Top Things to Do This Holiday Season in Belmont County
Updated: Nov 20
From a fresh cut Christmas tree to the perfect gifts to put under it, look no further than Belmont County. And don’t forget cookies for Santa or a sweet treat for yourself from one of our local bakeries.
1. Pick the perfect Christmas Tree
Christmas trees are a central part of Christmas celebrations around the world. Families gather around them to exchange gifts. Cities and villages put them up in squares and town halls and have lighting ceremonies. You'll find them in nearly every hotel, restaurant and shopping mall. The first use of the Christmas tree as it is known today dates back to the 1500s. The Christmas tree is such an iconic and symbolic part of the holiday that there are numerous songs dedicated to it. No matter how or when you decorate your tree, there's nothing quite like the site, smell and memory-making tradition of choosing and cutting (or digging to plant later) your very own Christmas tree. These three Belmont County tree farms (listed on the Ohio Christmas Tree Assoc. website) will help you develop or continue a treasured holiday tradition.
DAVIS CHRISTMAS TREES
59115 Somerton Highway ,Barnesville OH 43713
FEISLEY TREE FARMS
66565 Muller Rd .Belmont OH 43718
Feisley Tree Farms is a wholesale, retail and choose and cut Christmas tree farm owned and operated by Geoff and Theresa Feisley. This family-owned and operated farm offers customers a wagon ride out to the fields to pick that perfect tree. They also operate as a wedding venue and offer wreath-making classes. The farm was the filming location for the 2013 Hallmark Movie Channel's A Christmas Tree Miracle.
Visit https://www.facebook.com/pg/feisleytrees for more information and holiday hours.
WIERZBICKI CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
68800 Pine Terrace Rd., Bridgeport OH 43912
This tree farm offers choose-your own (they cut), precut, living Christmas trees to plant later, wreaths, boughs, and grave blankets. They also have a retail lot on the farm that opens December 1, seven days a week. Visit this page for directions and more information.
2. Explore a 3-story toy store
In the city of Martins Ferry, at the corner of Hanover and 5th Street, sits a three-story toy store that you have to see to believe! Currently owned by Michael and Constance Yeso, Deluxe Toy & Hobby is possibly the largest, continuously owned toy store in the nation, having been started by Contance's parents, William and Angela Tolbert in 1955.
The toy store was moved to its current location in 1978, quickly filling up all three stories with toys. The Yesos put a lot of time and attention into selecting the toys for the store, attending the American Toy Fair in New York City every year. The toys run from simple and nostalgic to new and unique. Visit their website for hours and information.
3. Give the gift of country music
You can purchase tickets and camping passes for the 2021 Blame My Roots Country Music Festival, featuring headliner Miranda Lambert, at http://www.blamefest.com. This two-day outdoor country music concert at Valley View Campgrounds in Belmont (across the street from the former Jamboree in the Hills site) will be held July 16-17, 2021. Featured performers will also include fan favorite Neal McCoy, Lee Brice, Jo Dee Messina, Tenille Townes, Adam Doleac, Niko Moon, Walker Montgomery, and Allie Colleen. Check their Facebook page for updates.
4. Shop local and handmade/produced
Find a unique gift when you shop local at these only in Belmont County specialty stores.
Vino Di Piccin - A bottle of wine from Vino Di Piccin in Lansing makes a great gift. Vino Di Piccin Winery and Tasting House is a family-owned winery in Lansing, located at 55155 National Road. Bottles of their wine may be purchased on site or at several local grocery and specialty stores. Call 740-738-0261 or visit their Facebook page for more information. You could also gift that special someone with a night out to Vino Di Piccin where live entertainment is offered on scheduled Saturdays.
Imperial Glass - In addition to purchasing a beautiful piece of Imperial Glass that was manufactured in Belmont County for 80 years, the museum gift shop (3200 Belmont St. in Bellaire) and website, offer items with factory logos, historical maps, and historical books.
Johnson Family Pottery - Barnesville artist Luke Johnson's hand thrown pottery is available at his Main Street store front for special events and by appointment at his studio by calling 740-425-3210. Visit their Facebook page for more info.
Dickinson Cattle Co. -The Longhorns Head to Tail store on the grounds of Dickinson Cattle Ranch, 35000 Muskrat Rd., Barnesville, sells Texas Longhorn beef in bulk, as well as various cattle products including skulls and hides. Their online shop has tons of unique items. They even have Christmas stockings made of cow hide. Call 740 758-5050 for more information.
5. Support a locally owned shop
Find the perfect holiday gift or decoration at one of these locally owned shops. In Barnesville you’ll find Avenues of Barnesville and Bless Your Heart Folk Art. Avenues offers home décor, jewelry, cards and gifts. Bless Your Heart is one of the largest primitive and country stores in the area. They sell candles and diffusers, furniture, curtains, wallpaper, quilts, calendars, wooden signs, garlands, all occasion cards and other unique gifts.
Located in Bridgeport, Country Crafts and Gifts offers Americana and country décor including stars, flags, baskets, signs, candles, and tarts.
Opening soon in Martins Ferry, The Wishing Well will offer country, farmhouse, vintage, and primitive home décor, small furniture, second chance items, Naked Bee products, Crossroads candles and gifts, and so much more.
Window Fashions by Beth & The Gift Shop in St. Clairsville is a full service window treatment center for your home, business or office. The Gift Shop features home décor, lamps, jewelry, and seasonal items .
The Little Bee Market on Route 40 between St. Clairsville and Morristown features handmade, old, new, repurposed, refurbished, produce, seasonal plants, candles, gift baskets, gift items, clothing, etc.
6. Make something old, new again
Find a one-of-a-kind gift at one of Belmont County’s antique stores.
2 Attic Pickers in Bridgeport features furniture, antiques, unique gifts, collectables and more.
Family-owned and operated Barnesville Antique Mall in Barnesville has three floors of antiques including vinyl records, furniture, glassware, collectibles, jewelry, and much more.
Bridgeport is home to Brookside Antiques & Collectibles. Call (740) 633-5430 for more information.
Furniture Rescue in Flushing sells upcycled furniture and furniture painting supplies.
Hornswogglers in Bellaire buys, sells, and trades antiques, furniture, appliances, tools, etc.
Moxie on the Main in Barnesville is reopening soon. They offer farmhouse style furniture and home décor.
Three Labs Salvage in downtown St. Clairsville is a cross between a boutique and an antique store, located in a historic building with a full-service coffee shop inside! Sip on a brew from Flatiron Coffee Co. while perusing vintage stock, art, antiques, handmade items, clothing, lighting, furniture made from salvaged materials and unique items for your home.
Sunni Rae’s in Flushing buys, sells, and trades furniture, appliances, antiques, and more.
7. Find the perfect outfit for holiday pictures
Looking for the perfect outfit for holiday pictures, the office Christmas party, or other holiday occasion? Belmont County has many unique clothing boutiques.
Country Craft Bowtique/Dark Side Leather/M & M Custom is located on Rt. 331 in Bannock. They offer women’s standard and plus-sized, boutique clothing, jewelry, Primitives, candles, and décor. They host paint and sips. Dark Side Leather offers motorcycle and riding apparel, and M & M Custom offers custom vinyl and screen printing services.
M & C Boutique will be opening soon in Martins Ferry. They will carry trendy, affordable, and fashionable clothing, shoes, accessories and more.
Lux Boutique in St. Clairsville recently opened. They feature boutique and retailer name brands to offer both new and gently used clothing, shoes and accessories.
The Boutique on Main in downtown St. Clairsville is a clothing boutique offering women, of all ages and sizes , clothing options that are affordable and trendy.
8. Let someone else do the baking
Let one of Belmont County's bakeries be your "Santa's Helper" this year. You'll find cookies, cakes, donuts, pies, candies, caramel apples, and more at these "sweet spots".
Blossoms Bake Shop in Shadyside creates custom cakes for weddings and other special events.
Tina's Sweet Celebrations in Martins Ferry offers cookies by the dozen, cookie trays, and cookie gifts. They also have homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches.
The Fat Apple in Bridgeport features over 45 gourmet caramel apple flavors, custom character apples, chocolate covered strawberries, nostalgic candies, specialty cakes, pies, breads, Amish foods, cookies, and specialty chocolates for all seasons and occasions.
Unique Treats by Jacquie in Bellaire offers over 30 flavors and a variety of sweet desserts. Savory items are available Wednesday-Friday and fresh grab 'n go donuts are available daily.
Yorkville Bakery is a small town bakery specializing in custom cakes, cupcakes, cookies, homemade breads, pastries, and more.
Also, you can't go wrong with a gift certificate from one of our hometown restaurants and pizzerias. Click here for a gallery of local restaurants, pubs and grills, and pizza shops.