The holiday season is a great time to get out and see some awesome Christmas arts and crafts created by local artisans and makers. Here’s a roundup of some Northeast Ohio events you should check out in December to pick up holiday decor and great gifts:

EJ Thomas Christmas Arts & Craft Show
December 4, noon to 7 p.m.; December 5, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., December 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill St., Akron. Adults $5; seniors $4.50. Children 12 and younger are free.
A tradition for 35 years, this annual show boasts unique, handmade works from more than 100 artists and craftsmen.

Holiday Artisan Market
December 5, 4 to 8 p.m.; December 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wayne Center for the Arts, 237 S. Walnut Street, Wooster. To find out more, call 330-264-2787 or visit
Now in its 6th year, this annual juried show offers one-of-a-kind Christmas shopping from local creators.

Christmas on the Canal
December 5, 2 to 7 p.m., downtown Canal Fulton. Free parking available at St. Helena Heritage Park, 125 Tuscarawas St.
The annual event in downtown Canal Fulton features Christmas shopping, an electric lights parade, tree lighting ceremony, caroling, kids activities and more. Grab a schedule of events at the Canalway Center at Helena Heritage Park.

Christmas in Zoar
December 5, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., December 6, noon to 5 p.m. 198 Main St., Zoar.
$8 for adults; children 12 and younger get in free.
Alongside seasonal activities, including musical entertainment, private home tours, a live nativity, horse drawn carriage rides, a tree lighting ceremony and a candlelight church service—you can shop for gifts at a juried craft show or let kids make their own at Santa’s Workshop.

Ladies Day Out Expo
December 5, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tozzi’s on 12th Street, 4210 12th St. NW, Canton.
With more than 50 vendors, this event promises a unique shopping experience while also raising money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Susie’s Cause.

Christmas on Hoover Farm
December 6, 1 to 4 p.m. Hoover Historical Center, 1875 East Maple St., North Canton. Free admission but some events have a fee. For more, see
View holiday decor throughout the historic Hoover home including eight Christmas trees decorated by area service groups, grab a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus and join in on a raffle for gingerbread houses decorated by Girl Scouts. You can purchase tickets to join a horse-drawn carriage ride and caroling excursion throughout the grounds.

An Evening in the Village
December 6, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Downtown Hartville (intersection of East Maple and South Prospect)
The annual Hartville tradition includes a tree lighting, visit from Santa, musical entertainment, wagon rides, kids activities and downtown Christmas shopping.

The Cleveland Flea Holiday Market
December 11 through 13, hours and location pending. Check for details at
The Cleveland Flea is the perfect place to pick up a gift for that person on your list who’s impossible to buy for. It draws artists and artisans from all over the region for a curated show with everything from indie jewelry to furniture to pastries.

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