- Games for children’s game drive. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, November 27. Swimming pool parking in Athens, 601 E-State Street, Athens. Help Briana collect toys to distribute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital for those who can’t go home for the holidays. If you have questions or would like to see our gaming wishlist, please Bryana Wallace at 740-590-7833.
- Donkey for dogs table Christmas gifts. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tuesday, December 7th. Donkey Coffee & Espresso, W Washington Street, Athens. stop at Friends of the Shelter Dogs Holiday table for homemade dog treats, homemade treats, T-shirts, Christmas gifts and more while supporting our programs for shelter dogs: shots, fleas, worms, money for sick and injured dogs, and much more! Plus meet some cute shelter dogs.
Parades and Santa Claus
- Athena city tree lighting and Santa’s arrival. 6-8 p.m. Thursday, December 2. Athena Armory, North Court Street. Information at https://athenschamber.org.
- Krampus Parade. 5-7 p.m. Saturday, December 4th. 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 join in the fun. Krampusnaucht is traditionally December 5th. We’ll walk from the Chosen Pathways to Donatos, then cross into the Athens Community Center to enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and cider. Then we will return again to the chosen paths. Costumes are encouraged, the scarier the better – find Krampus mask patterns for sale on Etsy. Bring your bells, kegs, and portable lanterns (no flashlights, please). We’re going to make a lot of noise and have some fun on holidays in Athens. More information on Facebook.
- Visit Santa. Santa’s Workshop, 6-8pm Thursday 9-23 December, 11am-1pm Saturday 4-18 December. Court Corner and Streets of Washington, Athens.
- Guernsey County Court Recess Show. 5:30 to 11 p.m. November 25-27, December 3-4, December 10-11, December 17-18, December 24-26, and December 31-January. 1; 5:30 – 9 p.m. Other days, Guernsey County Courthouse, 801 Wheeling Ave, Cambridge.
- Gallipolis in the spotlight. November 25 – January 2. Virtual Lighting Party at 7pm on November 25.
- Belpre holiday lights. November 27 – January. 2.
- Merry-etta Tour of the Lights. Wed 6-10 p.m. 1- Fri. Dec. 31. Marietta.
- Columbus Commons Holiday Lights Supported by the AEP Foundation. From dusk until 11pm daily from November 19 through January. 2. 160 S. High St. Columbus. More than 400,000 LED lights. Roaming musicians, free hot chocolate and free carousel rides from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, December 3, 10 and 17.
Local goodies to order
- Chesterhill Production Auction Holiday Packages.Submit applications by 1 December; Pick up from Chesterhill CPA or 2-5 p.m. Thursday, December 16 at the Rural Labor Office, 8 N. Plains Rd. , The Plains. Small package, $30: Popcorn, wheat bread, chocolate candy, fruit jam, pint of syrup, toffee bread. Medium Package $60: Each small package plus a bar of soap, homemade candle, 3-foot rug, and cutting board. Large Bundle, $100: Each medium bundle (4 inch rug) plus bag of chips, acre integration element, rolling pin.
- Cookie trays at the Catholic Women’s Club. Pre-orders with payment due on Wednesday, December 1st; Pick up at Holy Family Center, 75 Stewart Street, 3-6 p.m. Friday, December 10, or 10 a.m. through noon Saturday, December 11. Father Mark’s Homemade Cinnamon Rolls.
- Athens holiday market. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday 4-18 December. Market on State, 701 East State St, Athens. Find jewelry, fibres, paint, prints, ceramics, woodwork, sweets, baked goods, plants, eco-printed scarves, clothing, quilted bags and more. Sponsored by the Athens Art Guild, the Athens Farmers’ Market and the State Market.
- Selling prints, plants and utensils. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, December 4th; Noon – 5 pm Sunday December 5 Arts West, 132 W State Street, Athens. A truly unique shopping experience featuring handcrafted artwork, live plants and ceramic work, all created or developed by local artists or horticultural professionals. Get a jump on holiday shopping while supporting your local economy! Parking is available behind Arts West.
- Christmas craft fair. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday 11 December. Christ Wesleyan Church, 6275 Kenny Memorial Lane, Albany. All sellers are handcrafted only and will offer a large variety of handcrafted items.
- Chesterhill Holiday Auction. 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Saturday, December 11th. Chesterhill Products Auction, 8380 Wagner Road, Chesterhill. Lots of gifts and seasonal products available. The walk starts one hour before the auction starts.
- Riverside Keyloggers Benefit Craft/Seller View. Noon – 6 p.m. Saturday, December 11, Syracuse Community Center, 2244 7th Street, Syracuse, Ohio. A fundraiser from Middleport Riverside Clogers for a workshop in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in March 2022.
- Open house on holiday country work. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 14. UpCycle Ohio Thrift Store and Community Makerspace, Athens.
Micro and local handicrafts
Clothing, accessories and jewelry
- Tina crowns. Hand crowns for all ages. Products are also available at Starbrick Gallery, Nelsonville; Hyacinth Flowers Bean, West Union Street; Passion Works Studio, Uptown Athens.
- Nadine’s corner. Hand-stitched masks, polymer clay figurines
- mushrooms Hand crocheted scarves, baby blankets, throw blankets.
- late century vintage. Vintage clothing and accessories.
- Passion Works Studio. 20 E. State Street, Athens. Products are also available at The Bobcat Depot in Baker Center; Bobcat Store, McKee House 103, OU Campus; Ohio Health Openness Hospital Gift Shop; Raphael’s Salon, Court Street, Athens; Southeast Ohio History Center, Western State and Congress Streets, Athens; Hyacinth Bean florist, West Union Street, Athens.
- Saturday baby. Handcrafted brass enamel and watercolor art.
- little things of art. Unique metallic art prints.
- Art by Rachel LeRoy. Watercolor prints, posters and photos for dogs or cats.
Art, craft, sewing and embroidery supplies
- blue cage. artificial and silk flowers, fruits, greenery; Vintage and wholesale beads.
- sewing. Cross stitch patterns by download.
- beads and things. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Friday; 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday. Private visit by scheduling an appointment on Tuesday or Wednesday. 8 Street N. Scheffer Athena. Beads, pendants, jewelry findings.
- College Library Arts Department. The library is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Call ahead to verify that the art store is open: 888-286-1804. 50 Court Street, Athens. Miscellaneous supplies for fine arts, crafts, and crafting.
- paper circle. 35 W Columbus Street, Nelsonville. Handcrafted specialty papers, origami paper, original cardstock, and laminated books.
- creative creations. European-style and other kinds of charms and beads for jewelry making.
- Novelties Stich n Time. Ancient and modern sewing patterns, sewing and craft supplies.
- Cat Altier Art. Hand-poured scented soy candles and exotic labels.
- Found from the forest. Nature-inspired jewellery, bath and body products and candles. Products in White’s Mill and Kindred Market.
- Hxve mercy. Funky jewelry and vinyl car decals.
- Hollow crafts. Hand-tufted and wire-wrapped brooms for use and decoration.
- Fares Tim. Stained glass, nature-inspired jewelry, and other handmade items.
- Knotty Hooker Store. Crochet and macrame veil, wire-wrapped jewelry.
- tape. Crochet flower decorations and more.
- life moments designs. Handmade gift card and money envelopes, DIY paper flower kits, and pin back buttons.
- Putnam and Speedwell. Antique furnishings, fashion, books and curiosities.
- Kiberi creations. Custom and handmade jewelry and gifts.
- Shakti Traveller’s Shop. Handmade goods from India, Nepal, Thailand and Bali.
Visual and performing arts
- Starbreak opens this festive season. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, November 26, Starbreak Gallery, 21 W. Columbus Street, Nelsonville. Share the spirit of the season while enjoying some great snacks and art made by local artists.
- “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Thursday, December 2, 7 pm and 8 pm, Athens Cinemas, Court Street, Athens. Part of the Ninth Annual Holiday Movies series. Acceptance is a non-perishable food item or a cash donation to the Athena Food Store. Proof of vaccination required for those aged 12 and over; Masks required.
- “dwarf.” 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, December 4th. Athena Cinema, Court Street, Athens. Part of the Ninth Annual Holiday Movies series. Acceptance is a non-perishable food item or a cash donation to the Athena Food Store. Proof of vaccination required for those aged 12 and over; Masks required.
- “Christmas Carol Doll.” 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday 11 December. Athena Cinema, Court Street, Athens. Part of the Ninth Annual Holiday Movies series. Acceptance is a non-perishable food item or a cash donation to the Athena Food Store. Proof of vaccination required for those aged 12 and over; Masks required.
- Holiday Pops with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 11 Stewart 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 for the door. Rows A through E: $37.50/advance, $42.50/door. Rows F-I: $27.50/advance, $32.50/door. Balcony: $22.50 up front, $27.50 door. https://stuartsoperahouse.org/events/columbus-symphony-orchestra/.
- “Polar clarification.” 1pm and 3pm Saturday 18th December. Athena Cinema, Court Street, Athens. Part of the Ninth Annual Holiday Movies series. Acceptance is a non-perishable food item or a cash donation to the Athena Food Store. Proof of vaccination required for those aged 12 and over; Masks required.
- “It’s a wonderful life.” 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday, December 23. Athena Cinema, Court Street, Athens. Part of the Ninth Annual Holiday Movies series. Acceptance is a non-perishable food item or a cash donation to the Athena Food Store. Proof of vaccination required for those aged 12 and over; Masks required.
Children and family activities
- Eid decorations for kids. 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, December 4th. Burr Oak State Park, 10220 Burr Oak Lodge Road, Gloucester. Stop by the nature center to make a simple decoration for your tree or house. All materials are provided.
- Recycled creations: bows and twigs. 3:30-5pm Thursday 9th December. Gloucester Public Library, 20 Toledo Street, Gloucester. Create a recycled centerpiece or wreath from gently used holiday supplies, natural greenery, and a grapevine wreath base. Donate your creation back to the library and it will be distributed to a local company Take home what you make or do together! Snacks and drinks will be provided. Masks are required for adults, and children who are able are encouraged to wear them.
- DIY Christmas decoration. 1–3 p.m. Friday, December 10, Colville Public Library, 26401 Main St, Coolville. Join us for an hour or two to make a rustic home decoration, listen to Christmas music and leave the stress of the holidays behind.
- Making a holiday wreath. 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, December 15. Chauncey Public Library, 29 Converse Street, Chauncey. Make a holiday wreath with native evergreens from Southeast Ohio green trees. We will take some time in this program to learn about the local greenery and to identify which trees the branches we are using came from. Each participant will leave with a holiday wreath.
- High winter solstice. Burr Oak State Park 10220 Burr Oak Lodge Road, Gloucester. 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, December 21. Join the natural world on a 1.5-mile hike to admire the evergreen plants, many of which are associated with the holiday season, on the shortest day of the year. Hot chocolate and homemade biscuits on the fire after a picnic. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and wear appropriate clothing for the weather. Meet in the lobby of the hostel.