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9 Places for a Delectable Donut Around Ohio

Donut Shops Around Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

Who doesn't like donuts? The delicious fried treats come in enough forms and flavors to please just about anybody, and they even have their own designated Doughnut Day, which falls on June 4. Whether you spell it donut or doughnut, like yeast versions or cake varieties, or crave traditional or out-of-the-box flavors, you'll be able to indulge your cravings around Northeast Ohio.

Try any of the following 9 places to enjoy a delectable donut – or two! – in Northeast Ohio, Columbus, or Cincinnati.

Jack Frost Donuts

4960 Pearl Rd., Cleveland, OH 44109

Since it opened in 1937, Jack Frost Donuts has gained a loyal following through the generations. As their slogan says, every batch is made from scratch, and you can enjoy familiar favorites as well as fun new flavors and designs. The shop makes over 200 types of donuts and has a daily menu as well as rotating additions of other flavors. On the daily menu, you'll find delicious offerings like Boston cream, cherry cheesecake, Death by Chocolate, and a Fruity Pebbles cereal cake donut. Or try a specialty donut, like banana split strawberry cream, Almond Joy, Reese's Cup chocolate cream, or a cake donut with Fruit Loops cereal and white icing. Hours are 6 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, unless the shop sells out of its offerings sooner.

Bigmouth Donut Company

1418 W. 29th St., Cleveland, OH 44113

You can get your fill of craft donuts made from scratch using fresh, natural ingredients at Bigmouth Donut Company. And if you have special dietary needs or preferences, you may want to try some of their vegan or gluten-free options. Order raised brioche donuts in flavors like Georgia peach, peanut butter buckeye, and lemon raspberry, or indulge in fry cakes in flavors like blueberry or Oreo cookie. Gluten-free options include vanilla bean glazed, or go vegan and gluten-free with a choice like chocolate with peanut butter cream. Hours are 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday-Sunday.

Peace Love & Little Donuts

3786 Rocky River Dr., Cleveland, OH 44111

As its name indicates, you'll find the donuts smaller than what you're accustomed to at Peace Love & Little Donuts, but many people refer to them as the perfect size. And if your appetite is a little bigger, you can use their smaller size as the perfect excuse to indulge in several of the tasty treats by sampling different flavors. The shop serves cake-style donuts with frosting and a selection of "funkadelic" toppings. Choose from fun flavors like apple pie, M&M, Oreo cheesecake, s'mores, salted pretzel, and many more. Hours are 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday.

Holtman's Donuts

1332C-2 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202  

Holtman's Donuts has been a family-owned and operated business since 1960, making donuts using the highest quality of ingredients. Throughout the years, they've been made from scratch, from the dough to the icings, glaze, custard, and white cream. Choose your favorite type of donut – yeast, cake, or long John, and indulge in favorites like red velvet cake with cream cheese icing, a yeast donut with maple icing and bacon topping, or a yeast donut with vanilla icing and Fruity Pebble cereal topping. Hours are 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday.

Silverton Donut Shop

7414 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45236  

Silverton Donut Shop is a no-frills mom-and-pop shop that serves up delicious treats, opening early in the morning to do so. Cincinnati Magazine suggests ordering a freshly glazed donut dunked in hot coffee and also says the star of Silverton's is the Honeymoon Donut, which has developed a cult following. The yeast donut is fried, glazed, and filled with your choice of lemon meringue or Bavarian crème custard. The shop has also been certified Kosher. Hours are 5 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 5 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, and 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Gadabout Doughnuts

1719 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Gadabout Doughnuts is a craft doughnut shop that serves an interesting variety of flavors. Try a vibrantly iced blueberry lemon donut or go upscale with a chocolate lemon donut with shortbread. If you're ordering for more people than just yourself or would like more variety, order a mini box of eight of the shop's donuts in miniature size. Order online and pick your donuts up on Saturday from 7 a.m.-11 a.m. on Saturday.

Destination Donuts

59 Spruce St., Columbus, OH 43215

Get uniquely decadent treats at Destination Donuts, which uses quality ingredients that are locally sourced whenever possible. They're made without preservatives, additives, and other "fake stuff," and the donuts' flavor reflects this commitment to quality. Flavors change daily and include creative offerings like triple berry cardamom, maple sausage, mojito, and salty caramel with toasted pecans. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Amy's Donuts

650 Georgesville Rd., Columbus, OH 43228

Enjoy your fill of delicious donuts in clever flavors at Amy's Donuts, with choices like chocolate almond cake and cherry lemon. You can also choose from the shop's selection of gourmet donuts, including Andes mint, bananas foster, and Butterfinger glaze. Hours are 4 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, and the drive-thru is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week so you can indulge your late-night donut cravings.

Buckeye Donuts

1998 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201

Located across from The Ohio State University's campus, Buckeye Donuts has been a Columbus classic since 1969. Order a customer favorite such as the shop's namesake Buckeye donut, a devil's food donut plain or frosted, or a maple bacon long john. Hours are, as the shop advertises, "open always, closed never!" so you'll be able to get your donut fix around the clock.

Hole-y Moley!

Where's your favorite donut shop, and what flavors make you go out of your way to stop and order? 


Santa Sightings in the Columbus Area This Year

Santa Claus is coming to town! Visiting Father Christmas is one of our favorite holiday traditions and, luckily, he can be found all over the Columbus area this season. With his reindeer in tow, he will be hosting photo shoots, tree lightings, storytime sessions and so much more! We've rounded up the best places to see Santa this year, from the Columbus Zoo to a historical village, you'll be able to make family memories you won't soon forget!


It's Santa Photo Time

Where: The Mall at Tuttle Crossing When: November 9-December 24, Times Vary Santa sightings in columbus Santa will have his workshop set up at Tuttle Crossing Mall until Christmas Eve! As he prepares for his trip around the world, his hours might be more limited, so be sure to check his schedule before your planned visit. Caring Santa will also be paying a visit on December 2 for children that may have sensory, physical or other developmental needs. Reserve your appointment here!

Cabela's Wonderland

Where: Columbus Cabela's When: November 11-December 24, Times Vary The annual Santa's Wonderland at the Columbus Cabela's is a not-to-be-missed holiday event. Not only will you get a free photo with Santa, but you can take home a free craft, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate and participate in fun family-friendly games and activities! See all the available activities here.

Santa at the Easton Town Center

Where: Easton Town Center When: November 16-December 24, Times Vary Come one come all to visit Santa at the Easton Town Center this holiday season! The first 5x7 photo is only$5 and candid photos with your phone are encouraged and free! This year you don't even have to wait in line — you can reserve your spot online!

Wild Lights

Where: The Columbus Zoo When: November 16-January 6, Sunday-Thursday 5-9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 5-10 p.m. Wild Lights Columbus

Photo courtesy of The Columbus Zoo

Wild Lights at the Columbus Zoo continues for its 30th year! Find Santa settled in his Holiday Home located in North America at the Battelle Ice Bear Outpost. He can't wait to meet the children and hear what is on their holiday wish list! There will be professional photos available for an additional fee. Afterward, check out one of the other incredible features going on at Wild Lights including the 1914 Mangels/Illions Carousel, camel rides and so much more!

Visit with Santa at Worthington Place

Where: The Shops at Worthington Place When: November 23-December 24, Times Vary Until Christmas Eve you can also visit with Santa at Worthington Place! Santa's schedule varies, so make sure to check out his schedule before you go. If you can't wait until after Thanksgiving to celebrate Christmas, The Shops at Worthington Place will also be hosting a Sparkle Night where you can watch the tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. and afterward visit with Santa, get your face painted and listen to live music!

Experience the Season

Where: All Oakland Nurseries Locations When: November 24-December 16, Saturdays and Sundays 12-3:30 p.m. Come out and experience the season at Oakland Nurseries. At the Columbus and Delaware locations, after visiting with the jolly man himself, check out the unique Santa Wonderland and experience lights, music and plush characters!

Swim with Santa

Where: Westerville Community Center When: November 25, 6-7:15 p.m. Get your photo with Santa as he swims in the pool with the lifeguard elves! This unique holiday experience will provide you with a fun and unusual holiday photo to display throughout the years! Registration is required.

Santa's Village at Partners Park

Where: Partner's Park When: November 26-December 20, Excluding December 1 and 8, Thursdays 5-7 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Experience a hometown holiday for the whole family! Santa's Village is set amidst festive lights and decorations with merry music filling the air. Children can visit with Santa for free before participating in other activities! They can also leave their letters to Santa in a special mailbox. There are a ton of other Santa-related events going on at Partners Park this year, including free ice-skating December 15 through January 1, 2019! Check out this schedule for more information.

Christmas in Downtown Delaware

Where: The Strand When: November 30-December 21, Times Vary Columbus Santa Bring the family together to experience Christmas in Downtown Delaware! The festivities start off with the Home for the Holidays Weekend. On Friday, watch the tree lighting before visiting with Santa and some of his reindeer. On Saturday there will be a Dash for Dasher Scavenger Hunt, where you and your family can scour downtown and follow Santa's clues to find Dasher. Then, finally, on Sunday come out and watch the Holiday Parade! Santa will also be available at The Strand from December 1-21 on Fridays and Saturdays to visit and take photos. There will also be free gifts for each child while supplies last!

Santa Visit at the Grandview Heights Library

Where: Grandview Heights Library When: December 8, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. For a more relaxed holiday celebration — visit Santa at the Grandview Heights Library! Take a photo with Santa and participate in fun holiday activities. Then, children will be able to make a craft and visit with Rosie the Comfort Dog from Atonement Lutheran Church. Tickets can be picked up from the Youth Services Desk.

Santa in the Caboose

Where: Hillard Historical Village When: December 9, 3-6 p.m. Columbus Santa

Photo courtesy of Hillard Historical Village

Get your photo taken with Santa from the 1800's! This kid-friendly holiday event features a horse-drawn carriage ride, live music, refreshments, and beautiful lights. This historical take on Christmas will provide your family with endless fun and memories.  

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!

If you are interested in other festive events going on in the area this season — check out our list of 21 Essential Columbus Holiday Events You Should Mark on Your Calendar.  

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!


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!

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