If you are like us, you are absolutely ready for the holiday season to come. It has been a warm year, and a little white, snow-covered holiday season is just what we need. If you are looking for a magical destination this holiday season, look no further than Hocking Hills. You will find that the area has plenty of Christmas events and holiday activities to keep you busy throughout the holiday season. Take a look at what your Hocking Hills Christmas journey can look like this year:
Christmas in Ash Cave
Come join the fun here in Hocking Hills a little early to experience some true holiday magic. One such event taking place this year is Christmas in Ash Cave. This annual event is a local favorite as it takes you to Ash Cave, one of the most popular attractions inside Hocking Hills State Park. Christmas in Ash Cave has you enjoying the quarter mile trek down the path that is lit up with holiday lights. The path is paved making it accessible to everyone including wheelchairs and strollers. Additional fun holiday theme activities can be enjoyed by all including meeting Santa and having warm refreshments such as cookies and hot chocolate. You will be able to relax right by an open fire as you stay warm. Listen to carolers singing incredible renditions of classic Christmas songs. Candlelit dancing will be on the roof where you can dance the night away with holiday tunes. The weather is expected to be cold with snow so make sure you show up prepared with your proper winter attire and warm shoes. This year’s Christmas in Ash Cave is scheduled to take place on December 9th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. This event is absolutely free and non-aggressive pets are welcome to join on a leash!
Go on a Winter Hike
Speaking of Hocking Hills State Park, you can always visit the park during the day to enjoy a winter hike. Hocking Hills State Park continues to be the top attraction in the area for its beautiful areas you can explore. Miles upon miles of hiking trails are open year-round for you to navigate each area. Hiking Hocking Hills State Park is a must do and the winter season is something special. You will find a winter wonderland waiting for you as the trees are dusted in powdery snow and the ground is covered in white. Flowing rivers and streams may be frozen in place making it appear that time itself has frozen in place. The winter season is also a slower season for the park too so you will find less crowds around you. With less crowds come more opportunities for local wildlife to peak their head out when it is quieter outside. There is plenty to see at Hocking Hills State Park so make sure to bring a snack, water, and the proper winter gear so you can stay out on the trail comfortably.
Go Star Gazing at John Glenn Astronomy Park
You can also have plenty of fun at night by visiting John Glenn Astronomy Park here in Hocking Hills. Star gazers out there will be thrilled to learn that Hocking Hills features the darkest sky in the state making it easy to look up at the night sky and see a dazzling array of stars. The astronomy park features many unique events throughout the year including the winter season where you can look through their huge telescope. Make sure to dress in layers and have a cup of hot chocolate handy so you can stay warm for this lovely activity.
Grab a Winter Drink
For those looking to unwind with an adult beverage or two you will be pleasantly surprised with Hocking Hills Winery. This local winery features an incredible selection of wine that uses a grape grown exclusively to the region. You will find your favorite types of wine by the bottle or by the flight. Take a bottle or two of your favorite selection back to your vacation rental to pair with your Hocking Hills Christmas meal. With it being winter you can expect their outdoor seating area to be a mini winter wonderland. If you prefer a beer head over to Brewery 33 that serves over a dozen taps of handcrafted beer. The kids will find the craft soda to be especially tasty. Food trucks and live music frequent Brewery 33 making it a family friendly outing for everyone.
Prepare for Your Winter Voyage to Hocking Hills
Escape the ordinary this year for the holidays and come experience Hocking Hills in all its glory. Browse our selection of vacation homes that offer a comfortable stay and close proximity to these exciting evens. You will find the true meaning of Christmas in Hocking Hills.