This holiday season, people are asking for less stress, a slower pace and more joy, and historic Marietta is one Ohio city that delivers a family destination complete with shopping, dining and fun holiday activities guaranteed to create warm memories.
Instead of traveling among strangers to a crowded metropolis or navigating a massive mall, you can stay closer to home and enjoy the same small-town ambience so prevalent in holiday movies. Downtown Marietta has just that small-town charm, and takes it up a notch for the “most wonderful time of the year.”
The light posts are decked with wreaths and garland, thanks to Marietta Main Street and its dedicated volunteers. On the Armory lawn, a giant tree stands ready for the lighting ceremony that truly kicks off the season. Downtown Marietta is walker friendly and the historic buildings and creative murals provide unique backdrops for selfies and photos. In Muskingum Park, the Holiday Tree Walk flanks the path to the Gazebo, where jolly Santa waits to greet children. Stores and businesses transform their windows for the season and the displays range from classic to whimsical.
Love Christmas light displays? Just a short drive from Marietta you’ll find a joyous winter wonderland at Belpre Holiday Lights at Civitan Park. Navigate across the river to City Park to enjoy the Holiday in the Park light display in Parkesburg.
Throughout the season, special events like Holiday Loft Tours, First Friday and Moonlight Madness have the sidewalks bustling with a festive energy. Visitors can enjoy live music, fun promotions, and even a carriage ride or river cruise when scheduled. Most businesses extend their hours through Christmas and when you cross any threshold the friendly staff and warm welcome will revive your holiday spirit.
First Friday: Moonlight Madness Marietta Carriage Rides Holiday Events at the Valley Gem Sternwheeler
Visitors may be surprised at the variety of products found in Marietta’s shops, From our quaint boutiques and famous leather goods shop to our unique and quirky gift shops, downtown Marietta merchants have something for everyone on your list. You can find anything from toys to kitchen tools and everything in between- all in our cozy, safe and nostalgic town.
While you’re here in Marietta take the opportunity to visit one of our many museums and attractions that stay open during the holidays!
Henderson Hall will be beautifully decorated for the season and the docents are excited to share stories about the wonderful families who once called this mansions their home. In addition, they will be offering several holiday themed events that are appropriate for all ages.
Visit Campus Martius Museum to look into the lives and personalities of Marietta’s important ground breakers and the first settlers in the Northwest Territory. Stroll through the festive gift shop and find unique Christmas gifts for your family. Before you leave, be sure to sign up for the Christmas drawing and enjoy a complimentary candy cane for the drive home.
Marietta has a smorgasbord of restaurants and bars, most within easy walking distance from the shops. Warm up and relax with a delicious meal, craft beer or signature cocktail; you’re sure to find a menu to please even the pickiest of palates.
While we need our morning coffee year-round, there’s something about a hot cup of joe on a brisk winter day that just warms the soul and keeps you caffeinated while you shop! Pair it with delicious fresh-baked goods and you’ve set the stage for a memorable winter day in Marietta.
Jeremiah’s Coffee Shop is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the perfect cup in historic downtown Marietta. Stop in and try their “Marietta Mocha” or their “Bullet Proof” Latte. One thing is for certain- you’ll hear lively conversations along with soft Christmas music all in an atmosphere that celebrates all things good in a small town.
If you’re traveling through town you’ll not be able to resist the Gingerbread White Mocha or the Egg Nog Latte at Stoked Coffee on Pike Street. At Stoked the drink options are almost endless because of their 50+ flavors. Combine them for a one of a kind coffee experience and see why they have been named “one of Marietta’s best kept secrets!”
Extend your visit by spending the night or weekend – you can stay in a chain hotel near the exit, a downtown hotel or even a privately owned Air BnB on a quiet street. Visitors will leave Marietta with unique treasures, fond memories and maybe even a new holiday tradition.
Businesses have COVID-19 policies in place and visitors are encouraged to observe safety guidelines.