Ringing in the Holidays in Ohio's Largest Playground

Blog by Stacha Yundt

The holidays are here again, and there’s so much fun to squeeze into the season! We’ve put together a list of just some of the awesome ways you can celebrate the most wonderful time of the year right here in Warren County.

Kings Island's Eiffel Tower and Royal Fountain decorated with holiday lights for WinterFest.

Santa, Jack Frost and more holiday giants have been spotted at the Eiffel Tower which can only mean one thing: WinterFest at Kings Island returns November 26th! The biggest playground in Ohio’s Largest Playground will transform into a holiday wonderland complete with entertainment, freshly baked treats, visits with Santa, ice skating and more.

Giddy-up jingle horse when the Lebanon Horse Drawn Carriage Parade and Festival returns December 4th! This all-day event in Downtown Lebanon kicks off at 10am and features a full day of shopping, food, holiday lights & more. There are two chances to catch the mane event with a daytime parade at 1pm and an evening parade at 7pm.

Feel home suite home for the Howl-idays at Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge. For a few weeks out of the year, the Lodge is transformed into a magical holiday getaway with festive decor and plenty of seasonal activities for the entire family. Where else can you go walking through a winter wonderland on your way to the water slide?

Lebanon Horse-Drawn Carriage Parade
A team of horses pulls a carriage carrying passengers.

All aboard for the LM&M’s North Pole Express. This holiday season, the LM&M Railroad is your ticket to memories & a little holiday magic. Take a journey with Santa and his Elves on this 1 hour & 15 minutes festive train ride through Warren County. Visit the website for tickets and more information.

Back by popular demand, Renaissance Park will once again transform into a holiday wonderland during Yuletide Village beginning November 26th! Find one-of-a-kind gifts as you stroll through the Village, meet Santa (or Krampus!) in the Woodland, experience a Winter Fairy Land, and enjoy spectacular lights and music!

Santa and his reindeer are ready to saddle up when The Christmas Ranch opens for the season beginning November 19th! Enjoy some of the most impressive holiday lights around, six unique Christmas shops, a bakery and cafe, train rides and more!

Try not to shoot your eye out during A Christmas Story at La Comedia Dinner Theatre. Settle in for an evening (or afternoon!) of fine food, entertainment and this holiday classic.

Shop local and shop small in Ohio’s Largest Playground. Have you made your holiday wishlist? We recommend checking it twice — then heading to Springboro, Waynesville, Lebanon or any of Warren County’s charming small towns to shop at the region’s hundreds of locally owned boutiques! Or, if your wishlist calls for something larger, Mason’s Deerfield Towne Center and Monroe’s Cincinnati Premium Outlets offer big-time bargains on big-name brands!

‘Tis the season for small-town festivals, and there are plenty to be found in Warren County. Christmas in Springboro kicks off November 19-21st and Waynesville’s Christmas in the Village returns December 3-5th. Enjoy lights, festive decor, shopping and more as you ring in the holidays.

There’s no shortage of ways to celebrate the holiday season this year in Warren County, so grab your hot chocolate and let’s get the most wonderful time of the year started!