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December 5, 2017

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Madeline Adamczyk

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The Herb Capital of Ohio is hosting a ton of things for you to do this winter. It’s conveniently located just east of Columbus and has plenty of fun things to do, affordable homes, and a great reputation as one of Ohio’s “Best Hometowns.” If you’re in search of something exciting to do this holiday season, look no further. Gahanna has plenty of options to keep you entertained this winter and into the new year.

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Gingerbread House Contest

Get creative this holiday season

It’s Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau’s 5th Annual Holiday Lights Gingerbread House Contest, and you don’t want to miss this! What makes this contest unique is that the entries don’t have to be made of gingerbread, and they don’t even have to be in house form! It’s up to you on how you want to design your entry. The only catch is that it must be made of edible materials of your choosing. Entries will be accepted anytime from November 6th through December 15th, 2017. The houses will be judged on the Visit Gahanna Facebook page, and thereafter, prizes will be awarded.

gingerbread house
Decorating a gingerbread house is a fun activity for the whole family!

Santa Race 5K and Little Reindeer Dash

Dash away all

This 5K walk/run is one of Gahanna's most fun-filled holiday events! If you register, you’ll receive a Santa-themed long sleeve shirt and a Santa hat as well as a custom Santa Finishers Medal. Kiddos registered for the Reindeer Dash will receive a Santa shirt as well as a Finishers Ribbon. All the fun starts on Saturday, December 2nd, with a warm-up jog with Santa and the Little Reindeer dashers starting at 9 a.m. There will be festive giveaways and music to motivate yourself for the run or walk. The event sells out every year, so register in advance online.

runner tying shoes
Lace up your sneakers and get ready to run!

Meijer Holiday Character Breakfast

Eating & merrymaking

The Holiday Character Breakfast is one of Gahanna’s most popular and beloved community events. This annual breakfast includes various crafts, face painting, storytelling, and an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast with holiday characters. There will be a performance by the Columbus Children's Theatre and a chance to visit with Santa too. This event is an activity for the whole family to enjoy during the busy holiday season. Seatings for the pancake breakfast are offered every hour starting at 8 a.m. However, seating is limited for each session, so be sure to buy your tickets online.

cutting into stack of pancakes
What's better than an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast?

Herbal Cocktail Trail

Experience all that the Herb Capital of Ohio has to offer

Gahanna is very proud of its title “Herb Capital of Ohio”, and to commemorate this, Gahanna Ohio Convention & Visitors Bureau created the Herbal Cocktail Trail. Eight signature Gahanna restaurants and bars participate in the trail. Each venue creates unique, herb-infused cocktails that have different flavor combinations. They are paired with the host restaurant’s menu offerings, which will be sure to please your taste buds.  Anyone that wants to participate picks up a passport at the Gahanna Visitor Center or at any of the participating businesses. You can experience the trail at your own pace, earning a stamp in your passport for each drink purchased. Kindred Artisan Ales is one of the participating breweries on the list, and their featured drink is a called a “Smoking Gun.”  It is concocted with 451 Spirits Dear Johnny Apple Smoked Whiskey with a smoked black tea and honey simple syrup, all topped with ginger beer. Need I say more?

bartender at bar
Plan your next date night enjoying a trail of herbal cocktails.

Gahanna Historical Society

Back to the roots

In the 1970s, the Gahanna Historical Society started its own herb garden and encouraged community members to do the same. Ever since Gahanna has been known as the herb capital. There are many historical wonders to explore at the society including a 1840s log house, the 1860s John Clark House, and a National Certified Wildlife Habitat. What are you waiting for? Schedule your tour today.

If you’re more of a “do-it-yourself” type of person, you can do a self-guided historical walking tour of Gahanna and venture along Big Walnut Creek, which runs directly through the historical society.

If you plan to stay overnight, there is a bed and breakfast called “The Lily Stone Bed and Breakfast”, which has been restored to represent the Victorian-era. There are only four guest rooms, so be sure to book one in advance.

waterfall
Wander along Big Walnut Creek.

Botanical Beauty Bar

Everyone can use a little TLC after the holiday season

The holiday season can do a number on your personal health. Don’t fear though because the Ohio Herb Education Center has got you covered. You can take the guesswork out of making herbal beauty care products by going to a class at the center. Instructors focus on one product per class and discuss the importance of each product, how to use it properly, and allow you to customize a take-home version that matches your skin type. They utilize hands-on techniques, so you can walk away with the information and confidence you need to be able to make your own products. This will save you time and money in the long run. Pick a date as well as a session topic before it’s all booked.

body scrub, a brush, and candles
Rejuvenate after a hectic holiday season.

Being near the vibrancy of city life, the Herb Capital of Ohio is sure to accommodate any and all of your wants and needs this winter. Jumpstart your holiday season today!

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