Christmas break will soon be here and kids are excited for an extended pause from school. Parents might be wondering what activities to plan with them. We all know the famous line by Alvin and the Chipmunks, "And mom and dad can hardly wait for school to start again," but it doesn't have to be that way. With some pre-planning, you can turn the break into a holly jolly time rather than a chaotic one. Fortunately, Union County has numerous fun-filled activities that will create beautiful memories for your family.

Caroling Elves

Creating Holiday Magic: Unearth Unique Family Adventures

From delightful holiday story times that transport children to winter wonderlands and hands-on gingerbread covered bridges workshops that spark creativity to holiday-themed play groups and open houses, these festive activities offer joy and learning in equal measure. 

Kitschen Ginger Covered Bridge


Strikes and Smiles: Bowling Fun for a Festive Holiday Break

Bowling with kids is a fun way to create lasting memories filled with laughter and enthusiasm. The sound of crashing pins, the glow of neon lights, and the cheers of victory make the bowling alley an unforgettable experience for children of all ages. From the moment they lace up their colorful bowling shoes to their first roll of the bowling ball, kids are immersed in a world of friendly competition and laughter. Dragon Lanes in Marysville, Ohio, is family-friendly, with a game room and delicious snack bar to keep them smiling the whole night through. In Plain City, lace up the shoes at Plain City Lanes, pick a lane, then order a pizza to round out the fun.   


Unforgettable Holiday Magic: Drive-Thru Spectacular Christmas Lights in Union County's Quaint Small Towns

Experience the magic of the holiday season like never before with a drive through the colorful Christmas lights on display in Union County’s charming small towns. As the sun sets and the stars begin to twinkle, our streets come alive with a symphony of colors, transforming our towns and parks into a winter wonderland. Twinkling lights drape the trees, and festive displays of reindeer, snowflakes, and Santa's sleigh adorn the streets, creating a genuinely mesmerizing spectacle. Take a leisurely drive through our illuminated quaint drive-thru light displays, accompanied by the cheerful melodies of classic Christmas tunes. Hit the backroads and visit two of the covered bridges on the Covered Bridge Trail that are festooned with sparkling lights! 

Plain City


Discover the Magic: Unveiling Charming Holiday Events throughout Union County

From tree lighting ceremonies and heartwarming parades to holiday movies and musical performances, discover the joyous events that make the season merry and bright in every corner of this welcoming destination!

  • Uptown Marysville: Buy tickets to a holiday event at The Avalon Theatre. From movies to musical performances, there’s something for everyone! Lace up some skates at Merry on Main for an iceless skating experience like you’ve never experienced before. Stroll the shops and enjoy local cafe and bakery treats or drinks to warm you from the inside out.
  • Plain City: Christmas Under the Clock is a cherished annual event that transforms the town into a festive wonderland. Centered around the iconic clock tower, this celebration captures the essence of the holiday season.
  • Richwood: Strike up the band! Christmas in “R” Town is highlighted by the annual Christmas Parade. And no holiday event is complete without a visit from the jolly old elf, himself!

Santa and Mayor Carney


Bouncing into Holiday Bliss: A Festive Family Excursion

Grab the kids and pre-purchase tickets to Urban Air Adventure Park for a full day of adventure where they can reach the top of the climbing hill, slam dunk like the all-stars, then have a flying good time on the APEX trampolines. Families can book a play day pass or buy a membership to keep the Christmas break fun happening all year long.

Tip: Refuel the kids with a pizza or snack from the cafe to energize them.

Urban Air

Country Christmas at Marmon Valley Farm: A Rustic Holiday Escape

Look no further than Country Christmas at Marmon Valley Farm for a delightful way to spend Christmas break with your family. It's a magical and heartwarming celebration perfect for families during the holiday season. The farm is all dressed up with twinkling lights and décor, transforming it into a real winter wonderland. Step onboard the horse-drawn wagon as you travel through a living nativity, where the Christmas story is acted out before your very eyes! 

Tip: Watch the weather and pick a night when the stars are bright or a chance of snow to make this evening magical.

Marmon Valley Christmas

Explore the Magic in Your Own Backyard

Consider adding an extra dash of joy to your holiday with a cozy staycation! A family getaway is a cherished holiday experience for many, where the excitement of staying in a hotel, indulging in a delightful pizza party, and finishing the day with a swim in the pool creates lasting memories. 

Tip: Quick list of kid-friendly hotels with indoor pools: Home 2 SuitesComfort Inn and SuitesFairfield Inn & Suites, and Holiday Inn Express & Suites.

Make a weekend of it! Book a room at one of Union County’s many well-appointed hotels.