Here are some community activities to keep you and your family busy this holiday season.
Race for Grace 5KNovember 24, 9:516 Shinnick StJoin Race for Grace Thanksgiving morning for the 15th Annual Race for Grace 5K Run & 1 mile walk presented by Eastside Community Ministry, Grace Church and Rotary Club Zanesville. Welcome to runners and walkers of all levels. All proceeds will go towards addressing food insecurity in Zanesville and Muskingum County. Info: Matt Schreiber on firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-252-1925. Run for Grace 5k (runsignup.com)
Bethlehem March25 -28 Nov., 6:00 – 9:00 pm Chandlersville United Methodist Church Free outdoor recreation of the walk Mary and Joseph took the night our Savior was born. Your journey will take you from shepherds in the field, through Roman soldiers, horsemen and tax collectors, through the town of Bethlehem to the small stable where Jesus was born. This guided tour lasts approximately one hour and is child and disabled friendly/ stroller accessible. Info: 740-674-6209 Facebook: Bethlehem Walk-Outdoor Drama
NutcrackerNovember 26-27, 2pm-3pmSecret Auditorium
Lemmon Family Christmas Light ShowNov. 27-Dec. 26, 6-9:909 Lindbergh AveWatch this year’s Disney Show Theme Spectacular with over 30,000 lights synced to six songs.
John & Annie Glenn Museum Open HouseNovember 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m.72 W Main St, New Concord
New Concord Tree Lighting and Christmas ParadeNovember 28, 6-8 p.m. Main Street, New Concord
Discover Theater DayNovember 29, 4-6 p.m. Secret Auditorium Friends of Secrest and Muskingum University’s Alpha Psi Omega Theater Honorary will host a Discover Theater day for local students. Students will participate in workshops involving all areas of theater including performance, technology and games. The workshop is open to all students aged 5-18 and programs will be tailored to the appropriate age group. To register visit https://caking11.wixsite.com/my-site or email the student’s name and age to email@example.com.
celebration of lightNov. 29, 6 p.m. McCalmont Colloquium Center, Muskingum UniversityMusic, prayers, poetry, scriptures, chants, and light-themed songs by students, faculty, and staff. Candlelight procession to the fountain for campus lighting.
Holiday Lights Trail30 Nov-Jan 1Zane Landing ParkWalk around and enjoy the illuminated festive Christmas display in Zane’s Landing Park each evening.Muskingum County Courthouse Music and Light ShowSunday to Thursday, Nov. 30 to Jan. 2, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Main St.
Downtown Zanesville A Storybook Christmas ParadeNovember 30, 6-7 p.m. Downtown Zanesville Band ZHS will perform before the parade at 5:30 p.m. at the courthouse. Santa Claus will be in his house after the parade until 8:30 p.m. to accept visitors. The parade will descend Shinnick Street to Fifth, Main and Fourth streets before returning to Secrest.
Visit Santa at his houseThursday-Friday, Nov. 30-Dec. 25, 7:15-8:30 p.m.Secret Auditorium
Scavenger Hunt on the Snowman Trail30 Nov-Jan 1Downtown Zanesville & Putnam Historic District Look for 7 life-size snowmen. Email their locations to firstname.lastname@example.org to win a snowman soup and a prize bag.
Tree Festival AuctionsDecember 2, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce Live auction of nearly 200 festival entries. Call 740-450-1990 to bid. Profits go to the chamber. The auction schedule will be posted on www.zmchamber.com the week of the event.
Santa Claus tells the storyDecember 2, 6-9 p.m. Central Trinity United Methodist Church 62 S Seventh StWalk through the birth of Christ with Santa Claus. Children’s crafts and light refreshments.Eddie Montgomery December 2, 7-9pmSecrest AuditoriumEddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry in concert with special guest Ray Scott. Tickets: TNT PRODUCTIONS INC – Tickets5K raceDecember 3, 5-6 p.m. Downtown Zanesville $25 advance purchase includes finisher medal and slide. Runners and walkers of all levels are welcome. All proceeds support the development and future growth of A Storybook Christmas of Muskingum County. Information: Christmas Storybook 5k (runsignup.com)
Dresden’s home for the holiday paradeDecember 3, 6-7pm Main Street, Dresden
High school holiday choir festivalDecember 3, 7:30-8:30pmSecrest AuditoriumSix local high school choirs perform individually and together.
Christmas in a small townDecember 3SomersetHoliday Hustle 5K at 9:30am at Somerset Elementary School. PM ugly sweater contest on the main stage. Pastries judging 1 p.m. at the courthouse. Silent auction from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Builders’ Club.
Breakfast with Santa ClausDecember 3, 8-11 a.m. Thornville United Methodist Church
Christmas Festival ConcertDecember 3, 7 p.m. Brown Chapel, Muskingum University Concert Choir, chamber singers, Muskingum Valley Brass and guest artists. The concert will be broadcast on WMCO 90.7 FM, the radio app and online at orbitmediaonline.com. It will be rebroadcast at 2 p.m. on December 17, 28, 24 and 25. It’s a wonderful life4 Dec. Thornville Secret Santa 3-4:40 p.m. at Thornville United Methodist Church. Parade at 5 p.m., queue at the swimming pool. Tree lighting 5:30 p.m. at Masonic Lodge. Living Nativity at 6:30 p.m. at Trinity United Church of Christ.
National Road and Zane Gray Museum Open DayDec,. 4, 1pm-4pm8850 East Pike, Norwich
National Road and Zane Gray Museum Sounds of the SeasonDecember 6, 6-8pm8850 East Pike, Norwich
32nd Annual Angel Tree BenefitDecember 8–11The Renner, home of Zane Trace players, 148 N Seventh St8 p.m. Dec. 8-19; 2:30 p.m., December 11. Proceeds go to the Salvation Army Zanesville Angel Tree Project. Information: https://www.therenner.org/
Christmas movies at the Secret AuditoriumDecember 9, 5:00-9:00 p.m.Secrest AuditoriumFree 30-minute classic holiday moviesSanta Claus train ridesDecember 10, 11, 17, 18, 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Mt. Perry Scenic Train5705 OH-204, Mt PerryThe Zanesville and Western Scenic Railroad offers passenger train tours on an exceptionally scenic and historic rail line known as the Glass Rock Spur. Bring in a new, unwrapped children’s toy in its original packaging or donate to the local food pantry for a discount. Information: Zanesville and Western Scenic Railroad | ZWSR
Decorate Westview Park RoomsDecember 10, 4-5 p.m. Westview Park, Dresden Road The event will honor former teachers, staff and students with decorated decor, an ornamental tree with handmade ornaments by children, music, refreshments and a flashlight story. There will be Carolers from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., the high school choir from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
A seussified Christmas carolDecember 11, 2-3 p.m. Secret AuditoriumDivision of the Children’s Theater of Cincinnati presents Dickens’ most beloved story, in a wacky rhyming word. Registration not compulsory but recommended.
Oratorio from Handel’s MessiahDecember 11, 6-7 p.m. Central Trinity United Methodist Church, 62 S Seventh St93rd annual production performed by the Zanesville Civic Chorus and Orchestra. The show features an 80-singer choir, 5 soloists and a chamber orchestra. Information: www.centraltrinityumc.com
Christmas movies at the Secret AuditoriumDecember 16, 5-9pmSecrest AuditoriumFree 30-minute classic holiday movies
Holly Jolly FundraiserDecember 17The Nelson T. Gant Foundation, 1845 W Main St. Info: https://www.nelsontgantfoundation.org/
National crowns across AmericaDecember 17, noon–12:30 p.m. Greenwood Cemetery1413 Greenwood AveHelp Zanesville High School JROTC honors local heroes. Sponsor a wreath to be placed at a veteran’s grave. Information: www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/OH0268P
Silver bells and diamondsDecember 17, 7:30-8:30 p.m.Secrest AuditoriumThe Diamonds perform “Silver Bells & Diamonds” for the Zanesville Concert Association. One of the ZCA season member concerts. Information: www.zanesvilleconcertassociation.org (740) 588-0871