Holidays in Hocking Hills

Holidays in Hocking Hills

Come to Hocking Hills for holiday shopping and experiences with family and friends you will remember for many years to come. 

Festival of Lights

Lake Hope State Park is host to a fun, family-friendly walk through the woods. Watch the twinkling holiday lights and enjoy the wintery landscape of Lake Hope in Hocking Hills. Stop by the Lake Hope Nature Center before and after your visit. Trail of lights is free and open to the public for the lights from Dec 1 thru Dec 31 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Lake Hope State Park 27331 State Route 278 McArthur, OH 45651

Downtown Logan Christmas

The county courthouse in Logan is lit up for Christmas in festive lights, a tradition going back to 1939. Resident James D. Wells was reportedly employed by the State of Ohio and 9 children. Without much money, he wanted to celebrate the holidays with his family so he paid tribute by designing and creating light structures to hang on the courthouse and lights to illuminate Main Street. Shop under the beautiful lights for a Hocking Hills holiday you won’t forget.

Main St., Logan, OH 43138

Bowen House Festival of Trees

The Bowen House is a historic home built in 1831 and is now a nonprofit center for cultural arts and special events. Their mission is to offer social activities in the area. One of them is the tradition of the Festival of Trees. Stop by the beautiful trees on display through December 23rd, Thurs-Sat, 2-5 p.m. Free admission for visitors.

196 N. Market St., Logan, OH

North Pole Nelsonville

The North Pole Nelsonville happens all month long on the Square in Nelsonville. Shop the stores before visiting Santa Claus in a town set up to look festive for the holidays with lights, treats, and more.

Public Square, Nelsonville, call 740-753-1924 for details

Santa Train

Come on board for the longest-running annual event in Hocking Hills, the Santa Train. Trains start late November after Thanksgiving and run every Saturday and Sunday through mid December. Two trains leave the Nelsonville Depot for the North Pole featuring Santa on board and visits with each child as the train travels through the picturesque Hocking River Valley. Every child, grandparent, parent, and relative will love this annual tradition.

Hocking Valley Scenic Railway; 33 Canal St; Nelsonville

Holiday Accommodations

Don’t forget to check out some great places to stay while visiting Hocking Hills for the holidays. At Glenlaurel Inn, enjoy a traditional festive holiday dinner while listening to a performer read from Dickens A Christmas Carol between courses. Stay in a beautiful cottage with a warm hearth and cozy fireplace after a long day of holiday festivities. 

Another great local place to stay at Christmas is Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls. Enjoy a night at any of their geodomes, cottages, cabins, or yurts. While there stop by the Logan Antique Mall or Hocking Hills Flea Market for some great Christmas shopping. 

Don’t forget to check out other cabins and accommodations at Christmastime in Hocking Hills which all offer their rustic retreats for the holidays.

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