Kids holiday events, shopping, carriage rides, santa
Saturday, December 8
Downtown Yellow Springs
Shopping, Dining and Entertainment
Plan a holiday of new traditions in Yellow Springs on December 8 where the annual Holiday Fest once again offers something for people of all ages.
Shopping is always the star in Yellow Springs with over 65 locally-owned shops, galleries and boutiques offering truly special gifts for friends and family. With two toy stores, clothing for women of all ages, books, jewelry and a bounty of art and handmade items, you can find something wonderful for everyone on your gift list. Shops begin opening at 10 but come early for breakfast, brunch or coffee.
The kid’s fun starts at noon with a Treasure Hunt where kids can find surprises around town until 2 pm. Free horse-drawn wagon rides will start in front of the Little Art Theatre at 1 pm and run until 4 pm. Also from 1-4 pm, artist Sondy Kai will be helping folks make free “upcycled” plastic ornaments at the YS Arts Council Gallery at 111 Corry St . Decorate Yellow Springs by leaving them in the holiday tree in front of Dino’s Cappuccinos. And to top it off, Santa is making a special visit from the North Pole from 2-5 pm.
You won’t want to miss the Holiday Pottery Show & Sale at John Bryan Community Pottery located at 100 Dayton St. on December 8 and 9 from 11 am to 5 pm. A consortium of local potters, you can find a wide variety of beautiful and affordable art to give this holiday along with wonderful seasonal items. And for a very special treat, if you stop by Friday night at 6, you can enjoy their wood kiln lighting ceremony. Then head over to Emporium for wine tasting and live music or to Corner Cone, Peach’s, Ye Olde Trail Tavern, The Wind’s Café or Sunrise Café for dinner.
The best end to a trip to Yellow Springs during the holidays is a visit to the Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill. More than 3.5 million lights adorn the mill, gorge, falls and bridge along with a miniature village and Santa Museum. Gates open at 5, lights come on at 6 and all this for only $10 each with children 6 and under free. Open every day but Christmas Day.
Finally, Young’s Choose and Cut Christmas Trees is open every day from 9 am to 5 pm where you can undoubtedly find the perfect tree.
Remember Yellow Springs throughout the holiday season as a place for incomparable gifts, a warm atmosphere and great holiday parties. For more information, please contact the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce at 937-767-2686 or visit www.DestinationYellowSprings.com.