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Insider's Guide to November

November, where did you come from? We have two months remaining in 2016, and plenty of time for fun and festivities! There's a giant games night, shopping events, performing arts and holiday light displays just to name a few. Here's your guide to what's going on in November!


Alive After Five

Family Game Night

Downtown Hamilton 

November 3  

Play a Downtown Hamilton Scavenger Hunt, GIANT games and get acquainted with the awesome shopping, dining and craft brews in Hamilton.


Sara's House Christmas Open House

Sara's House

November 3-5 

Sara's House is a holiday shopping must! During the first weekend of November this boutique magically transforms into a winter wonderland.

Psssttt! For the gents... on November 15th Sara's House is hosting Guys Night. Find the perfect gift, and receive complimentary gift-wrapping!

Sara's House Hamilton


One Stage: Many Cultures

From Little Things

Fairfield Community Arts Center 

November 4-5  

Enjoy a heart-warming true story unfold on stage. This original one-act play showcases the lives of Pete and Alberta Groh, and their experience growing up and finding love in Fairfield in the mid-1950s.


The Great Middletown History Quiz

Middletown Historical Society

November 9 

Think you know Middletown? Give it all you've got at this exciting new trivia event, prizes are on the line! 

Middletown, Ohio History


Winter Farmers Market

Fairfield Community Arts Center

November 9 

Just because it's no longer summer, doesn't mean you have to give up farmers market finds! Shop local goods at Fairfield's new Winter Farmers Market.


Jazz & Cabaret

Hank Mautner's Swing Heritage Orchestra

Fitton Center for Creative Arts

November 11 

Get in to the swing of things this November at the Fitton Center. You'll be transported back to the 1940s with incredible tunes by Hank Mautner's Swing Heritage Orchestra.

Hank Mautner Fitton Center

Image: Fitton Center for Creative Arts


International Wine Festival

Jungle Jim's International Market

November 11-12 

Calling all oenophiles (and casual wine sippers too)! This wine festival is for you. Find over 400 wines from over 90 wineries, plus enjoy international food pairings. Raise your glass to a great night at Jungle Jim's!

International Wine Festival

Image: Jungle Jim's International Market


Olde West Chester Christmas Walk

Olde West Chester

November 12 

A day full of holiday festivities! This beloved West Chester event includes a shopping Christmas Walk, parade and tree lighting ceremony.


Christmas at the Junction

EnterTRAINment Junction

November 12 – January 1, 2017 

The world's largest indoor train display, turns winter wonderland! Take a journey to the North Pole where Mrs. Claus will greet you, and treat you to cookies in her kitchen. Prepare a wish list for Santa, as he'll be eagerly awaiting your visit. Don't miss the Main Street Holiday Trains, a beautiful winter train display.

Christmas at the Junction

Image: EnterTRAINment Junction


American Chamber Plays

Oxford Community Arts Center

November 14 

Feel relaxed and inspired by an evening listening to award-winning musicians who are passionate about performing. Their repertoire ranges from familiar masterpieces to neglected gems to newly commissioned American works.


Johnny Appleseed's Westward Journey

Miami Univeristy Hamilton

November 16 

Curious about the legend of Johnny Appleseed? Professor and Author, William Kerrigan, will cover the "real" Johnny Appleseed and debunk myths while sharing an extraordinary story.


Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony

Liberty Center

November 18

The magic of Christmas comes alive at Liberty Center! This highly anticipated holiday event will entertain and delight with performers, giant parade balloons, a tree lighting ceremony and a magical holiday lights show in The Park.

Liberty Center Parade

Image: Todd Joyce - Liberty Center


Hamilton Welcomes the Holidays

Downtown Hamilton

November 18 

Embrace the start of the holiday season in downtown Hamilton. Gather outside the Butler County Courthouse to view the holiday tree lighting and visit with Santa Claus.


Holiday Lights on the Hill

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum

November 18 – January 1, 2017 

Bring your family to this award-winning 2-mile driving light display this holiday season. Weave your way around the hills and be in awe of the millions of sparkling lights glowing amongst monumental sculptures. A family favorite is Candy Cane Lane; a stretch of the path that is lined with 10-foot candy canes.

Holiday Lights on the Hill


Light Up Middletown

Smith Park

November 24 – December 31  

The journey begins with a twinkling tunnel of lights. This driving tour fantasyland has an abundance of themed areas. You’ll come across a floating sea serpent in the lake, Santa’s workshop and sleigh, a penguin village and more. Deer leap over the road and there are surprises around each dazzling turn.

Light up Middletown



Niederman Christmas Walk

Niederman Family Farm

November 25 – December 30  

Take in the sights, sounds and scents of the season at this family farm. Over 50 speakers adorn the path and set the mood with Christmas music. Hundreds of decorated trees and live animals are all part of this holiday oasis. At the end of your walk the Niederman family treats you to 2 cookies and a cup of cocoa.

 Niederman Family Farm Christmas Walk


Christmas in the Country

Downtown Shandon

November 26-27

Ohio's first Welsch settlement, Shandon, celebrates its annual old-fashioned Christmas in the Country in downtown each year. Eat Welsch cakes, home cooked foods and shop arts and crafts. Stroll around, take a carriage ride and sip on hot wintery drinks. Nadolig Llawn (Happy Christmas) to all!

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