10 Wonders of a Warren County Winter

Blog by Scott Hutchinson

Winter in Ohio may mean chilly temps and snow-covered streets, but it’s also one of the most charming and delightful times for visitors to experience the many wonders of Warren County. Awe-inspiring light displays, old-time traditions and so much more make Ohio’s Largest Playground an incredible end-of-the-year escape. Here are just a handful of the heartwarming holiday adventures awaiting Warren County visitors this winter.

Kings Island's WinterFest | Mason, Ohio

1) Kings Island's Winterfest
When Kings Island, Warren County's world-renowned amusement park, transforms into a magical winter wonderland each November, there's truly no limit to the festive family fun you'll find. Live holiday performances, mind-blowing light displays, fresh-baked sweets and more incredible entertainment make this awe-inspiring celebration one of the Midwest's very best holiday highlights.

2) SnowLand at Great Wolf Lodge
Santa, snow and…water slides? You'll find that - and so much more - when you lead your pack to Mason's Great Wolf Lodge during the holidays.

Horse-Drawn Carriage Parade
Lebanon Horse-Drawn Carriage Parade | Lebanon, Ohio

3) The Lebanon Horse-Drawn Carriage Parade
If it's that cozy, small-town holiday feeling you're after, look no further than Historic Downtown Lebanon. Each year on the first weekend of December, more than than 100 antique, candle-lit carriages pulled by majestic Clydesdales, percherons and more beautiful breeds roll their way down scenic, decorated streets at this truly spectacular wintertime wonder.

4) Waynesville’s Christmas in the Village
One of the Midwest’s most charming small towns (and one the nation's top antiquing destinations), the Village of Waynesville also stakes claim to one of the region's most beautiful and heartwarming holiday celebrations.

LM&M Railroad
North Pole Express at The LM&M Railroad | Lebanon, Ohio

5) The LM&M Railroad's North Pole Express
Santa, Mrs. Claus and all of their happy helpers treat guests to hot cocoa, cookies and more holiday fun aboard this nostalgic, old-timey train ride each winter.

6) The Christmas Ranch
Spanning over 5 acres, and nationally recognized by the likes of Good Morning America and HGTV, Morrow's The Christmas Ranch thrills guests with its display of approximately 1 million lights synchronized to holiday music.

7) La Comedia Dinner Theatre
Classic carols, dazzling costumes and spectacular performances give guests plenty to cheer about at this gorgeous dinner theatre’s annual holiday productions. This winter's show? Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical!

8) Small-Town Shopping Galore
No matter what's on your wish lists this holiday season, Warren County's small town shopping scene - boasting more than 100+ locally owned boutiques - is an awesome, easy and affordable option for knocking out your holiday haul!

Yuletide Village at Renaissance Park | Waynesville, Ohio Photo Credit: Checkmate Photography

9) Yuletide Village at Renaissance Park
The 16th-Century spirit of Waynesville's legendary Ohio Renaissance Festival gets a seasonal spin at this one-of-a-kind wintertime wonder. Featuring rustically adorned Christmas characters, hearty holiday fare and so much more, it's a truly unique gathering you won't want to miss!

10) Christmas in Springboro
Yet another charming, small-town holiday celebration, Christmas in Springboro is one of the largest holiday festivals in the Tri-State area and treats guests to three days of gorgeous lights and décor, wonderful wintry treats, Santa Claus appearances and more festive fun!