Best Small-Town Shopping in Ohio

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Getting into the holiday spirit is high on everyone's list. If you are looking for a holiday shopping experience that will give you all the Holly Jolly feels, Marysville, Ohio, and the surrounding areas should make the top of your list. Stroll one of Union County’s small towns and get that Hallmark feeling while shopping for your favorite people. Turn up the holiday music, grab a steaming cup of hot chocolate, and plan a visit to one of Ohio’s merriest places to shop small and local.

Fill Your Home with Holiday Treats

We all love the holiday season; it is the one when we indulge in festive fare and homemade deliciousness. Your visit here should include some of Ohio’s sweetest places if you’re up for a backroad drive, and here on a Saturday because that is the only day they are open, pre-order from The Flour Barn. Everything is baked with a little dash of love from this family-run bakery, especially this time of the year. It could be said that some of the best cupcakes come from The Ribbon Box Cakery; when you pull open the front door, your senses draw you in. Try one of their specialty items made for the season. Looking for farm-to-table house-made treats? Kitschen Bakery, one of the historic downtown Marysville's newest eateries, turns out some of the best. Go early because once they sell out of an item, it is gone. Christmas cheer is felt at JF Baking Company and you won’t want to miss this delightful urban farm stop.

Start a new holiday tradition!

In celebration of Union County’s treasured covered bridges, we’re pleased to present the third annual Union County Gingerbread Covered Bridge Kit! These specialty-crafted kits include six pre-baked gingerbread panels, four types of candy, icing pastry bag, cardboard base, icing mix, instruction sheet, and a map of the covered bridges of Union County. Create treasured memories this holiday season! Kits are available for purchase while supplies last at Kitschen Bakery, Wicked Treats Boutique, Union Station 1820, and online here.

Visit the Shops on Small Town Main Street

Union County welcomes visitors to their Christmasy small towns filled with holiday spirit! Peppered throughout the county, you will find local shops decked out for the holiday season.


With sounds of holiday cheer throughout the town, you will enjoy walking the shops along Fifth and Main. Stop at The Coffee Hall or the new Shaded City Cafe Avalon for something warm to sip as you hop from shop to shop.

Pro-tip: Find parking faster downtown in the Marysville's Parking app! Marysville Parking provides real-time information on parking availability, space type, and parking time limits in Uptown Marysville. Download from your app store.

Plain City

#AnythingButPlain is the theme of this up-and-coming little town. Revitalized shops and stores have popped up recently, and a day spent here will fill your family's stocking with unique finds.


The quaint town of Richwood is located in the northern part of Union County. While the shopping is limited, the festive historic downtown is a pleasant stop on your rural tour.

Dining Options for Every “Foodie” on Your List

Peppered throughout the landscape are various places that will tempt every foodie on your Christmas list. BBQ lovers will appreciate The Grainary and The Red Shed, and if pizza is the winning gift, check out Benny’s Pizza, Wildcat Pizza, or Beer Barrel Pizza & Grill. A taste of Mexico can be found at Tres Portillos. Live entertainment coupled with fantastic bites is a big hit at Leon’s Garage.

Pro-tip: Reserve your fresh holiday turkey…Amish Heritage Market

Grab Your Christmas Tree at a U-Cut Tree Farm

With varied hours and supply of pine trees, these U-cut Christmas tree farms in Marysville will help you find the perfect tree for your home! Each location offers something a little different, so check their websites and Facebook pages for the most up-to-date information.

Heimbush Farms is a family-owned and operated business started by Steve & Peggy Heimbush. They planted their first trees in 1992 and opened for business in 1999. You will find that they enjoy helping families find the perfect tree and make lifelong memories!

Irwin's Farm welcomes you to create a Christmas tradition of trekking into the field in search of that epic tree. Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa or coffee from the toasty sales office before you board a vintage tractor-pulled wagon for a hayride directly to the areas of the farm boasting the choicest trees. When you return from the field, helpful elves will shake the tree to remove loose needles and then wrap the tree in netting for a safe trip home.

Rush's Tree Farm Hidden in small-town charm is this quaint Christmas tree farm. Plan in advance to come early to grab the best trees! You can also find wreaths and fresh holiday evergreen swags.

Whiteside Evergreens Family owned since 1979, the Whiteside Evergreens have been supplying homes with their lovely trees. Wander the field and pick out one to take home and dress with holiday decorations.

The Biggest Holiday Events in Union County

Merry & Bright Bridges

Nov. 1 – Jan. 6

Small Business Saturday in Uptown Marysville

Nov. 26, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Christmas Walk & Tree Lighting in Uptown Marysville

Nov. 28, 5 - 8 p.m.

Santa's Village at Partners Park

Nov.28, 5 p.m. – Dec. 23, 8 p.m.

Merry on Main Iceless Skating

Dec. 10 - Jan. 2

Christmas Under the Clock in Plain City

Dec. 3, 4-7 p.m.

Richwood Christmas Parade & Park Lighting

Dec. 3, 4 p.m.

Country Christmas at Marmon Valley Farm

Dec 3, 5 p.m.

The Christmas Market at Red Fox Farm

Dec. 10, 11 a.m.

For a comprehensive list of all that there is to see and do in Union County during the holiday season, go here.