Here are some community activities to keep you and your family busy this holiday season.
Race for Grace 5KNov. 24, 9 am516 Shinnick StJoin Race for Grace Thanksgiving morning for the 15th annual Race for Grace 5K Run & 1 mile walk presented by the Eastside Community Ministry, Grace Church and the Rotary Club Zanesville. Runners and walkers of all skill level welcome. All proceeds will go to fight food insecurity in Zanesville and Muskingum County. Info: Matt Schreiber at [email protected] or 740-252-1925. Race for Grace 5k (runsignup.com)
Bethlehem WalkNov. 25 -28, 6-9 pmChandlersville United Methodist ChurchFree outdoor live recreation of the walk Mary and Joseph took the night our Savior was born. Your journey will take you from the shepherds in the field, past the Roman soldiers, horsemen and tax collectors, through the town of Bethlehem to the tiny stable where Jesus is born.This guided tour lasts approximately one hour and is kid friendly and handicap/stroller accessible. Info: 740-674-6209 Facebook: Bethlehem Walk-Outdoor Drama
NutcrackerNov. 26-27, 2-3 pmSecrest Auditorium
Lemmon Family Christmas Light ShowNov, 27- Dec. 26, 6-9 pm909 Lindbergh AveView this year’s spectacular Disney-show theme with over 30,000 lights synchronized to six songs.
John & Annie Glenn Museum Open HouseNov. 28, 5:30-7:30pm72 W Main St, New Concord
New Concord Tree Lighting & Christmas ParadeNov. 28, 6-8 pmMain Street, New Concord
Discover Theatre DayNov. 29, 4-6 pmSecrest AuditoriumThe Friends of Secrest and Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honorary from Muskingum University will host a Discover Theatre day for local students. Students will participate in workshops involving all areas of theatre including performance, technology, and games. The workshop is open to all students aged 5-18 and programs will be geared to the appropriate age group. To register visit https://caking11.wixsite.com/my-site or email the student’s name and age to [email protected].
Celebration of LightNov. 29, 6 pmMcCalmont Colloquium Center, Muskingum UniversityMusic, prayers, poetry, scriptures, carols and songs on the theme of light from students, faculty and staff. Candlelight procession to fountain for lighting of the campus.
Holiday Trail of LightsNov. 30-Jan. 1Zane Landing ParkDrive through and enjoy the festive lighted Christmas display throughout Zane’s Landing Park each evening.Muskingum County Courthouse Holiday Music and Light ShowSunday-Thursday, Nov. 30-Jan 2, 5-9 pmMain Street
Downtown Zanesville A Storybook Christmas ParadeNov. 30, 6-7 pmDowntown ZanesvilleThe ZHS Band will perform before the parade at 5:30 pm at the courthouse. Santa will be in his house after the parade until 8:30 pm accepting visitors. Parade will proceed down Shinnick Street to Fifth, Main and Fourth streets before returning to Secrest.
Visit Santa In His HouseThursday-Friday, Nov. 30-Dec. 25, 7:15-8:30 pmSecrest Auditorium
Snowman Trail Scavenger HuntNov. 30-Jan. 1Downtown Zanesville & Putnam Historic DistrictSearch for 7 life-size snowmen. Email their locations to [email protected] to win Snowman Soup and a prize bag.
Festival of Trees AuctionDec. 2, 9 am to 6 pmZanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of CommerceLive auction of nearly 200 festival entries. Call 740-450-1990 to bid. Proceeds benefit the chamber. Auction schedule will be posted at www.zmchamber.com the week of the event.
Santa Tells the StoryDec. 2, 6-9 pmCentral Trinity United Methodist Church62 S Seventh StWalk through the birth of Christ with Santa. Kid’s crafts and light refreshments.Eddie Montgomery Dec. 2, 7-9 pmSecrest AuditoriumEddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry performing with special guest Ray Scott. Tickets: TNT PRODUCTIONS INC – Tickets5K RunDec. 3, 5 to 6 pmDowntown Zanesville$25 advance purchase includes a finishers medal and toboggan. Runners and walkers of all skill levels welcome. All proceeds support the development and future growth of Muskingum County’s A Storybook Christmas. Info: Storybook Christmas 5k (runsignup.com)
Dresden’s Home for the Holidays ParadeDec. 3, 6-7 pmMain Street, Dresden
High School Holiday Choir FestivalDec. 3, 7:30-8:30 pmSecrest AuditoriumSix local high school choirs perform individually and together.
Small Towne ChristmasDec. 3SomersetHoliday Hustle 5K at 9:30 am at Somerset Elementary School. Ugly sweater contest p.m. on the main stage. Baked goods judging 1 pm at courthouse. Silent auction 1 to 4 pm Builder’s Club.
Breakfast with SantaDec. 3, 8-11 amThornville United Methodist Church
Christmas Festival ConcertDec. 3, 7 pmBrown Chapel, Muskingum University University’s concert choir, chamber singers, Muskingum Valley Brass and guest artists performing. The concert will be broadcast on WMCO 90.7 FM, the radio app and online at orbitmediaonline.com. It will be rebroadcast at 2 pm Dec. 17, 28, 24 and 25. It’s a Wonderful LifeDec. 4ThornvilleSecret Santa 3-4:40 p.m. at Thornville United Methodist Church. Parade at 5 pm, line up at swimming pool. Tree lighting 5:30 pm at Masonic Lodge. Live nativity 6:30 pm at Trinity United Church of Christ.
National Road and Zane Grey Museum Holiday Open HouseDec,. 4, 1-4 pm8850 East Pike, Norwich
National Road and Zane Grey Museum Sounds of the SeasonDec. 6, 6-8 pm8850 East Pike, Norwich
32nd annual Angel Tree BenefitDec. 8–11The Renner, Home of the Zane Trace Players, 148 N Seventh St8 p.m. Dec. 8-19; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 11. The proceeds benefit the Zanesville Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Project. Info: https://www.therenner.org/
Christmas Movies at Secrest AuditoriumDec. 9, 5 to 9 pmSecrest AuditoriumFree 30-minute classic holiday moviesSanta Train RidesDec. 10, 11, 17, 18, 2-7 pmMt. Perry Scenic Train5705 OH-204, Mt PerryThe Zanesville and Western Scenic Railroad provides passenger train excursions on an exceptionally scenic and historic rail line known as the Glass Rock Spur. Bring unwrapped new children’s toy in the original packaging or donation to the local food pantry for discount ride. Info: Zanesville and Western Scenic Railroad | ZWSR
Deck the Halls at Westview ParkDec. 10, 4-5 pmWestview Park, Dresden RoadEvent will honor past teachers, staff, students, with a decorated back drop, an ornament tree with children’s handmade ornaments, music, refreshments, flashlight story. There will Carolers from 4:30-5 pm, high school choir 5-6 pm
A Seussified Christmas CarolDec. 11, 2-3pmSecrest AuditoriumDivision of the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati presents Dickens’ most beloved story, in wacky rhyming word. Registration not required but recommended.
Handel’s Messiah OratorioDec. 11, 6-7 pmCentral Trinity United Methodist Church, 62 S Seventh St93rd annual production performed by the Zanesville Civic Chorus and Orchestra. The performance features a choir of 80 singers, 5 soloists and a chamber orchestra. Info: www.centraltrinityumc.com
Christmas Movies at Secrest AuditoriumDec. 16, 5-9 pmSecrest AuditoriumFree 30-minute classic holiday movies
Holly Jolly FundraiserDec. 17The Nelson T. Gant Foundation, 1845 W Main St. Info: https://www.nelsontgantfoundation.org/
National Wreaths Across AmericaDec. 17, noon–12:30 pmGreenwood Cemetery1413 Greenwood AveHelp Zanesville High School JROTC honor local heroes. Sponsor a wreath to be placed on a veteran’s grave. Info: www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/OH0268P
Silver Bells & DiamondsDec. 17, 7:30-8:30 pmSecrest AuditoriumThe Diamonds perform “Silver Bells & Diamonds” for the Zanesville Concert Association. One of the ZCA season membership concerts. Info: www.zanesvilleconcertassociation.org (740) 588-0871