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Nov 30 (Sat)
Dec 22 (Sun)

Santa Train

Our longest-running annual event, the Santa Train has been a long-standing family tradition for over three decades! These ever-popular trains begin Saturday, November 30th and continue each Saturday and Sunday through Sunday, December 22nd. Two trains depart the Nelsonville Depot round-trip to East Logan each Saturday and Sunday during that time at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. We will also have an evening departure time of 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 6th, 13th, and 20th. Each train features the same theme–Santa gets on board the train and visits with each child as the train traverses the historic (and with any luck, snow-covered) Hocking River Valley. Each coach is decorated, heated, Christmas music plays throughout the train over the audio system, and after Santa’s visit, each child receives a special candy cane treat! Make sure your child or grandchild brings his or her list to share with Santa! These are incredibly popular and do tend to sell out, so order as early as possible to secure your spot! Duration of ride: Approximately two hours

Cost: $16-$21 per person

Contact: Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Phone: 740-249-1452

Location: 33 W. Canal Street, Nelsonville Ohio (740-753-9531)

In Town
Dec 15 (Sun)

Athens Asylum Walking Tours

2:00 - 4:00 pm. Due to the popularity of our tours we now require preregistration. This is an outdoor walking tour and will cover the entire loop of the grounds including the cemeteries so if you have small children, bring a stroller. George Eberts, an expert on the history of the Athens Asylum or -The Ridges,- will lead an outdoor walking tour of the asylum grounds. The tour will last approximately two hours. Due to Ohio University restrictions, access to the inside of the buildings is limited, but you can tour the main entryway seen in the picture as well as the Kennedy Museum. Athens-Asylum-Administration-Building-1905, George will captivate you with his depth of knowledge as well as tell you the real stories of what life was like for the residents, as well as the employed, at the Asylum. Hear about the resident Alligator, look at the names left carved into the woodwork and hear the sad tale of the -lost lady.- Your tour guide will fascinate you with how the -Lunatic- Asylum began as well as educate you on the history of mental health and psychiatry that made the Athens Asylum one of the largest in Ohio. All regularly scheduled tours are held on Sunday afternoons and start from the main steps of the Kennedy center located at the top of North Ridge Drive. 100 Ridges Circle is the address for Garmin and navigation tools.

Cost: $18-$20 per person/Res Req

Contact: Athens Asylum, Phone: 740-592-2280

Location: The Ridges, The Ridges, Athens Asylum, Athens Ohio

Distance from Nelsonville: about 11 miles
Dec 31 (Tue)

New Years Eve Train and Fireworks

Celebrate the new year on the train! On December 31st, the train departs the Nelsonville Depot at 10:30 p.m. and travels to East Logan and return. On the return trip, the train stops near the stroke of midnight at everyone is treated to a great fireworks display to help bring in 2020! Two seating sections are available: “Pizza & Pop” and “Wine & Cheese.” Only those over age 21 are permitted in the Wine & Cheese section. Our family-friendly Pizza & Pop is open to all ages. During the ride, depending on your seating choice, you will be served either pizza (cheese pizza or pepperoni) and soda pop (diet versions and water also available upon request) or wine and cheese. You may not bring alcohol on board but you are welcome to bring other food and soft drinks as you’d like. Each coach is heated. You can not move from car to car or section to section during the train ride. You also can not leave children under age 18 unattended in Pizza & Pop section. Reservations, online or by phone, are required as ticket sales end at 11:55 p.m. on December 29th. Duration of ride: Approximately two hours

Cost: $20-33 per person

Contact: Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Phone: 740-753-9531

Location: 33 W. Canal Street, Nelsonville Ohio

In Town
Jan 18 (Sat)

Winter Hike at Hocking Hills

9:00 am - 11:00 am Continuous starts. Join the Annual Hocking Hills Winter Hike 6-mile trek to view the beauty of the hills and caves and waterfalls in winter. Start at Old Mans Cave on a hike to Ash Cave with a stop at Cedar Falls for refreshments (for a donation). Transportation is provided back to parking area near Old Mans Cave. Hocking Hills State Park is located about 55 miles southeast of downtown Columbus on State Route 664 in Hocking County.

Cost: Free

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-685-6841

Location: Old Man's Cave, 20160 State Route 664 South, Logan Ohio (740-385-6841)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
Feb 8 (Sat)

Sweethearts Hike

5:00 - 7:00 pm. Meet at the Ash Cave parking lot. Take your sweetheart for a romantic stroll to Ash Cave in the soft light of dusk then enjoy a cozy fire and refreshments.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Hocking Hills State Park, Phone: 740-385-6841

Location: Ash Cave, State Route 56, South Bloomingville Ohio (740-385-6842)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 17 miles
May 7 (Thu)
May 8 (Fri)
May 9 (Sat)

Vinton County Wild Turkey Festival

5-11 pm Thu, 11am-11pm Fri/Sat 12-5 pm Sun. Watch the downtown streets of McArthur come alive with food, music and fun for the whole family. Activities such as Great nightly entertainment on the sound stage, carnival rides and games, car show, quilt show, queens and baby contests. Grand parade will be Saturday, at 600 p.m., followed by the crowning of the Wild Turkey Festival Queen. Come join us.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Vinton County CVB, Phone: 740-591-1118

Location: 104 W. Main St., McArthur Ohio (740-596-5033)

Distance from Nelsonville: about 19 miles
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