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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!
A FULL SEASON OF CHEER
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.
For a full calendar of Lebanon’s Christmastime events, visit their website.