pricing call 888-836-5533 or visit stanhywet.org.
Through January 1, Cincinnati
PNC Festival of Lights
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
The Cincinnati Zoo is hosting the tri-state’s longest running holiday tradition — the 34th annual PNC Festival of Lights. The event kicks off with a special preview on Friday Nov. 18 when more than two million LED lights will illuminate the zoo. Preview night is open to members only, invited media and sponsors from 5 to 10 p.m. Event opens to public on Nov. 19. Visit cincinnatizoo.org/events or call 513-281-4700.
Through January 1, Columbus
Merry and Bright: Holidays at the Conservatory
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Feel the spirit of the season surrounded by festive horticulture displays and evening lighting. Enjoy a gingerbread competition, Paul Busse model garden railway, and an array of activities and entertainment scheduled throughout the season. Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays until 8 p.m. Costs adults $13, seniors and students $10, children $6, children under 2 are free. Call 614-715-8000 or visit fpconservaotory.org.
Through January 3, Cleveland
Glow at the Garden
Cleveland Botanical Garden
“Glow at the Garden,” northeast Ohio’s magical holiday experience is filled with gingerbread displays, thousands of lights, hundreds of holiday plantings, the garden express train ride, decorated trees and an outdoor lighting display. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays noon to 6 p.m., Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free for members of CBG and Holden Arboretum. Costs $16 per nonmember adult, $12 per nonmember child. Tickets available online at cbgarden.org or call 216-721-1600 ext.100.
Through January 8, Cleveland
Annual Gifts from the Heart of Nature Show and Sale
At the preview party, enjoy live holiday music and light refreshments as well as the opportunity to meet the artists whose work with be available during the show. At the show, shop for environmentally friendly and unique gifts at the annual holiday show featuring the nature-inspired work from regional artists. Preview party Friday, Nov. 18 from 3 to 8 p.m. Show and sale Nov. 19 to Jan. 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Nov. 27, Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1). Regular admission applies, members free, nonmembers $6. Visit holdenarb.org or call 440-946-4400.
January 1-3, Cleveland
Glow at the Garden
Cleveland Botanical Garden
Northeast Ohio’s magical holiday experience is filled with unforgettable gingerbread displays, thousands of twinkling lights, hundreds of holiday plantings, the garden express train ride, spectacularly decorated trees, and an outdoor lights display. Glow transports you to a world full of seasonal cheer, where all-new wonders and returning traditions await you. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays noon to 6 p.m. Free for members of the garden and Holden Arboretum, $16 per nonmember adult, $12 per nonmember child. Tickets available online at cbgarden.org or call 216-721-1600 ext.100.
January 6-8, Columbus
Columbus Build, Remodel and Landscape Expo
Greater Columbus Convention Center, Hall E/F
From top-quality exhibits and informative seminars to insightful demonstrations and more, you’ll discover thousands of smart, stylish, and cost-effective ways to design or renovate your home. Bring all your home remodeling questions, and be ready to get some expert advice. Friday noon to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs $6 adults, free for children under 18, Visit homeshowcenter.com for ticket discount, call 800-374-6463.
January 10, Toledo
Toledo Botanical Garden
This monthly preschool program is for ages 2 to 5 years old (must be accompanied by an adult) and features a story, song and craft that children can take home with them. This month’s program theme is winter animals. From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Costs $2 per child. To register contact Hannah Halfhill at 419-720-8714 or email Hannah.Halfhill@ToledoGarden.org.
January 16-18, Columbus
MGIX, the Midwest Green Industry Xperience
Greater Columbus Convention Center
The Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association revamped the annual CENTS tradeshow by announcing its new name Midwest Green Industry Xperience (MGIX). The new name’s aim is to be more inclusive of green industry attendees that flow in beyond the boundaries of the nursery and landscape industries. The tradeshow will showcase the best in the industry and classes, workshops and presentations will bring you up to speed on trends in the field. If you are an industry professional or exploring this exciting career field, this convention is for you. For registration visit mgix.com/register; call 614-899-1195.
January 27-29, Cincinnati
Greater Cincinnati Remodeling Expo
Sharonville Convention Center
This three-day comprehensive event is full of innovative displays of the latest trends in design and product offering. Bring all your home improvement questions and have them answered by experts. Friday noon to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs $5 adults, free for children under 18. Visit homeshowcenter.com for ticket discount; call 800-374-6463.
January 21, Logan
52nd Annual Winter Hike at Hocking Hills State Park
Old Man’s Cave Hocking Hills
Enjoy winter’s splendor on this 6-mile trek from Old Man’s Cave to Ash Cave. Layered clothing and sturdy footwear are recommended. Refreshments are available at Cedar Falls for a donation. Transportation is provided back to the parking area at Old Man’s Cave. From 9 to 11 a.m. Call 740-385-6842.
February 3-12, Cleveland
The Great Big Home and Garden Show
Cleveland’s IX Center
This event features numerous speakers and celebrities, home improvement experts, and landscape design professionals. Costs adults $15 (online tickets for $12), seniors (65 and up) $11, children 6 to 12 $5, children 5 and under are free. Visit greatbighomeandgarden.com or call 440-248-5729.
February 9-11, Dayton
38th Annual OEFFA Conference, Growing Today Transforming Tomorrow
Dayton Convention Center
Ohio’s largest sustainable food and farm conference will be held for the first time at the Dayton Convention Center and will feature keynote speakers, educational workshops, from-scratch meals, a kids’ conference, a tradeshow, and childcare. Visit oeffa.org/conference2017 for more information and to register or call 614-421-2022.
February 18-26, Columbus
Central Ohio Home and Garden Show
Ohio Expo Center (Ohio StateFairgrounds)
This show is packed with special events and attractions for all ages. HGTV comes to life with internationally known celebrities and daily cooking, gardening, home décor, and home improvement presentations. Landscape companies from all over central Ohio create temporary garden displays that are a must see. For admission information visit dispatchhomeandgardenshow.com.
February 23, Cincinnati
Sustainable Urban Landscape Symposium
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
This symposium will feature expert speakers, and is designed to take on the challenge and answer the questions of how we can design, build, and maintain the most sustainable landscapes possible. From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Costs $49; registration fee covers parking and includes lunch. Call 513-281-4700 and visit cincinnatizoo.org/horticulture/horticulture_events for an updated list of speakers.
February 24-26, Akron
Annual HBA Akron Home and Flower Show
John S. Knight Center
Feature attractions of this show include great gardens, home improvement vendors, celebrity guests, and more. There will be more than 7,000 square feet of feature gardens and flowers showcasing the latest trends plus onsite garden seminars packed full of great garden advice. Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs adults $10, children 12 and under free. Call 800-783-9589 or visit akronhomeandflowershow.com. m
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