The most wonderful time of the year can be celebrated right here in Mansfield
A weekend immersion into Holiday activity guaranteed to turn even a Scrooge
into a jolly ole elf
Santa arrived in Mansfield and sprinkled his magical holiday dust over the city and many of its attractions. A common complaint this time of year is not having time to enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the holiday. The solution might be designating a December weekend for relaxing into the beauty and wonder of the season. The area has plenty of hotels and some beautiful bed and breakfasts available this time of year. There is much to do as Richland County is made especially resplendent in honor of this most wonderful time of the year.
If you’re looking for an immersion into the meaning of the season, Biblewalk is the place to visit. There are still performances available of Biblewalk’s thought provoking, Dinner with Grace. This year’s production, “Christmas Revelation 2025…Do you Hear What I Hear”, includes a fabulous homemade holiday dinner and a tour of The Life of Christ Museum. For details and pricing to this meaningful, spirit filled experience, check Biblewalk’s website at http://www.livingbiblemuseum.org
Be sure and schedule a few Home tours in your itinerary. They’re a nice way to get in out of the cold and see how the other half decorates. Christmas at Kingwood Center: A Kaleidoscope of Holiday Colors runs from Nov. 24th through Dec. 30th. Spectacular monster wreaths adorn the doors and windows and an impressive two-story Christmas tree in the main entrance greets visitors. As you wander from room to room, each one proudly showcases some of the fruits of the gardens, and the season; gingerbread houses, natural, handcrafted decorations, and stunning flower arrangements are tucked into all the nooks and crannies. Malabar Farm is hosting their traditional candlelight holiday tours proudly showing off the Big House, home of author Louis Bromfield, resplendent for the season. No holiday house is complete without the smells and taste of fresh baked cookies, served after the tour along with hot apple cider. Oak Hill Cottage is only opened Sunday’s, through December 30th from 2-5 p.m. This classic gothic house is decorated with period holiday ornamentation and is well worth a visit. The cost to tour is $5.00 for adults, and $1.00 for children.
Looking for a unique gift for that person who has everything? Mansfield Art Center’s 43rd Holiday Fair runs through the month of December, Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m. -5 p.m. The Art Center features over 3,000 unique items from jewelry, scarves and hats, wood carved trees, children’s items, and ornaments for purchase. Unique, one-of-a-kind gifts can be found here and this year’s fair promises to continue the tradition of carrying fine, signature items, handcrafted, by many local artists and predominately Ohio artists.
Continuing on the theme of “be focal, shop local,” The Squirrel’s Den a locally owned and now internationally renowned candy shop due to a visit last summer from President Obama, can be found near the square. This "sweet lovers" idea of heaven, even smells like Mrs. Claus’ kitchen. Seasonal homemade fudge and fresh roasted nuts make great fillers for those stockings hung by the chimney with care.
While you’re downtown, Richland Carrousel Park is also decked out in all its holiday finery waiting to be admired. Not only is a ride on the carrousel in order, Santa awaits our wish lists and is available for photo-ops from 1:00-4:00 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, through December 23rd.
After dark, it’s time for a drive through the magic of Christmas Wunderland. Located at the Richland County Fairgrounds, this annual light display is set up on 40 acres and boasts over 400,000 lights. Elaborate scenes, animated displays, and classic cartoon characters wind throughout the grounds. The cost is an affordable $6.00 per car load. Rates are also available for small buses as well as larger tour buses.
For a listing of local seasonal activities and events to enhance your holiday, check the calendar of events at www.mansfieldtourism.com