The Update | Christmas at Lanterman’s Mill and Other Holiday Happenings

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Mill Creek Park’s weekend schedule includes a golf sale and the annual Christmas at the Mill event.

The Mill Creek Golf Course’s golf shop will have a Black Friday sale from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 24.

Lanterman’s Mill will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 25-26, for the annual Christmas at the Mill event. The mill will feature holiday décor for this family-friendly, free-admission event that will feature chestnuts roasted over a fire, artisans and entertainment.

Santa will visit the mill both days from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To share the holiday spirit with the less fortunate, guests may bring a new hat, scarf or pair of mittens to decorate the Giving Tree. The donated items will be distributed to local children this winter.

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Black Friday Event at Southern Park Mall

BOARDMAN, Ohio – Southern Park Mall will begin its Black Friday event at 6 a.m. Friday, Nov. 24.

The first 500 guests who enter through the DeBartolo Commons concourse doors will receive a swag bag with items that include mugs, mall swag, gift cards and coupons. Four random bags will contain a certificate good for a shopping spree at the mall valued at $2,000, $1,000, $500 and $250 (winners must be at least 18 years old and will have to show photo identification). 

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Small Business Saturday Fun in Sharon

SHARON, Pa. – The annual Small Business Saturday celebration this weekend in downtown Sharon will feature a pop-up market, the arrival of Santa Claus on a firetruck, a tree lighting ceremony and fireworks.

The artisan and culinary market, with live music, will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the former Army Navy store building, 47 E. State St.

Santa will arrive at 5 p.m., followed by the tree lighting.

This year, the city will honor Jim Landino and Jen Krezeczowski of JCL Development during the tree-lighting ceremony. The downtown development group has been vital in driving Sharon revitalization. 

Jim Landino and Jen Krezeczowski will be honored during the tree lighting ceremony Saturday in downtown Sharon, Pa.

“This year, especially, we’ve seen them bring about some big changes between the restaurants and businesses their buildings house, along with plans for PSU Shenango-adjacent apartments and an indoor recreation space,” said Bob Fiscus, Sharon city manager.

The pop-up market will include live music with Max Schang and Uke Kool Lady Paulette Darko, and children’s activities. Visitors can also enter a drawing for a $100 gift card to the Sharon business of their choice.

Also on Saturday, the Sharon Historical Society’ will open its new location at Wallis Mansion, 290 E. State St.

The festivities will continue after the tree-lighting ceremony, as the following downtown restaurants will remain open later than usual: Elephant #8 Thai Taste, Julian’s Bar & Grill, the restaurants in The Block by Nova Destinations, Donna’s Diner, the Original Quaker Steak & Lube, Our Gang’s Lounge, Haitian Sensation and Giovanni’s.  

Christmas on the Farm at Molnar’s

POLAND, Ohio – Christmas on the Farm, a craft and gift market featuring more than 30 local vendors with unique, handmade items, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at Molnar Farms, 3115 E. Western Reserve Road.

Admission is free. Vendors sell a range of handcrafted items, one-of-a-kind gifts, specialty foods, holiday décor and more.

‘Christmas Star’ at Westminster Planetarium

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Westminster Planetarium will feature “The Christmas Star,” a show about the Star of Bethlehem, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, and Friday, Dec. 8, in Hoyt Science Center on the Westminster College campus.

The show will explore the appearance of the Star of Bethlehem as described in the Bible. There will be discussions on common modern-day misconceptions and whether the star is an exploding star, a comet or some other natural event in the sky. 

The show is recommended for grades three and up, “The Christmas Star” is free and open to the public, although seating is limited, and reservations are requested; go to or email

Tourism Agency Offers Holiday Lights Trail

COLUMBUS, Ohio – TourismOhio is once again brightening the holiday season with its Holiday Lights Trail.

The statewide showcase of enchanting holiday displays, train rides, charming towns and light shows is back to dazzle visitors on the hunt for holiday cheer.

From the small-town charm of places like Columbiana’s Joy of Christmas light display at Firestone Park to the big city cheer illuminating the Columbus Commons, travelers can experience 70 magical displays across the state.

This season’s Ohio Holiday Lights Trail is the largest since it was launched in 2016. The 70 stops along the self-guided trail include five zoos, two trains, three courthouse light shows, two amusement parks and more than 20 drive-through displays. Nearly all attractions have more than 100,000 lights. Several displays have more than 1 million lights. 

There are 18 stops featured on the trail for the first time this season.

To learn more, click HERE.

Pictured at top: The Joy of Christmas holiday lights show at Firestone Park in Columbiana is included on the state tourism agency’s Holiday Lights Trail.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.