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
It’s almost that special time of year again and we are hard at work planning for the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce Uptown for the Holidays events – one of our favorite ways to give back to our the whole Athens area community.
The Community Tree Lighting and Opening Night Events will take place on Friday, December 8th, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, when the big man in red himself will be whisked into town on a horse-drawn wagon to take pictures with visitors Santa’s Workshop, located at the corner of Washington and Court Streets. The festivities will continue all night, with horse-drawn wagon rides and special holiday activities hosted by members of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce and the Athens Uptown Business Association (AUBA).
Throughout the rest of December, Santa, wagon rides, live musical acts, and more will be featured on Thursdays and Saturdays to make your holiday shopping more magical.
Here’s a glimpse of some special moments from our 2022 Uptown for the Holidays 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!
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: