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Santa Express

Hop aboard the Santa Express at Lodi Station Outlets. Train rides cost $2.50 per person and an adult must accompany all children. Lodi Station Outlets are located at 9911 Avon Lake Rd. in Burbank. The train is in operation from 12 5p.m. on Saturday and 15 p.m. on Sunday. For more information visit

December 11

Holiday with the Buckeyes

Come out to Value City Arena for an evening of holiday fun. Get your photo taken with Holiday Brutus and experience the Men's Hockey team in action against rival Miami University at 7 p.m. For more information on tickets and events, go to

Vintage Voices Christmas Concert: A Tradition

Enjoy the songs of the season at the Vintage Voices holiday concert, "It's Christmas." Vintage voices is a mixed-voices chorus of 70 members, all 50 years of age or older. The concert is at Summerville at Hillenvale, 1615 Yauger Rd. in Mt. Vernon, 3 p.m. The show is free but donations are appreciated.

December 12

Santa Paws

Animals throughout the Zoo will be given specially wrapped treats using materials that are safe for each individual animal. Come and see the animals in the holiday spirit and see how they react to these special enrichment gifts. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd., is open from 9 a.m.10 p.m. and tickets are available by calling (800) 666-5397.

December 13

Holiday Party -- Create with Claus

Children of all ages are invited to come and celebrate the holiday season. We will have numerous activities and games available, not to mention Santa should be here to help the kids paint and take pictures. Mrs. Claus will be sending a lot of cookies to make sure we don't get hungry. Advance reservations are needed. The cost is $15 per child and is from 15 p.m. at Outside the Lines Creative Studio, 5236 Cemetery Rd. in Hilliard. Call the studio at (614) 527-7752 to sign up.