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Holiday Happenings in Belmont County, Ohio

Updated: Nov 12

From tree lightings and parades to outdoor festivals, Belmont County has a variety of events to get you in the holiday spirit! Shop for a hand-made, one of a kind gifts, sip a cup of hot cocoa, hear live Christmas music, and even meet the Jolly Old Elf himself!


Christmas in the Village of Powhatan Point – Scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 13, this annual event features live musical entertainment, craft and food vendors, raffles, train rides, a kid’s tent, blow ups for kids, and much more. Live music, sponsored by Unified Bank, will be 10am-5pm.The stage lineup includes DJ Daner, Stevie Lynn, Jake Binegar, and Usual Suspects. The parade begins at 6:30pm. For more information about this festive, family-friendly event, visit their website.

St. Clairsville Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade - Belmont Savings Bank and Chick-fil-A are sponsoring the annual St. Clairsville Tree Lighting in front of the Belmont Courthouse on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 6 pm. After the tree lighting , head into the Belmont County Heritage Museum where you can take photos with Santa and enjoy cookies and milk from Chick-Fil-A.

The Belmont Savings Bank St. Clairsville Christmas Parade will make its way through downtown St. Clairsville on Sunday, Nov. 21, starting at 4 pm. John O. Costine, the oldest practicing attorney in the state, will be the parade grand marshal. The parade starts on Woodrow Avenue, makes a right to come up Ohio 9, then turns the corner to travel down East Main Street past the courthouse.

For more information about the tree lighting and the parade, call the St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce at 740-695-9623.

Martins Ferry Christmas Parade - The Martins Ferry Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual Martins Ferry Christmas Parade on Friday, November 26. The fire department has hosted the parade for more than 33 years. The parade is set for 6:30 pm on Center Street and loops throughout the city.

Nov. 27- Magic of Christmas Tours - Step back in time to the Victorian Era in America to enjoy the splendor of the holidays! The Magic of Christmas Tours will begin this year at the Belmont County Victorian Mansion Museum on Saturday, Nov. 27th from 1-4pm. It will continue each Friday from 5-8 pm, and Saturdays and Sunday from 1-4 pm through December 19. Tours are by appointment only after Dec. 21 until January 9. Enjoy this elegant, 26-room mansion spectacularly decorated for the holidays and experience the magic of Christmas! Please call (740) 425-1457, 425-2228, or 695-0766 to schedule an appointment.

Victorian Christmas Tea

To celebrate the Christmas Holidays we invite you, your family and friends to a Victorian Tea at the beautifully decorated Belmont County Victorian Mansion Museum. The Belmont County Historical Society is sponsoring the Christmas Tea on Friday, December 3 at 11:30 am and Saturday Dec. 4 at 2:30 pm at the Belmont County Victorian Mansion Museum, 532 N. Chestnut St. in Barnesville. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 740) 425-1457, 425-2228, or 695-0766. All 26 rooms of the Victorian Mansion Museum are decorated for the Christmas Holidays. For “Magic of Christmas”.

Martin’s Ferry WinterfestThe Martins Ferry Winterfest on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 12-10pm (corner of 5th and Hanover streets) features craft and food vendors, a beer garden, tree lighting, Cookie Eating Contest, dog show with dog costume contest (including owner and pet look-a-like), a Weiner Dog Race from 3-4pm, and live music by Loose Change and the Sarah Hays Band. Children's activities include Santa Claus at the North Pole and more. For more info visit www.ferryforward.org/winterfest.


Christmas Market on the Main in Barnesville

Spend the day enjoying an old-fashioned Christmas in Barnesville on Saturday, Dec. 4. The Christmas Market on Main is 10am-2pm with local craft vendors outside on main street and retail merchants offering holiday gifts to buy including food, clothing, home décor, and holiday decorations. Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

At 5pm, the Santa’s Spirit Sprint races through town right before the parade. The race, the fourth in the Barnesville Grand Prix Series, is a one-mile, point-to-point racing event that raises money for needy children during Christmas. All money, donations, gift cards, and donations collected are used to purchase gifts, clothes, toys, and much more.

All participants receive a ceramic-fired Christmas ornament, glow sticks, and jingle bells for their shoes. Participants are encouraged to dress up in the holiday spirit and to stick around for the parade immediately after the awards. They are also eligible for door prizes and to win one of over 110 beautifully hand-crafted Christmas trophies!

Santa makes his grand appearance at the Sulek & Dutton Lighted Christmas Parade from 5:30-7 pm. This year’s grand marshal is Bernard Clark, who filled the role as “Santa” for the Barnesville community for over three decades. Clark, a lifelong resident of the Barnesville area, has farmed on Sandy Ridge for almost 50 years. Bernard was asked to serve as the village’s Santa Claus in 1985 replacing Robert “Hoot” Gibson, who handled the duties for many years.

Parade line-up will take place at Barnesville High School beginning at 3:30 p.m. All entries must be lighted. Parade entry forms, accessible on the chamber website, may be dropped off at Sulek & Dutton Real Estate, 745 E. Main St., or via email at msulek@sulekanddutton.com.


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