Ohio Holiday Road Trips

The top twelve holiday happenings you do not want to miss in Mahoning County.

Don’t let the holidays slip by without enjoying one or all of the magical festivities happening around Mahoning County. Holiday exhibits, magical lights, unique holiday shopping, musical shows, and even the man in the red suit. What a wonderful way to enjoy time with family and friends.

Need help deciding what events to enjoy? Below you will find our top twelve Mahoning County holiday events we think you should experience this holiday season.

1. Olde Fashioned Christmas at Lanterman’s Mill

November 25-26, 2023
Time: 11:00am-4:00pm
Location: Lanterman’s Mill
980 Canfield Rd., Youngstown, OH 44511 United States
Phone: 330-740-7115
Website: millcreekmetroparks.org

Enjoy the traditional holiday atmosphere at Lanterman’s Mill. Fire-roasted chestnuts, artisans demonstrating crafts, unique handcrafted gifts for sale, and festive entertainment will lift your spirits.

2. Step back in time at the Arms Family Museum for Memories of Christmas Past.

Dates: November 18  – December 31, 2023
Tour Times: This year’s exhibit will take place November 18 – December 31, 2023. Museum hours are Tuesday-Sunday, noon-4:00pm. On Twilight Thursdays, the exhibit is open until 7:00pm. The Museum is closed Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day
Location:  Arms Family Museum 648 Wick Ave, Youngstown..
Phone: 330-743-2589 | website

Youngstown Live - Memories of Christmas Past

Butler Holiday
Photo credit: Butler Institute of American Art

3. Find that perfect gift at the 52nd Annual American Holiday at The Butler Arts & Crafts Show.

Dates/times: December 2; 10am-5pm |December 3; 10am-4pm.
Location: Butler Institute of American Art
524 Wick Ave., Youngstown, OH 44502
Phone: 330-743-1107..

An American Holiday at The Butler is an annual arts and craft show. The Butler’s annual holiday show and sale will feature original, one of a kind creations of over 90 artists and artisans inside the museum – a historical architectural masterpiece! Holiday entertainment is scheduled throughout the event as well. Visitors can browse a variety of beautifully unique, hand-crafted pieces that will satisfy most everyone on their gift lists. From pottery, paintings and prints, glass and decor to jewelry, toys, herbal products, yummy treats and more.


White House Fruit Farm Christmas
Christmas on the Farm – White House Fruit Farm

4. Do a little holiday shopping at White House Fruit Farm’s Winter Gift Barn.

Don’t forget to take home a dozen or more of their famous blueberry donuts!

Christmas on the Farm takes place Saturday, December 9 & Sunday, December 10, from 11:00am-4:00pm. (Goodies with the Grinch – December 13th at 6:30pm)

Take a horse-drawn wagon ride through the orchard, shop the Winter Gift Barn and the Market, enjoy hot chocolate and coffee from Cozé, and roast hot dogs and s’mores over a fire. You can even visit Santa!

This is a non-ticketed event. Click here for more details.

Location: White House Fruit Farm
9249 State Route 62, Canfield, OH 44406
Phone: 330-533-4161


5.  Grab that holiday treasure while shopping local at the Holiday Flea in Youngstown.

Dates/times: December 2-3, 2023
Time: TBA

Location: Youngstown Flea
365 E. Boardman Street, Youngstown, OH 44503

Youngstown Playhouse Cinderella 2023

6. Take in “Cinderella” at The Youngstown Playhouse.

Friday, December 1 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 2 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 3 – 2:30 pm
Friday, December 8 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 9 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 10 – 2:30 pm

Location: The Youngstown Playhouse
600 Playhouse Lane, Youngstown, OH 44511
Phone: 330-788-8739
Website: theyoungstownplayhouse.org

This enchanting musical adaptation of the beloved fairy tale will capture the hearts of audiences of all ages. Cinderella, a young woman forced into a life of servitude by her evil stepmother and stepsisters, dreams of a better life. With the help of her mouse friends, a plain yellow pumpkin, and the magic of her fairy godmother, her dreams come true! Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella showcases some of the songwriting duo’s loveliest tunes, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” as well as some new characters and surprising twists.

Tickets can be purchased on The Youngstown Playhouse website or by calling the Box Office: 330-788-8739.

The Magical Polar Experience - DeYor Performing Arts

7. Find holiday magic on “The Magical Polar Experience”.

Date: December 9, 2023
Time: 7pm

Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by a conductor & stow-a-ways who will punch your tickets. You’ll then be seated where the fun will begin! Please come dressed in your pajamas & prepare for the adventure of a lifetime!

Location: DeYor Performing Arts Center
260 W. Federal Street, Youngstown, OH 44503
website: youngstownsymphony.com


Fellows Riverside Gardens
Fellows Riverside Gardens

8. Wonder at the 60 holiday trees decorated for the season by volunteers at the Fellows Riverside Gardens Winter Celebration.

Dates/times: December 2-January 2, 2023
Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00am-5:00pm (closed Christmas Eve), or during Winter Nights.

*On Saturdays, Fellows Riverside Gardens is open late until 7 pm for Winter Nights. Experience the outdoor light display

Location: Fellows Riverside Gardens
123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, OH 44509
Website: millcreekmetroparks.org

Tuba Christmas

9.  Experience Tuba Christmas of the Valley at the Stambaugh Auditorium.

Date: November 26, 2023
Time: Craft Show starts: 11:00 am | Concert:3:30 pm

Tuba Christmas is a celebration of the holidays for which tuba players come together to perform a variety of Christmas classics. The various sizes and sounds of the instrument along with the spirit of the musicians make this event extraordinary.

Location: Stambaugh Auditorium
1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, OH 44504
Phone: 330-259-0555
Website: stambaughauditorium.com

Elegant Illusions Christmas Lights Drive-Through

10. Take a ride through the twinkling of lights at the Elegant Illusions Christmas Lights Drive-Through.

Dates: November 16-December 24, 2023
Hours are Thursday-Saturday 6:00pm-10:00pm, and Sunday 6:00pm-9:00pm. Ticket prices are Cars/Trucks/SUV’s/Vans $20, Limo/Party Buses $40, and Tour Buses $50.

This event features LED displays, the latest in animatronics and over 50 holiday scene displays.

ELEGANT ILLUSIONS Christmas Lights Drive Through
Location: Canfield Fairgrounds
7265 Columbiana Canfield Rd., Canfield, OH


11. Enjoy the Home Alone movie with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra.

Dates: December 22-23, 2023
Times: Friday: 7:30 pm | Saturday: 2:30pm

“A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live to picture by Your Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who’s accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves. Hilarious and heart-warming, Home Alone is holiday fun for the entire family!”

Location: DeYor Performing Arts Center
260 W. Federal Street, Youngstown, OH 44503
Phone: 330-744-0264
Tickets: youngstownsymphony.com



12. Experience a seasonal production of The Nutcracker.

performed by the Ballet Western Reserve. 
Dates: December 2-3, 2023
Times: Saturday: 7pm | Sunday 2:30 pm

Location: DeYor Performing Arts Center
260 West Federal Street, Youngstown, Ohio 44503
Tickets: deyorpac.org


Planning on coming in from out of town? Or maybe you want to find a great place to enjoy a meal. The staff at the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau look forward to assisting you with all your questions.

Phone: 330.740.2130 | 800.447.8201 | youngstownlive.com

Article by: D. Rock, MyOhioFun.com
Photos: Courtesy of YoungstownLive.com 

Diane Rock is the owner and editor of MyOhioFun.com and the Tea Cup Rescue Society. She is an avid baker, gardener, Little Free Library owner, who loves to read and travel.  She spends most of her days sharing her love of things to do in Ohio, as well as creating destinations and itineraries for group tours and individual travelers. Any use of the above article or images without prior permission, will be in violation of copyright laws.

***Disclosure:  My Ohio Fun receives compensation from Youngstown Live and advertising banners.  As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


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