Weekend guide: Things to do in the region

The following is a list of things to do in Butler and Warren counties. To see more or submit an event, go online to journal-news.com/events.

TODAY

  • Public Skate Session, at Goggin Ice Center, 610 S. Oak St., Oxford. 12:10 to 1:10 p.m. For all ages and experience levels.
  • Red Door Community Concert, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 25 E. Walnut St., Oxford. 12:15 p.m. Music by Miami Valley Klezmer Band. Free
  • Regionals Exploration Day, Miami University Regionals’ Middletown Campus, 4200 N. University Blvd. 12:30-4:30 p.m. 513-785-3111
  • Fitton Family Fridays presents A Seussified Christmas Carol, at Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. fittoncenter.org

TODAY AND SATURDAY

  • Hamilton Christkindlmarkt, at Butler County Fairgrounds, Hamilton. 5 to 9 p.m. today, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $1 for ages 12 and older.

TODAY THROUGH SUNDAY, AND DEC. 9-11

  • Performing Arts Academy present “Elf - the Musical, Jr.,” at 4400 Lewis St., Middletown. theperformingartsacademy.com

SATURDAY

  • Saturday with Santa, at Liberty Heights Church, 7904 Princeton Road, Liberty Twp. 8 to 10:30 a.m. Tickets must be purchased online at liberty-township.com.
  • Breakfast with Santa, at Fairfield Civitan Club, 1381 Hunter Drive, Fairfield. 8 to 11 a.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for kids, which includes a picture with Santa. Proceeds benefit the Purple Monkey Project and Civitan Club.
  • Oxford Holiday Festival, at Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 S. College Ave., Oxford. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be craft market 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., pictures with Santa noon to 2 p.m., and Kids Korner at art center. Carriage rides, music and Santa’s arrival at 5:30 p.m. by firetruck with the lighting of Oxford will be held Uptown, 2 E. High St.
  • Lebanon Horse Drawn Carriage Parade and Festival, in downtown Lebanon. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Entertainment and vendors will be along Mulberry and Mechanic Streets. Parades will be held at 1 and 7 p.m. lebanonchamber.org
  • Christmas Craft Fair, at Countryside YMCA, 1699 Deerfield Road, Lebanon. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Meditation and Mindfulness Practice, at Miami Regional Downtown Hamilton, 221 High St. 2 p.m.
  • Public Skate Session, at Goggin Ice Center, 610 S. Oak St., Oxford. 3:15 to 5 p.m. For all ages and experience levels.

SUNDAY

  • The 31st Annual Hamilton German Village Christmas Walk, in German Village Historical District. Noon to 5 p.m. There will be live music, face painters, horse drawn carriage rides, and vendors.
  • Christmas at the Mansion, at Gilbert Farms Park, 618 Ross Road, Fairfield. 1 to 4 p.m. There will be crafts, refreshments, and a historical display.
  • Mason Dance Center Nutcracker Tea, at 600 Reading Road, Suite B, Mason. Choose either 1:30-3 p.m., or 3:30-5 p.m. Feature finger food, fun craft, meet the character experience and character reading of the Nutcracker Story. masondance.com
  • Butler County Warbirds of Middletown presents 2nd annual Cookies with Santa, at Middletown Regional Airport, 2351 Wedekind Drive, Middletown. 2 p.m. Have cookies and hot chocolate with St. Nick. Santa’s elves will drop in from their parachutes about 2:30 p.m. Free
  • “A Most Wonderful Christmas,” presented by the Southwestern Ohio Symphonic Band, at Dave Finkelman Auditorium, Miami University Middletown, 4200 N. University Blvd. 2:30 p.m. Free. A visit from Santa and a free reception follows the concert. sosband.org
  • South Main Candlelight Tour of Homes, Middletown. 3 to 8 p.m. Enjoy an inside look at some of the area’s most historic homes and buildings. thewindamere.ticketspice.com/south-main-candlelight-tour-of-homes
  • Public Skate Session, at Goggin Ice Center, 610 S. Oak St., Oxford. 3:15 to 5 p.m. For all ages and experience levels.

TUESDAY

  • Down Home, Downtown, at Miami Regional Downtown Hamilton, 221 High St. 7 p.m. Music by the Forest Hills Bluegrass Band.

WEDNESDAY

  • Celebrating Self presents Christmas Lunch with the Buckeye Santas, at Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton. 11:30 a.m. fittoncenter.org

THURSDAY

  • A Very Merry Takeover with music by Elf DJ, at The Square @ Union Centre, 9285 Centre Pointe Drive, West Chester Twp. 6 to 9 p.m.

DEC. 8-11

  • Inspiring Arts presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever the Musical.”
  • Rise Up Performing Arts presents “Holiday Inn,” at Sorg Opera House, 63 S. Main St., Middletown. sorgoperahouse.org

DEC. 9

  • Public Skate Session, at Goggin Ice Center, 610 S. Oak St., Oxford. 12:10 to 1:10 p.m. For all ages and experience levels.

DEC. 9-10, AND DEC. 16-17

  • Middletown Lyric Theatre presents “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” at 1530 Central Ave., Middletown. middletownlyric.org or call 513-425-7140

DEC. 10

  • Meditation and Mindfulness Practice, at Miami Regional Downtown Hamilton, 221 High St. 2 p.m.
  • Public Skate Session, at Goggin Ice Center, 610 S. Oak St., Oxford. 3:15 to 5 p.m. For all ages and experience levels.
  • Illuminate Hamilton, in downtown Hamilton. 5 to 9 p.m. Stroll the streets of downtown Hamilton by the warm glow of luminary light. Features a laser light show projected on the county courthouse.
  • Creativa Convergence, at Miami Regional Downtown Hamilton, 221 High St. Sing up for this open-mic program begins at 7 p.m. Performances start at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fitton Showstoppers presents A Motown Christmas, at Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton. 7:30 p.m. fittoncenter.org

DEC. 11

  • Public Skate Session, at Goggin Ice Center, 610 S. Oak St., Oxford. 3:15 to 5 p.m. For all ages and experience levels.

DEC. 14

  • SongFarmers, at Miami Regional Downtown Hamilton, 221 High St. 7 p.m. An acoustic jam session.

DEC. 15-18

  • INNOVATheatre presents “Miracle on 34th Street,” at Sorg Opera House, 63 S. Main St., Middletown. sorgoperahouse.org

DEC. 16

  • Public Skate Session, at Goggin Ice Center, 610 S. Oak St., Oxford. 12:10 to 1:10 p.m. For all ages and experience levels.

DEC. 17

  • Winter Wonderland, at Market at Pleasant Treasures, 4020 Pleasant Ave., Lindenwald. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will be vendors, pictures with Santa, the Grinch, and Krampus, a reptile show, and a gift for the children.
  • Joy to the Wald, at 2223 Pleasant Ave., Lindenwald. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be pictures with Santa, gifts for children in the outdoor area next to the hall. Final year for this event.
  • Meditation and Mindfulness Practice, at Miami Regional Downtown Hamilton, 221 High St. 2 p.m.
  • Public Skate Session, at Goggin Ice Center, 610 S. Oak St., Oxford. 3:15 to 5 p.m. For all ages and experience levels.
  • Hueston Woods State Park Drive-In Movie, at the beach, 6301 Park Office Road, College Corner. First movie starts at 5 p.m. Showing the Polar Express and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. There will be food trucks.
  • Fred Bay Observatory open for viewing the night skies, at Hisey Park, 5443 Middletown Road, Oregonia. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

DEC. 18

  • Public Skate Session, at Goggin Ice Center, 610 S. Oak St., Oxford. 3:15 to 5 p.m. For all ages and experience levels.

This list of events is created from information submitted to the Journal-News. To submit an activity for consideration of publication, or to see an online list, visit journal-news.com/events.

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