Storybook Christmas returns to Muskingum County with new additions

ZANESVILLE – The holiday season is back in Muskingum County with activities for all ages starting in December as part of Storybook Christmas.

In Zanesville, downtown visitors can get in the mood for the annual Christmas Parade and Courthouse Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on December 1.

During the parade, Santa Claus makes his big arrival and plans to stay a little longer this year.

A Santa Claus house is presented to the community in front of the Secrest Auditorium, sponsored by the Muskingum County Community Foundation and Lowe’s Home Improvement.

Children can meet Santa Claus on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until December 23, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays.

The rest of downtown will be illuminated with lights, decorations and giant snowmen.

“It takes the whole community, so it’s really great that so many people really get into the spirit,” Kelly Ashby, vice president of the Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce.

Vintage holiday decorations and hundreds of lights will be on display at Zane’s Landing Park and storefronts will be decorated for the season.

Horse-drawn carriage rides will be offered at a cost of $ 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on December 10 and 17. Reservations are required by calling 740-455-8282.

The Christmas characters will be visiting on these dates from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the singers will tour the city center from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

New Concord and Dresden have their own parades planned.

The New Concord Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on November 29, preceded by the annual lighting of the East Muskingum Christmas tree at 6 p.m.

The house parade for the Dresden holidays takes place at 6 p.m. on Saturday 4 December.

A vacation booklet provided by the Zanesville-Muskingum County Convention and Visitors Bureau is available at the Visitor Center and includes a comprehensive listing of events throughout the county.

“This is what’s so exciting about Storybook Christmas since we started about six years ago with the Courthouse Lights, it’s really grown into all of those activities that you see in the booklet,” Ashby said. .

The booklet is also available online at


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