3 Butler County holiday events not to miss this weekend

Get in the holiday spirit and check out these area tree lightings and family-friendly celebrations this weekend in Butler County:

1. Hamilton Welcomes the Holidays

Saturday, Nov. 18

Carriage rides and Santa’s arrival will help to welcome the holidays in Hamilton as part of the annual tree lighting ceremony, which will be held at the Butler County Courthouse on Saturday, Nov. 18, starting at 5:30 p.m. in downtown Hamilton.

The family-friendly event is free. The program will begin about 5:30 p.m. with caroling on the courthouse steps. Santa arrives around 6 p.m. to light the tree. Then, Santa will visit with children at the gazebo until about 7:30 p.m.

Downtown stores will be open during the event, so you can also get a start on your holiday shopping.

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2. Olde West Chester Christmas Walk, Parade and Community Tree Lighting

Saturday, Nov. 18

The nighttime holiday parade starts at 7 p.m. and runs along Cincinnati Dayton Road to the West Chester Twp. Administration Building, where the community tree lighting will take place around 8 p.m.

The Merchants of Olde West Chester will host a free, family-friendly community event during the day, beginning at 2 p.m., along Cincinnati Dayton Road. Photos with Santa, shopping, kids’ games and crafts, a petting zoo, horse-and-wagon rides, food, beverages, live music and more are a part of the event.

Note: Cincinnati Dayton Road from Cresthaven Avenue to West Chester Road will be closed from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for the parade.

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3. Light the Way at Liberty Center

Saturday, November 18

This annual holiday parade and tree lighting at Liberty Center will kick-off the holiday season for the community on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m.

Santa will make an appearance inside the Foundry, carriage rides will be available, and there will be a performance by Amy and the Arrangements in the Square at 7 p.m.

Starting at noon, there will be live performances and appearances from North Pole visitors in the Square.

Santa’s helpers will gather in the Cub Clubhouse from 2 to 5 p.m. for cookie decorating and a free showing of the movie “Elf.”

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