Return of wintertime traditions, attractions to draw end-of-year travelers to Warren County

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After being forced to cancel in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Kings Island’s Winterfest, the Lebanon Horse-Drawn Carriage Parade and more popular end-of-the-year attractions are back in action this winter and expected to once again draw considerable crowds to Warren County, Ohio, according to the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau (WCCVB).

After being forced to cancel in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Kings Island’s Winterfest, the Lebanon Horse-Drawn Carriage Parade and more popular end-of-the-year attractions are back in action this winter and expected to once again draw considerable crowds to Warren County, Ohio, according to the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau (WCCVB).

Kings Island’s Winterfest will be back and bigger than ever this holiday season. Featuring ice skating on the park’s iconic Royal Fountain, state-of-the-art light displays, live shows, festive food and a brand new nightly holiday parade, the seasonal celebration will welcome back guests select dates November 26 through December 31.

Also back this year is Lebanon’s historic Horse Drawn Carriage Parade & Christmas Festival. Once again featuring more than 100 decorated carriages pulled by mini horses, Clydesdales, Percherons and more, the event will also offer live entertainment, specialty shopping and food and craft booths when it returns December 4.

Historic Downtown Lebanon will also be the site of holiday-themed train rides on the Lebanon Mason & Monroe (LM&M) Railroad’s North Pole Express. Offered select dates and times November 19 through December 26, the North Pole Express experience includes visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, entertainment from elves, hot chocolate and holiday cookies. LM&M will also be hosting a holiday season kick-off event this Thursday, November 18. Proceeds from that event – The Holiday Train Illumination – will go to benefit Dayton Children’s Hospital.

Great Wolf Lodge will once again transform into Snowland beginning November 28. In addition to its sprawling 84-degree indoor waterpark, the lodge will feature life-size gingerbread houses, visits from Santa, holiday activities and more seasonal offerings.

Showcasing its nationally renowned outdoor walk-through display of approximately one million LED lights, The Christmas Ranch in Morrow, Ohio, will welcome back guests November 19 through December 23. Holiday shops, pictures with Santa, themed train rides and festive food and drink offerings will round out the guest experience.

Home to decorated, historic Main Streets, a variety of locally owned dining options and more than 100 antique, boutique and specialty shops, the towns of Lebanon, Waynesville and Springboro will once again be among the region’s most popular small-town holiday shopping destinations. Waynesville’s Christmas in the Village will be held December 3 through December 5, while Christmas in Historic Springboro begins this Friday, November 19 and runs through Sunday November 21.

Springboro’s La Comedia Dinner Theatre will play host to live, Broadway-style performances of the holiday comedy classic A Christmas Story select dates now through December 30.
Finally, Yuletide Village, a 16th Century-styled holiday celebration complete with era-inspired light shows, music, live entertainment and more returns to the grounds of the Ohio Renaissance Festival in Waynesville select dates between November 26 and December 18.

More information on all of Warren County’s winter events and attractions is available at OhiosLargestPlayground.com.

About the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau:
Warren County is Ohio’s Largest Playground®! With easy access from Interstates 71 and 75, visitors to Warren County can enjoy more activities within a 30-mile radius than anywhere else in Ohio. The Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau is a professional destination marketing and management organization whose mission is to strengthen the community by advancing economic growth and vitality through tourism, overnight stays, and encouraging significant participation by visitors in the local tourism economy. Tourism is the leading industry in Warren County. In a typical year more than 12 million visitors drive an economic impact of $1.3 billion and 12,000+ tourism-related jobs. For additional information, visit OhiosLargestPlayground.com, call 513-204-1900 or visit the WCCVB on social media: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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