There is almost always something special going on.
Are you having company visit during the holidays and wonder how to fill their time? No Problem! Bring them to Waynesville. It will be a fun day trip and there is almost always something special going on for the holidays.
What better place to plan for your spooky fun than Ohio’s Most Haunted Community! The Museum at the Friends Home offers ghost tours and the Hammel House Inn and The Museum at the Friends Home combine efforts to host a Ghost & Goblet Dinner. Reservations are required for these events so contact the Museum for a tour of the town without a dinner or the Hammel House for the full treatment of a dinner with ghost stories between the courses followed by the walking tour around town.
Waynesville hosts the ‘Peeps Show’ where our creative merchants have artistic dioramas with those little marshmallow peeps as the main characters. Spend a fun day walking from shop to shop deciding on your favorite Peeps Show then vote for your favorite. Take a lunch break at one of our fantastic restaurants and then have dinner at Bentinos, The Village Restaurant or Stone House Tavern. Everyone will have a fun day and you’ll escape from the kitchen while entertaining your company in Waynesville!
Memorial Day Weekend
Waynesville hosts the Old Main Street Spring Antique Show on Sunday of Memorial Weekend. Come early cause Main Street will have one block closed to traffic and have visiting antique dealers filling the street with treasures. The show is from 9am-4pm but visit it first thing to get first dibs on the treasures. Afterward, the antique treasure hunt continues as you explore Waynesville’s antique malls and antique shops for one-of-a-kind finds. Enjoy lunch and/or dinner at our restaurants to complete your day.
Fourth of July
Waynesville hosts it’s annual parade on the Saturday closest to the 4th of July. You’ll enjoy our ‘small town USA’ approach to holding a parade. There will be fire trucks and farm tractors and everything in between! Watch the parade and then shop and dine till 5pm. After that, head up the hill to the Bicentennial Park beside the High School for a fun evening with a band and fireworks and some yummy snack foods and sometimes even chicken dinners sold by local non-profit organizations. Bring your lawn chair and spend the evening!
Waynesville merchants kick of the holiday shopping season with their Hearth Warming Holiday Open House held early in November. Shops are all decked out with the finest holiday merchandise, free refreshments and even free holiday recipes for their shoppers. The first weekend in December, the Chamber of Commerce sponsors Christmas in the Village where you can take a step back in time to hear the clip-clop of horse hooves as carriage rides are offered each year. The Village is aglow with over 1300 luminaries lining the streets and there are lots of local entertainment groups providing all the nostalgia of an old fashioned Christmas!