COLUMBUS, Ohio – The holidays are a magical time in Ohio when families, friends and visitors gather to celebrate together. Ohio is within 600 miles of 60 percent of the U.S. population, making it an easily accessible place to meet and spend quality time together. Between October and December, Ohio sees approximately 20 million trips by people visiting friends and family. To help Ohioans and visitors enjoy time together, TourismOhio has launched Ohio.org/Holidays with ideas and resources that will make this season the brightest yet.
“There is an unmistakable feeling of happiness that comes with the holiday season, and Ohio has many distinctive events and experiences for visitors of all ages,” said David Goodman, Director, Ohio Development Services Agency. “Residents and visitors will find Ohio.org/Holidays an invaluable resource to plan a holiday getaway and Find It Here. in Ohio.”
The 2017 Holidays in Ohio page incorporates several new features including: a downloadable holiday lights map, holiday “top five” lists by region and social media giveaways. This year, “like” Ohio. Find It Here. on Facebook for chances to win weekly holiday-themed prizes, including tickets to Ohio’s most festive events. Be sure to share your experiences using #HolidaysinOhio.
This year, TourismOhio has curated even more options to make this holiday season the most memorable one yet:
Looking for experiences that exude the holidays and that visitors seek out year after year to recreate nostalgic memories? You’ll find them in Ohio. Learn where you can take a cozy sleigh ride fit for a president, cut down your own holiday tree or stand nose-to-nose with intricate Nutcracker soldiers.
Part of the holiday season’s appeal is indulging in all the decadent treats we’ve been craving for months, and Ohio’s culinary and beverage scene is sure to please every appetite. Sip your way through Ohio’s wine trails to ponder the best pairing for your holiday meals, sample Christmas cookie heaven as you tour quaint inns or experience a Dickens-themed dinner alongside a cozy fire.
It’s no secret: Ohioans love to bundle up and marvel at festive holiday lights displays. Whether you want to walk on the wild side at one of the state’s enchanting zoo lights displays, immerse yourself in a complete lights and music experience (along with 3,000 Santas) or admire beautifully decorated trees for a good cause – you can Find It Here.
Checking Your List
Have hard-to-please gift recipients on your list? Find the museum gift shops, old-fashioned general stores and specialty markets where you can score one-of-a-kind goodies and bring smiles to even the most discerning loved ones’ faces.
If you crave the outdoors, Ohio’s natural beauty shines throughout the state during the holiday season. Feel the wind in your face as you race down a toboggan chute, giggle as you slip and slide on an ice-skating rink and lace up your boots as you embark on an invigorating winter hike.
While some willingly embrace the cooler temperatures, others look for ways to boost their holiday spirit indoors. Throughout the holiday season, Ohio’s vibrant cities become gathering places to check out the latest art exhibitions, hum to the relaxing tune of a world-renowned orchestra or transport yourself back in time as you explore historic museum displays.
TourismOhio, operating within the state of Ohio’s Development Services Agency, works to ensure Ohio is positioned as a destination of choice, enriching lives through authentic travel experiences. The branding Ohio. Find It Here. supports Ohio’s $43 billion tourism industry. For more, visit Ohio.org.