This Christmas Parade is Truly One Of The BEST!
November 2007 – LEBANON, OH –In southwest Ohio, the 19th Annual Historic Lebanon Horse-drawn Carriage Parade and Christmas Festival is the traditional launch of the holiday season.
Martha Stewart has sent representatives to observe and film the action – which resulted in a segment on one of her holiday television programs.
This parade, the largest in the state, steps off at 1 pm, and again at 7 pm on December 1st in downtown Lebanon, OH. Each year a special carriage and driver are honored to lead the parade, followed by Santa and Mrs. Claus.
More than 100 authentic antique carriages are drawn by majestic Clydesdales, prancing miniatures and every size horse in between. The carriages, drivers and even the 3,500+ horses are decked out in period clothing and holiday décor. Many carriage owners (coming from numerous surrounding states) have been bringing their horses, rigs and families since the first parade in 1989.
Crowds line the sidewalks along this charming turn-of-the-century town, as the parade passes in front of the historic 200 year-old Golden Lamb Inn & Restaurant. You can hear the horse’s bells jingle and feel the beat of their hooves long before they proudly stride past.
The parade has become so popular (with 80,000 spectators) that it requires two showings. The second parade at 7 pm is even more spectacular as the viewers hold lit candles that cast a holiday “glow” over the parade.
“You almost feel as if you are part of a living postcard,” stated Shirley Bonekemper, Warren County CVB executive director. “It’s truly a one-of-a-kind event.”
Specialty and unique retail shops, holiday crafts and food vendors, strolling musicians and entertainers, plus exciting family fun all add to the thrilling holiday atmosphere.
Other Warren County communities put their own twist on the season celebrating with traditional holiday events.
Santa’s North Pole Express rolls out of Lebanon Station on December weekends. The old-fashioned railway adventure includes photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, hot chocolate and caroling on the trip to the North Pole, November 24 – December 23.
Experience Christmas as it was on the frontier with a candlelight tour at Caesar’s Creek Pioneer Village, December 1.
Glendower State Memorial celebrates Christmas in an old-fashioned style in a classic Greek Revival mansion, December 1-2, 7-8-9, 14-15-16.
There’s great holiday shopping all year ‘round at King’s Mills General Store and Christmas Shop, featuring Patricia Breen collectibles and holiday items of all varieties; and Enchanted Village in Lebanon, with unique Christmas Items, toys, and home décor.
Southwest Ohio’s largest outdoor ice-skating rink, carriage rides, and paddle boats on the Lazy Miami River at Holiday Fest at The Beach Waterpark add to the unique holiday activities in Warren County. This traditional summer hot-spot is transformed into a winter wonderland of fun, complete with a live Nativity, North Pole Petting Corral, holiday crafts and a huge food tent. The festival begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs select dates ending with the special family New Year’s Eve celebration.
Special “Norman Rockwell” moments can be created in charming Warren County communities:
- Springboro Christmas Festival – November 16-18
- Waynesville’s Christmas in the Village – November 30-December 2
- Tour of Franklin’s historic homes – December 2
- Christmas in Mason – December 7
The Golden Lamb Inn & Restaurant offers unique family holiday dining opportunities:
- Frohe Weilhnachren (German meal of venison) – December 3-7
- Cratchit’s Christmas Dinner (English meal of goose) – December 10-14
- Christmas at Mt. Vernon (American meal of turkey and ham) – December 11-21
For additional holiday event information, visit www.ohioslargestplayground.com, or call 800-433-1072 to build your own getaway package.
Warren County is Ohio’s Largest Playground! World-class attractions and unique events make tourism the county’s leading industry, with 6.4 million annual visitors. With easy access from Interstates 71 and 75, Warren County is the perfect hub-and-spoke destination, where visitors can enjoy a greater possibility of activities within a 30-mile radius, than anywhere else in Ohio.
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