County Muskingum Christmas Storybook

Children and adults alike look forward to their favorite Christmas stories year after year. County Muskingum has taken these favorites and turned them into window decorations, paintings, and outdoor exhibits that make you want to grab a book and re-read these stories.

Almost 100 businesses in Zanesville, New Concord and Dresden have favorite storybook exhibits. Now is a great time to take a walk or walk to see just how creative they have become. The exhibits can be viewed until January 1. It’s fun to look for them along the way.

The decorations are made possible through the combined efforts of the Muskingum County Community Foundation, the Muskingum County Commissioners and the Zanesville-Muskingum County Convention and Visitors Bureau. When groups come together, it’s amazing what can be accomplished.

This Christmas Storybook adventure began in 2014 when it was decided to add a musical light show to the courthouse. Since then, more than 50 companies in Dresden, New Concord and Zanesville have chosen a favorite holiday storybook and decorated their places according to the theme.

You’ll likely find all of your favorite stories and characters somewhere along the way, as there are even more of them today. Some of my favorites were Rudolph near Santa’s new home at the Secrest Auditorium and Charlie Brown’s window paintings at Community Bank in Zanesville, as well as the rustic old nativity scene at First Baptist Church in Dresden.

Once the storybook Christmas began, ideas began to form for additional decorations and events throughout the season. Everything got bigger and Goss Supply added a teddy bear coloring contest for the winners that continues to this day. Two winners being chosen from 4 to 12 years old each.

In 2016, horse and carriage rides were added to Zane’s Landing and many more Christmas lights were placed there. The Storybook Christmas Parade began that year, also with the welcoming of Santa during the holiday season.

During this time, the committee benefited from the help of students from the Mid-East Career and Technology Center. They continue to build decorations for storybook themes and help hang light pole decorations.

While it all started six years ago with the Courthouse Light Show, Christmas activities have grown significantly since then. This year, they added Santa’s house, a 5k run, and a 1 mile walk. It will be exciting to see what the future holds.

The kids will want to visit Santa at his new home across from the Auditorium Secrest. He is there from Thursday to Sunday. Check the schedule at www.VisitZanesville.com for exact times.

Santa Claus and his elf at the Santa Claus House by the Auditorium Secrest.

If he’s not there, you might want to drop him a letter. There are 11 North Pole Express mailboxes in Muskingum County.

If you find yourself in the Zanesville area at night, there are several places that have very nice light shows. Zane’s Landing Trail of Lights is filled with Christmas cheer as well as the Lemmon Family Christmas Light Show at 909 Lindbergh Ave.

Send letters to Santa Claus in North Pole Express mailboxes.

You’ll want to end your evening in Zanesville with the music from the courthouse and the light show, which should definitely get you in the Christmas spirit.

When you get home, you might like to find an old book of Christmas stories. Sit down with a mug of hot chocolate and read one of those classic tales that will never get old.

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