If you love horses and you love Christmas then you don’t want to miss the chance to see the visual spectacle that awaits at the 27th annual Lebanon Horse-Drawn Carriage Parade and Christmas Festival being held on Saturday, December 5 in Lebanon, Ohio. It’s a long drive from Cleveland — 3.5 hours — but if you are a fan of all things equine then it is definitely worth the trip.
This family-oriented event features more than 100 decorated antique carriages pulled by a multitude of horse breeds including Clydesdales, Percherons and even miniature horses. The event actually includes two parades — the 1 p.m. daytime parade and the 7 p.m. candlelit parade. The evening parade features carriages covered in battery-powered Christmas lights while throngs of people holding candles line the streets of the parade route and watch the 100 antique horse-drawn carriages pass by.
The event also features carolers, carriage rides, live entertainment (including a traveling hand bell choir), a live nativity, storytelling, a train ride to the North Pole on the North Pole Express train, demonstrations and photos opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus. In addition, after the afternoon parade, visitors will have the chance to visit more than 80 antique and specialty stores that will be open for browsing and shopping. There will also be crafts.
Tours will be available of the Glendower Historic Mansion Museum where costumed interpreters will give you the history of the mansion which will be decorated in its holiday splendor. Hours for the Lebanon event are 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. with the parades occurring at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Admission is free and parking is free. For those who would like to stay overnight in the area, check out the Knights Inn located at 725 E. Main St. (513-932-3034) or The Golden Lamb historic inn located at 27 S. Broadway Street in Lebanon (513-932-5065). Call for exact pricing and availability or to make reservations.
For more information about the Lebanon Horse-Drawn Carriage Parade, call 513-932-1100 or get online at firstname.lastname@example.org. The parade and the Christmas Festival take place in downtown Lebanon, Ohio. Lebanon is located between Dayton and Cincinnati and it is 220 miles from Cleveland. It is approximately a 3.5 hour drive.