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Activities this Holiday Season while on a Budget

We have gathered a list of holiday activities that won’t cost you to attend! Save your money for gifts and experiences this year. Take a look at these fun activities and events you can enjoy with the whole family!

Free Fridays – December 6th

Fantastic Free Fridays at Miami University Middletown gives kids a chance to learn art – for free! This December 6th enjoy a free showing of TCT on Tour’s Mrs. Claus Saves the Day. This musical is about leadership, goodwill, and teamwork!

Photo: Miami University Middletown

First Friday: Hot Chocolate Walk – December 6th

Warm yourself up with a dozen or more Hot Chocolate Stops along the Middletown First Friday Walk from 5-8PM. Pick up your Passport Guide in Governor’s Square to learn where all the tasty spots are! Get stamped at each stop to be entered to win free hot chocolate for a year, thanks to Triple Moon Coffee Company and Mockingbirds! Flavors like salted caramel, red velvet, buddy the elf peppermint, and unicorn are just some of the flavors offered during this walk!

Photo: City of Middletown

Oxford Holiday Festival – December 7th

Located at the Oxford Community Arts Center from 9AM-4PM, attend the craft market, pictures with Santa, and the Kids Korner. Afterwards walk on down to Uptown Parks from 5-9PM for music, ice skating, carriage rides, and Santa’s arrival! 

Photo: Scott Kissell

Hot Chocolate Bar- December 7th

Before attending the Oxford Holiday Festival, stop by Books & Brews from 3-5PM for a free cup of hot chocolate with a fun toppings bar! Cookie decorating will be available for a cost of $5 for 3 cookies (all supplies included), along with stories being read and other fun surprises!

Photo: Books & Brews

Holiday Lights Festival at Bridgewater Falls – December 7th

Enjoy the holiday festivities with family and friends at Bridgewater Falls Shopping Center. Running from 5-7PM, you can expect pictures with Santa, ice skating, giant snow globe, carolers, hot chocolate, and more! Don’t miss the tree lighting at 5:45PM!

Photo: Bridgewater Falls Shopping Center

Olde West Chester Christmas Walk – December 7th

Beginning at 2PM along Cincinnati-Dayton road the Merchants of Olde West Chester hold a family-friendly community event before the big parade. Activities include; photos with Santa, shopping, kids’ games and crafts, a petting zoo, horse and wagon rides, food and beverages, live music, and more! The parade begins at 7PM, stay after the parade to see the community tree lighting around 8PM. 

Photo: Olde West Chester

Christkindlmarkt – December 6th-9th

Hamilton’s authentic German Christmas market held in the German Village district is here! Come celebrate this holiday season with German music, food, beer, wine, wares, and fun activities throughout the weekend! No admission necessary!

Photo: German Village District

Pictures with Santa – December 20th

Bring your kids and pets to Petland, located in Fairfield, for free pictures with Santa from 6-9PM! All friendly pets are welcome! Last year they had visits from snakes, puppies, lizards and even a skunk!

Photo: Fairfield Petland

Light up Middletown – Now thru New Year’s Eve

Enjoy a drive-thru light up Christmas show at Smith Park. No admission necessary but donations towards helping Middletown’s parks is greatly appreciated. Open from 6-10PM every day. Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus every Friday and Saturday night thru December 21st from 7-9PM.

Carriage Rides at Liberty Center – Now thru December 22nd, special rides offered December 31st

Come by the Liberty Center for a horse-drawn carriage ride, offered 6-9PM Friday-Saturday and 2-6PM Sundays until December 22nd. A special carriage ride will be offered on December 31st from 2-6PM. There is no cost associated with the rides, but tips are accepted! 

Photo: Liberty Center

EnterTRAINment Junction – Now thru December 30th

Take a trip to EnterTRAINment Junction for their Holiday Train Display. This part of the experience is free to the public and offers some beautiful winter train displays. Feel free to buy tickets to other sections of EnterTRAINment to get the full experience!


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