Winter Family Getaway: Dublin, Ohio

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Have any plans to get away during winter break? You still can while enjoying beautiful holiday lights, hot cocoa, shopping and more.

Why not bring in the new year right and continue to spread that holiday cheer in Dublin, Oh? Besides, you can get from Cincinnati to Dublin in under two hours!

Columbus Zoo’s Wildlights

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium’s Wildlights (4850 W Powell Road, Powell, Oh) has grown tremendously throughout the years, creating more and more family traditions. Now with million’s of lights, reindeer, animated musical light shows, camel rides, a ride on the Polar Bear Express, animal sightings and more, families can experience the holidays in a whole new light! The excitement goes on through January 6. For more details, visit columbuszoo.org.


Wildlights. All photos by Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau

Sweet Treats: La Chatelaine French Bistro

While you’re venturing around historic Dublin, stop by La Chatelaine French Bistro (65 West Bridge St. Dublin, Oh) for a decadent treat and warm hot cocoa! You won’t have to travel far to enjoy a the mouth-watering taste of France – this parisian cafe will delight the family and give you the warm and fuzzy feeling of the holidays! For more information, visit visitdublinohio.com/listing/la-chatelaine-french-bistro/110/.

Delicious hot cocoa with whipped cream and chocolate shavings, La Chatelaine French Bistro

12 Elves on the Shelf

There is still time to hunt for your favorite Elf on the Shelf in Dublin. Search high and low at 12 different shops around the historic town including candy shops, boutiques, toy stores and town squares. Even better, earn a treat every time you complete your card, plus get entered to win the grand prize basket. But hurry! The hunt ends December 29. For more details, visit visitdublinohio.com/event/12-elves-of-dublin-scavenger-hunt/1691/.

12 Elves of Dublin.

Shop til’ You Drop: The Morgan House

The Morgan House (5300 Glick Road, Dublin, Oh) is an historic log cabin that is beyond home decor – with four floors of gifts shops, contemporary furniture, clothing, jewelry and scrumptious specialty foods, you will be sure to find the gift you want! If you still have some gifts to buy for your holiday get-together, The Morgan House will lend a hand! Get hungry while you shop? The first floor has comforting foods such as warm, one-of-a-kind chicken pot pies and more for the family to enjoy after a long day of exploring Dublin. For more details, visit visitdublinohio.com/listing/the-morgan-house/250/.

The Morgan House

The Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau is the hot spot for all of your Dublin travels. Dublin is a beautiful city filled with Irish culture that makes family’s feel they are in Dublin, Ireland itself with Irish eats, world-class attractions and places you can’t experience anywhere else. For more to do, visit visitdublinohio.com/.


Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication. She is from Cincinnati, Ohio, a military wife and mom of two. If you don't see her writing for Cincinnati Family, you'll find her running, juggling kids, teaching group fitness classes and cooking up healthy recipes.

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