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November
24

Get a Jump on Christmas Shopping at These 8 Columbus Shops

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Is there a more rewarding feeling than giving a loved one just the right gift? Put smiles of delight on everyone's face when you do your holiday shopping at these wonderful shops around Columbus.

German Village

The Book Loft of German Village

631 S. Third St., Columbus, OH 43206

Whether you're shopping for a devoted bookworm or a budding reader, you'll find the perfect gift at The Book Loft of German Village. Located in a pre-Civil War building, The Book Loft boasts an incredible 32 rooms, covering an entire city block, filled with bargain-priced books. Give a gift of a Book Loft t-shirt that earns the wearer a 10 percent discount on purchases. Hours are 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily.

Helen Winnemore's

150 E. Kossuth St., Columbus, OH 43206

Helen Winnemore's is the place to find a gift for that person who has everything. There really was a Helen Winnemore, and the shop originated in her Grandview home. While the shop eventually ended up at the corner of Kossuth and Mohawk in German Village, siblings Julie and John Jenkins still follow Helen's mission of offering one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable and useable art. Shelves are filled with jewelry, glassware, textiles, woodwork, and body care products made by regional artisans. Hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Short North Arts District

Global Gifts

682 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Your gift benefits more than just the recipient when it's purchased at Global Gifts. The non-profit shop carries only fair-trade items made by disadvantaged artisans and farmer from more than 40 different countries. Pick up some chili picante plantain chips for your favorite foodie, or a woven sari cotton laundry basket from Bangladesh for that friend who just moved into a new home. Can't decide? Give a monthly subscription for coffee, jewelry, socks, food, candles, or books. Global Gifts is open 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday.

Happy Go Lucky

787 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Happy Go Lucky is actually two stores in one. "Home" is a lifestyle shop with a full selection of furniture, wall art, rugs, and other home decor items. "Her" is a women's apparel boutique specializing in stylish dresses, pants and tops, outerwear, and loungewear that you'll want to have in your wardrobe forever. Follow them on Instagram for information on the latest arrivals, sales, and events. Hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Grandview

Glenn Avenue Soap Company

1166 W. 5th Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

Everyone needs a little more pampering in their life. Treat friends and family to some luxury with a gift from Glenn Avenue Soap Company. In 2009, Dr. Sandra Metzler, frustrated with the lack of natural products in the marketplace, used her biomedical engineering background to make soap in her kitchen. Four years later, she and her partner Phil began selling their high-quality products out of their home and eventually from their 4,200-square-foot storefront. Their soaps, lotions, essential oils, lip balms, and other skincare products are so amazing that you'll end up "gifting" yourself with some. Hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday.

Vernacular

1392 Grandview Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

While it's located in the heart of the Midwest, Vernacular has been described as "East Coast classic with a West Coast vibe." Husband-and-wife owners Kris and Chelsea carefully curate their womenswear and lifestyle store to offer on-trend merchandise at affordable price points. With their belief that where you shop matters, Kris and Chelsea source from brands that are eco-conscious, ethically sourced, organic, women- and minority-owned, and handmade in the USA. Each year, they donate a portion of their proceeds to local causes and educational outlets. Vernacular is open 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon - 5 Sunday. They also have locations in German Village and Worthington.

Clintonville/Worthington

Sugarbush Gourmet Gift Baskets

7227 N. High St. #100, Worthington, OH 43085

Spread cheer from the Buckeye State to family and friends across the country. Since 1981, Sugarbush Gourmet Gift Baskets has been creating and shipping spectacular gift baskets full of fresh fruit, chocolates, wines, cheeses, nuts, and other gourmet specialty foods. Choose from dozens of themed baskets or build your own custom assortment. Bestsellers include the Buckeye Bucket, loaded with cheeses, crackers, nuts, and candies that any OSU fan will love. Hours are 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. - noon Saturday.

The Electric Sheep

752 High St., Worthington, OH 43085

The Electric Sheep may sound like a place to buy farm equipment, but the quirky name belongs to one of the more original gift shops you'll ever find. This family-owned business is a workspace where artisans create all the products by hand. Have an idea for a special personalized gift? The crafters will work with you to bring your concept to life. If you want to learn to make your own individual gifts, sign up for one of their workshops on crafts from painting and laser engraving to assembling a charcuterie board. Hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

What's the number one thing you're hoping Santa brings you from one of the shops around Columbus?

November
19

These 9 Ohio Events Will Get You in the Holiday Spirit

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Can you believe that the holiday season is already around the corner? Now is the perfect time to start planning for some holiday family fun, and there are plenty of great events all around Ohio to help every member of the family get in the holiday spirit. Catch a fantastic holiday concert in Northeast Ohio, shop for unique, handcrafted gifts in Columbus, or learn to create your own Christmas ornaments in Cincinnati. You'll find all that and more in our list of 9 Ohio events that will get you in the holiday spirit.

Lightwire: A Very Electric Christmas

182 S. Main St., Akron, OH 44308

Searching for a holiday performance that both kids and adults will love? A Very Electric Christmas from Lightwire Theater is one of the most unique holiday performances that you'll find anywhere, and this year's show takes place on December 19. The story of A Very Electric Christmas follows a bird named Max, who stops at the North Pole with his family and winds up on a grand holiday adventure. After the show, VIP ticket holders can even meet the cast, ask questions, and learn more about how they create their spectacularly distinctive performances.

Cleveland Orchestra Holiday Concerts

11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106

The Cleveland Orchestra is renowned for its enchanting holiday performances, and the Holiday Concerts series is sure to be a hit this year. The series is set for December 9 through 19 this year, with one performance each Thursday and Friday, followed by two performances on Saturday and Sunday. Performances take place at the gorgeous Severance Hall performance venue, with conductor Brett Mitchell leading the orchestra as they play all of your holiday favorites. Reserve your tickets online to ensure that you get a seat at one of Cleveland's most popular holiday shows.

Frosty Frolic 5k

1615 Stadium Park Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44718

Whether you're looking for a great workout before you enjoy your holiday meals or you simply want to support a good cause while seeing the sights, the Frosty Frolic 5k on December 11 offers something for everyone. The course for the 5k will take you through the scenic Stadium Park Holiday Light Display, and you can enjoy some special holiday treats when you cross the finish line. There will also be appearances from Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Frosty, so this is a fun event for the whole family.

Columbus Winterfair

717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

Shop for the perfect handcrafted gifts or find one-of-a-kind items to decorate your home at the Columbus Winterfair, which takes place from December 3 through 5 at the Ohio Expo Center. The event brings together artists and artisans from across Ohio who have been working all year to create unique crafts for the holidays. It's a great place to find items for the people on your list who are hard to shop for, and there will also be crafting demonstrations so that you can get tips from the experts on how to create your own holiday crafts.

The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre

39 E. State St., Columbus, OH 43215

From December 10 to 26, the BalletMet performance group will be putting on the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, at the beautiful Ohio Theatre. Backed by orchestral performances of Tchaikovsky's classic score, the dancers of BalletMet bring the story of The Nutcracker to life on stage. Stop by for a matinee performance on the weekend, or enjoy an evening show any night of the week throughout the show's run this year.

A Magical Cirque Christmas

34 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

Looking for a fresh, new spin on the classic holiday performance and something that will appeal to family members of all ages? A Magical Cirque Christmas is just the thing, and this year's show will be taking place on December 11 at the Palace Theatre. The show combines breathtaking acrobatics from Cirque performers with all of your favorite holiday music under the direction of Magical Hostess Lucy Darling. It's a live holiday performance unlike any other, and you can only find it in Columbus.

Holiday Pops

1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

The Holiday Pops at the Cincinnati Music Hall is one of the city's longest-running and most popular holiday performances, so this is one show that you won't want to miss. This year's performances will take place across two weekends, December 3–5 and 10–12. Performances are led by conductor John Morris Russell, with a talented cast of vocalists, musicians, and dancers. Hear some of your favorite classic holiday tunes, with both traditional and contemporary songs that your family is sure to love.

Glass Holiday Ornaments Workshop

4426 Brazee St., Cincinnati, OH 45209

Create memories that will last a lifetime as you make your own unique glass Christmas ornament at Brazee Studios in Cincinnati on December 11. During this workshop, you will learn how to create a layered glass ornament with expert instruction and all of the supplies that you'll need provided by the studio. The workshop is hosted by the Taft Museum of Art and is open to everyone age 15+ with special discounts available for museum members.

Anderson Township Tree Lighting Ceremony

7578 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45255

Get ready for a day filled with family fun at the Anderson Township Tree Lighting Ceremony, which takes place on December 4 at Anderson Towne Center. The fun starts in the afternoon with free holiday-themed food and drink, followed by a visit from Santa. There will also be some great live performances, with your favorite holiday music ringing out through the air. Top it all off with the tree lighting ceremony, when the beautifully decorated Christmas tree is lit up for the first time. After the ceremony, enjoy some special deals and events from businesses at Anderson Towne Center.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

How will you celebrate the season in Ohio this year?

December
9

10 Places for Holiday Floral Arrangements Around Columbus

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The holiday season is upon us — why not show your love and gratitude for your family and friends with a stunning floral arrangement? A holiday floral arrangement can bring merriness to any space. Whether you're shopping for a good friend or relative, or if you're looking for a small gift for a coworker or neighbor that speaks volumes, you can find the perfect arrangement at these Columbus florist shops.

Griffin's Floral Design

211 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43215

Griffin's Floral Design & Wineshop has been Columbus' favorite florist for the last 30 years. They're ready for any occasion with more than just the best-selling flowers in the city. Browse their holiday gift guide for ideas or create your own festive arrangement pairing flowers with fruits, gourmet foods, balloons, candles, soaps, infant items, lotions, and wines. All of these products are of the same high-quality that you've come to expect from Griffin's, which means your gift recipient will never be disappointed.

Brian Coovert Floral Design

1149 Goodale Blvd., Columbus, OH 43212

If you've ever viewed a Brian Coovert floral design at a wedding, then you've immediately noticed his distinct style that blends nature and interior design to create an arrangement that harmonizes with its setting. With over 20 years in the business, Brain Coovert Floral Design's services are available by appointment only. He's the perfect florist in the area to call if you're interested in designing a custom arrangement for your family get-together or holiday office party.

Flowerama

1600 Morse Rd., Columbus, OH 43229

Voted the best florist in Columbus from 2017 – 2020, Flowerama is the award-winning florist that will help you earn the gold medal in gift-giving. They have an entire winter wonderland collection devoted to Christmas arrangements. If their nearly 40 different Christmas-themed gifts aren't your style, feel free to put together your own holiday gift basket using their flower arrangements and gifts. Krema nuts, decorative throws, Coblentz chocolates, Cheryl's cookies, and a host of other treats are available for same-day delivery.  

Carriage House of Flowers

4923 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43228

Let Carriage House of Flowers help you create a beautiful memory this holiday season. They're ready to put together a customized creation, but we recommend you first view their special holiday arrangements. Winter bouquets include specially-themed Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah floral decorations. No matter which seasonal celebration the loved ones in your life are embracing, Carriage House of Flowers has the designer's choice florals that fit their festivities.

Orchard Lane Flowers

18 Orchard Ln., Columbus, OH 43214

If you've hung around downtown Columbus on a warm weekend afternoon, you've certainly seen Rosie the Flower Truck delivering joy and happiness. This '48 Chevy belongs to Orchard Lane Flowers, a floral shop and staple of the community. They have a fresh selection of flowers for all occasions, including holidays. Instead of purchasing an arrangement, give the gift a sincere touch by signing up for one of their workshops where you'll create a one-of-a-kind arrangement to give to your special someone for the holidays.

Rees Flowers & Fine Gifts

249 Lincoln Cir., Columbus, OH 43230

As Central Ohio's premier florist, Rees Flowers & Fine Gifts believes you shouldn't come to a holiday party empty-handed. If you're headed to a small holiday party over the next few weeks, show up in style with one of their exceptional flower arrangements. We recommend picking up a silk arrangement and a bottle of wine — at least one of them will last through the holiday season.

Petals & Leaves

1266 Goodale Blvd., Columbus, OH 43212

While their local "Designer of the Year" awards are significant, Petals & Leaves goes beyond state accolades and has achieved national recognition over the years. Their 25+ years of experience are typically dedicated to wedding floral arrangements; however, they're happy to help you create your own DIY arrangements at a discounted price. With the money you save, you'll have enough left over to purchase a box of chocolates or cookies to gift with your arrangement.

Buffington's Flowers

41 S. High St. Suite 55, Columbus, OH 43215

The holidays may not feel quite normal this year, but you can still brighten someone's day with a beautiful floral design from Buffington's Flowers. Depending on what time you place your order, your recipient will receive same-day delivery. Consider sending a colorful bouquet to someone you care about this holiday season to remind them that just because we may not be able to be together doesn't mean that they're not always close to your heart.

April's Flowers & Gifts

1195 W. 5th Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

As a full-service florist, it's no surprise that April's Flowers & Gifts carries a variety of floral arrangements for every occasion. They have winter flower arrangements, Christmas bouquets, Kwanzaa vases, and Hanukkah bunches. However, what makes them unique is that they also have a collection of gifts specifically for cat lovers. If there's a feline fanatic in your life, consider swapping one of their holiday arrangements for a custom cat arrangement — it's the purfect present!

Sawmill Florist

7370 Sawmill Rd., Columbus, OH 43235

Nothing says Merry Christmas like a beautiful poinsettia, and no one creates a Christmas bouquet quite like the designers at Sawmill Florist. They offer almost 60 different Christmas bouquets, each one handcrafted to deliver tidings of great joy. Although they do have arrangements in traditional vases, you'll be easily tempted to pick one of their arrangements set in Santa's sled, atop a snowman's head, or adorning a Christmas tree. Sawmill Florist also has a selection of holiday wreaths, and they'll ship nationwide to ensure everyone you love receives the perfect floral gift no matter how far away they may be.

Kiss Under the Mistletoe

Let us know in the comments which floral shop in Columbus you think makes the best holiday arrangements.

December
4

Find the Perfect Christmas Tree at These 8 Farms Around Northeast Ohio

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The holidays are upon us in Cleveland and the surrounding areas. As always, one of our favorite parts of the season is heading out in search of the perfect Christmas tree.

Whether you're looking for a majestic, towering Douglas fir or a small Charlie Brown-esque tree in need of some love, you're in luck. These amazing Northeast Ohio Christmas tree farms offer something for everyone. 

Storeyland Christmas Tree Farm

5148 OH-7, Burghill, OH 44404

Family-owned Storeyland Christmas Tree Farm has been planting Christmas trees since 1954. Making a family trip to this beautiful farm has become a beloved holiday tradition over the last 50-plus years, often with a tractor-pulled hayride and bonfire thrown in for good measure. The farm spans more than 100 acres of evergreens, including Canaan fir, Fraser fir, blue spruce, Norway spruce, and white pine. Cut your own or choose from their extensive selection of pre-cut trees, specialty wreaths, and pine garland. 

Mountain Creek Tree Farm

7185 Williams Rd, Painesville, OH 44077

Whether you want to explore the fields searching for the perfect tree or choose from a vast selection of pre-cut trees, Mountain Creek Tree Farm has the goods. This third-generation family-owned farm has been in operation since 1949 and offers a beautiful 52-acre landscape of prime Christmas trees. From white pine and Norway spruce to Canaan fir and grand fir, Mountain Creek Tree Farm always offers many beautiful trees. You can also warm up by the fire in the gift barn while your tree is wrapped and prepared, but remember to bring a face covering and practice social distancing!

Wintergreen Tree Farm

3898 Winchell Rd, Mantua, OH 44255

Just a short drive from Cleveland and Akron, Wintergreen Tree Farm has been in business since 1986 and offers a great selection of pines, spruces, and firs. You can choose and cut your own tree from their picturesque rolling farmland, and the folks at the farm will be happy to wrap and prepare it for transport (this particular farm accepts cash and checks only). During the summer months, Wintergreen Tree Farm switches gears to offer pick-your-own blueberries and also offers chestnuts in autumn, making this a fun place to visit in any season. 

Sugargrove Tree Farm

1619 Township Rd 1455, Ashland, OH 44805

Sugargrove Tree Farm has been in the Christmas Tree business since 1984, but the farm itself goes back much further. The farm is one of Ashland County's oldest and has been continuously owned and operated by six generations of the same family since 1823. They offer pre-cut trees in four varieties—Canaan fir, Fraser fir, blue spruce, and white pine—and also provide tractor-pulled wagon rides into the field, where you can choose your own if none of the pre-cut offerings strikes your fancy. Only cash and checks are accepted (there's an ATM on-site), and masks are required on all wagon rides. 

Twinsberry Tree Farm

8916 Jefferson Rd, Shreve, OH 44676

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With cut-your-own, pre-cut, and live balled trees, Twinsberry Tree Farm has something for everyone. The farm itself has been a fixture of the Wayne County landscape since the 1930s, but it wasn't until the '70s that the Berry Family started dedicating 40 of its acres to growing Christmas trees. Their trees are grown pesticide-free, just as they have been on this 155-acre farm for more than 40 years. To help with social distancing, Twinsberry Tree Farm also provides an online store where you can pre-order a tree for pick-up. Handmade custom wreaths and greenery are available as well.

The Farms at Pine Tree Barn

4374 Shreve Rd, Wooster, OH 44691

A 150-acre farm populated by about 75,000 trees, the Farms at Pine Tree Barn offer a complete family Christmas experience. That experience might look a little different this year due to social distancing requirements. However, Pine Tree Barn is still one of Northeast Ohio's best places to get in the holiday spirit, including a fully stocked gift shop, on-site restaurant, and rides through the fields on the Pine Tree Express. You'll find not only the perfect tree, but there's a good chance you can also pick up unique, hand-made gifts for quite a few people on your list.

Sugar Pines Farm

9500 Mulberry Rd, Chesterland, OH 44026

A favorite Geauga County tree farm for more than 35 years, Sugar Pines Farm offers an incredible selection and a memorable tree-cutting experience. The farm spans more than 100 acres, including dozens of acres of cut-your-own trees. It's a safe bet that your family will find just the right tree for your home. The farm also offers a great selection of pre-cut trees if venturing out into the field isn't for you. Live balled trees are available too, and the folks at Sugar Pines Farm are currently offering barn-side pickup and delivery options to keep everybody safe during the 2020 holiday season.  

Medina Christmas Tree Farm

3301 Hamilton Rd, Medina, OH 44256

There's a tree for every family at Medina Christmas Tree Farm, including Norway spruce, blue spruce, Scotch pine, white pine, Austrian pine, Fraser fir, Canaan fir, and Concolor Fir. Select a mini tabletop-sized Christmas tree or a towering 15-foot giant from the pre-cut offerings, or explore the farm to pick your favorite among thousands of cut-your-own trees. Medina Christmas Tree Farm also offers handmade wreaths and fresh pine roping; you can even watch the process in person as the farmworkers create your special made-to-order wreath.

'Tis the Season

We're always excited to get out and find the perfect Christmas tree in Northeast Ohio. If we forgot to mention your favorite local tree farm, be sure to let us know in the comments section!

November
4

Get a Jump on Holiday Shopping at These 8 Columbus Specialty Shops

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As the calendar winds down on this unprecedented year, the holiday season is more welcome and reassuring than ever. When it comes to gift-giving, is your motto "Shop 'til you drop," or do you like to get in and out as soon as possible? Whatever your shopping style, have fun getting a head start at these exciting specialty shops around Columbus

On Paper

737 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

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In this digital era, actual writing has become essentially obsolete. Why not start a trend back to a more personal form of communication with gifts from On Paper? The assortment of elegant stationery and greeting cards will brighten the day of both sender and receiver. Supplement your gift with accessories such as pens and pencils, embosser, and stamps. Get ready for 2021 with a calendar, planner, or journal for yourself or a loved one. On Paper also carries a selection of candles, bath and body products, and other items perfect for a day of self-care. Hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

The Morgan House

5300 Glick Rd., Dublin, OH 43017

Once you visit the Morgan House, you'll be so enchanted that you may never want to leave.  Anchored by a reassembled historic log cabin named after John Hunt Morgan, a famed Civil War veteran, the Morgan House is as much a tourist attraction as a gift shop. The five-acre space is the site of an 18,000-square-foot mini-mall that includes departments for furniture and home decor, gourmet foods, clothing and accessories, and specialty gifts. With a full-service on-site restaurant serving lunch, you don't even have to leave the grounds. Shops are open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday, while the restaurant is open 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon - 3 p.m. Sunday.

Bliss Life + Style

The Shoppes at River Ridge, 4345 W. Dublin Granville Rd., Dublin, OH 43017

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Looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for your BFF? Bliss Life + Style offers a carefully curated variety of home accessories, jewelry, and gifts from local and global artisans. Finding it hard to decide? Opt for one of Bliss Life + Style's signature gift boxes, which come in whimsical themes such as Drinks Are On Us, Foodie Favorites, and Wanderlust. Tell the staff a bit about who the gift is for, and they'll curate a custom box, or you can create your own. Free delivery is available within a 10-mile radius of the shop, or ship anywhere in the greater Columbus area for just a $10 fee. Hours are 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon - 4 p.m. Sunday.

Helen Winnemore's

150 E. Kossuth St., Columbus, OH 43206

In 1938, Helen Winnemore's began life as the Afternoon Shop in its namesake owner's home. Thirteen years later, Helen moved the business to a storefront on Broad Street, then to its current location in 1966. Today, siblings John and Julie Jenkins carry on Helen's legacy, featuring items of usable and wearable art.  The handmade jewelry, textiles, pottery, glass, and metal works are gifts your loved ones will cherish for years to come. As Helen herself once said, "No shop is worth anything unless it is a gracious place." Hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday by appointment only. Visit the website to schedule a time for up to four guests. 

The Book Loft

631 S. Third St., Columbus, OH 43206

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Everyone has at least one bookworm on their list, many of whom still prefer the feel of a hard-bound volume in their hands to the electronic text of an e-reader. The Book Loft, located in vibrant German Village, houses an incredible 32 rooms in its pre-Civil War building. Fortunately, store maps and friendly, knowledgeable staff are on hand to help you navigate the different areas. Start a child on the road to a lifelong love of reading with a title or two from one of the country's largest selection of children's books. On your way out, grab a pick-me-up cup of joe to go at Staul's Coffee Roasters next door. The Book Loft is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Flower Child

233 E. Fifth Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

Everything old is new again, and nowhere is that more apparent than at Flower Child. This wonderfully funky shop is like a time tunnel back to the mid-20th century. You'll have as much fun browsing the Gucci and Halston fashions, vintage jewelry, and kitschy home accessories as your friend or family member will have receiving these unique items. The spacious store includes full-size displays of retro living rooms and kitchens that are sure to inspire some creative ideas. You might end up with a few pieces for your own home from their collection of vintage holiday ornaments and decorations. Flower Child is open noon - 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon - 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.

The Red Stable

223 E. Kossuth St., Columbus, OH 43206

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The Red Stable has a history as colorful as its eye-catching exterior. Built in 1872, the building has served as a horse livery, wagon repair shop, ice storage facility, and auto garage over the years. In the late 1950s, when a group formed to save the German Village neighborhood from demolition, local artist Phil Keintz transformed the Red Stable into a custom art studio and gift shop featuring the works of his fellow artists. Phil's tradition continues today, as more than 100 local artists showcase their work inside the historic building. The Red Stable is open noon - 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon - 6 p.m. Friday, noon - 7 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Ohio Art Market

30 N. State St., Westerville, OH 43081

Do you enjoy visiting summer art fairs, with the thrill of finding incredible items you wouldn't see anywhere else? Ohio Art Market provides that opportunity year-round. Talented artists from Westerville and all around the state display their works in fine art, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, and a variety of media. Since everything is original, each visit to Ohio Art Market provides a different experience. Share your state pride with a gift that literally and figuratively says, "Ohio." Hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Gifts That Keep on Giving

Columbus is home to several small businesses offering an incredible range of products. What's the most unusual gift you've ever given or received?

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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