We all have our favorite, time-honored holiday traditions -- Grandma's house on Christmas Eve, pictures with Santa at the mall, or watching our favorite holiday movies. Whatever your holiday tradition, one thing is certain, the holidays are about family and lasting memories. Warren County has many great holiday-themed events to bring back or create new memories for you and your loved ones.
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Each year this festival is recognized as the largest three-day holiday festival in Ohio, Kentucky or Indiana and attracts over 50,000 visitors. This year's theme is All I Want for Christmas and marks the 26th year of this Yuletide tradition in Springboro. Enjoy food and beverage vendors, Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides, plenty of fun and games for the children and great music and entertainment from local bands and performers.
During Waynesville's own unique holiday festival, you can offers its own holiday festival stroll their quaint streets, lined with 1300 luminaries, as you pass by roaming carolers and decorated store fronts. Plus, you will find outstanding holiday merchandise in their more than 50 antique and specialty shops!
During the Lebanon Antique Horse-Drawn Carriage Parade, historic buildings and candle-lit streets provide you the perfect backdrop for one of the Midwest's most popular holiday traditions. Women, men, and children alike line Lebanon's charming downtown streets for this all-day event featuring a 1pm parade, street carolers, holiday shopping and concludes with the 7pm parade highlighted by carriages parading through beautiful candle-lit streets.
Snowland, the annual holiday celebration at Great Wolf Lodge, offers families the perfect (and warm) alternative to winter's falling temperatures. Inside the Grand Lobby, your family will marvel at sparkling holiday lights, bright stars, glowing icebergs, cascading snow, decorations, trees and wreaths that create the perfect winter wonderland.
When your kids aren't writing letters to Santa or taking arts and crafts classes at North Pole University, they can enjoy their winter break with 84 degree water inside the Lodge's mammoth indoor waterpark. Leave the big, bulky sled and the steep hills behind and let your kids go wild, sliding head first down one of Great Wolf's 11 captivating water slides.
Leave the sleigh and the reindeer behind this holiday season and catch the holiday spirit aboard the North Pole Express at the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad. See the majesty on your children's faces as they take a historic locomotive through the wintery countryside on their way to see Santa and Mrs. Claus at the North Pole. Take one step off the train and you are greeted by elves as you are transported into Santa's special workshop where kids can get their pictures taken with Santa.
La Comedia Dinner Theatre
November 1 - December 31
Bring the family to La Comedia for a magical night of dining and merriment at one of the largest professional dinner theaters in the country. Every holiday season, La Comedia Dinner Theatre transforms into a magical world of Christmas spirit thanks to their annual holiday production. This year's performance of promises to get you in the Christmas Spirit.
Join us for the Lebanon Holiday Tour of homes. Visit 8 unique homes; five in the Historic Downtown area and three off the Rt. 48 by-pass, all beautifully decorated for the holiday season. An added feature this year is the shopping bazaar from noon to 4p being held at the Lebanon Convention and Banquet Center, so come on out and scratch off a few items from your gift list.
During the Festival of Lights, you can see one the top zoos in the country under the full glow of more than 2 million lights! This popular holiday tradition offers a variety of activities for the entire family including a stunning performance of The Polar Express in a dynamic 4-D presentation inside the Zoo's Special F-X Theater! Kids can visit Santa's village, hear stories from Mrs. Claus or catch a special show performed by Madcap Puppet Theatre!
Everyone knows that Santa rides in a sleigh pulled by his reindeer, but you probably didn't know that Santa is also an expert deep-sea diver. Find out for yourself s during this unique holiday event featuring daily underwater shows performed by the now famous Scuba Santa! When on dry land, Scuba Santa is your host for beautiful decorations throughout the aquarium, plus fun games and crafts for the young ones.
Located on five beautiful acres, The Christmas Ranch offers visitors more than 350,000 lights, most of which are synchronized to music using state-of-the-art technology! This true winter wonderland has been featured nationally on HGTV and ABC's Good Morning America!
Select Dates in December
Admission: Adults-$6 Students-$4
The historic Glendower mansion, owned and operated by the Warren County Historical Society will be decorated for Christmas and open for tours. It's a great way to see how Christmas was celebrated in the 1800's. Plus there will be music, costumed interpreters and more. Visit their website for more details.
Cincinnati Museum Center
Admission: Duke Energy Customers click here for free admission
Holiday Junction Featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains has something for everyone this holiday season! View Rocky Mountain Express, a new film from The Stephen Low Company that will take you on a steam train adventure through the Canadian Rockies, in the state of the art OMNIMAX Theater. And celebrate winter holidays from across the globe at the Winter Solstice: Festival of Lights.
Bring the kids out to Downtown Mason for carriage rides, a picture with Santa, the Christmas parade and many other exciting activities. Mason will be aglow from head to toe with decorative lighting, wreaths and a Christmas tree on the plaza.