You are invited to bring the whole family and join us as we celebrate Athens and light up the Uptown for the holiday season this Friday, December 2nd, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

Santa will ride into town in the back of a horse-drawn carriage to help light the Community Tree, and then he’ll be taking pictures with visitors in his Workshop, located at the corner of Washington and Court Streets. The festivities will continue all evening, with horse-drawn carriage rides and lots of special holiday activities hosted by members of the Athens Uptown Business Association (AUBA), including cookie decorating, holiday crafts, hot chocolate, ornament decorating, and more! Find a full schedule of events for Opening Night, as well as the rest of December at



And this year, our annual tree lighting ceremony night is extra-special, as we will also be having a quick ceremony to officially celebrate Athens being named the Best Hometown in Ohio by Ohio Magazine!



Plan for a whole night of family fun as we kick off the holiday season together as a community!

Full Schedule at

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Check out some fun moments from the 2021 Tree Lighting Event: