Hocking Hills Day Trips : Holiday Tour

hocking hills holiday trip

With the holiday season upon us, local families and tourists alike are looking for fun things to do in Hocking Hills this Holiday season. There’s a wealth of wonder this time of year in our home region so we thought we’d continue our Hocking Hills Day Trips series with a day of festive fun for your whole family to enjoy. Explore the sights and sounds of Christmas in the Hocking Hills!


Festival of Trees at the Bowen House

The Bowen House is a wonderful local inspiration in the Hocking Hills, maintaining the rich history of the area alongside an active arts community. Every year they host a Festival of Trees and the whole Bowen House, a structure first built in 1831, is full of decorated Christmas trees from various community groups and families. Tour the historic house and all the holiday trees it has to offer before setting out for the rest of your day.

Ride the Santa Train

A long-standing tradition in the Hocking River Valley, the Santa Train departs from the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway Station in Nelsonville, Ohio on Saturdays and Sundays from Thanksgiving through Christmas. Santa will board the train and talk with your children as the train travels along the scenic winding tracks of Hocking County to Logan. It’s a wonderful experience for adults and children alike. Book your Tickets quickly as they tend to sell out.

Warm Dinner at the Urban Grille

After exploring the holiday opportunities here in the Hocking Hills with your family, it will be time to relax in a cozy warm dining room, sip some hot cocoa, and order one of our delicious gourmet dinners. We’ll have a series of special dishes throughout the holiday season and feature live music on Saturday nights for our guests to enjoy. Sample a house wine and let the spirit of the holidays soak into your heart.

Cruise for Christmas Lights

After Dinner, it’s time to cruise the many Christmas light displays around Hocking County.  Lake Hope State Park’s Nature Center is a good place to start where they’ve created a wooded trail of lights. Afterward, drive the hills and curves of the county to find all the wonderful Christmas Light displays set up by homeowners and businesses, including the lights above Main Street and on the Courthouse in downtown Logan.

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