Holiday Lights at Lost Creek Reserve | Multiple Weekends
TROY - Be transported into a winter wonderland filled with over 50 animated light displays at this new holiday light display at Lost Creek Reserve, 2385 St. Rt. 41, east of Troy. This 1.25- mile driving tour takes you through the woods, down charming farm lanes and past the historic Knoop Homestead aglow with lights. The display will be open 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturdays and 6-9 p.m. Sunday Nov. 29-Dec. 1; Dec. 6-8; Dec. 13-15; Dec. 20-22; and Dec. 27-29. The entrance fee is $10 per car and $30 for passenger vans.
Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill | Open Daily
CLIFTON – This light display is made up of over 4 million lights that illuminate Clifton Mill and its gorge, riverbanks, trees and bridges, including a 100-foot light waterfall. Also enjoy a miniature village, the Santa Claus Museum, a toy collection and a synchronized lights and music show that features the old covered bridge. Santa also makes an appearance. Gates open at 5 p.m. daily through Jan. 1, 2020 and the lights come on at 6 p.m. Admission is $10.
Piqua Civic Band Holiday Concert | Dec. 1
PIQUA – In its 87th season, the Piqua Civic Band will perform its Holiday Concert from 3-4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 325 W. Ash St. in Piqua. The concert is free.
Visit with Santa | Dec. 3
CHRISTIANSBURG – Watch for details on this public event on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the firehouse, 10 W. First St. in Christiansburg. Learn more at www.christiansburgfire.org.
Live Nativity Walk in Pleasant Hill | Dec. 6-7
PLEASANT HILL - The annual “Live Nativity Walk,” presented by Stillwater Community Church, will take place on Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7900 Sugar Grove Road near Pleasant Hill. Each “walk” takes you back in time more than 2,000 years and tells the story of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. You will walk to the home of Mary, follow Mary to Elizabeth’s home, and visit the carpenter shop of Joseph. You will then travel to the inn of Bethlehem, visit outdoors with the shepherds and listen as the angels announce the birth of Jesus. Finally, you will travel to the stable to see the new-born Savior. There will be six guided walks each night. The first walk starts at 6 p.m., with other walks conducted every half hour. The last walk begins at 8:30 p.m. Admission is free, and everyone of all ages is invited. After the walk, you are invited to be warmed by a crackling fire; and to enjoy some hot chocolate, delicious homemade cookies, and friendly fellowship. Stillwater Community Church is located 1/2-mile west of State Route 48 between Pleasant Hill and Covington.
Community Tree Lighting in Tipp City | Dec. 6
TIPP CITY - Join the Downtown Tipp City Partnership at the Zion Lutheran Church on the corner of Third and Main streets for the illumination of our Downtown Christmas Tree on Dec. 6. This is a fun and festive event for all ages. Enjoy tunes from the Community Band, sing along with the Tipp City High School Choir, or snack on some delicious treats.
Here's the schedule of events:
6:00 pm - Welcome
6:05 pm - Festive tunes provided by the Tippecanoe Community Band
6:25 pm - Cheer on Santa as he arrives in a vintage fire truck
6:35 pm - Countdown to illumination
6:45 pm - Sing-along with the Tipp City High School Choir and line-up for a selfie with Santa
7:00 pm - Community Band returns in the Zion Church
Christmas on the Green in Piqua | Dec. 6
PIQUA – Get in the Christmas spirit with carriage rides, live entertainment and music and children’s activities from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 in downtown Piqua.
Historic Bears Mill Candlelight Walk Open House | Dec. 6
GREENVILLE – Take a luminary lit walk around historic Bear’s Mill, tour the mill and shop for the holidays during this open house from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6.
Tippecanoe Christmas in the Village
(Photo from Tippecanoe Christmas in the Village
Candlelight Walk at Bear's Mill
(Photo from Bear's Mill)
Christmas in the Village in Waynesville | Dec. 6-8
WAYNESVILLE - Waynesville takes on the nostalgic feeling of Christmas past as the downtown is adorned in traditional holiday décor on Dec. 6-8. There will be entertainment throughout the downtown and in a heated entertainment tent, and in store fronts. In addition, Santa Claus arrives daily via the Wayne Township Fire Department, and there will be horse drawn carriage rides, carolers & choirs, costume characters and so much more, plus more than 60 retail shops and boutiques to complete your gift giving list.
Tippecanoe Christmas in the Village | Dec. 7
TIPP CITY - Ignite your holiday spirit and enjoy the splendor of the season on a self-guided tour of beautifully decorated homes in Tipp City along Beechwood Drive in Hampton Woods on Saturday, Dec. 7 from noon to 5 p.m. Featuring expertly crafted custom homes built in the 1990s and 2000s, all ages will enjoy the unique decorations, live entertainment, and festive atmosphere. For a special experience, attend Preview Night on Friday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. This will allow you to avoid the day-time crowd and follow the glow of luminaries to tour the homes at night. After your more intimate showing, attend a reception held at the Eagles Lodge on Main Street in downtown Tipp City from 7:30-10 p.m. where there will be a lite meal, drinks and Christmas treats. Don't miss out on this exclusive ticket as only 60 spots are available. For tickets and more information about the Tippecanoe Christmas in the Village home tour, visit www.tippchristmas.com.
Angel House Christmas Bazaar in Tipp City | Dec. 7
TIPP CITY - Fine arts and quality craft vendors highlight this annual bazaar taking place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Tipp City United Methodist Church, 8 W. Main St.
Toy Donation Drive at Buffalo Wild Wings (with Door Prizes for Donors) | Dec. 7
TROY – Buffalo Wild Wings in Troy will host its annual Toy Drive from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 7. During this event, bring an unwrapped, new toy or donate money for a chance to win door prizes all day long, including gift cards, gift baskets and other goodies. The Troy Kiwanis will have its food truck at the restaurant for hot chocolate and Troy Community Radio will be live throughout the day.
Holiday Open House at the Hayner | Dec. 7
TROY - Hayner's Children's Day is a loud and happy day with Santa Claus, refreshments, a puppet show and arts and crafts from 1-5 p.m. on Dec. 7. It is free. Learn more at www.troyhayner.org.
Downtown Piqua Holiday Parade | Dec. 7
PIQUA – This hometown parade will take place from 2-3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 on Main Street in downtown Piqua. A holiday concert will follow from 3-4 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church in Piqua.
Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland Luminary Walk in Greenville | Dec. 7
GREENVILLE - Enjoy an annual luminary walk in the woods at Shawnee Prairie from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. More than 400 candle-lit lanterns will lead to the Log House where fires, pioneer volunteers and seasonal treats await. The event is free, but donations are appreciated.
Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland Luminary Walk in Greenville
(Photo from Darke County Parks)
Brukner Nature Center Arts & Crafts Show | Dec. 7
TROY – This annual show offers hundreds of one-of-a-kind, nature-inspired gifts for the holidays, with over 50 local artisans. Also find homemade pie. It takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 at Brukner Nature Center, 5995 Horseshose Bend Rd. in Troy.
Piqua Craft Show & Holiday Shopping Event | Dec. 7
PIQUA - Original art, handmade crafts, unique gifts and specialty items from over 30 local artisans and all your favorite national direct sales companies from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Fr. Angelo Caserta Center, 218 S. Downing St. in Piqua. Also enjoy food and drinks in the Master Chef's Café, plus festive music, raffle prizes and more. Proceeds benefit Cavaliers in Action at Piqua Catholic School.
Sounds of the Season Concert in Piqua | Dec. 7
PIQUA – The Piqua Arts Council will host this holiday concert from 3-4 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 200 High St. in Piqua. It is free.
Christmas of Yesteryear & Winter Wonderland Parade in Sidney | Dec. 7
SIDNEY – This festive event will feature horse and carriage rides in historic downtown Sidney, plus shopping and dining, the Reason for the Season Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. and an evening holiday parade featuring, among others, Santa and Mrs. Claus at 7:30 p.m.
Christmas of Yesteryear in Sidney | Dec. 7
SIDNEY - The Shelby County Historical Society hosts this annual event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7. There will be photos with Santa ($5), decorating gingerbread houses, making clay ornaments, a train display, woodcarving demonstrations and popcorn and chestnuts roasted on an open fire. It is free and open to the public.
Lebanon Horse-Drawn Carriage Parade | Dec. 7
LEBANON – A 10 a.m. parade through historic downtown Lebanon, plus holiday activities, shopping and dining to follow.
Holiday Farmer’s Market in Troy | Dec. 10
TROY – The Miami County Locally Grown Virtual Market will host a Holiday Farmer’s Market from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 at First Place Christian Church, 16 W. Franklin St. in Troy. Featuring 100% local foods and artisan crafts, shoppers can find: Produce, meats, eggs, honey, maple syrup and sugar, baked goods, sweets, tea, jam, fruit butter, pasta, seasoning mixes and herbs. Look for free samples. Additionally, there will be wool and fiber crafts, stocking stuffers, Christmas wreaths and greenery, birdhouses, flower bouquets and plants, and unique wooden, handmade gifts. The market will be accepting donations for the First Place Food Pantry as well, including food and toiletry items, baby items, refrigerated or frozen food, hygiene products and more. Learn more at www.miamicounty.locallygrown.net.
Holiday Chamber Concert at the Hayner | Dec. 11
TROY - Free holiday concert of seasonal favorites featuring some of Ohio’s most talented singers and instrumentalists at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main St. in downtown Troy. Learn more at www.troyhayner.org.
Portal to Piqua’s Past “Santa Claus” | Dec. 11
PIQUA – Library Director and local historian James Oda will present this historical talk about Santa in Piqua from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the Piqua Library. It is free.
Home Free - Dive Bar Christmas Tour at Hobart Arena | Dec. 13
TROY – Home Free will perform at Christmas concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 13 at Hobart Arena in Troy. For tickets and information, visit www.hobartarena.com.
Lebanon Horse-Drawn Carriage Parade
(Photo from Once Upon A Dream Horse & Carriage)
Christmas in the Village and Horse Parade in Arcanum | Dec.14
ARCANUM - This festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and includes food trucks, free face painting, a petting zoo, horse and carriage rides, kids crafts and candy cane hunt, live music, ice sculpting and the Horse Parade with Santa at 7 p.m.
Holly Jolly 5K/10K Run in Piqua | Dec. 14
PIQUA - The Annual Holly Jolly Run will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 on the Piqua PATH. Registration will take place at the City Building from 9-9:45 a.m.
North Pole Express at the Bradford Railroad Museum | Dec. 14
BRADFORD – This family event at the Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum will offer hot cocoa and a special cookie, a chance to meet a train conductors, porters and engineers and a visit with Santa and a Thomas the Train play area. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 200 N. Miami Ave.
Christmas in Ash Cave in Hocking Hills | Dec. 14
LOGAN - Step away from the hectic holiday season and come bundled for the weather for a lighted stroll back to Ash Cave. Once you arrive at the cave, warm up with refreshments by an open fire. Listen to or join with our carolers, have the kids visit with an old-fashioned Santa or help to decorate a Christmas tree for wildlife. The event takes place from 5-7 p.m. and is free. Learn more at www.parks.ohiodnr.gov/hockinghills.
Date Night Series “Sweethearts’ Stroll” at Lost Creek Reserve | Dec. 19
TROY - The Miami County Park District will hold a “Sweethearts’ Stroll” as part of their Date Night series on Dec. 19 from 6-9 p.m. at Lost Creek Reserve, 2645 E. State Route 41 east of Troy. Make time for your significant other and mark your calendar for our December’s Date Night. Take your sweetheart on a stroll along the woods and down charming farm lanes aglow with holiday lights. After the hike, warm up in the cabin with some hot chocolate and holiday goodies. Adults age 18 and up. Program fee $5. Preregistration required. Register for the program by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 109.
Winter Solstice at Serpent Mound | Dec. 21
PEEBLES – Watch the sun set over the Serpent effigy Mound from 4-5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21 at Serpent Mound Historic Park. Learn more at .