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Highlights of Lebanon's holiday event calendar include a ride on the North Pole Express with Santa, a live nativity, dinner at the Golden Lamb, and a rendition of Charlie Brown Christmas. / Image: Curt McAdams

Lebanon's Christmas Parade Packs A Whole Season's Worth Of Cheer Into One Day

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The first Saturday in December is a special one for our neighbors to the north. That’s when historic, cozy downtown Lebanon dresses up for its annual Horse Drawn Carriage Parade and Festival, a tradition of pomp and cheer that heralds the coming of Christmas.

The parade will be held at 1 p.m and 7 p.m. on December 2. Get there earlier than that though, because Mr. and Mrs. Claus are arriving at 10:30 a.m. Then you’ve got until 2:15 p.m. before the next entertainments, courtesy of Dance Fusion followed by the Little Miami Select Woman’s Chorale, Z Company Arts, and Perfect Peace. All the while you can enjoy Lebanon’s Christmas street festival, browse the city’s boutiques, and dine at its delectable restaurants.

This year LM&M Railroad will provide rail service between Mason Oak's Heritage Park and Downtown Lebanon. So you can avoid the traffic and arrive to the Christmas parade in style!


The Lebanon Christmas parade and festival aren’t the only events planned for the holiday season. Here’s what else is on tap:

North Pole Express: Enjoy a cookie and hot chocolate on the LM&M Railroad platform, then board the North Pole Express for an hour-long journey with Santa and his jolly elves. Every child will receive a special bell from Santa’s sleigh. The train will run November 25 - December 24.

Live Nativity: The Lebanon Presbyterian Church will showcase a live nativity with wagon rides, a live puppet production, and special musical acts. On December 2 the children’s nativity will be at 1 p.m. while the adult nativity will be at 6 p.m. Other nativity presentations will be held December 9, 16, and 23.

Dinner at The Golden Lamb: Lebanon’s famed fine-dining restaurant is very old (founded 1803) and very delicious. A holiday menu will run December 4-23 featuring Cratchit’s Christmas, Mt. Vernon’s Feast and Froe Weinachten. Carolers in period costumes will roam the restaurant 6-8 p.m. on December 4-7 and 11-14. A special Christmas Eve dinner will be offered December 24.

A Charlie Brown Christmas: Charlie, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and the rest of the gang discover the true meaning of Christmas in this stage adaptation of the animated classic. Performances are scheduled for December 1, 3, and 8-10 at the Lebanon Theatre Company.

Decked-Out Glendower: This beautiful Greek-Revival mansion is available for tours all year long, but it’s never so beautiful as when it’s decorated for the holidays. Renowned musical trio Ramble will perform there at 2 p.m. on December 3. Otherwise tours are available Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays December 2-31.

Handel’s Messiah: No holiday event calendar would be complete without a stirring rendition of Handel’s Christmas masterpiece. This one is performed by the Lebanon Symphony Orchestra at the Lebanon Presbyterian Church on December 16 at 7:30 p.m.

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For a full calendar of Lebanon’s Christmastime events, visit their website.