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The kids have barely put a dent in the Halloween candy, but already holiday cheer is spreading. Grab your calendar and mark the dates for these upcoming holiday events before the season passes us by!

November 15

Holiday Bazaar

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: LHP Building, 703 Washington St.

Information: 314-2953

Unique clothing, jewelry, and home accessories crafted by local artisans at the fifth annual Holiday Bazaar will help you get a jump-start on your holiday shopping. If you need to refuel, lunch is available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Choose from a potato or hotdog bar, starting at $2, and add a drink, dessert or fruit for $1 each. Proceeds from the bazaar benefit Family Service.

November 16

Christmas of Yesteryear

When: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Hope Town Square, Hope

Admission: Free

Information: 546-4673

Revel in Rockwellian nostalgia at the 10th annual Christmas of Yesteryear on the Hope Town Square. Shop area merchants and visit a live nativity while listening to strolling carolers. Santa and Mrs. Claus are scheduled to arrive at 6 p.m. and tour the square before settling in at the Library Room on the east side of the square. Take your own tour around the square in a horse-drawn carriage before heading home.

November 24

Skate with Santa

When: Noon to 4 p.m.

Where: Hamilton Center Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Drive

Admission: $7.50 per child, price includes skate rental and crafts.

Information: 376-2686

Lace up your skates and hit the ice with Santa. Open to all ages, the event features a variety of additional activities, including making a batch of glittery reindeer food for Santa’s team on Christmas night. Admission price does not include concessions.

December 1

Festival of Lights Parade

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Washington St., downtown Columbus

Admission: Free

Information: 390-6912

Be one of the 5,000 people who bundle up and head downtown each year for the Festival of Lights Parade. Now in its 22nd year, the parade features thousands of twinkling lights along the parade route as the floats make their way down Washington Street. Keep your eyes peeled for fireworks, sponsored by QMix, when Santa passes by City Hall.

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