‘A Time to Prepare’

It is mid-September and that means the daylight is getting shorter, the evenings cooler, the leaves about to begin changing and it is time to PREPARE!

The Holiday Season is quickly approaching and there are many preparations needed for the upcoming events.

Christmas Parade Applications have just been sent out for the Steubenville Christmas Parade “Sights and Sounds of Christmas: Nutcracker Magic 2017”.   The Parade will take place at noon on Saturday, December 9th in downtown Steubenville, and will be broadcast live again this year on WTOV9/FOX9. Anyone wishing to participate in the parade who doesn’t receive a Parade Packet may contact Mary @ 740.283.4935 or email  mary@visitsteubenville.com.   Parade Applications must be in by November 1, 2017.

“The Wooden Heart Follies” the original Nutcracker musical production written by Steubenville residents Von & John Holmes, will be presented again this year on four consecutive Sundays,  November 26th, December 3rd, 10th & 17th.   Auditions are being held at the former Spencer’s Store in the Fort Steuben Mall, Mall Drive, on September 28th from 6-8pm and September 30th from 1-3pm. Rehearsals will begin soon after.   If you are interested in becoming (for a few Sundays at least) a living, breathing Nutcracker, be sure to try out for one of the parts.

Applications are still being considered for the Advent Market which will be open November 21st (Light-Up Steubenville Night), November 24th-26th, December 1st – 3rd, December 8th – 10th, and December 15th – 17th.  If you are interested in possibly setting up for one or more weekends contact Judy at 740.283.1787 or email: judy@oldfortsteuben.com.

Another major preparation in process is the creation of the newest members of the Nutcracker Village. Therese Nelson and crew are hard at work using their creative juices designing and bringing ‘to life’ another 40 or more Nutcrackers who will be joining the rest of the ‘Village’ the third week of November.

The huge project of decorating for Christmas Wonderland will be under way soon as well.  Come mid-October the transformation of the Visitor Center into a magical wonderland of Christmas delights, past and present, will begin.  Likewise, the outdoor ‘Village’ will need to be prepared and decorated with walkways of lights, chalets, and Christmas finery to be ready for the arrival of the Nutcrackers!   And we can’t forget the huge 40’ Christmas tree at the fountain which needs to be erected and decorated, and this year there will a second very large tree which will be added and placed at the Land Office.

So preparations are indeed underway and will be continuing full force ahead for weeks to come!         And as the preparations continue, the excitement grows!


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It Is Coming Up On That Time Again.

Summer is quickly passing and Fall is quickly approaching.

Among other things, that means it is getting closer to the season of the Nutcrackers invasion and Christmas Parade.

Planning for both are already underway and will be full steam ahead in the coming weeks.

Our largest winter season event, of course, is the Nutcracker Village and Advent Market accompanied by Christmas Wonderland and Gift Shop and the Sights and Sounds of Christmas Parade.  The Parade will have a Nutcracker theme again this year, with the ‘official’ title to be decided upon in the early part of September.

This year there will be approximately 40 ‘new Nutcracker arrivals’ at the Village and an additional weekend that the Advent Market will be open, as well as being open some evenings during the week.  There will again be Hayrides and Holly Trolley Tours, live entertainment and more.

Last year’s phenomenal attendance at these events (approximately 20,000) is expected to grow this year as a result of not only its huge popularity being shared by word of mouth as well as on social media, but the event is receiving exposure in expanded areas and was named by ‘Only in Ohio’ as No. 3 in their ‘11 Winter Festivals in Ohio that are Simply Unforgettable’ for 2016/2017 season.

Visitors are in store for some exciting additions to Christmas Wonderland inside the Visitor Center as well, including a beautiful display (with train and lake) built by Jon Cooper, for a stunning Thomas Kinkade Hawthorne Village.  There will also be additional train displays this year and a number of other ‘surprises’.

Steubenville Lights-up the Night will take place on Tuesday, November 21st, and the Nutcracker Village/Advent Market and Christmas Wonderland & Gift Shop open Friday, November 24th.  The Steubenville Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 9th.

It isn’t too soon to start saving dates and making plans now, and those of you coming from out of town may want to consider staying overnight, you may not be able to ‘do it all’ in just one day!

Christmas Wonderland

Nutcracker Village Walkway


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Steubenville rated #5 of the top 10 Historic Towns in Ohio.

Steubenville has been listed by “Only in Ohio” as Number 5 on their list of the top ten Historic Towns in Ohio that will transport you to the past.

Noted were Historic Fort Steuben and the Murals, however, Steubenville is steeped in history with many other historical attributes as well.

The article also recommended a visit to the Nutcracker Village to visitors if they are here during the holiday season!

This isn’t the first time Steubenville has been acknowledged by Only in Ohio.  They named the Steubenville Nutcracker Village as No. 3 in their ‘11 Winter Festivals in Ohio that are Simply Unforgettable’ for 2016/2017 season.

Steubenville has much to offer that is often overlooked, even by our own residents.  It is exciting and encouraging that the positive aspects of our city are becoming more noticed and acknowledged.

Check the link below:


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Historic Fort Steuben/Steubenville Visitor Center will be closed on Sunday, August 13th, 2017

The Fort and Visitor Center will re-open Monday, August 14th at 10:00am.

Hours from May until November are:  Monday through Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm and Sunday 11:00am – 4:00pm.         Hours November until May are: Monday through Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm.

Phone:  740.283.1787 or 740.283.4935

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A New Feature!

For visitors to our area, or locals looking for something different to do they may not have thought of before, we have added a “Build Your Own Itinerary” page to the Visit Steubenville Website. (On the menu under ‘Discover Us’.)

Listed are area attractions and various festivals and events in Steubenville and Jefferson County with brief descriptions and information which may be used to ‘build a day or several days’ of activities and visits.   With this format individuals are free to pick and choose what interests them and efficiently utilize time that is available to them.

Choices include tours of Historic Fort Steuben or the Steubenville Murals.  Walking or riding through the beautiful Historic Union Cemetery.  A visit to The Jefferson County Historical Museum, to review local history, step back in time in a room to remember Dean Martin or trace your genealogical roots.  A trip to Black Sheep Vineyard to experience how their grapes are harvested and wine is made, with the added pleasure of wine tasting and live entertainment.   An excursion through the Village of Mount Pleasant, a picturesque Quaker village on the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a National Historic Landmark District of the Underground Railroad.  As well as interesting places to shop, and so much more.

We hope you take a look at this new page and see if anything there ‘catches your fancy’.  With all the choices, we are almost certain something will.

For assistance in planning or if you have any questions, please contact us by calling 740.283.4935 or email info@visitsteubenville.com



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Tomorrow is the 241st Anniversary of the United States Declaration of Independence …. enjoy the picnics, swimming and fireworks and celebrate our FREEDOM, but remember that FREEDOM is not FREE!

Be thankful for all those who have sacrificed and died to acquire it and keep it!

Be safe!

Steubenville Events for July 4th:

9am:    Steuben Striders Track Meet at Harding Practice Field

10am:  Opening Ceremony and Salute to the Military at Fort Steuben Park, 120 S. 3rd St.

Noon:  Senior Citizens Luncheon at Prime Time Center on Lovers Lane

Noon-5pm:  Free Swim at Belleview Pool

4pm until end:  Food Favorite Vendors at Belleview Park

5pm-9pm:  Family Fun Free Zone Belleveiw Park;  Inflatable Youth Games – Lower Field area

9:45pm:  Fireworks Extravaganza – Belleview Park


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Another busy weekend coming up!

Here are some really fun events coming up this weekend!


21st Annual Thunder in the Ville Fireworks Festival  on June 23 – June 24 at Indian Creek High School 200 Park Drive, Wintersville

On Friday, June 23rd, Gates open at 4pm, with Opening Ceremonies at 6pm

5pm-6pm:  Main Street Dance; 6pm-7pm: Friends; 7pm-8:30pm: Brenda Casey; 9pm-11pm: Buffington Brothers

On Saturday, June 24th, Gates open at 12pm (noon)

Cruise -In   Registration 2pm-4pm with Cruise-in 4pm-8pm; 3pm-4:30pm:  Roz & Lynn; 6pm:  Opening Ceremonies; 6:30pm-8pm:  Buffington Brothers; 8:30pm-10pm:  New Silver Eagle Band;  10pm:   Fire Works

With Food Vendors; Kids Games and Train Rides both days.


Juneteenth Festival on June 23rd and June 24th from 11:00 am – 8:00 pm at the Second Baptist Church, 717 Adams Street, Steubenvnille

Juneteenth observes “the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States”.

Great food, guest speakers, music entertainment and vendors.  Fun with line dancing, Zumba, face painting, moon bounce and more.


Adventure Day at the Carnival sponsored by Head Start on June 23rd, at St. Anthony’s Head Start, 243 S. 7th Street, Steubenville

Sand table; Knock Down the Bottles; Nails; Tatoos;  Bird Feeders out of pine cones and peanut butter;  Ribbon Wand Making; Decoder Game; Planting Flowers.


Hot Dogs, Popcorn, Popsicles, and Water provided.




United Fore Golf benefiting the American Red Cross and United Way of Jefferson County on June 25, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm, at Spring Hills Golf Course, East Springfield

Registration: 7:30am; Shot Gun Start: 8:30am

Four person Scramble with Team – Skins and Mulligans

A day of fun and good times with friends or co-workers.  Team fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart, snacks, meal and beverages.

Good Fun ~ Good Food ~ Good Cause!

For more information call United Way of Jefferson County 740.284.9000.


Be sure to take advantage of the nice weather and fun, and in many cases free, events being offered.

If your organization is sponsoring an event, be sure to let the Visitor Center know and we will be happy to include you on our Events Calendar, Website and Newsletter!    Email:  mary@visitsteubenville.com





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Due to threatening weather the Dean Martin Tribute Show which was to take place at the Berkman Amphitheater has been moved to Steubenville High School Auditorium, 420 N. 4th Street.  Concert time remains at 6:30pm.

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Shuttle Service Available for Dean Martin Festival

There will be Shuttle Service from the 4 Steubenville Hotels to Downtown and back on Friday, June 16th and Saturday, June 17th.

Please note there are TWO different shuttle routes, see below for Locations, Times and Cost:

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Three Festivals in One Week!

In less than a week downtown Steubenville will be bustling with visitors and residents alike enjoying the festivities of several annual celebrations.

Beginning on June 13th with the 2017 Annual Holy Trinity Greek Festival (300 South Fourth Street) featuring authentic Greek Food & Pastry, Live Music and Dance, Guided Church Tours, Outdoor Taverna, and carry-out service.  The Festival runs from Tuesday, the 13th, through Friday, June 16th and is open daily from 11am to 9pm.

The Annual Dean Martin Festival kicks off on Thursday, June 15th and runs through Sunday the 18th, with numerous activities and shows including the Dean Martin Tribute Show at the Fort Steuben Berkman Amphitheater at 6:30pm on June 15th and a Singing Contest later that evening at 9:00pm at the Spot Bar.

On Friday, June 16th there will be a Meet & Greet and Silent Auction at Best Western Plus at The New Franciscan Square from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, followed by the Dean Martin’s 100th Birthday Party at The Spot Bar at 8:00pm, admission is $10.

Saturday, June 17th, brings events all day including the Dean Martin 100th Birthday Show (Admission $10) at Steubenville High School Auditorium at 4:00pm and a 7:00pm Dean Martin Celebration (Admission $10) at The Spot Bar; as well as the Dean Martin Hometown Celebration which includes the Dean Martin Birthday Parade at Noon, Meet and Greet following the parade at Fort Steuben Visitor Center; a 5K run and walk;  a street fair with food and craft vendors and informational booths; free mini train rides; trolley tours to Jefferson County Historical Museum, St. Paul’s Church, First Christian Church, Drosselmeyer’s Nutcracker Shoppe, Steubenville Popcorn Co., and the Grand Theater; Kurt James Fun n Games; live entertainment at the Fort Steuben Park Fountain; games for youth; petting zoo; face painting; a Dance-a-thon; a 50’s Dance; Trivia Booth; wonderful food from seven different vendors and so much more!

Be sure to mark your calendars now so you don’t miss out on any of the fun and excitement!

Programs, Schedules and maps are available at the Steubenville Visitor Center, on this Website and on the Visit Steubenville Facebook Page.



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