Date(s) - December 8, 2023
Athens Area Chamber of Commerce Uptown for the Holidays
Community Tree Lighting and Opening Night Festivities
Friday, December 8th | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
We had an wonderful Community Tree Lighting and AACC Uptown for the Holidays Opening Night Celebration on Friday, December 8th! This year the Opening Night of AACC Uptown for the Holidays showed participation from
We were thrilled to see all of the families and community members who came out to enjoy the warm weather and holiday festivities. The Federal Hocking Brass Band put on a fun and festive show for everyone, and the lines were long for a chance to ride on the horse-drawn wagons (thank you to Jon Hutchison and his team!). And the night was made even more livelier and fun by our amazing Chamber Members who generously donated supplies (while they lasted — what a great turnout we had!) for free holiday activities for everyone: Kismet; Parks Place; Brookfield Church; Keith Chapman Jeweler; Athena Cinema and Visit Athens County; Bagel Street Deli; Brenen’s Coffee Café; Cross Court; and Little Professor.
Thank you as well to the Chamber Members who sponsored the horse-drawn wagon rides for the community to enjoy: College Bookstore, Hickory Creek of Athens, Hocking Valley Bank, Kismet, OUCU Financial, Keystone’s Mac Shack, Merchant’s National Bank, VSWC Architects, and Visit Athens County.
If you missed Opening Night, don’t worry – AACC Uptown for the Holidays activities happen Thursdays and Saturdays in December during the specific dates and times listed below. During those times, you can visit with Santa in his workshop, enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, and other holiday festivities like the Shop Local Yeti Surprise. For more details, visit the Chamber’s Holidays event page. Activities are provided by the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, the Athens Uptown Business Association, the City of Athens, and our local Chamber members.
AACC Uptown for the Holidays Hours
Thursdays | Dec. 14 and Dec. 21 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturdays | Dec. 9, Dec. 16, & Dec. 23 | 11:00am – 1:00pm
Check out some special moments from Opening Night:
Community Tree Lighting and Opening Night Schedule
Friday, December 8 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Community Tree Lighting and Opening Night Activities:
Selfies with Santa
The big man himself will be riding into town to see visit with families and take a selfie with him at Santa’s Workshop (located at the corner of Court and Washington St.).
Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides
We are lucky to once again have Hutchison Horse-Drawn Wagon and Carriage Service giving horse-drawn wagon rides around Uptown Athens during the following times and dates. Wagon rides start and finish at the corner of Court and Washington Street. Thank you to our Opening Night Wagon Ride Sponsor: Visit Athens County.
The Federal-Hocking Holiday Brass band will be on hand from 6:00 – 7:00pm to perform holiday classics at the corner of Court and Washington Street.
Bring a letter and drop it in the mailbox on the side of Santa’s Workshop and Santa will write back!
Here is a map of all of the activities on December 8th:
Opening Night Businesses Hosting Activities between 6:00-8:00pm (while supplies last!):
Kismet (19 W. State Street): Bracelet Making
Parks Place (5 N. Court Street): Cookie Decorating; Toys for Tots Drive and Dog Food & Treat Drive
Brookfield Church (5 N. Court Street): Hot Chocolate
Keith Chapman Jeweler (8 S. Court Street): Open House
Athena Cinema (20 S. Court Street): Holiday Craft (provided by Visit Athens County)
Bagel Street Deli (27 S. Court Street): Face Painting
Brenen’s Coffee Café (38 S. Court Street): Cookie Decorating
Cross Court (43 S. Court Street): Ornament Decorating
Ohio is Home (45 S. Court Street): Wooden Ornaments
Little Professor (65 S. Court Street): Story Time
AACC Uptown for the Holidays Hours
Enjoy FREE holiday activities with your family Thursdays and Saturdays in December during the specific dates and times listed. Activities are provided by the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, the Athens Uptown Business Association, the City of Athens, and our local Chamber members.
Saturdays: December 9, December 16, December 23 | 11:00am – 1:00pm
Thursdays: December 14, December 21 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Visit www.athenschamber.com/holidays for a full schedule of AACC Uptown for the Holidays events!
Thank you to our generous sponsors, who are helping to make the Uptown for the Holidays magical for the whole Athens community!
Horse-drawn Wagon Ride Sponsors
Opening Night Wagon Ride Sponsor
Community Tree Sponsor: