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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!

First Friday: Hot Chocolate Walk

Warm yourself up with a dozen or more Hot Chocolate Stops along the Middletown First Friday Walk. 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!

Hot Chocolate Walk!

Photo: City of Middletown


Oxford Holiday Festival

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

Holiday Festival Fun in Oxford

Photo: Scott Kissell


Hot Chocolate Bar

Before attending the Oxford Holiday Festival, stop by Books & Brews 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!

Snowmen marshmallows at Books & Brew's Hot Chocolate Bar

Photo: Books & Brews


Holiday Lights Festival at Bridgewater Falls

Enjoy the holiday festivities with family and friends at Bridgewater Falls Shopping Center. You can expect pictures with Santa, ice skating, giant snow globe, carolers, hot chocolate, and more! Don’t miss the tree lighting.

Bridgewater Fall's Holiday Lights Festival

Photo: Bridgewater Falls Shopping Center


Olde West Chester Christmas Walk

Starting 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 Christmas Walk in Olde West Chester

Photo: Olde West Chester



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!

Christkindlmarkt Fun

Photo: German Village District


Light up Middletown

Enjoy a drive-thru light up Christmas show at Smith Park. No admission necessary but donations towards helping Middletown’s parks is greatly appreciated. Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus every Friday and Saturday night.

Light Up Middletown Entrance


Carriage Rides at Liberty Center

Come by the Liberty Center for a horse-drawn carriage ride. Check ahead for dates and times. There is no cost associated with the rides, but tips are accepted! 

Liberty Center's Carriage Rides

Photo: Liberty Center


EnterTRAINment Junction

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!

EnterTRAINment Junction's Holiday Train Display

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