Donkey for the dogs Christmas gift table. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, December 7. Donkey Coffee & Espresso, W. Washington St., Athens. Stop by the Dog Friends of the Shelter holiday table for homemade dog treats, locally made treats, t-shirts, Christmas gifts and more while supporting the programs we provide for dogs around the world. shelter: vaccines, flea medicine, worming, funds for sick and injured dogs, and much more! Plus, meet cute shelter dogs.
Illumination of the tree in the city of Athens and arrival of Santa Claus. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, December 2. Athens Arsenal, North Court Street. Information at https://athenschamber.com.
Parade of Krampus. 5-7 p.m. Saturday, December 4. Chosen Pathways Spiritual Emporium, 400 E. State St. Suite A, Athens. In European mythology, Krampus accompanied Saint Nicholas to punish naughty children. All ages are welcome to have fun. Krampusnaucht is traditionally on December 5. We will walk from Chosen Pathways to Donatos, then cross the Athens Community Center to enjoy donuts with hot chocolate and cider. Then we will return on foot to the chosen routes. Costumes are encouraged, the scarier the better – look for Krampus mask designs for sale on Etsy. Bring your own bells, drums and portable lanterns (no flashlights, please). We’ll be making a lot of noise and having fun bringing the holidays back to Athens. More info on Facebook.
Visit Santa Claus. Santa’s workshop, 6 to 8 p.m., Thursdays, December 9 to 23, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays, December 4 to 18. Corner of Court and Washington Streets, Athens.
Guernsey County Courthouse Holiday Light Show. 5:30 to 11 p.m. Nov. 25 to 27, Dec. 3 to 4, Dec. 10 to 11, Dec. 17 to 18, Dec. 24 to 26, Dec. 31 as of Jan. 31, 1; 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on other days. Guernsey County Courthouse, 801 Wheeling Ave., Cambridge.
Gallipolis in lights. Nov. 25–Jan. 2. Virtual Lighting Ceremony at 7 p.m. on November 25.
Belpre Holiday Lights. Nov. 27–Jan. 2.
Merry-etta Tower of Lights. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wed. December 1 to Friday, December 31. Marietta.
Columbus Commons Holiday Lights powered by the AEP Foundation. Dusk-11 p.m. daily Nov. 19-Jan. 1 2. 160 S. High St., Columbus. Over 400,000 LED lights. Traveling musicians, free hot chocolate, and rides from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays, December 3, 10, and 17.
Chesterhill Produce Auction Holiday Bundles. Place your orders before December 1st; pick up at the CPA in Chesterhill or 2-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16 at the Rural Action Office, 8 N. Plains Rd., The Plains. Small package, $30: popcorn, wheat bread, chocolate candies, fruit jam, pint of syrup, dessert bread. Medium pack $60: entire small pack plus bar of soap, homemade candle, 3-foot mat, cutting board. Large pack, $100: Entire medium pack (mat is 4′) plus bag of chips, Integration Acres item, rolling pin.
Catholic Women’s Club cookie trays. Pre-orders with payment due by Wednesday, December 1; pick up at Holy Family Center, 75 Stewart St., 3-6 p.m. Friday, December 10 or 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, December 11. Assortment of biscuits, kolaches (walnut, apricot, poppy or prune) and Father Mark’s homemade cinnamon buns.
Athens Holiday Market. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays from December 4 to 18. Market on State, 701 East State St, Athens. Find jewelry, fibers, paint, prints, ceramics, woodworking, candies, baked goods, plants, eco-print scarves, clothing, quilted bags and more. Sponsored by the Athens Art Guild, Athens Farmers Market and State Market.
Sale of prints, plants and pots. 10am-6pm Sat. 4 Dec. ; from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, December 5. Arts West, 132 W. State St., Athens. A truly unique shopping experience featuring handmade artwork, living plants and ceramic works, all created or grown by local artists or horticulturists. Jump into your holiday shopping while supporting your local economy! Parking available behind Arts West.
Christmas Craft Fair. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 11. Christ Community Wesleyan Church, 6275 Kenney Memorial Lane, Albany. All sellers are handmade only and will offer a wide variety of handmade items.
Chesterhill Holiday Auction. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, December 11. Chesterhill Produce Auction, 8380 Wagoner Rd., Chesterhill. Many gifts and seasonal products available. Guided tours start one hour before the start of the auction.
Riverside Cloggers Benefit Craft/Vendor Show. Noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, Syracuse Community Center, 2244 7th St., Syracuse, Ohio. Fundraising for Middleport’s Riverside Cloggers to attend a workshop in Gatlinburg, Tennessee in March 2022.
Rural Action Vacation Open House. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 14. UpCycle Ohio Thrift Store and Community Makerspace, Athens.
Visual and performing arts
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday, December 2. Athena Cinema, Court St., Athens. Part of the ninth annual holiday movie series. Admission is a non-perishable food or cash donation to the Athens Pantry. Proof of vaccination required for ages 12 and up; mandatory masks.
“Elf.” 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Saturday, December 4. Athena Cinema, Court St., Athens. Part of the ninth annual holiday movie series. Admission is a non-perishable food or cash donation to the Athens Pantry. Proof of vaccination required for ages 12 and up; mandatory masks.
“A Muppet Christmas Carol.” 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, December 11. Athena Cinema, Court St., Athens. Part of the ninth annual holiday movie series. Admission is a non-perishable food or cash donation to the Athens Pantry. Proof of vaccination required for ages 12 and up; mandatory masks.
Holiday Pops with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 11. Stuart’s Opera House, 52 Public Square, Nelsonville. The first time the orchestra came to Stuart’s, the show was sold out! Box seats: $37.50/advance, $42.50/door. Rows A-E: $37.50/advance, $42.50/door. Rows F-I: $27.50/advance, $32.50/door. Balcony: $22.50/advance, $27.50/door. https://stuartsoperahouse.org/events/columbus-symphony-orchestra/.
“The Polar Express.” 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Saturday, December 18. Athena Cinema, Court St., Athens. Part of the ninth annual holiday movie series. Admission is a non-perishable food or cash donation to the Athens Pantry. Proof of vaccination required for ages 12 and up; mandatory masks.
“It’s a wonderful life.” 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday, December 23. Athena Cinema, Court St., Athens. Part of the ninth annual holiday movie series. Admission is a non-perishable food or cash donation to the Athens Pantry. Proof of vaccination required for ages 12 and up; mandatory masks.
Children and family activities
Holiday ornaments for children. 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday 4 December. Burr Oak State Park, 10220 Burr Oak Lodge Rd., Glouster. Stop by the nature center to make a simple ornament for your tree or home. All materials provided.
Recycled creations: bows and branches. 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, December 9. Glouster Public Library, 20 Toledo Street, Glouster. Create an upcycled centerpiece or wreath from lightly used holiday supplies, natural greenery, and a vine wreath base. Donate your creation to the library and it will be given away to a local business, take home what you make, or do both! Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Masks are mandatory for adults and encouraged for children who can wear them.
DIY Christmas ornament. 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, December 10. Coolville Public Library, 26401 Main Street, Coolville. Join us for an hour or two to create a rustic and warm decoration, listen to Christmas music and forget the stress of the holidays.
Making holiday wreaths. 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, December 15. Chauncey Public Library, 29 Converse St, Chauncey. Make a holiday wreath with locally picked greenery from evergreen trees in southeast Ohio. We will take time in this program to learn about our local evergreens and identify which trees the branches we use come from. Each participant will leave with a Christmas wreath.
Winter solstice hike. Burr Oak State Park 10220 Burr Oak Lodge Rd., Glouster. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, December 21. Join the naturalist on a 1.5-mile hike to admire evergreen plants, many associated with the holiday season, on this shortest day of the year. Hot chocolate and homemade cookies by the fire after the hike. Wear sturdy hiking boots and dress for the weather. Meet in the lodge lobby.