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November
29

Where to See Santa in Cleveland This Year

Santa Claus is coming to town! We love visiting Saint Nick during the holidays and luckily he'll be setting up shop all over Cleveland this season so you'll get a chance to meet him. The big guy and his elves will be hosting a multitude of events, giving you plenty of opportunities to tell him your Christmas list and snag a photo or two. We found the best places in Cleveland to find Santa this year, so pull out your wish list, check it twice and get ready to meet everyone's favorite holiday icon in person.  

Santa at Beachwood Place

Where: Beachwood Place When: November 16-December 24, Times Vary Get into the festive spirit by visiting St. Nick at Beachwood Place. He's waiting for you, so have your wish list ready! He'll be available to take photos with children (or adults!) up until Christmas Eve.  

Kringle's Inventionasium

Where: Kringle's Inventionasium When: November 17-December 30, Times Vary Cleveland Santa

Photo courtesy of Kringle's Inventionasium

Your family has been invited to assist Mr. Kringle in the evaluation and creation of toys. Visit Kringle's Inventionasium and explore all of the departments of Mr. Kringle's top secret toy lab while participating in hands-on activities and games. At the end, you'll get to spend some time with Mr. Kringle himself and even take a photo with him! Don't miss this incredible and unique holiday experience — get your tickets today.  

Country Lights

Where: Lake Metroparks Farmpark When: November 23-December 2, 5-9, 11-23, Times Vary Celebrate the holidays farm-style at the Lake Metroparks Farmpark! Follow a line of lighted trees to Santa's workshop and help him build some toys before taking a wagon ride through the incredible light displays. At the Equine Center, you'll see operating model trains, meet farm animals and enjoy presentations in the arena. Dinner and snacks will be available in J&J's Cafe! Tickets are required for the toy workshop.  

Visit Santa's Workshop in Legacy Village

Where: Legacy Village When: November 24-December 23, Every Saturday and Sunday 12-4 p.m. Cleveland Santa Santa will also be settling at Legacy Village this season! Hang out with the big guy and give him your Christmas list while having your photo taken by his helpful elves. Photos are complementary and for every photo taken, $5 will be donated to Cleveland Clinic Children's.  

Breakfast with Santa

Where: Cleveland Botanical Garden When: December 9 and 16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Come enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, crafts, cookie decorating and a ride on the Garden Express before sitting down with Santa himself. Make sure you bring your camera — this is a fun holiday event you won't want to forget! Reservations are required.  

Santa Brunch

Where: Spice Kitchen+Bar When: December 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cleveland Santa There's nothing quite like the smell of waffles in the morning — gingerbread waffles that is! For a festive meal with Santa, check out Spice Kitchen+Bar's 6th annual Santa brunch. There will be gingerbread waffles, house-made hot chocolate and many more holiday specials along with their full brunch menu. Visit with Santa and then head over to the fully stocked cookie decorating station. Call (216) 961-9637 to secure your spot today!  

Have a wonderful holiday season!

 
November
27

12 Christmas Tree Farms Near Akron and Canton, Mapped

Can anything beat the smell of a freshly cut Christmas tree during the holidays? Sure, it would be easier to pick one up at the grocery store or even buy a fake tree to reuse again and again — but nothing gets your family in the holiday spirit like visiting a local tree farm to get the real deal!   Christmas tree farmers have years of experience and their staff can help you pick out the perfect tree. We've rounded up the 12 best Christmas tree farms near Akron and Canton to help you plan your holiday outing and make this Christmas one you won't forget.      

Flower Tree Farm

1236 Hudson Road, Kent Flower Tree Farm

Photo courtesy of Flower Tree Farm

Since 1980, a visit to the Flower Tree Farm in Kent has been a Christmas tradition for many families. They offer both pre-cut trees and cut-your-own sales so you can decide how you want to pick out your holiday centerpiece! They start selling trees the day after Thanksgiving through December 23.  

Rauh Christmas Tree Farm

3001 North River Road, Stow Rauh Christmas Tree Farm offers several different types of trees — everything from spruce to pine — so you can find your perfect tree. They have a huge variety to choose from and charge the same price regardless of size!  

Shawnee Trail Tree Farm

896 Terex Road, Hudson If you're looking for a tree over 25 feet tall — Shawnee Trail has you covered! They offer trees of all different sizes and in over seven different varieties. They also provide refreshments while you shop and observe their many farm animals, such as cows, chickens, sheep and an adorable donkey named Twix!  

Medina Christmas Tree Farm

3301 Hamilton Road, Medina Medina Christmas Farm

Photo courtesy of Medina Christmas Tree Farm

This adorable farm is completely family (and dog) friendly! Enjoy some hot chocolate by the fire, grab lunch at their refreshment stand, visit their friendly farm animals, and pick out one of their handmade wreaths to take home! They've just opened a new lot of trees down the road so there are plenty of trees to choose from!  

Hinton Primitives & Christmas Tree Farm

982 Stump Road, Minerva Rustic decor lovers will adore this eclectic shop and tree farm combination. Kaye and Bill Hinton purchased a family member's farm 16 years ago and the rest is history! Kaye loves to craft and sells her creative works in the shop, such as primitive dolls, furniture and more, while Bill sells crops from the farm year round — including during the holidays! They have a huge selection of trees to choose from. While you're there don't forget to check in with farm cats named Louis and Mr. Hope!  

Doc Miller's Christmas Trees

12666 German Church Street, Alliance Doc Miller's prides themselves on being as eco-friendly as possible! They don't use pesticides, fungicides or colorants, and guarantee that your tree will never be sprayed with any kind of chemicals. Choose a fantastic tree and feel good about it this holiday season!  

Heritage Farms

6050 Riverview Road, Peninsula

Heritage Farms

Photo courtesy of Heritage Farms

Open for 170 years now — Heritage Farms has plenty of experience in providing family-farm fun in Peninsula, Ohio! Visit them this holiday season to pick out your tree, and then make sure to stop by Michelle's Greenery Shop for roping, wreaths and swags! Warm up by the sandstone fireplace with some hot chocolate and cookies from their Coffee Corner.  

Ricciardi's Tree Farm

2136 Greenwich Road, Wadsworth Ricciardi's Tree Farm is not only a great place to get your Christmas tree this year — it's also a beautiful event venue for weddings, holiday parties and even family photos! Make sure to check out this picturesque location this season!  

Timber Valley Christmas Tree Farm

4250 Bagdad Road, Medina This family-owned and -operated Christmas tree farm offers cut-your-own trees of all shapes and sizes at reasonable prices! They promise to make it a memorable holiday experience for you and your family, and you'll want to come back again year after year.  

Skylar Brook Farm

12853 Bair Road, Orrville Skylar Brook Farm For a unique Christmas experience this year, visit Skylar Brook Farms. This farm offers an original combination of Christmas trees and alpacas! When you visit, make sure to check out their alpaca store where they sell luxury products such as gloves and hats made from alpaca fleece — perfect as stocking stuffers!  

Galehouse Tree Farm

11762 Coal Bank Road, Doylestown Pick up your Christmas tree AND the ornaments at Galehouse Tree Farm! Not only do they offer several different types of trees, but they also have a barn full of Christmas decor! The Tree House opens in April every year for those who just can't wait for Christmas and offer crafting classes all year round. They also share Christmas decor ideas on their website!  

Moore's Christmas Tree Farm

6767 Edison Street, Hartville Moore's Tree Farm is a family-owned, 100-acre farm that specializes in growing Christmas trees, daylilies and hostas. The farm has been passed on through the generations since 1945. They offer gorgeous trees and fun for the whole family. Plus, there's free hot chocolate!  

Have a tree-mendous holiday!

For more holiday cheer, check out our complete guide to 28 holiday events in the Akron and Canton area!    
November
19

23 Must-Do Cincinnati Area Holiday Events

During the holidays the Cincinnati area turns into a winter wonderland. Snow blankets the city and downtown is adorned with millions of twinkling lights. Between the festivals, holiday markets, theater performances and light displays, it's hard to decide how to celebrate. To make it a little easier, we put together a list of our most anticipated events of the season. There are opportunities to get a little gift shopping done, experience some magical shows and even watch Santa swim with sharks. We guarantee there's something for everyone in the Queen City this holiday season, so get the family together and hit the town!  

A Crystal Holiday

Where: Krohn Conservatory When: November 10-January 6, Open Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cincinnati Holiday Events Discover a shimmering frozen landscape at Krohn Conservatory 2018 Holiday Show — A Crystal Holiday! Come out and watch trains chug through a miniature Cincinnati constructed from natural materials. This year, the conservatory will also be featuring National Park Service structures from around the country such as the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore and more!

Holiday in Lights

Where: Sharon Woods When: November 16-December 31, Sunday-Thursday 6-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 5:30-10 p.m. Cincinnati Holidays

Photo courtesy of Holiday in Lights

Santa and his elves are once again taking over the Sharon Woods as the Holiday in Lights drive-through display returns. Constructed on over a mile of wooded roadway, the holiday-themed displays will depict all of your favorite holiday characters. There's no need to even get out of your car to enjoy this special sight!

Lights at The Christmas Ranch

Where: The Christmas Ranch When: November 16-December 23, Sunday-Thursday 5-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 5-10 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving No matter how you decide to spend your holiday — The Christmas Ranch is a must-see Christmas destination! Featured on Good Morning America and HGTV, the light display at The Christmas Ranch is one of the most famous in the country. Come out and experience this magical sight! Then, stop by one of the Christmas shops, Santa's Bakery and Cafe, get a picture with Santa and take a ride on a train or wagon. You do not want to miss this Ohio holiday tradition!

North Pole Express

Where: Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad When: November 16-December 29, Times Vary Take a ride with Santa Claus to the North Pole! During an hour-long journey, Santa and his elves will make their way through the train and visit with each family. Every child will receive a bell from Santa's sleigh along with a cookie and hot chocolate. You don't want to miss this magical holiday experience! Reservations are required.

Holiday Lights on the Hill

Where: Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park When: November 16-January 1, Monday-Thursday 6-9 p.m., Friday-Sunday 6-10 p.m. cincinnati holiday events Experience over 2 miles of incredible light displays from the comfort of your own car! This year, the creative directors behind Luminosity and Blink will be partnering with Pyramid Hill to bring you something new and exciting. You won't want to miss it!

Christmas at the Junction

Where: EnterTRAINment Junction When: November 17-January 1, Sundays 12-6 p.m. This year, create a new holiday tradition for your family at EnterTRAINment Junction. During Christmas at the Junction, you can see the magic of Christmas at the home of the World's Largest Indoor Train Display. Afterward, journey to the North Pole to meet Mrs. Claus and Santa!

PNC Festival of Lights

Where: The Cincinnati Zoo When: November 17-January 1, Sunday-Thursday 4-9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 4-10 p.m. PNC-Festival-of-Lights

Photo courtesy of The Cincinnati Zoo

Voted #1 Zoo Lights in the Country by USA Today, the PNC Festival of Lights is back again for a magical night of festive fun. In addition to admiring over 3 million lights, visitors can also watch a Madcap black-light puppet show, ride the BB&T Toyland Express, search for fairies in Fairyland, experience the spectacular Wild Lights show on Swan Lake and even visit with Santa himself!

Light Up Middletown

Where: Smith Park When: November 22-December 31, Daily 6-10 p.m. While this is a free event, donations are welcome at Light Up Middletown this year. This driving tour spans through a 100-acre park, completely adorned in sparkling LED lights. Several themed displays will be featured, including a floating sea serpent, Santa's workshop, helicopters, Penguin Village and so much more!

A Christmas Carol

Where: Marx Theatre When: November 21-December 29, Times Vary A Christmas tradition for the whole family, "A Christmas Carol" is a perfect way to spend a night this holiday season. The faithful storytelling along with spellbinding stage magic makes this show one of the Playhouse's most popular productions every year!

Santa's Arrival at the Cincinnati Museum Center

Where: Cincinnati Museum Center When: November 23, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. CMC-Santa Experience Santa's grand Cincinnati entrance at the Cincinnati Museum Center this season. Before he settles in to visit with children, he'll be arriving by helicopter while visitors enjoy music from Chris Comer Trio. Afterward, there will be a Santa welcome celebration in the Rotunda!

Arctic Blast at Carol Ann's Carousel

Where: Carol Ann's Carousel When: November 23-24, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Have fun while learning at Carol Ann's Carousel this holiday season! At this family event, learn the basics of ornithology (the study of birds) and all about penguins and their habitats. There will also be crafts, giveaways and so much more!

Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt

Where: Fountain Square When: November 23-25 and November 30-December 1, 12-5 p.m. Cincinnati Holiday Guide

Photo courtesy of Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt

Come out and experience the seventh annual Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt, an authentic German Christmas market in downtown Cincinnati. Peruse local artisans selling traditional German fare, hot spiced wine and more, all while surrounded by gorgeous Christmas lights!

Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa

Where: Newport Aquarium When: November 23-December 31, Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cincinnati Scuba Santa

Photo courtesy of the Newport Aquarium

In this unique holiday event, you can watch Santa as he swims with sharks at the Newport Aquarium! While you're there, don't forget to check out all of the other incredible attractions like Ring of Fire: World of the Octopus, the Amazon Tunnel, The Stingray Hideaway and more. General admission ticket required.

Kings Island Winterfest

Where: Kings Island Park & Ride When: November 23-December 31, Times Vary This holiday season, Kings Island will transform into an enchanting wonderland! With more than 5 million beautiful lights hung throughout the park, as well as festive features such as an ice skating rink, 19 rides including Mystic Timbers, live entertainment and even guest appearances from all of your favorite holiday characters.

Holiday Artisan Market

Where: The Carnegie When: November 24, Doors open at 12 p.m. Kick off your holiday shopping this year at the Holiday Artisan Market. Shop handcrafted gifts and unique finds from local artists! Come out and support independent artmakers and purchase goods you can feel good about giving.

Macy's Downtown Dazzle

Where: Fountain Square When: November 24-December 8, Saturdays starting at 5:30 p.m. Cincinnati Holiday Christmas

Photo courtesy of Downtown Cincinnati

See Santa and his friends rappel down the side of the Huntington Bank Center to the Fountain Place rooftop, followed by a spectacular fireworks display! Each week, they'll host a different musical guest or ensemble including the Young Professionals Choral Collective, Macy's Choral Ensemble and more! While you're there, don't forget to stop by and visit Mrs. Claus for storytime at Carew Tower, get a picture with Santa and enjoy a free ride on the Cincinnati Bell Connector.

Santa Skates

Where: Fountain Square Ice Rink When: November 24-December 8, Saturdays and Sundays 12-1 p.m. We bet you didn't know that in addition to being great at gift giving, Santa is also an accomplished ice skater. So, strap on your skates and come out and see Santa as he takes his turn on the ice this holiday season at the Fountain Square Ice Rink!

Holiday Kick-Off

Where: Taft Museum of Art When: November 25, 11:15 a.m.-4 p.m. Holiday Season Kickoff there will be free activities for the whole family! Enjoy gorgeous decorations, fun take-home crafts, photos with Santa, holiday stories, lunch in the Linder Family Cafe and even meet a penguin from the Newport Aquarium! Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Victorian Holiday Village

Where: Ohio National Financial Services When: November 30-December 1 and December 6-7, Times Vary Victorian-Holiday-Village Cincinnati

Photo courtesy of Ohio National Financial Services via Fred Haaser Photography

This memorable event features thousands of twinkling lights, fully decorated miniature Victorian-style homes and buildings, entertainment, free cocoa and cookies, and a complimentary 5x7 photo with Santa! While this family-friendly event is free, bring a non-perishable food item (no glass jars, please) with you to donate to the Freestore Foodbank.

Celebrate Chanukah

Where: The Jewish Discovery Center When: December 2-10, 5:30 p.m. Celebrate Chanukah with the Jewish Discovery Center this year. Enjoy watching the grand Menorah lighting, participating in a Kahoot game night, playing laser tag and so much more! For a full itinerary of events, check out the Jewish Discovery website.

Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells

Where: Memorial Hall OTR When: December 8, 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. Everyone's favorite first grader is back again in a live performance adapted from the extremely popular series by Barbara Park. All of the students in Room One are happily creating the perfect holiday party. Except, how is Junie B. supposed to enjoy anything when she has drawn the name of her arch nemesis, Tattletale May, as her Secret Santa gift recipient? But wait — this is the perfect opportunity to give May exactly what she deserves… or is it? This fun play will be fun for your whole family!

The Nutcracker

Where: Cincinnati Music Hall When: December 13-24, Times Vary The Nutcracker Cincinnati Ballet's holiday triumph returns once again to the Cincinnati Music Hall, complete with gorgeous sets and costumes and set to Tchaikovsky's beloved score. Embark on a journey with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince during a family tradition that can't be missed!

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)

Where: The Otto M. Budig Theater When: December 14-30, Times Vary The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is back again with tons of festive cheer and a little bit of cynicism. What begins as another annual production of "A Christmas Carol' soon devolves into a slightly irreverent look at all of our favorite holiday classics including "It's a Wonderful Life", "Frosty and Snowman", "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and more! Get your tickets now!  

Happy Holidays!

Which event are you the most excited for? Let us know in the comments!
November
15

21 Essential Columbus Holiday Events You Should Mark on Your Calendar

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Time to break out the holiday decorations and start planning out your itinerary. This time of year, Columbus is bursting with festive events all perfect for getting you and your family into the holiday spirit! We've rounded up 21-holiday events in Columbus that we are most looking forward to this year! From watching breathtaking ballerinas perform to viewing awe-inspiring light displays — we're sure you'll find something to be jolly about this holiday season!

Holiday Hoopla

Where: Shadowbox Live When: November 15 – December 29, Times Vary Called the "granddaddy of all holiday shows", this hilarious holiday performance mixes sketch comedy with seasonal music and features the send-up The Santa Babies. This is Shadowbox Live's longest running show and has been entertaining audiences for a quarter of a century! You don't want to miss it!

Wildlights

Where: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium When: November 16 – January 6, Sunday – Thursday 5-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5-10 p.m. This is an event you won't want to miss out on! This family tradition is continuing for its 30th year — come out and see beautiful light displays along with your favorite animals. There will also be animated light shows, a visit from Rudolph and his friends, the Polar Bear Express, Camel Rides and more!

Picture an Old-Fashioned Christmas

Where: Hanby House Historic Site When: November 17, 12-4:30 p.m. Have a unique photo taken in the decorated parlor of the Hanby House! Wear your own festive clothing, or use the Civil War era costumes provided. It will be perfect for your holiday card or just for fun!

Conservatory Aglow

Where: Franklin Park Conservatory at Botanical Gardens, the Conservatory When: November 17 – January 2, Times Vary The biggest and brightest holiday show at the Franklin Park Conservatory returns again! Artfully placed light installations highlight the lush horticulture displays within the interior biomes and courtyards. The Paul Busse model railway, hand blown glass ornament trees and poinsettia trees provide the perfect backdrop for photo opportunities. They will also be offering adult libations and seasonal food to help get you in the holiday spirit!

Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"

Where: The Ohio Theatre When: November 23-25, Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. A Christmas Carol

Photo courtesy of Omaha Community Playhouse

This celebrated Charles Jones adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", brought to you by the Nebraska Theatre Caravan, features thrilling ensemble music, beautiful new arrangements and moving renditions of holiday songs that people of all ages will enjoy!

The Legendary Lights of Historic Clifton Mill

Where: The Historic Clifton Mill When: November 23 – December 31, Everyday 5-9 p.m. Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year's Eve 5-8 p.m. Featured in Midwest Living and Ohio Magazine, The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill is one of the finest light displays in the country! With over 3.5 million lights illuminating the mill, gorge, riverbanks, trees and bridges it truly is a legendary sight! There is even a 100-foot "waterfall" of twinkling lights. Don't miss this incredible sight!

Dragon Lights — Columbus Illuminates the Holiday Season

Where: Ohio State Fairgrounds When: November 23 – January 6, Tuesdays – Sundays 5:30-10 p.m. Dragon Lights

Photo courtesy of Tianyu Arts & Culture

See the Ohio State Fairgrounds in a whole new light this year! With over 40 larger-than-life handmade lanterns covered with hand painted silk, you'll be able to witness a light show created by more than 20,000 twinkling LED lights! It's a display unlike any other! 

Illuminating Shopping

Where: Historic Old Worthington When: November 29, 6-9 p.m. Enjoy a festive evening with family and friends while shopping and dining in historic Old Worthington! Local retailers will be open late and offering specials on their products. Plan to make this long-standing tradition a part of your 2018 holiday schedule!

Home for the Holidays Columbus Jazz Orchestra

Where: Southern Theatre When: November 29 – December 2, Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Holiday Events in Columbus The Columbus Jazz Orchestra promises an evening of festive music to get you in the holiday spirit, and a good time for the whole family!

Holiday Pops

Where: The Ohio Theatre When: November 30 – December 2, Times Vary A great annual tradition continues as Ronald J. Jenkins leads the Columbus Symphony and Chorus in some of the season's most-loved holiday songs and carols. Rumor has it that Santa will also be making an appearance!

Columbus Winterfair

Where: Ohio State Fairground, Bricker Building Winterfair When: November 30 – December 2, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Get your holiday shopping done early this year! Browse the holiday artists' market and find unique handcrafted items. Artists from across the nation will be showcasing their traditional and contemporary crafts including ceramics, woods, glass, painting and more!

BYOB Holiday Lights Trolley

Where: Westies Tavern When: November 30 – December 30, Everyday except for Christmas Eve and Christmas at 5:30 p.m. This adult holiday event is perfect for those who want to see all of the beautiful Columbus light displays in one night! Start off at Westies Tavern for a check in and enjoy a small appetizer, then get whisked off on a four-hour tour that includes stops like the Columbus Zoo Wildlights, towns such as Dublin and Upper Arlington, a drive through downtown Columbus and more! Tickets are required.

WinterFest

Where: Bicentennial Park When: December 1, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. WinterFest is a celebration of giving featuring local and national musical acts, seasonal ales from hometown breweries and favorite dishes from Columbus food trucks! Artist Rayland Baxter will be headlining the event! Volunteers will be selling hand-crafted bowls as part of the Empty Bowls initiative which supports the Mid-Ohio Foodbank!

DIY Festive Holiday Wreath Making

Where: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, The Wells Barn When: December 1, 1-3 p.m. Learn how to create a festive wreath, perfect for your front door throughout the holiday season. A varied selection of greenery, cones, berries and other plant material will be available for you to make your unique holiday decoration! Registration is required.

Village Lights

Where: Historic German Village When: December 2, 5-9 p.m. Visit the historic streets of German Village to discover a world of lights and holiday magic! Follow luminaries from shop to shop and start checking off your holiday gift list. Businesses will be open late with holiday specials. At StriezelMarkt on the Platz, you'll find vendors, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, ice carvings, live music and more! Plus, the holiday lights display will be breathtaking!

The Piano Guys

Where: The Palace Theatre When: December 6, 7:30 p.m. The Piano Guys became an internet sensation in 2011 by way of their immensely successful series of original music videos, featuring a blend of classical and pop music. On December 6, The Piano Guys will be playing select songs from their 2017 album "Christmas Together" at the Palace Theatre. It's sure to be a wonderful time for the whole family!

Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting

Where: Ohio Statehouse When: December 6, 5:30 p.m. Kick off the holiday season with this annual Statehouse event! This family-friendly celebration will feature a tree lighting, carolers, refreshments, community mascots and a visit from Santa himself!

The Nutcracker

Where: The Ohio Theatre When: December 7-23, Times Vary

Photo by Jennifer Zmunda, courtesy of BalletMet

BalletMet's Nutcracker is the perfect way to take a break from the hectic holiday season. Gorgeous costumes and sets, along with magnificent dancing will make this performance one you won't soon forget!

Holiday Lights Tour

Where: Columbus City Adventures When: December 7-27, Times Vary Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit with Columbus City Aventures, as you take a two-hour bus tour through Columbus to see all of the fantastic light displays! Stops include the Grand Illumination along the Scioto Mile, the Festival Lights at Columbus Commons and a special stop to stroll through Christmas Corner!

Santa in the Caboose

Where: Hillard Historical Village When: December 9, 3-6 p.m. Columbus Holiday Events This kid-friendly holiday event features a horse-drawn carriage ride, live music, refreshments, beautiful lights and the opportunity to get your photo taken with Santa from the 1800's! This historical take on Christmas will provide your family with endless fun and memories!

John Legend – A Legendary Christmas

Where: The Palace Theatre When: December 9, 8 p.m. Come out and see John Legend live in concert where he'll perform classic holiday songs such as "Silver Bells", "Christmas Time is Here" and "By Christmas Eve" from his new album "A Legendary Christmas".  

Happy Holidays!

Did we miss your favorite Columbus holiday event? Let us know in the comments!  
November
13

6 Stunning Homes For Sale in Dublin, OH Right Now

Dublin, OH is located just 17 miles from downtown Columbus and is a wonderful place to call home! Not only are the people of Dublin some of the friendliest you'll ever meet, but it's also a natural oasis. With more than 1,098 acres of developed parkland, 96 miles of bike paths, several golf courses and more — it's an outdoor enthusiast's paradise! If you've fallen in love with the area, we have great news! There are a lot of amazing homes available right now in Dublin. We've gathered together seven incredible and unique options so that you can find a home that is perfect for you. Happy shopping!  

Move-in-Ready and Stunningly Designed

4 Beds | 5 Baths | 3,315 Sq. Ft. | Listed by The Brown Frisky Group Homes for sale in Dublin, OH Homes for sale in Dublin, OH

Find this home at 6548 Ballantrae Place

Quality workmanship shines in every room of this move-in-ready home. The custom kitchen houses 42-inch cabinets, crown molding, high-end granite and a generous pantry — a home cook's dream! The large windows and high ceilings are just icing on the cake.  

Unique Riverfront Home

4 Beds | 4 Baths | 3,992 Sq. Ft. | Listed by The Rosalyn Miller Group Homes for sale in Dublin, OH Homes for sale in Dublin, OH

Find this home at 64 S Riverview Street

This home is completely unique and nestled comfortably in the lush, woodland setting at the heart of historic Old Dublin. Just seconds away from shops, restaurants and even kayaking! Our favorite part of this futuristic abode is the master bathroom which features a double shower, open ceiling and a gorgeous bathtub with a view!  

Soft Contemporary Flare

4 Beds | 5 Baths | 3,477 Sq. Ft. | Listed by Conley and Partners Homes for sale in Dublin, OH Homes for sale in Ohio

Find this home at 9094 Moors Place

This gorgeous home with Williamsburg-inspired architecture has unmatched views of the golf course. Enjoy an open floor plan with high ceilings, spacious deck, master suite with a luxury bath and so much more! Our favorite features are the kitchen island with seating on three sides and the full basement — perfect for entertaining!  

Elegant Oasis

3 Beds | 3 Baths | 2,970 Sq. Ft. | Listed by John and Frieda Beegle Homes for sale in Dublin, OH Homes in Dublin Oh Movie Theater

Find this home at 9353 Pratolina Villa Drive

This well-maintained home is perfect for those who just want to sit back and relax. With an adorable deck with pond views, sunroom with a dry bar and a private movie theater, you'll never want to leave!  

Picturesque Green Space

4 Beds | 3 Baths | 2,401 Sq. Ft. | Listed by The John Francis Group For Sale in Dublin Ohio Homes in Dublin Ohio

Find this home at 6311 Newgrange Drive

If you're looking for a natural paradise you've found it! This beautiful home backs to a gorgeous nature preserve. Enjoy the 400 sq. ft. four season room with plenty of windows to see the incredible backyard!  

French Country Masterpiece

6 Beds | 8 Baths | 6,998 Sq. Ft. | Listed by Conley and Partners Homes for sale in Dublin Homes in Dublin, Oh for Sale

Find this home at 7590 Bellaire Avenue

This extraordinary French-inspired home sits on a stunning 2.65-acre riverfront lot in Dublin. It is beautifully designed with a gourmet kitchen, vaulted ceilings, custom built-ins, hardwood floors and a roomy covered deck. We're absolutely in love the huge backyard and fire pit!  

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November
8

A Complete Guide to 28 Holiday Events in the Akron and Canton Area

It's nearly here! The holiday season has snuck up on us once again and pretty soon strings of lights will be adorning the fronts of houses and your mailbox will be bulging with Christmas cards. This time of year, our calendars fill with family get-togethers, ugly Christmas sweater parties and white elephant gift exchanges. Take a breather from the craziness of the holidays and visit one of the many events happening this season in Akron and Canton! From watching the Nutcracker to swimming with Santa, there's something for everyone this time of year. We tracked down some of the most exciting events going on this season, so mark your calendars and make the holiday one to remember!

The 6th Annual Marketplace Holiday Gala

When: November 8-10, 11 a.m-9 p.m Where: The Marketplace at Gervasi Vineyard, Canton Holiday events Canton and Akron Ohio Gervasi Vineyard

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For the wine lover in your family, visit this year's Market Place Gala at Gervasi Vineyard! Enjoy tiny treats while you shop their new holiday lines, dine in the Crush House for a special holiday lunch, and get an expanded tour of the winery. They promise a memorable experience that appeals to all the senses!

37th Annual Holiday Tree Festival

When: November 17-25, Times Vary Where: The John S. Knight Center, Akron Make sure to mark your calendars for the 37th Annual Holiday Tree Festival in Akron, where you can see more than 200 trees, 85,000 strings of lights and other holiday creations! It's a truly beautiful sight and all proceeds benefit the Akron Children's Hospital.

Wild Lights at the Akron Zoo

When: Saturday and Sundays Starting November 23, 5-9 p.m. Where: The Akron Zoo Holiday events in Canton and Akron Ohio Wild Lights Akron Zoo

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The Akron Zoo will most definitely have the wildest light display this holiday season. Almost the entire zoo will be decorated and many animals will be on exhibit. While you're there, stop by Santa Land and tell Santa your holiday wishes, visit Holly Jolly Hillside which will feature lighted North American animals and trees synchronized to music, take a ride on the Wild Winter Express train ride, and stop by Mrs. C's Sweets for a s'more!

15th Annual Tree Lighting and the Welcome Santa Parade

When: November 23 at 7 p.m. and November 24 at 11 a.m. Where: Lock 3, Akron The night after Thanksgiving, be sure to head over to Lock 3 to watch the streets of downtown Akron light up with thousands of holiday lights and fireworks! There will also be live performances, ice skating and holiday treats.

Main Street Holiday Window Displays

When: November 23-January 1 Where: Main Street, Akron Take a stroll down Main Street between Bowery and State this holiday season and enjoy the largest seasonal vintage collection in Ohio. Department store's will showcase animated displays from the 1960's-80's in the windows of the O'neil's, Polsky and Landmark buildings.

Christmas at Beech Creek Gardens

When: November 24-December 23, Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays 12-5 p.m. Where: Beech Creek Gardens, Alliance Holiday events in Akron and Canton Ohio There's so much to see at this weekend holiday event! Have fun and learn something new at the Beech Creek Gardens. Enjoy Candyland and the Christmas Express, explore the Festival of Trees, visit with the Grinch, learn about animals in winter, complete workshops for adults and children, sip hot cocoa, and more!

The Nutcracker Presented by the Ballet Theatre of Ohio

When: November 24-December 2, Saturdays at 2 and 7 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Where: Akron Civic Theatre This wonderful holiday tradition lives on in Akron and is a "must-do" for you and your family. Roger Durbin of the West Side Leader wrote,"... the production levels in Artistic Director Christine Meneer's version — as well as her engaging choreography — capture the audience and transport it for a couple of hours into a magical, wonderful, escapist wonderland." Get your tickets here.

Christmas Candlelight Tea

When: November 30, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Where: Dragonfly Tea Room, Canal Fulton Make sure to start off the holiday season right. Sip an invigorating cup of tea in the Dragonfly Tea Room while snacking on holiday treats and listening to live music. Call ahead to make a reservation!

McKinley Presidential Library & Museum's Annual Holiday Party

When: November 30, 6-8 p.m. Where: McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, Canton This annual party will definitely be a fun time for the entire family. There will be musical entertainment, crafts for kids, open-hearth cooking demonstrations, special planetarium and science shows and, of course, a visit from Santa! The museum will be beautifully decorated with over 30 trees and holiday scenes. Reservations are appreciated.

Christmas on the Canal

When December 1, 3-7 p.m. Where: Downtown Canal Fulton Holiday events in akron and canton ohio

Photo courtesy of Cliff Franks Photography

Historic Canal Fulton invites you to stroll the streets of the downtown area and celebrate this holiday season. The blocked off streets will allow space for wood and ice carvers, carolers, and wagon rides. Stop by and visit Santa and meet Mrs. Oberlin for tours of the Oberlin House and Olde Canal Days Museum. Shops will be open late to offer special discounts, refreshments and entertainment. When the sun goes down, the electric lights parade and tree lighting ceremony will commence!

Hands-On Holidays

When: December 2, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Where: Akron's Children Museum For an event the whole family will enjoy, Hands-On Holidays at the Akron's Children's Museum is perfect! Meet fun holiday characters as you explore interactive exhibits with special make-and-take crafts. Paint your own snowman, design your own cookie, enjoy a live DJ and more — plus, adults AND kids can enter to win fun prizes. They will also be hosting a Winter Warmth Drive at the event and collecting gloves, hats, socks and scarves for kids and adults for Family Promise of Summit County.

Holiday Celebration at the Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center

When: December 2, 3-6 p.m. Where: Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center, University of Mount Union, Alliance Celebrate the holiday season in nature. The Huston Brumbaugh Nature Center's annual holiday celebration features crafting, s'mores and hot chocolate by the fire, live acoustic music, and a visit with Santa Claus in a 1800's-era cabin. This event is truly simple holiday fun for the whole family!

2018 Light Up Downtown

When: December 6, 6-8:30 p.m. Where: Central Plaza + Downtown Canton Holiday events in Akron and Canton Ohio Light up Downtown

Photo courtesy of the Canton Chamber of Commerce

This spirited festival will feature 14 city blocks of attractions, ice skating, entertainment, refreshments, sleigh rides, singers and dancers, a visit from Santa, and incredible fireworks! The best part is, this event is free and fun for all ages.

Holiday Open House

When: December 7, 5-8 p.m. Where: Canton Women's Club, Canton Put a little history in your holiday festivities by visiting Canton Woman's Club on December 7 to see their 150-year-old Victorian home decorated for the holidays! Admission to the house is free and dinner will be available at an additional cost.

Carol of the King: Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular

When: December 7, 7:30 p.m. Where: Akron Civic Theatre Looking for a unique holiday experience this season? Make sure to check out this event featuring 20 of the world's most skilled Irish dancers and musicians. Carol of the Kings brings an exciting story of love that will transport the audience to a new time and place.

Home for the Holidays

When: December 7, 7:30 p.m. Where: Edwin J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, The University of Akron Join the Akron Symphony Orchestra as they ring in the holidays with an evening of traditional carols, inspiring songs and holiday cheer. There's also a rumor that a certain special visitor from the North Pole will be making an appearance so make sure to reserve your seat soon!

A Christmas Carol

When: December 7-23, Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Where: The Players Guild Theatre, Canton Holiday events in Akron and Canton 2018

Photo courtesy of The Players Guild Theatre

See the story of Ebenezer Scrooge brought to life! This classic Christmas story will surely get you into the holiday spirit.

Home Sweet Home : A Gingerbread Tradition

When: December 8, 1-5 p.m. Where: Fieldcrest Estate, Canton Don't buy the prepackaged gingerbread houses this year, go visit Fieldcrest Estate and build one there! This event is perfect for families, friends, couples or crafty singles. Visitors get to choose their floor plans to build and decorate, so you can create an original masterpiece. Reservations are required.

Santa Fly-In 2018

When: December 9, 1 p.m. Where: Akron Canton Airport Holiday Events in Canton and Akron Ohio

Photo courtesy of Maps Air Museum

Santa left the reindeer behind this year and is arriving in Akron and Canton a little differently — by plane! Go watch him touch down and get a photo of your loved ones with Santa. In return, you are asked to bring a food donation for the Reserves/National Guard Family Services Food Pantry that services troops stationed at the Akron Canton Airport.

Holiday Pops 2018

When: December 9, 3 p.m. Where: Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, Canton Join the Canton Symphony Orchestra for their celebration of the holiday season! Sing along to some of your favorite carols and listen to beautiful renditions of holiday songs. Individual tickets are on sale now.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage

When: December 14, 7:30 p.m. Where: Akron Civic Theatre Don't miss out on this opportunity to see a Christmas classic live on stage. This is a fresh take on A Charlie Brown Christmas so you'll be experiencing the storyline in a completely new way. This Peanuts experience also includes an intermission — and after the show, audience members are invited to join the Peanuts gang in singing Christmas favorites!

It's a Wonderful Life

When: December 14, 8 p.m. Where: Avenue Arts Marketplace + Theatre, Canton The story of It's a Wonderful Life is a natural for a stage adaptation. Come watch the saga of George Bailey as he discovers how amazing his life really is, live on stage. Support your local theater and experience the true meaning of Christmas!

Christmas Music Celebration by Majestic Voice

When: December 15, 7:00 p.m. Where: Canton Palace Theatre Celebrating 10 years of making Christmas memories, bring the whole family to enjoy holiday carols, heartwarming new melodies, a rockin' band segment, and a singalong! Majestic Voice Chorus will be joined by dancers from "A Time to Dance" in North Canton, featuring ballet, a chorus line and Irish Step Dancing.

Lightwire Theater presents A Very Electric Christmas

When: December 15, 7:30 p.m. Where: Akron Civic Theatre After gaining recognition on America's Got Talent and TRU TV's Fake Off, Lightwire Theater has gone on to perform all over the world. By using a combination of puppetry, theater and dance with the music of holiday classics, Lightwire Theater promises an exhilarating holiday experience for the whole family.

Swim with Santa

When: December 16, 1-4 p.m. Where: Massillon Recreation Center Santa Claus is coming to town, but he needs a break. To relax, he decided to pay a visit to the Massillon Rec Center for a swim and some cookies. Bring your kids to join him! They'll be able to hang out with Santa while listening to some Christmas music and taking a dip themselves. You must have proper swim attire to participate in the event.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

When: December 18, 7:30 p.m. Where: E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, The University of Akron Over 300 incredible costumes, 20 world-class acts, amazing singers, and original music, as well as seasonal favorites come together in a two-hour breathtaking event. Boston Globe calls it "Entrancing… Las Vegas meets family entertainment". You don't want to miss this high-flying spectacle this season!

Wizards of Winter

When: December 22, 7 p.m. Where: Akron Civic Theatre This is a holiday rock event for the whole family, featuring former members of classic rock giants — Rainbow, Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent Band and others — along with Broadway and Theater veterans. This diverse group will perform a holiday rock opera titled "Tales Beneath a Northern Star". Join them on their journey inside a snow globe in search of the true meaning of Christmas.

The Polar Express – The Movie

When: December 23, 2:30 p.m. Where: Akron Civic Theatre Experience this holiday classic on the big screen! Akron Civic Theatre will be playing The Polar Express in their gorgeous theater for free — all you need is a ticket which you can get from the Akron Civic Box Office. These tickets are almost gone, so get yours soon!

Have a Happy Holiday!

However you and your family decide to celebrate the holidays this year, remember to stay safe and have fun. From all of us at Cutler Real Estate, have a happy holiday season!
November
7

The 10 Best Family Photographers in Cincinnati

It seems like just yesterday that your little ones were born. In a blink of an eye, they're suddenly going off to college and starting families of their own! Time flies when you're having fun, so it's important to hold onto the moments that make life special — birthdays, holidays, weddings, graduations and even the little moments every day that we don't think about until they're over. Cincinnati is home to a ton of incredibly talented photographers that want to help you preserve your family memories. Though, finding a photographer that makes you feel comfortable and who also provides beautiful images that will suit your specific needs can be hard. So, we rounded up some of our favorite photographers in Cincinnati so that you can find one that clicks!

Sweet Things Photography

Facebook | Instagram Best family photographers in Cincinnati Sweet Things

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Amy Schoettker wants her photography to tell a story. She believes that there is beauty in imperfections and focuses on capturing the true essence of a family. She specializes in family, children, maternity and newborn photos. Contact her for more information.

KMK Digital Photography

Facebook  Best photographers in Cincinnati KMK Digital Photography

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Because Kari McKercher has a family of her own, she knows how quickly children change and grow. She loves capturing family moments and helping create memories that you'll look back on for years to come. She specializes in newborn, senior and family photography. Follow her blog to see some of her featured sessions and contact her to book your own!

Betsy Jane Photography

Facebook Best photographers in Cincinnati Betsy Jane Photography

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Betsy Shonebarger loves books, dogs and hanging out near the pool. She found her passion for photography in high school when she became a staff member for her school's newspaper. Armed with a 35mm Canon Rebel, she set off to capture the lives of her fellow students. As an adult, her passion for photography hasn't wavered, and she's committed to capturing special moments in people's lives. Contact her to schedule a session.

Two Blooms Photography

Facebook | Instagram Best photographers in Cincinnati Two-Blooms Photography

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Heather has been taking photos professionally for over five years. As a mother of three, she knows how important capturing family memories are. She believes that having photos trapped in a computer or on social media, instead of being able to hold our memories, is a tragedy. She's vowed to change that by working with each individual client and getting to know how you want to preserve your memories. Give her a call to learn more.

Carrie Lynne Photography

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Carrie Thompson is pretty sure her kids will be sick of the camera by the time they're teenagers, but she loves preserving their memories anyway. Her photos are warm and vibrant and will sometimes even leave you wondering, "How did she take that?" She specializes in maternity, newborn, children and family photography. Contact her to book an appointment.

Anne Gregoire Photography

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Specializing in newborn, children, senior and family portraits, Anne wants to capture who you and your family are. She's been known to break out in song and dance or even tickle kids in order to make them laugh and relax. If you're looking for a photographer that will do anything and everything to get the photo — Anne's your girl. Contact her to learn more.

Eyes to Heart Photography

Facebook | Instagram Best photographers in Cincinnati Eyes to Heart Photo

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Matt and Sarah Ollerdisse bonded when they were first dating over photography. Now married, these partners in crime love telling stories through their photos. They both bring a fun personality to the shoot and the resulting photos are gorgeous. Check out their gallery to see more.

Sonja B Photography

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Originally from Germany, Sonja moved to Cincinnati in 1998 and fell in love with the city. When she had her first son, she became obsessed with capturing every moment. Her friends, seeing how talented she was with a camera, started asking her to take photos of them — and the rest is history. Her photos are soft and vibrant without being overwhelming. Contact her for more information.

Samantha Sinchek Photography

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Samantha first learned about photography when she was in high school, but didn't do much with the knowledge until she lived in Europe for six months, where she fell in love with taking photos in Rome, London and Paris. When she got home she knew she had found her calling. In her spare time, Samantha loves to run half marathons and is working her way up to a full marathon. Give her a call to schedule an appointment — we're confident she'll go the distance for you.

Lyell Photography

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Stephanie Lyell loves challenging herself. In 2016, she decided to take a photo every day of her life and family. It allowed her to think like a photographer every day and to capture all the beautiful memories her and her family were making. At the end of each week, she posted all the photos in a blog post and wrote a little about each one, which you can find here. Her photos have a vintage flair that is so gorgeous and is sure to flawlessly capture those precious family moments. Contact her to book an appointment.  

Did any of these photographers catch your eye?

Let us know which one is your favorite and share any recommendations in the comments below!
November
6

The 12 Coolest Places to Host Your Dinner Party in Columbus

Whether it's a holiday party, a birthday shindig, an office celebration or a family reunion, you need a place that is going to set your party apart from the rest (and keep you from doing the dishes). So, if you want to leave the decorating, cooking and cleaning to someone else this year, we suggest booking a space at one of Columbus' best restaurants or banquet halls. We rounded up a handful of our favorites to make the choice even easier. The venues are listed in order by max capacity, but keep in mind that many of the venues—even the largest—offer special rooms and areas with capacities suited for small gatherings.  

The Worthington Inn

649 High St, Worthington | Facebook | Capacity: 14–20 The Worthington Inn dinner party venues near Columbus Ohio

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The story of The Worthington Inn begins in 1831 when Rensselear W. Cowles the oldest portion of the Inn as a private residence for himself and his wife. Over the years, the land and its buildings have changed hands and accumulated legends of all kinds. Today, the restaurant serves lunch, dinner and a weekend brunch and opens their two private event spaces for intimate dining experiences in historic surroundings. We especially love The Wine Room which accommodates 14 guests and offers a marble-topped bar and seating area away from the dining table.  

The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro

1092 Bethel Rd, Columbus | Facebook | Capacity: 24–60 The Refectory is a stand-out dining and entertainment destination that offers a wine cellar of more than 600 selections, an ever-changing food menu created by Chef Richard Blondin, and the Dinner Music Series, a private, intimate concert experience where guests are front and center. Private dining opportunities at the restaurant include two private rooms which can accommodate groups of 6 or sixty for banquets, private lunches, hors-d'oeuvre receptions and even personalized wine tastings.  

Local Roots

15 E Olentangy St, Powell | Facebook | Capacity: 32–70 Local Roots The Worthington Inn dinner party venues near Columbus Ohio

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Located just 20 minutes from the heart of Columbus, Local Roots is a locally-owned and operated restaurant driven by Ohio ingredients and produce from the family farm. If you haven't visited yet for lunch or dinner, we definitely recommend it. And once you do, you'll be set on hosting your next dinner party there. Their private banquet room shows off the country character of the whole restaurant and offers its own entrance, bar and restroom.  

Due Amici

67 E Gay St, Columbus | Facebook | Capacity: 60–80 Located in a renovated, historic building in Downtown Columbus, Due Amici has been serving some of the community's best modern Italian fare since it opened in 2003. That food menu features classic Italian dishes as well as modern and creative twists on lunch, brunch and dinner items. And Privato, the team's private dining room, is the perfect place to enjoy it while surrounded by simple, sleek decor that merges rustic and modern.  

The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek

1370 E Johnstown Rd, Gahanna | Facebook | Capacity: 10–100 The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek The Worthington Inn dinner party venues near Columbus Ohio

Photo courtesy of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants

The Barn is just one of many Cameron Mitchell Restaurants in the Columbus area, and that alone should prove they can host a knock-out dinner party. But this venue stands out from the rest thanks to its location and its country charm. The food menu features hand-cut meats, the drink list includes America's top 100 whiskeys, and the specialized event spaces can accommodate 10 guests or 40. If you want the entire restaurant, it's available during morning and afternoon hours Monday through Saturday and can hold 100 guests. For private event information on all Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, click here.  

The Walrus

143 E Main St, Columbus | Facebook | Capacity: 100 This industrial haunt offers incredible burgers, clever bar bites, craft brews, a full bar and live music in an approachable and festive atmosphere. Private events can be hosted in the dining room and main bar or in the separate event space and game room which has its own entrance, dining area and restroom as well as flat-screen TVs, ping-pong tables, a pool table and dart boards.  

Graystone Wine Cellar

544 S Front St, Columbus | Facebook | Capacity: 56–104 Inspired by the German immigrants who established the city's thriving brewery industry in the 1800s, Graystone Wine Cellar is nestled in the hand-hewn limestone vaults of the 1875 Schlee Bavarian Brewery. Whether you choose the Windows Room or the Vineyard Room, you'll be surrounded by history and decor that includes rustic exposed brick and arched ceilings.  

Brick

520 S Front St, Columbus | Facebook | Capacity: 20–130 A popular choice for weddings and a unique option for events of all kinds, Brick is a great dinner or cocktail party option in the heart of the Brewery District. Their menu of American fare and handcrafted cocktails perfectly suits the historic, rustic character of the setting: a cozy restaurant nestled beneath one of the neighborhood's historic buildings. When you host your event here, you get to venture even further underground to The Cellar at Brick which dates back to the 1800s.  

The Kitchen

231 E Livingston Ave, Columbus | Facebook | Capacity: 40–150 The Kitchen The Worthington Inn dinner party venues near Columbus Ohio

Photo courtesy of Autumn Theodore via The Kitchen

The Kitchen is Columbus' destination for collaborative, hands-on dining experiences, and their own event calendar is already filled with Taco Tuesday classes, Behind the Bar cocktail courses and more. Booking an event with The Kitchen means you get the opportunity to add a participatory dining experience to your party! Your guests will learn and build a meal together then sit down for a memorable dinner. And even if participatory dining isn't on your party itinerary, The Kitchen's event spaces offer everything you need for the perfect gathering.  

Strongwater

401 W Town St, Columbus | Facebook | Capacity: 50–160 Strongwater The Worthington Inn dinner party venues near Columbus Ohio

Photo courtesy of Jessica Love Photography (@_jessicalovephotography) via Strongwater

Strongwater is a restaurant, bar and event space housed in an East Franklinton warehouse that has been standing for more than a century. And if you've visited the restaurant for some of the best eats and drinks in town, you probably haven't seen the event space because it's located in a separate part of the building with its own entrance. The venue consists of two rooms and an open courtyard on the former manufacturing floor and is characterized by stunning urban, industrial decor.  

Barcelona Restaurant & Bar  

263 E Whittier St, Columbus | Facebook | Capacity: 30–200 Inspired by seaside sangria and a walk on the Ramblas, Barcelona is a fusion of chic, modern techniques and old world European sensibilities showcased in both the atmosphere and the food. As a whole, the restaurant hosts a bar, a dining room and one of the best garden patios in the city. When you host your private party here, you can choose an informal cocktail party with tapas or a formal sit down dinner. Either way, you're guaranteed an unforgettable gathering.  

Copious

520 S High St, Columbus | Facebook | Capacity: 20–300 Whether you're stopping by Copious for a casual dinner, a hosted event or an evening of live music, you're making a fantastic choice. Booking a private here means you have the opportunity to combine all of that. On the second story, you'll find the McGowan Loft suitable for groups of up to 300, The Blenker Room can seat 20 for a private dinner, and the underground entertainment venue, Notes, can host 200.  

Where will you be celebrating?

Let us know where you host your dinner parties in Columbus—even if the venue isn't on our list!
November
2

Ohio-Inspired Wall Art You Can Buy on Etsy to Show Your State Pride

As an independent real estate company, we are extremely passionate about supporting small businesses and artists, both in our backyard and across the country. Etsy is an excellent place to discover talented artisans and crafters, who make a variety of creative pieces worth displaying in the home. And of course, we are especially proud of our beloved home state of Ohio. Let's bring these two passions together by perusing a number of Ohio-themed wall art you can find on Etsy! These items make an excellent addition to your home so you can adequately showcase your state pride. Not to mention, these make perfect gifts for the holidays, birthdays and anniversaries — or as a housewarming gift for a new Ohio resident. Peruse these Ohio-inspired pieces made by hand so you can fully display your love for the state!  

Ohio State Hand-Lettered Print

By Wild Precious Prints Ohio Wall Art and Home Decor

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This intricate print of the state was hand-lettered and digitized for production in Wild Precious Prints' home studio. It includes some of the most well-known Ohio slogans, landmarks, times in history, and traditions — all incorporated in a beautiful and creative way. The print is printed on heavy white stock paper and ships with chipboard and a cello sleeve for extra protection during the delivery process.  

Buckeyes Battle Cry Sheet Music Print

By Man Cave Store  Man Cave Store | Ohio-Themed Gift Ideas

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Ohio State fans will love this logo printed atop a vintage page of the Buckeye "Battle Cry" fight song. The matte-finish cardstock makes this 8.5-by-11-inch print last longer. You also have the option of a framed or unframed version, both of which are shipped for free!  

Birch Wood Ohio Beer Cap Map

By Home Wet Bar Home Wet Bar | Ohio-Themed Gift Ideas

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This unique beer cap map is the perfect gift for a craft beer lover. It comes pre-drilled with spots to hold up to 70 local or out-of-state beer caps. Choose the natural birch wood or opt for a dark walnut stain, and you can even get it personalized with text for an additional fee!  

Vintage Ohio Map Print

By Anamnesis Prints Anamnesis Prints | Ohio-Themed Gift Ideas

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Anamnesis Prints sells this series of whimsical, finely detailed picture maps taken from a rare school geography book published in 1931. The illustrations include pictographs showing local activities, industries and topography. Each map is professionally printed on premium acid-free/archival photographic paper that is rated to last over 100 years! Choose from a variety of sizes and colors to personalize your vintage map of Ohio.  

Art Deco Map Prints

By Art Deco Maps Art Deco Maps | Ohio-Themed Gift Ideas

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This Los Angeles-based company creates a stunning collection of Art Deco maps, ranging in size and orientation. They make a variety of designs for Ohio, including vertical maps of Toledo, Cincinnati, Youngstown, Canton, Columbus, Cleveland, Dayton, Lakewood and Akron. Each map can be either stretched or rolled and comes in a variety of sizes — from 8-by-10 all the way up to 36-by-48. Or opt for a dramatic three-panel display of any of the above-mentioned cities!  

Vintage Map of Ohio

By Printed Marketplace Printed Marketplace | Ohio-Themed Gift Ideas

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This antique sepia map is part of a collection of other maps of a similar style made by Printed Marketplace. These high-quality canvas prints are ready to hang and the matte prints are a great option for those with their own frame. Choose from a variety of sizes to find the perfect match for your space!  

Ohio State Map Wood Sign

By Sign Nature Sign Nature | Ohio-Themed Gift Ideas

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This fun wooden sign is made with high-quality wood, cut by hand, and hand-painted to ensure no two signs will be exactly the same. Each order is completely custom, so you can choose the color, size and image on the sign. You can even pay an additional $3 to include your very own design!  

2' Wood Ohio Cutout Sign

By With Love and Lace With Love and Lace | Ohio-Themed Gift Ideas

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Display your love for Ohio with this beautiful wood cutout of the state, which can be personalized for your family or as a gift. Options for customization include a plain stained state cutout or a personalized name and "established" date, which can be made with any font.    

Cincinnati Map Print

By Ingrid's Printables Ingrid's Printables

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Last-minute shoppers, rejoice! You can purchase an instant download of this beautiful map of a handful of major Ohio cities, including Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Akron. This sophisticated black and white print is ready to be placed in the frame of your choice!  

Ohio State Key Hook

By Skip Tooth Creations Skip Tooth Creations

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Function meets fashion with this Ohio key hook, which includes a hand-cut wood silhouette of the state and four hooks, perfect for hanging keys, coats and other items. Choose from a variety of stains, including walnut, mahogany, unfinished and more.  

Script Ohio Cut-Out

By JMO Woodworking JMO Woodworking

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JMO Woodworking created this beautiful cut-out of Ohio on birch plywood. The piece can be made in a few square-shaped sizes, ranging from 12 to 28 inches. You can also opt for a stained or unstained look!  

Ohio Typography Map Print

By Lemon Lime Paperie Lemon Lime Paperie

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This one-of-a-kind typographic map displays over 100 Ohio cities and smaller towns in an incredibly unique way. It can be customized to the color of your choice to coordinate with your decor!  

Small Reclaimed Wood Ohio State Sign

By Harbor & Home Harbor & Home makes these adorable state signs using reclaimed wood. The combination of varying shades of pallet wood make each creation a truly one-of-a-kind piece! The sign measures 18 inches wide and 18 inches tall.  

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We hope you find the perfect Ohio-inspired wall art gift for a loved one — or yourself!

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