View This Year’s Schedule of Events




Consistently one of the best fireworks displays in the region and a great way to start the holiday season! The fireworks will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. and are shot from the City Hall rooftop. The core block downtown will need to be clear of pedestrians following Santa’s arrival prior to the fireworks display. Please be mindful of the volunteers and officers who will be clearing the area for everyone’s safety.

 Santa Land


Not only does Santa Land host its opening on Holiday in the City night with Santa’s parade arrival, it remains open to the public every Saturday until Christmas! Thousands of families visit the huge Santa Land display located in the Heritage Center throughout the month of December. Santa Land candy canes are compliments of Sheehan Brothers Vending. Santa Land will be open during Holiday In the City from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and will remain open every Saturday in December through Christmas from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Grand Illumination and Holiday Tree

treeThe Holiday in the City tree always starts with the pride of a local family donating a tree to the event. Then crowds await and cheer for the grand illumination! Thank you to all the families who generously offered trees for this year’s event. The Grand Illumination will take place at approximately 7:15 p.m.


 Icicle Lane Eats & Sweets

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When 15,000 people get today for hours in celebration, they are definitely going to eat!  Over 15 food trucks and food vendors will be on hand in the Icicle Lane Eats & Sweets area. 

Food vendors include:

– Bette-Juanita Concessions
– Big Jim’s To Go
– Candi’s Corn
– Candi’s Donut Shop
– Catholic Central Wrestling Team
– Chester Foods Ltd
– Christian Brothers Meat Co.
– Eat – Not Your Ordinary Food Truck
– Fent’s Dairy Corner
– Shiska-Haus
– Fosteria’s 5-5
– Freddies Franks and Burgers
– Frosty’s Café
– Get Toazted
– Oakview Farm Meats
– Ramen Rickshaw
– Stevens & Sons
– Sweet Concessions
– The Drunken Waffle
– Tim Horton’s


Children’s Shows

These performers continue to delight families year after year. Two featured performances take place inside the Heritage Center and United Senior Services Auditorium at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

 Trackless Train

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The Trackless Train is a family favorite at the Holiday in the City event. The train will be located beside the Wesbanco building on the corner of Limestone and Main Street, and run from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. To ensure everyone has a chance to ride the train, tickets will be sold for $1 each. Cost per ride is one ticket per rider. Sponsored by Ohio Valley Surgical Hospital.

NTPRD Chiller


  • Noon – 1:15 p.m. – Holiday Ice Skating Exhibition (free admission)
  • 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Public Skate (free admission, skate rental is $2)
  • 3:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. – Public Skate ($6 for adults, $5 for students, skate rental $2)
  • 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Public Skate ($6 for adults, $5 for students, skate rental $2)

 Warm up at Warder

From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Warder Literacy Center will once again host the cookie walk, Mrs Claus will be on hand handing out books, you’ll find carnival and craft activities, homemade christmas cards and warm refreshments including hot chocolate, coffee and cookies!



11 thoughts on “View This Year’s Schedule of Events

    • No. With the continued growth of the Fountain 5k Turkey Trot just two days prior to Holiday in the City, we just don’t get enough participation for a second running event.


    • This year we have partnered with Young’s Jersey Dairy and Fellowship Christian Church to offer Core block light tours. The ride provides room for more passengers and will run from 3-6pm. The ride requires 1 ticket per passenger and tickets are available via $1/ticket donation and good for this ride, the trackless train or the carousel.


  1. Don’t forget to stop by Shawnee Place Apartments from 3-8pm. There will be crafts and treats made by the Shawnee residents. Lots of items for ages 2 to 102! We have Frozen, Ninja Turtles, giant ‘Jinga’ game, handmade cards, jewelry, cakes, cookies, fudge, buckeyes, cake pops, peanut brittle, and much more!


  2. Are there going to be anything other than Santa Land, the tree lightening and fireworks? Have been coming down and staying in the Marriott for 10 years. Have always had a great time but it seems to be going downhill as far as stuff going on during the day.


    • We’re glad you asked! If you scroll all the way through the page, you’ll find that in addition to Santa Land, the tree lighting and fireworks, Holiday in the City offers nearly a dozen family activities, eight different performances, 20 food vendors on site and anew characters to meet like Digger the Dog and Elfie!

      We also just uploaded a PDF version of the complete schedule and map for the event that you can download here.


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