You don’t have to break the bank to enjoy Ohio’s Largest Playground! There are plenty of ways for visitors to play, splash and explore in Warren County for free. Visit Caesar Creek State Park for swimming, boating, hiking and fossil-searching, and check out Warren County’s full list of parks (Download here) for even more outdoor adventure. Hike, bike or rollerblade on the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail. Interested in art? Visit the Franklin Murals. Take a self-guided walking tour of Springboro to learn about the Underground Railroad and visit as many as 50 confirmed safe houses.

Whether you are looking to keep your kids entertained, spend time outdoors or get active, you’ll find plenty of free activities in Cincinnati and Warren County, Ohio. Check out this weekly listing of some of the most interesting and fun free things to do in Southwest Ohio.


September 12, 2015 - September 12, 2015

Second Saturday Street Faire

10am-5pm One Day

Second Saturday Street Faire features over 40 artists, crafters and authors, art contests, a cruise-in, a free book swap, historic costumed storytellers from Pioneer Village, local entertainment and more! Come spend a day in the Quaint Village of Waynesville where the Street Faire and over 60 shops and restaurants await you!

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September 26, 2015 - September 27, 2015

Civil War Encampment

Daily

Meet the Ohio Valley Civil War Association as they camp on the lawn at Glendower historic mansion. The group re-enacts an authentic Civil War soldiers' encampment including camp fire cooking. signal and telegraph core, cavalry, canon firing and close order drill. Glendower is open for tours both days, admission charged. See wchsmuseum.org for more details.

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September 26, 2015 - September 26, 2015

2015 Lebanon Country Applefest

10am-7pm One Day

Warren County Fairgrounds
665 N. Broadway St.
​​Lebanon, Ohio 45036
​513-320-2775

The 33rd Annual Lebanon Country Applefest has moved to the Warren County Fairgrounds, which will be filled with homemade crafts, great food, and entertainment. The Warren County Fairgrounds festival area is all blacktop or concrete with booths both indoor and outdoors, more on-site free parking and handicap access. We hope to see you there!

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October 03, 2015 - October 31, 2015

Bonnybrook Farms' Fall Farm Days

12pm-6pm Weekly

3779 St. Rt. 132
Clarksville, Ohio 45113
(937) 289-2500

Family traditions are enjoyed by many at Bonnybrook Farms, a beautiful and historic 370 acre working farm located in rural Warren County.

Fun on the Farm’ activities include a family friendly Adventure Wagon Ride. Soldiers, town folk, spies and politicians portrayed by professional theater actors commemorate the 150 year anniversary of the Civil War in Ohio.

“Pick your Own” Pumpkin Patch; Archery; Clodhopper Golf; Crazed Corn Maze; Pony Rides; Giant Slingshots; Orienteering; Horse Shoe Hill with 80’ Underground Slide; Farm Yard Play Area; Birthday Parties; Farm Animals to Pet and Brush and Fish to Feed. Pumpkin Chuckin' on Halloween weekend.

The Farm Kitchen Café offers Delicious Farm Dinners, Apple Dumplings, Caramel Apples, Cider and Pumpkin Pie, all "made from scratch" on the Farm. Shop the Country Store for Pumpkins, locally made Jams, Jelly, Honey, Fudge and Kettle Corn -- Handmade Candles, Fall Decorations and more.

Free (fee for some activities) Free Parking

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October 10, 2015 - October 11, 2015

46th Ohio Sauerkraut Festival

Sat: 9am-8pm | Sun: 9am-6pm Daily

Join us for the 46th Ohio Sauerkraut Festival, featuring 460 craft exhibitors, entertainment, and sauerkraut—served in many traditional and non-traditional ways. Always one of Southwest Ohio's tastiest gatherings.

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October 24, 2015 - October 24, 2015

2015 Howl' oween Pooch Parade

12pm-3pm One Day

Costume Party, Parade and Contest for Dogs (and their owners!). Prizes are awarded in the following categories:
Prettiest; scariest; funniest; best character and best pet duo, pet and owner. One award each will be give to large and small dogs.
After the contest there is a parade around downtown Lebanon followed by an Awards ceremony. All entries will get a "doggy bag" filled with a variety of prizes. Raffles for door prizes will also be held. Several vendors offering a variety of pet products will be in attendance as will representatives from the Warren County Humane Association and several rescue leagues.

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November 05, 2015 - November 07, 2015

Isaacs' Shaker Hill Annual Holiday Open House

10am-5pm Daily

We are celebrating 24 years of business and you are cordially invited to come and visit with us during this exciting time of the year. Thanksgiving and Christmas, a time for focusing on friendships, families and all our many blessings. This year we are continuing to feature MADE IN AMERICA merchandise. Our showrooms will be decorated for the season and we will have specials during the open house hours on many gift items! Please enjoy cookies and cider while you browse and shop. God Bless, The Isaacs' Family

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November 06, 2015 - November 08, 2015

Hearth Warming Holidays

Fri-Sat: 10am-8pm | Sun: 12pm-5pm Daily

Holiday Open House at Waynesville's Shops to celebrate the start of the Holiday Season. Shops will be featuring their new holiday merchandise and serving light refreshments. Participating shops will be sharing their favorite holiday recipes so as visitors collect recipes during the evening, they will create their own holiday recipe book using the cover and binder rings provided by the shops. Shops have extended hours from 10am-8pm on Friday and Saturday and 12pm-5pm on Sunday during this weekend open house.

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November 07, 2015 - November 07, 2015

Girls' Night Out

4pm-9pm One Day

It’s time to gather your girlfriends, mom, sisters, aunts, and neighbors and come to Historic Downtown Lebanon and shop, dine and have fun!

We even lined up a sitter! Call Jump Stop Safari (513) 228-0333 and ask about the Girls’ Night Out special!

Store Specials | Giveaways | Refreshments and much more!

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November 09, 2015 - November 14, 2015

Isaacs' Shaker Hill Annual Holiday Open House

10am-5pm Daily

We are celebrating 24 years of business and you are cordially invited to come and visit with us during this exciting time of the year. Thanksgiving and Christmas, a time for focusing on friendships, families and all our many blessings. This year we are continuing to feature MADE IN AMERICA merchandise. Our showrooms will be decorated for the season and we will have specials during the open house hours on many gift items! Please enjoy cookies and cider while you browse and shop. God Bless, The Isaacs' Family

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November 20, 2015 - November 22, 2015

Christmas in Historic Springboro

Daily

Christmas in Historic Springboro is one of the largest 3-day street festivals in Southwest Ohio, boasting over 65,000 attendees each year.

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November 27, 2015 - November 28, 2015

2015 Lebanon Holiday Open House

Daily

Come to Lebanon for an old fashioned Christmas . Christmas tree lighting, Carriage Rides, Shopping, and much more.

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December 04, 2015 - December 06, 2015

Waynesville's Christmas in the Village

Fri-Sat: 11am-9pm | Sun: 12pm-6pm Daily

Downtown Waynesville Ohio
10 B North Main Street
Waynesville, OH 45068

Join us in celebrating the holidays in Waynesville Ohio, December 4-6, 2015. This celebration has grown over the years with 1300 luminaries (Friday and Saturday evenings), carriage rides, strolling characters and choirs, musicians, and Santa Claus arrives daily via a fire truck. In addition to all the festivities, we have our downtown retailers prepared to help you with all your gift giving needs. We will have extended shopping hours during this event until 9:00 pm! Don't forget the great dining that will help make your experience just a little more special. For more information you can call 513-897-8855.

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December 05, 2015 - December 05, 2015

Lebanon Carriage Parade & Christmas Festival

10am-8pm One Day

Lebanon's largest annual event, always held the first Saturday in December. Kick off the holidays with two horse drawn carriage parades and an all day festival with entertainment and street vendors. Parade Times 1pm and 7pm

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February 13, 2016 - February 13, 2016

Sweetheart's Hike

1pm One Day

Caesar Creek State Park Nature Center
4006 Pioneer Village Road
Waynesville, OH 45068
(513) 897-2437

Grab your sweetheart and join the Naturalists for a guided hike through a winter wonderland. Free and open to the public. Meet at the Caesar Creek Nature Center at 4006 Pioneer Village Rd. Waynesville, Ohio 45068. 

For more information, check out our Facebook page

Admission is Free

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February 27, 2016 - February 27, 2016

Winter Hike

10am-12pm One Day

Caesar Creek State Park Nature Center
4006 Pioneer Village Road
Waynesville, OH 45068
(513) 897-2437

Meet at the Wellman Meadows Trailhead parking lot for a self-guided hike to Horseshoe Falls and our 103’ swinging bridge! Then hike over to the Nature Center to warm up with a nice soup lunch before going on to Crawdad Falls. 

For more information, check out our Facebook page

Admission is Free

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March 05, 2016 - March 05, 2016

Girls' Night Out

4pm-9pm One Day

Shops of Downtown Lebanon
Broadway, Mulberry and Main Street
Lebanon, OH 45036
(513) 228-2322

Gather your girlfriends, mom, sisters, aunts, cousins and neighbors and come to Historic Downtown Lebanon and shop, dine and have fun! 

Store Specials • Giveaways • Refreshments and more!

Admission is Free

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March 05, 2016 - March 06, 2016

2016 Scale Model EXPO

Daily

EnterTRAINment Junction
7379 Squire Ct.
West Chester, OH 45069
(513) 898-8000

Area hobbyists exhibit their scale models of all kinds including steam engines, r/c boats, planes, G-scale live steam trains, military models, 1/6th scale figures and dioramas, 3/4" and larger scale trains, and much more. 

Admission is free

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March 19, 2016 - March 19, 2016

G-Scale Only Swap Meet

10am-2pm One Day

EnterTRAINment Junction
7379 Squire Ct.
West Chester, OH 45069 
(513) 898-8000

Area G-Scale garden railroaders come together to sell and swap G-scale trains and related items. This event is sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati Garden Railway Society. It is a one day limited hours event.

Admission is Free

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March 19, 2016 - March 19, 2016

Hometown Expo "That Spring Thing"

10am-3pm One Day

Springboro High School
1675 S. Main St.
Springboro, OH 45066
(937) 748-0074

Hometown Expo "That Spring Thing" is Warren County's Largest Business to Consumer Expo, featuring 200+ exhibits including local businesses and non-profit organizations. Truly a community event, Hometown Expo is free to attend, and allows Springboro residents to directly interface with the Springboro business community. Find a doctor, an attorney, an insurance agent or an electrician all in one day. Residents can also enter to win hundreds of door prizes valued at over $15,000.

Opening ceremonies will be held promptly at 10:00 AM and will feature well-known community leaders. Make sure to get there early in order to secure a great parking space! Once you enter the event, you can stay throughout the entire day. The Expo Food Court will offer a variety of low-cost choices for breakfast/lunch. Restaurant vendors will provide smaller portions at around the $3 price point and below. Sales in the food court will be on a cash basis only.

Entertainment will be provided on the stage in the commons area of the high school. Music groups from Springboro Community Schools will perform as well as other local talent. Hometown Expo will conclude at 3:00 PM with a local music ensemble closing the event. 

Admission is Free

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May 07, 2016 - May 07, 2016

Girls' Night Out

4pm-9pm One Day

Shops of Downtown Lebanon
Broadway, Mulberry and Main Street
Lebanon, OH 45036
(513) 228-2322

Gather your girlfriends, mom, sisters, aunts, cousins and neighbors and come to Historic Downtown Lebanon and shop, dine and have fun! 

Store Specials • Giveaways • Refreshments and more!

Admission is Free

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May 29, 2016 - May 29, 2016

Old Main Street Antiques Show

9am-4pm One Day

Main Street
Waynesville, OH 45068
(513) 855-4315

Over 30 Area Antique Dealers

Admission Free

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June 04, 2016 - September 24, 2016

Bonnybrook Farms Chuck Wagon Dinner Ride

5pm-9pm Weekly

Bonnybrook Farms
3779 State Route 132
Clarksville, OH 45113
(937) 289-2500

A Chuck Wagon Dinner Ride offers a FUN Evening of GREAT Food and Camaraderie for Families, Friends and Groups of all Sizes on a Beautiful and Historic 370 Acre Working Farm.

Work up a hearty appetite before dinner with some "Fun on the Farm" Activities: Clodhopper Golf, Giant Slingshots, Corn Hole, Horseshoe Hill with 80' Underground Slide, Friendly Farm Animals, Feed the Big Fish, Farmyard Play Area, Catch & Release Fishing Pond

When the dinner bell rings, enjoy a delicious "made from scratch" dinner of hickory smoked pulled pork and chicken, Nathan's hot dogs, fresh locally grown salads and sides, cake and cookies.

Dine in the post and beam Gathering Barn or on the back porch overlooking the farm pond.

After dinner, board the wagon for a ride down an abandoned country road to the old chuck wagon at Todd Fork Creek for dessert and s'mores around the campfire.

Reservations required
Adult $40 ▪ Child 5-12 $28 ▪ 4 & younger free
Weekday and Weekend Dates available for Private Groups
20 minutes east of Kings Island

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June 11, 2016 - June 11, 2016

Lebanon Country Music Festival

One Day

Streets of Downtown Lebanon
Mulberry and Broadway
Lebanon, OH 45036
(513) 228-2322

Stompin' in the Streets- 4th Annual Lebanon Country Music Festival- Join us for live music, food, shopping, a mechanical bull, Kid's Coral and much more.

Admission is Free

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June 11, 2016 - June 11, 2016

Second Saturday Street Faire

10am-5pm One Day

Main Street
Waynesville, OH 45068
(513) 897-0667

Artists, Authors, Crafters, Art Contests, Free Book Swap, Cruise-In, Krafty Kids Market, Historic Displays, Entertainment

Admission Free

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June 18, 2016 - June 18, 2016

Youth Fishing Derby

Registration opens at 8am One Day

Caesar Creek State Park Youth Pond 
8570 East Route 73
Waynesville, OH 45068
(513) 897-2437

Registration opens at 8am, Fishing begins at 9am. Free and open to the public. Enjoy a fun day at the Youth Fishing Pond. Instructors are on hand to help you learn the ins and outs of this lifelong hobby. Equipment and bait are provided while supplies last. 

For more information, check out our Facebook page

Admission is Free 

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July 03, 2016 - July 03, 2016

Independence Day Parade

One Day

Downtown Lebanon
Broadway Street
Lebanon, OH 45036
(513) 228-2322

“Bring the Whole Family” Marching Bands, Floats, Antique Cars, Balloons & More. Celebrate our country. After the parade enjoy the Community Celebration and fireworks!

Admission is Free

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July 09, 2016 - July 09, 2016

Second Saturday Street Faire

10am-5pm One Day

Main Street
Waynesville, OH 45068
(513) 897-0667

Artists, Authors, Crafters, Art Contests, Free Book Swap, Cruise-In, Krafty Kids Market, Historic Displays, Entertainment

Admission Free

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August 13, 2016 - August 13, 2016

Second Saturday Street Faire

10am-5pm One Day

Main Street
Waynesville, OH 45068
(513) 897-0667

Artists, Authors, Crafters, Art Contests, Free Book Swap, Cruise-In, Krafty Kids Market, Historic Displays, Entertainment

Admission Free

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August 13, 2016 - August 13, 2016

Girls' Night Out

4pm-9pm One Day

Shops of Downtown Lebanon
Broadway, Mulberry and Main Street
Lebanon, OH 45036
(513) 228-2322

Gather your girlfriends, mom, sisters, aunts, cousins and neighbors and come to Historic Downtown Lebanon and shop, dine and have fun! 

Store Specials • Giveaways • Refreshments and more!

Admission is Free

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September 10, 2016 - September 10, 2016

Second Saturday Street Faire

10am-5pm One Day

Main Street
Waynesville, OH 45068
(513) 897-0667

Artists, Authors, Crafters, Art Contests, Free Book Swap, Cruise-In, Krafty Kids Market, Historic Displays, Entertainment

Admission Free

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September 24, 2016 - September 24, 2016

Lebanon Feast & Fall-y

One Day

Downtown Lebanon
Mulberry Street
Lebanon, OH 45036
(513) 228-2322

Join us for an alternative to a life of big box sameness. Whether it be industrial, artisan, patina’s, retro, upcycled or kitsch, or foodie dreams of small plates from local joints. A European street fair, creative jubilee and vintage market with tastings of local fare.

Admission is Free

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September 24, 2016 - September 25, 2016

Civil War Encampment

Daily

Glendower Historic Mansion
105 Cincinnati Ave.
Lebanon, OH 45036
(513) 932-1817

The life of Union Civil War soldiers in camp. Canons boom, close order drill, campfire cooking and lots more. 

Admission is Free

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October 01, 2016 - October 30, 2016

Bonnybrook Farms Fall Farm Days

12pm-6pm Weekly

Bonnybrook Farms
3779 State Route 132
Clarksville, OH 45113
(937) 289-2500

Family traditions are enjoyed by many at Bonnybrook Farms, a beautiful and historic 370 acre working farm located in rural Warren County.

Climb aboard the farm wagon for a family friendly Adventure Wagon Ride. Travel along the old stone roads of this historic farm... past the old home site, railroad line and Todd Fork Creek where you will encounter colorful characters portrayed by professional theater actors.

Fun on the Farm’ activities include a “Pick your Own” Pumpkin Patch; Archery; Clodhopper Golf; Crazed Corn Maze; Pony Rides; Giant Slingshots; Geocaching; Horse Shoe Hill with 80’ Underground Slide; Farm Yard Play Area; Birthday Parties; Farm Animals to Pet and Brush and Fish to Feed. The Great Pumpkin 5K Trail Run/Walk and Pumpkin Chuckin' on Halloween weekend.

The Farm Kitchen Café offers delicious farm dinners, apple dumplings, caramel apples, cider and pumpkin cake, all "made from scratch" on the farm. Shop the Country Store for pumpkins, locally made jams, jelly, honey, fudge and kettle corn -- handmade candles, fall decorations and more.

Admission: Free (fee for some activities)
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October 01, 2016 - October 01, 2016

Cabbage Roll Run

8am One Day

Sponsored by the Waynesville Area Chamber of Commerce

Clint Fultz Field
Corwin Road
Corwin, OH 45068

As the official kickoff to the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival, which is the following weekend, we host the Cabbage Roll Run. It is a 5 mile race that runs along the Little Miami Bike Trail and back to Clint Fultz Field. A lot of runners like our run because it is a little longer than a 5K. 

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October 08, 2016 - October 09, 2016

47th Ohio Sauerkraut Festival

Sat: 9am-8pm | Sun: 9am-6pm Daily

Downtown Waynesville Ohio
10 B North Main Street
Waynesville, OH 45068

Join us in Waynesville OH, for the 47th Ohio Sauerkraut Festival. You will be amazed at the handmade crafts ,that line the festival grounds, that hail from 25 states. They include but not limited to, candles, clothing, purses, country crafts, florals, glass and pottery, holiday crafts, jewelry, metal, pet and more.

Don't forget the humble cabbage, SAUERKRAUT, served in traditional and non-traditional ways. For example, sauerkraut sundae, cabbage rolls, sauerkraut pizza, Polish Cabbage Soup, sauerkraut brownies, bread and cookies, Not a fan of sauerkraut, no worries, we have plenty of food offerings to keep you satisfied. 

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October 13, 2016 - October 13, 2016

Twilight Canoe & Dinner for Two

5:30pm One Day

Valley Vineyards
2276 East US 22 & 3
Morrow, OH 45152
(513) 899-2166

Your favorite river outfitter, Morgan's Outdoor Adventures, is pairing up again with your favorite winery, Valley Vineyards, for our Twilight Canoe & Dinner for Two.

Come join Morgan's for a guided 3-mile canoe trip down the Little Miami River, ending back at Valley Vineyard for a cookout! Valley Vineyard's famous grill-it-yourself steak or salmon cookout and Live Music will be waiting for you at the end of the 1 hour float past the Blue Heron rookery and beautiful seasonal foliage and fauna. Don't miss this event!

Admission Fee $95

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October 16, 2016 - October 16, 2016

Perimeter Hike

10am One Day

Caesar Creek State Park 
8570 East Route 73
Waynesville, OH 45068
(513) 897-2437

Come join the Naturalists for a guided hike of our 12.7 mile Perimeter Trail through some of our most scenic trails, while enjoying all that fall on the Park has to offer. Discover more about the woods and wildlife in our area, and see Caesar Creek from a whole new point of view. Free and open to the public. Meet at the 50 Springs parking lot to join the adventure! 

For more information, check out our Facebook page

Admission is Free 

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October 21, 2016 - October 21, 2016

Halloween Camp Out

Daily

Caesar Creek State Park Campground
9000 Center Rd.
Wilmington, OH 45177
(513) 897-2437

Enjoy a fun family weekend of activities on Caesar Creek State Park!

For more information, check out our Facebook page

Admission is Free 

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October 22, 2016 - October 22, 2016

Howl' oween Pooch Parade

One Day

Downtown Lebanon
Mulberry St.
Lebanon, OH 45036
(513) 228-2322

6th Annual Howl' oween Pooch Parade- Lebanon has gone to the dogs! Bring dog for a day of Howling fun!

Admission is Free

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November 05, 2016 - November 05, 2016

Girls' Night Out

4pm-9pm One Day

Shops of Downtown Lebanon
Broadway, Mulberry and Main Street
Lebanon, OH 45036
(513) 228-2322

Gather your girlfriends, mom, sisters, aunts, cousins and neighbors and come to Historic Downtown Lebanon and shop, dine and have fun! 

Store Specials • Giveaways • Refreshments and more!

Admission is Free

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November 11, 2016 - November 13, 2016

Hearthwarming Holidays

Fri&Sat: 10am-8pm | Sun: 12pm-5pm Daily

Main Street
Waynesville, OH 45068
(513) 897-3003

Waynesville's Annual Holiday Open House

Admission Free

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November 18, 2016 - November 20, 2016

2016 Christmas in Historic Springboro

Fri: 6pm-10pm | Sat: 10am-9pm | Sun: 12pm-5pm Daily

South Main St.
Springboro, Ohio 45066


Christmas in Historic Springboro is one of the largest 3-day street festivals in Southwest Ohio, boasting over 65,000 attendees each year. 

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November 25, 2016 - November 26, 2016

Lebanon Holiday Open House

Daily

Shops of Downtown Lebanon
Broadway, Mulberry and Main Street
Lebanon, OH 45036
(513) 228-2322

You are cordially invited to spend the holidays with us in Historic Downtown Lebanon!
HOLIDAY ILLUMINATION 6:30PM, SANTA CLAUS IN TOWN HALL , MERCHANT’S OPEN HOUSE, FREE CARRIAGE RIDES and much more! 

Admission is Free

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November 26, 2016 - November 26, 2016

Small Business Saturday

One Day

Shops of Downtown Lebanon
Broadway, Mulberry and Main Street
Lebanon, OH 45036
(513) 228-2322

Shop Local- Shop Lebanon. Small Business Saturday

Admission is Free

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December 02, 2016 - December 04, 2016

Christmas in the Village in Waynesville, Ohio!

Daily

Downtown Waynesville Ohio
10 B North Main Street
Waynesville, OH 45068

Visit Waynesville Ohio, this holiday season and capture the spirit. On Friday, December 2 at 6:00 pm, the festivities kick off with a tree lighting ceremony, located at the gazebo on Main Street. We will have a heated entertainment tent all weekend long, where you will see a wide variety of holiday entertainment. Don't forget Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will arrive daily via Wayne Township Fire Department fire truck. They will drive down on Main Street and will wave to all the kids and will be dropped off at Canada Goose Gallery, located at 97 South Main Street. He will be there on December 2, 6:15 pm - 9:00 pm, Saturday December 3, 1-9 pm and Sunday, December 4, 1-4 pm.

Friday and Saturday evening will have 1300 luminaries that will line the entire downtown, Friday at 6:00 pm and for the remainder of the weekend we will have strolling costume characters, barbershop quartets, carriage rides and other entertainment. Don't forget the exceptional shopping and dining throughout the Village. You will be amazed at all the special goodies that Waynesville has to offer. We promise you will feel the holiday spirit with all the activities that we provide for this festive weekend. 

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