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A look at area events to enjoy with the family

Marietta and the surrounding areas will be bustling with activity this weekend as the Christmas season has officially begun.

Two month-long events launched Wednesday night, with the start of the inaugural Merry-etta Driving Tour of Lights and the Holiday Tree Walk at East Muskingum Park.

Deana Clark, executive director of the Marietta-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the tour of lights was designed to be a fun thing for the community to participate in.

There are 19 stops on the tour, which stretches from Harmar to Devola. The houses will be lighted from 6 to 10 p.m. each night through Dec. 31.

Clark said the tour is on the Tourism Ohio’s Trail of Lights and she’s hoping it will bring tourists in to see what Marietta has to offer.

“(So they will) stay overnight. Spend money in our restaurants. Spend money in our stores. Stay overnight in our hotels and bring the economic development to our town,” she said.

She explained when locals participate in things like the Tour of Lights, they are helping the entire town economically. The tour is sponsored by the CVB and Marietta Main Street. Stops include:

¯ 621 Virginia St. Apt. 10

¯ 101 Edgewood Drive

¯ 103 Edgewood Drive

¯ 105 Pine Lane

¯ 103 Scammel St.

¯ 400 Front St.

¯ 402 Front St.

¯ 408 Front St.

¯ 104 Wooster St.

¯ 616 Second St.

¯ 727 Fourth St.

¯ 420 Fifth St.

¯ 331 Fifth St.

¯ 323 Fifth St.

¯ 307 Ohio St.

¯ 1321 Cisler Drive

¯ 1001 Glendale Road

¯ 125 Keyser St., Devola

¯ 205 Walnut St., Devola.

Clark said a map of locations is available on both the CVB and Marietta Main Street websites. A paper copy can also be picked up at the CVB office in the Armory.

She said a Tour of Lights scavenger hunt list is also on the websites and kids can check things off the list as they see them on the tour. Once they have checked off all the items, they can take the list into the Campus Martius Museum for a free kids admission.

The tree walk and Tour of Lights aren’t the only things going on this weekend. Other scheduled events include:

Friday

¯ Jingle and Mingle Christmas Party – 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Washington County Republican Headquarters, 282 Front St., Marietta. Cost is $20 per person or $30 per couple.

¯ First Friday – Moonlight Madness – 5 to 9 p.m. in downtown Marietta.

¯ Ethan Timm – 6:30 p.m. at Over the Moon Pub & Pizza, Front Street, Marietta.

¯ Herman’s Hermits – 8 p.m. at Peoples Bank Theatre.

Saturday

¯ Fitmas – 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Rockstar Wellness, 225 Second St. Marietta. Cost is $35 per person, $20 for members.

¯ Breakfast with Santa – 9 a.m. at The Galley, 203 Second St., Marietta.

¯ Christmas in the Village – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Barlow Presbyterian Church. Annual cookie sale.

¯ Christmas at the Fire Department Craft Show – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Barlow VFD.

¯ The Betsey Mills Club Annual Christmas Village Craft Show – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Betsey Mills Club Gym.

¯ Free showing of The Grinch – 10 a.m. at Odyssey Theater, Marietta.

¯ Craft and vendor show – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at O’Neill Center, 333 Fourth St., Marietta.

¯ Henry Fearing House Open House – 1 to 4:30 p.m., 131 Gilman Ave., Marietta.

¯ Santa House – 3 to 5 p.m. at Muskingum Park gazebo.

¯ New Matamoras Christmas in the Village – parade line up at 6 p.m.

¯ Live Nativity Drive-Thru – 6 to 8:30 p.m., Wood County Christian School, Williamstown.

¯ Lorrie Morgan – 8 p.m. at Peoples Bank Theatre.

¯ Aftershock – 9:30 p.m. at the Adelphia, 205 Second St., Marietta.

Sunday

¯ Beverly Lions Club 16th Annual Christmas Display and Treats Auction – 1 to 5 p.m. at Beverly United Methodist Church.

¯ 95th annual performance of Handel’s Messiah – 7 p.m. at Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption, 506 Fourth St., Marietta.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

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