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Holiday Events for Kids in the Lebanon Area

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Holiday Events for Kids in the Lebanon Area

Nov 4, 2017

Holiday Events for Kids in the Lebanon Area

The Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of some fantastic events for kids in the Lebanon Area this holiday season. 

The Giving Tree

A great way to start the holiday season is to give back! The City of Lebanon Giving Tree is a great way to give back to those children in our community in need. 

Located in the City Building, the City of Lebanon Giving Tree begins in early November. The Giving Tree gives local residents and businesses the opportunity to provide local needy children in the Lebanon City School District with new clothing. Cards will be located on the tree in the City Building with the child's name, age and clothing sizes. If you are unable to shop, you may purchase a gift card from a local store such as Walmart, Target, or Kohls to help our local children in need. If you have any questions please contact the Service Department at 513.933.7200.

Deck the Halls

St. Francis de Sales bazaar will be held on Saturday, November 11th, from 10am - 4pm.  New this year, we will have a taco bar and a pasta bar at our luncheon, along with your favorite soups and desserts.  

Holiday Illumination

November 24, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The City of Lebanon hosts its annual Christmas tree lighting includes free horse-carriage ride and Santa in City Hall. Downtown shops are open late. Corner of Main Street and Broadway.

Lebanon Chamber logo with Santa hat and pictures of horse-drawn carriages

Lebanon Horse Drawn Carriage Parade

The Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce proudly presents the 29th Annual Lebanon Carriage Parade and Christmas Festival. The event, always held the first Saturday of December, takes place in downtown Lebanon from 10am to 8pm on December 2, 2017. The Christmas Festival begins at 10am and will feature food and craft vendors, as well as live entertainment throughout the day. The highlights of the event are the 1pm afternoon carriage parade and the 7pm candlelit evening parade. Each parade will feature over 100 decorated carriages pulled by Clydesdales, Belgians, miniatures and show horses.


December 2 11AM & 5PM

Golden Lamb Gazebo

Beth Gully will be reading and signing books. Books can be purchased in Kathryn's, the store at The Golden Lamb.


December 1 - 3, 2017 

Lebanon Art's Council 
117 Mulberry Street
Lebanon, Ohio 

Friday 12/1  Opening Night Reception  5-7 PM 

Saturday 12/2  10-6

Sunday 12/3  Noon to 4 

 The Arts Council of Lebanon is pleased to announce our  which exhibits artwork from children ages 3 to 18 years old who attend school, both public and private, in the Lebanon area. We will have over 150 artworks for you to see. There will also be free crafts for kids and plenty of chairs and tables for adults to relax and come in out of the cold. Snacks and drinks will be for sale. This is sure to be a blockbuster art exhibit for the Lebanon area! Come and see just how talented our children are. You will be amazed. 

Outdoor Live Nativity at Lebanon Presbyterian Church

LPC Open House

December 2, 2017    

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.   

Once again we are so excited to announce the happenings at our Open House 2017! This event is always held during the Lebanon Horse Carriage Parade when our town is filled with thousands of guests.

We will have our outdoor living nativity for the 10th year now. The children’s nativity will be at 1 p.m. and the adult nativity will be at 6 p.m. that day. Outside we will have wagon rides and inside the church, there will be a live puppet production and live entertainment throughout the day as well as special music in the Atrium.  The Sanctuary pipe organ will play festive music. The congregation nativity collection will be displayed in the Narthex. And of course we will have hot chocolate and cookies as well. The new addition this year will be a spaghetti dinner. This will run from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will cost $3 per person or $8 per family. Kind of a come and go fest-haus feel.

Other live nativity presentations will be held on Dec. 9, 16, and 23 from 6-8:30 (we only cancel for rain, not snow).

Snowland Gingerbread House at Great Wolf Lodge

Our culinary team spends weeks cooking up and creating the beauty of our life-size gingerbread houses you and your pack can dine inside. Each delectable masterpiece welcomes you with incredibly detailed gingerbread walls, candy trim and heaps of white icing snow. When you dine in, your fee goes to the Ronald McDonald House Charities! Choose your destination to book your dining reservation.

Mad Potter Lebanon

Make your own Christmas ornament at Mad Potter Lebanon with Half Priced Kid's Studio Fee Day on Wednesdays.

A Charlie Brown Christmas, Lebanon Theatre Company

December 1, 3, and 8-10 (no Dec 2 performance due to parade)

The classic animated television special A Charlie Brown Christmas comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation, in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas. When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees among everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant.  Charlie Brown accepts, but this proves to be a frustrating endeavor.  When an attempt to restore the proper holiday spirit with a forlorn little Christmas fir tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to discover the real meaning of Christmas. For more information visit

Are Trees Really Staring at Us? 

December 9, 2017

Presented by Bill Lindauer Ohio Certified Naturalist, Bill Lindauer, will take you along the trails of Miller Park and show you how to identify trees even in the late fall and early winter when they are leafless. Bill has discovered that many trees have secret "faces" watching us with their "eyes" as we stroll the paths. For more information visit

Golden Lamb logo

Lunch with Santa at the Golden Lamb

December 9, 10, 16, and 17 from 12:00 PM until 3:00 PM

air view of Christmas lights

The Christmas Ranch

A whimsical place with 1 Million dancing Christmas Lights synchronized to holiday music.

"Truly an old fashioned family experience." 

The Christmas Ranch is in Morrow, Ohio approximately 10 minutes north of Kings Island amusement park.
Located on 110 acres, it features a Christmas Village with approximately 1 Million LED lights which dance with the music.

Our light display has received national attention and has brought smiles to young and old alike.

Partnering with local charities has allowed us to fulfill our lifelong dream of supporting the community and reaching out to less fortunate children.

New This Year! This year we have a spectacular new form of Christmas entertainment. Introducing our own
3-D Holiday HoloSpecs. Not only will you be amazed by our sychronized visuals, but now watch as colorful snowmen, reindeer
and stars appear to dance along with the music and lights. Pick yours up at our Christmas Shops through out the village!

The Gift of Lights- A Spectacular Animated Holiday Light Show

  • Starts Friday, November 17th. Last Day is Saturday December 23rd
  • Sunday through Thursday – 5:00 PM to 9:00PM
  • Friday and Saturday – 5:00PM to 10:00PM
  • Closed Thanksgiving Day to be with our families.
North Pole Express LM&M Railroad

The North Pole Express

The LM&M Railroad will have our station area decorated with lights for the Christmas season. Hot chocolate and cookies will be available on the platform while you wait for your train and are included with your ticket. Cookies will be provided by the Sweet Alexis Bakery. Each passenger will receive one cookie that is peanut free, egg free, tree nut free, and dairy free.

During the hour long journey Santa and his elves will make their way through the train to visit with each family. Every child will receive a bell from Santa’s sleigh. We encourage you to bring your own camera, pictures with Santa are allowed and encouraged. Balloon artists will also be on-board the train.

Event Dates:

  • November: 24, 25, & 26
  • December: 3, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23^, & 24^*

* - Operates on modified schedule
^ - Premium date pricing in effect - Add $2 to Ticket Price

Departure Times:

    • Weekdays: 6:00pm^^ & 8:00pm^^
    • Saturdays: 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm^^, & 8:00pm^^
    • Sundays: 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm, & 6:00pm^^
    • December 24 (Christmas Eve): 4:00pm & 6:00pm^^

^^ - Premium evening departure time pricing in effect - Add $2 to Ticket Price

The Handel's Messiah Project by Lebanon Symphony Orchestra

Lebanon Presbyterian Church

December 16, 2017   7:30 p.m.

Winterfest at Kings Island

Imagine an old-fashioned winter…rosy-cheeked skaters gliding under twinkling lights, the magic of dazzling holiday shows and carolers in traditional costumes, shops filled with ornaments, trinkets and toys, the aroma of freshly-baked treats and the spirit of everyone’s favorite season captured in an atmosphere of warmth and nostalgia – a place where memories of holidays past are present; a place where memories of holidays now are waiting to be made. Ring in the holidays with the return of WinterFest at Kings Island on select nights November 24 through December 30. It’s an unforgettable experience with the park transformed into nine enchanting winter wonderlands featuring ice skating on the Royal Fountain, the Eiffel Tower transformed into a magical Christmas tree, up to 17 rides including Mystic Timbers, more than 5 million lights and 14 holiday characters spreading merriment, like Jack Frost and Sugar Plum Fairy.

Old Lebanon Holiday Walk

November 25 – 26

Visit Glendower Historic Mansion, Nixon Brant House, Lebanon Train Station and Warren County History Center with one ticket. Enjoy complimentary indoor and/or outdoor activities and refreshments at each one. Program runs from 12 PM to 5PM each day Cost: In advance, Adult $10, Under 12 $3.  Day of purchase, Adult $12, Under 12 $5.

Christmas at Glendower

When: December 1 through December 31, 2017.  Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY and New Year's Day) Plan for about 1 hour to tour the house. Tours are given on a drop-in basis beginning at 1:00 PM. Please arrive no later than 4:15 PM.

Where: Glendower Historic Mansion, 105 Cincinnati Avenue, Lebanon, OH 45036 (Please note Glendower has an abundance of stairs and is NOT accessible). 

Details: Bring the whole family to enjoy a guided tour of this beautiful historic c 1840 Greek-Revival mansion, which is decorated top to bottom for the holidays! The decorations are amazingly lavish, artful, whimsical, and beautiful. The kids will love the lamb theme in the nursery and the fabulous mansion doll house on display, which is fully decorated for the holidays! Light refreshments available.

Admission Tickets:  Adults $8, Seniors 65+ $7, Students 5-18 $5. Children under 5 are free. Cash at the door or purchase online here with a credit card. Online tickets are good for a one-time single admission to "Christmas at Glendower" any day that it is open.


The Cincinnati Zoo will once again be transformed into a “Wild Wonderland” for the 35th annual PNC Festival of Lights! In addition to admiring the beauty of 3 million LED lights, visitors can watch a Madcap black-light puppet show, ride the BB&T Toyland Express, search for fairies in Fairyland, marvel at the spectacular Wild Lights show on Swan Lake, or snack at one of two S’mores-n-More stands. NEW: Santa will be available for visits starting at 4 p.m., an hour before the rest of the festivities begin. (Except on Members Preview Night, Nov. 17th, Santa will be available starting at 6:30pm.)

November 18, 2017 – January 1, 2018

Voted #1 Zoo Lights in the Country by USA Today!

Open Sunday – Thursday – 5p – 9p
Friday & Saturday – 5p – 10p

Closed Thanksgiving (open during the day), Christmas Eve (open during the day) and Christmas Day (closed all day).

Lebanon Train Display

24 E. Mulberry Street, Lebanon, OH

November 24: Noon - 8:00 PM
November 25: Noon - 6:00 PM
November 26: Noon - 4:00 PM

Build Mini Gingerbread Houses at Iron's Fruit Farm

Looking for something fun to do on the farm at Holiday time? Try building a mini-Gingerbread House! A tradition since December 2000, make it one of yours!

Boys and girls from young to young-at-heart can build a mini-Gingerbread House right here on the farm! Available each weekend beginning the last weekend in November through the first 3 weekends in December. Groups of 8 or more welcome during the week by appointment, 513-932-2853.

The cost is just $8.50 per house!

Use a variety of candies, cookies and snacks to build your perfect house. We provide everything you need, including "Building Supervisors", to get you started, make it stand and take it home. This is perfect for individuals or groups such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church groups or play groups! Reservations are not required; however, if you are bringing a group of 6 or more, give us a call at 513-932-2853 and set-up a time with us.

We're building more than houses, we're building memories to last until next December and beyond! Hope to see you this Holiday Season!

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