This October is Old-Fashioned Christmas in the Woods’ 23rd year of hosting attendees from across the country at Shaker Woods in Columbiana, Ohio. More than 200 quality craftspeople and artisans will gather at the festival on October 14-15 and 21-22, 2017. In a manicured, wooded setting, juried costumed crafters will have their booths decorated in an old-fashioned holiday theme. The exhibitors will demonstrate their crafts and sell a wide selection of handmade holiday items, as well as traditional crafts. The level grounds feature gravel footpaths for easy walking and access to acres of free parking.
“We’re humbled that the festival has become a traditional gathering place for so many families and friends,” said Ken McGaffic, who along with his wife Linda, are promoters of the nationally-recognized event. “The festival attracts attendees from over 30 states who enjoy shopping, entertainment and delicious food in this magical spot in eastern Ohio.”
Plenty of favorite craftspeople are returning for the Christmas show. Traditional crafters include candle makers, leatherworkers, woodworkers and doll makers. Hand-thrown pottery and iron and stone work will also be available. Holiday craft items, decorations and handcrafted Christmas ornaments are featured at the festival, as well as holiday clothing, wreaths and floral arrangements.
In the September 2017 issue of Sunshine Artist, America’s Premier Arts and Craft Show Magazine, Old-Fashioned Christmas in the Woods was selected as one of the “Top 100 Best Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows” in the nation.
A wide variety of food vendors will serve traditional and holiday favorites. Holiday baked goods and candies will also be available.
In 2008, Country Living Magazine featured “Old Fashioned Christmas in the Woods” as one of the premier craft festival destinations in the United States, introducing 11 million readers to this holiday tradition.
Hours for the festival are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, rain or shine. Daily general admission tickets will be on sale at the gate. General admission for adults is $8.00 per day. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge. There’s no additional charge for entertainment. Bus tours are welcome and group rates are available.
For more information, go to Old-Fashioned Christmas in the Woods Festival’s website: www.christmasohio.com. The site includes a complete program, driving directions and articles, in addition to a layout of the grounds at Shaker Woods. Old-Fashioned Christmas in the Woods is also on Facebook.
The festival has acres of free parking. No pets or alcoholic beverages are permitted on festival grounds. Strollers are not recommended. The festival location is 44337 County Line Road (just off Rt. 7) Columbiana, Ohio 44408, one mile north of the intersection of State Route 14. The location is only minutes from the Ohio Turnpike and the Pennsylvania state line.