A holiday visit to Union County is like stepping into a storybook. This rural, yet bustling, community transforms into a winter wonderland that captures the true spirit of the season. With charming streets adorned with twinkling lights, cheerful holiday music filling the crisp air, and a sense of warmth and community that is simply unparalleled, Union County radiates a unique and heartwarming charm during the holiday season.

Christmas Walk

Holiday Cheer: Festive Tree Lighting and Joyous Parades

Christmas Walk is a delightful annual event that encapsulates the very essence of the holiday season in Marysville, Ohio. From the tree lighting ceremony to horse-drawn carriage and wagon rides, live entertainment, shopping discounts, and visits from Santa Claus himself, there is fun for the whole family.

  • Small Business Saturday - November 25 | All Day
  • Christmas Walk & Tree Lighting - November 27 | 5 - 8 PM
  • Marysville Christmas Parade - December 3 | 2 PM
  • Merry on Main Iceless Ice Skating - December 10 - January 2 | Various Hours
  • Visit with Santa - Various dates and times

Usher in the season of joy, warmth, and community spirit in Plain City! The village is set to sparkle with a series of festive events that promise to create lasting memories for you and your loved ones. From the twinkling lights at Pastime Park to the scent of hot cocoa in the air at Christmas Under the Clock, you will revel in the magic of the holidays in Plain City!

  • Merry on Main - November 3 | 5 - 7 PM
  • Small Business Saturday - November 25 | All Day
  • Lights at Pastime Park - November 25 - January 1 | Nightly
  • Christmas Under the Clock - December 2 | 4 - 7 PM

The Richwood Christmas Parade and Santa at Richwood Lake Park are beloved holiday traditions. These heartwarming events are a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season, bringing the community together in the spirit of Christmas.

  • Christmas Parade - December 2 | 4 - 6 PM, concluding at Richwood Lake Park
  • Santa at Richwood Lake Park - December 2, 9, 14, 16 | various times
  • Hospitality Night Uptown - December 14 | 5 - 7 PM

Plain City

Holiday Shopping Galore: Unique Boutiques and Artisan Treasures

Strolling down historic streets, you'll discover quaint shops adorned with festive decorations, each offering a unique shopping experience for finding the perfect gifts for loved ones.


Marysville is home to several shops filled with unique gifts ready to be delivered to your favorite people. You will want to be sure to check out these local businesses: 

Plain City’s small-town charm is felt over the holidays. Front Porch Home, located in the newly renovated MaCune Building, is a home décor store filled with everything you need to make your home Christmas-ready. Feeling crafty? Hammer and Stain offers classes over the holidays where you can create something that will bring lasting memories to your home for years to come. 

Richwood’s warm and friendly atmosphere adds to the festive spirit, making it a delightful destination for special gifts during the holiday season. You’ll find local surprises at G & H ThreadsPat’s Print Shop, or Sheila’s Flowers & Gifts

The Olde Fashioned Christmas Market at Red Fox Farms is an event not to be missed! With over 30 vendors, artisans, and craftsmen, you are sure to find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Saturday, December 9 | 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Pro Tip: Small Business Saturday, the first Saturday after Thanksgiving, is one of the best times to come and shop for the Christmas season; great sales and welcoming smiles are ready to meet shoppers!

Holiday Shopping

Savoring Local Sweet Delights: Bakeries and Cafes

No Christmas visit to Union County would be complete without a visit to the local bakeries and cafes where the aroma of freshly baked holiday goodies and naturally crafted hot beverages waft through the air. If you want freshly made and locally sourced, make Kitschen Bakery one place to stop. Happy bakers work tirelessly at The Ribbon Box, where it could be said that some of the best cupcakes in central Ohio are made. Stop in to Yeasty Boys Delicatessen for some of the best cinnamon rolls around! Saturday mornings in Union County are made for back road adventures, and from 8 to 11 a.m., The Flour Barn opens for the morning. Order in advance to ensure you can take home some of their delicious treats. 

Union County offers an array of cozy spots to get your hot beverage fix. From Coffee Hall and Creamery in Uptown Marysville, to the The Red Hen Cafe in Plain City and JF Baking Company near Plain City and Richwood Coffee in Richwood, you are guaranteed to find a spot to warm you from the inside out!

Pumpkin Pie

Festive Illumination: Christmas Magic at Bigelow and Pottersburg Covered Bridges

The Bigelow and Pottersburg Covered Bridges undergo a magical transformation for the holidays. As the sun sets and the skies darken, these historic structures come alive with the warm, welcoming glow of thousands of twinkling lights. Families and visitors flock to the Merry and Bright Bridges, where they can take leisurely strolls, share warm moments, and embrace the sense of wonder that the season brings. 

Lit bridge Pottersburg


A Cheerful Tradition: Decking the Halls

The quest for the perfect Christmas tree at a charming tree farm is a beloved holiday tradition. As you wander through the rows of fragrant evergreens, the crisp winter air nips at your cheeks and the scent of pine surrounds you, creating an atmosphere of pure enchantment.

If it’s holiday greenery you seek to decorate your home, be sure to visit Scheiderer Farms Garden Center or Dutch Mill Greenhouse for holiday porch pots, garland, and wreaths.

Pro Tip: Check the business hours before heading out for your perfect evergreen or tree hunt; the hours and supply vary.

Christmas Tree Farm

Union County, Ohio: Your Ideal Christmas Getaway Destination

If you're seeking a heartwarming and enchanting Christmas experience, Union County is the perfect destination. There’s so much to do, you’ll want to take your time so that you may experience nearby attractions, such as the millions of twinkling lights at Wild Lights at the Zoo, Country Christmas event at Marmon Valley Farm, or the slopes at Mad River Mountain. Book one of the local hotels for a Christmas staycation or for your holiday weekend getaway. After a day of shopping and festivities, an evening by the indoor pool is an excellent way to unwind.

Holiday Road Trip