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October 15-18 Circleville
Circleville Pumpkin Show,
If you’re looking for pumpkins with the flair of homespun Americana, there is no better place to go than to one of the nation’s largest pumpkin festivals. Visitors from all 50 states come to see the giant pumpkins, parades, entertainment, contests and sample pumpkin-flavored delicacies. Reportedly Ohio’s oldest and largest festival, this show has been called “The Greatest Free Show on Earth.” Even one of the world’s largest pumpkin pies will be on display for the 59th year! Tuesday 5 to 10 p.m., Wednesday 9 to 11 p.m., Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is free. Call (740) 474-7000 or visit pumpkinshow.com.
October 17-19 Coshocton
45th Annual Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival,
Historic Roscoe Village
Host to more than 100 talented artisans and crafters, this invitational festival celebrates the sights, sounds and scents of autumn. Smell the fresh apple butter simmering over an open fire as you stroll through the village to a variety of music including bluegrass, country, gospel and tunes from days gone by. You’ll find fun, unique contests to enter, various educational and entertaining outdoor demonstrations and strolling characters throughout the weekend. Special feature includes a Spirit of Roscoe tour and lots of children’s activities. Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs $5/person 12 years and older; free parking and free entertainment. Call (800) 877-1830 or visit roscoevillage.com for more information.
October 18-19 Coshocton
Fall Foliage and Farm Tour,
Animal Medical and Surgical Center
Visitors enjoy this drive-it-yourself tour of Coshocton County highlighting local agribusiness and fall color. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. For mor information, call (740) 622-2265 or go to visitcoshocton.com.
October 22 Montgomery County
Lessons from the Garden,
Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark
The Greater Montgomery County Master Gardener Association will hold its fall gardening program “Lessons from the Garden” with popular horticulturalist and international speaker Paul Zammit. The two-session program will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Avenue, Dayton In the morning, Zammit will discuss the importance of putting the right plant in the right location, the concept of feeding the soil not just the plants and the tips and tricks of proper pruning. He’ll also highlight outstanding plant combinations, pest management and the importance of foliage. The afternoon session will focus on winter container arranging. The $20 fee includes both sessions. Lunch by City BBQ will be provided for an additional $12 fee, or you may bring your own. The deadline for registration is Oct. 8. For more information call Susan Baker at (937) 760-5587 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To register, send a check made payable to GMCMGA to P.O. Box 292421, Dayton, OH 45429.
November 15-January 4 Columbus
Merry and Bright: Holidays at the Conservatory,
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Elegant displays of poinsettias, seasonal foliage with twinkling lights and a gingerbread competition create an ambiance for celebrating the most wonderful time of the year. In addition, the Paul Busse model garden railway returns delighting all ages with its classic fairytale theme. All can enjoy a merry holiday season with weekly live music, evening entertainment, family activities and special events. Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays until 8 p.m. Costs adults $12, seniors and students $9, children $6, children under 2 are free. For more information call (614) 715-8000 or visit fpconservaotory.org.
November 14-January 4 Cleveland
35th Annual Gifts from the Heart Nature Show/Sale,
Enjoy live holiday music and refreshments at the preview party for the 34th annual holiday gift show, “Gifts from the Heart of Nature,” kick off. You will not want to miss this exclusive first look at this year’s special items with the opportunity to meet the artists. All their unique works of art, ranging from jewelry to handcrafted wood items, are inspired by nature and made from environmentally responsible materials. This is a great way to support the arboretum at the same time as supporting local artists. Preview party Friday, Nov. 14, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Show and sale Nov. 15-Jan. 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Nov. 28, Dec. 24-25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1). Regular gate admission (members free, non-members $6) applies. For more information call (440) 946-4400 or visit holdenarb.org.
November 22-January 3 Cincinnati
PNC Festival of Lights,
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
Enjoy the Tri-State’s longest running display of holiday tradition. Call (513) 281-4700 or visit cincinnatizoo.org/events for more information.
November 28-January 4 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 all-new outdoor lights display. Plus, live music, the Wishing Tree and the kid-sized Treetop Shop. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Free for members, $12-16 per non-members. Call (216) 721-1600 or visit cbgarden.org for more information.
November 28-January 3 Akron
Deck the Hall Featuring Dazzle,
Stan Hywet Hall
Bring out the whole family and enjoy one of Ohio’s largest and most spectacular holiday celebrations. With more than 800,000 lights and an extraordinary musically-animated light show extravaganza by DAZZLE, this is an event not to be missed. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information call (888) 836-5533 or visit stanhywet.org.
December 5 Newark
Luminary Tour and Poinsettia Sale,
This tour benefits the Food Pantry Network of Licking County. This evening of illumination is filled with 1,500 candle luminaries lining the South End Auto Tour. Gather inside the visitors center after the drive for a cup of hot cocoa, a holiday treat and some activities for the whole family. Poinsettias will be available for sale. Please bring a non-perishable food or monetary donation for the Food Pantry Network of Licking County. Free. From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Call (800) 44-DAWES or visit dawesarb.org for more information.
December 5-7 Toledo
Heralding the Holidays,
Toledo Botanical Garden
Come enjoy a free family fun event. There will be live entertainment, including Santa Claus, and free horse-drawn wagon rides on Friday night. Food and unique holiday gifts will be for sale. Friday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call (419) 536-5566 or visit toledogarden.org.
December 6-7 Chillicothe
Holidays at Adena,
Adena Mansion and Gardens
Adena Mansion and Gardens will re-open for a special event the first weekend of December to celebrate the winter holidays. The mansion is decorated for Christmas in 19th century style and features a special holiday-themed tour. The weekend will also include events such as breakfast with Santa and a wreath workshop. Elsewhere on the grounds you can find the Tenant House decorated for Christmas, historic barn with animals ready for winter, crafts for children, refreshments and a horse and carriage ride. Call (800) 319-7248 or visit adenamansion.com for more information.
December 12-13 Newark
Holiday Centerpiece Workshop,
Dawes Arboretum will supply all the greens, decorations and candles to make your own festive holiday arrangement for the hearth or table. The sight and smell of pine, holly branches, cedar berries and other greens collected all from the arboretum is sure to put you in the holiday mood. Choose one of three sessions: Friday 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Register by Dec. 10. General admission $35, members $25. For more information, call (800) 44-DAWES or visit dawesarb.org for calendar and event registration.
December 13 Akron
Annual Holiday Tea,
Stan Hywet Hall
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to enjoy our annual tea. Learn how to decorate for the season and make your holidays sparkle with tips on holiday décor. Tea includes sweet and savory sandwiches, followed by a self-guided Manor House tour featuring more than 20 rooms that have been decorated for the season. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Costs members $30, non-members $39. For more information, call (888) 836-5533 or visit stanhywet.org.
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