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This holiday season, you’re likely spending a lot more time at home and looking for new activities to do with your family. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the holidays from home with your family. Start some new traditions!


Watch a Holiday Favorite with the Family

@megnroze6688_easystreetGrab a blanket and relax on the couch with a show the whole family will enjoy. This year, Easy Street Productions is bringing their Christmas Spectacular to television! In case you missed the premiere, encore broadcasts of the Miracle on Easy Street TV Christmas Special will air Saturday, December 19 at 8pm on WBCB, and Christmas Day, at 12pm on WFMJ & at 1pm on WBCB. Sing and dance along to all your holiday favorites with brand new performances, as well as a look back on some of their past performances.

You can also head on over to the Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s YouTube Channel to explore Youngstown’s local history and stories with their monthly lunchtime program.


Try a Virtually Guided Project with the Kids

@martinomotorsports_ohwowKeeping the kids occupied extends way beyond the virtual (or in-person) classroom. Keep their minds active and interested with OH WOW!’s live videos, featuring experiments made by Mr. Ralf. Each month, you can also order a STEM SAK Bundle that contains four new projects, complete with all the materials and instructions. Or, kids can enjoy the Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s Hands on History at-home activities. Each Sunday through January 3, they will feature favorite children’s books and post example images and step-by-step instructions of crafts that can be done with simple household items. The Youngstown Public Library is also offering virtual programs for kids, with topics covering everything from cooking and stories to novel discussion and 3D design. You can view the library’s Virtual Programming Events Calendar here.


Experiment in the Kitchen

@the_advantage_team_onehotcookieWhether it’s trying something new in the kitchen, decorating cookies or just sending a gift to a loved one, a little time in the kitchen can illustrate just how much you care. Not a great baker? No problem. Order a holiday cookie decorating kit from One Hot Cookie, complete with cut-out cookies, icing and decorations – all you need is a little creativity to put it all together! Their Gingerbread House Kit includes a fully constructed house which leaves you to do the fun part – decorating!

Or, get hip with the newest food craze: hot chocolate bombs! N2 by DaVill has a ton of flavors to try on a cold night inside. Just pour hot milk over the chocolate bomb and enjoy a unique cup of hot chocolate while you’re getting cozy on the couch. Visit our Sweet Treats page for an extensive list of bakeries where you can order cookies, pies or other treats.


Drive-Thru Holiday Light Displays

Enjoy a holiday drive-thru light display at Boardman Park and marvel at the beautiful lights from the safety of your car. It’s free and is open from 5pm-10pm each night through January 10. Or, check out these local holiday light displays. On your way, pick up some Handel’s ice cream for the family. Try their holiday flavors such as White Christmas, Peppermint Bark, and Peppermint Stick.


As we keep adapting to uncertain and changing times, make sure you’re doing everything you can for yourself and your family to find different activities you can do together, while staying safe at home. For more ways to love this holiday season in Youngstown & Mahoning County, visit our website.

Take a winter hike! With miles and miles of trails to discover, you won’t be hard-pressed to find a path in Mahoning County that’s right for you. Below are a few of our favorites. Grab some great photos of beautiful winter landscapes while you’re out! Share them with us using #VisitYoungstown.


West Gorge Trail | Mill Creek MetroParks

@francine_elizabethWhile Mill Creek MetroParks has over 45 miles of trails to explore, arguably one of the best trails to hike in the winter is West Gorge Trail. The trail starts near the Suspension Bridge, (AKA the Cinderella Bridge), a beautiful and popular photo opportunity surrounded by snow-covered trees. West Gorge then travels towards Lanterman’s Mill, another Mill Creek landmark, decorated with festive wreaths for the holidays!
Tap here to view all Mill Creek trails.


East Golf Hike & Bike Trail | Mill Creek MetroParks@lindsnicole

Also located in Mill Creek MetroParks, the 1.5-mile East Golf Hike & Bike Trail runs from Route 224 to Shields Road. Its asphalt surface makes the trail easy to navigate for walkers, runners, and bikers in the winter. Parking lots are conveniently located at each end of the trail.
Tap here to view all Mill Creek trails.

Side note: Both the North Course and South Course at nearby Mill Creek Golf Course are now open for walking, hiking and biking activities. Please stay on the cart paths when enjoying these activities.


Berlin Lake Trail@wildernesswithchris

The Berlin Lake Trail is a 2-mile crushed limestone rail-trail that takes hikers through wooded areas with lake views. This flat trail is great for families with young ones. Parking is available off US 224, 1.5 miles east of Deerfield Circle, as well as at the south trail entrance off Kirkbride Road.
Tap here for more about the Berlin Lake area.


Lake Milton Trail@realsimonmarcel

If there’s one thing we love most about Lake Milton, it’s the sunsets. Arrive early to hike the Lake Milton Trail, a family-friendly out-and-back path that winds through trees and terrain. Afterwards, hang around the lake to catch beautiful sunset views over the water.


Shelter House Trail | Poland Municipal Forest

With 265 acres of natural beauty, Poland Municipal Forest has a variety of fun trails to choose from. This winter, hike the Shelter House Trail for a chance to walk across the newly rebuilt Mauthe Bridge.




This winter, get out and explore the wintry trails in Youngstown! While on your hike, make sure to abide by the park and state safety guidelines. If you’re not feeling well, stay home and research the trails until you’re feeling better!

For more activities and events to enjoy this holiday season in Youngstown & Mahoning County, visit our website.

Support our local restaurants in Youngstown & Mahoning County and order carryout holiday dinners, appetizers, side dishes, or breakfast items. Contact each restaurant directly to place your order. (Don’t forget about dessert – place an order from our locally owned Youngstown bakeries!)


B&O Station Banquet Hall – Christmas Family Feast
530 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown, 330-707-4474

All orders come with personalized reheat instructions. Dinners are served family style in containers that can be transferred directly to your oven for cooking. Meals priced per person include homemade sweet rolls and one option from each of the categories: potato, vegetable, and pasta. Visit their Facebook page for options and pricing. Order by December 17, 2021. Pick-up December 24, 2021.


Drake’s Landing Banquet Center – Christmas Eve Takeout Dinner
2177 W. Western Reserve Rd., Canfield, 330-729-9757

Drake’s Landing Banquet Center is offering take-out with curbside pick-up on December 24, 2021. Visit their Facebook page for meal options. $30 per meal. Pre-orders only by December 20, 2021. Pick-up between 11:00am-2:00pm on December 24, 2021.


Jeff Chrystal Catering – Christmas Eve To-Go
2315 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, 330-743-8062

Let Jeff Chrystal Catering take the stress of cooking off of your plate this Christmas! They have a variety of delicious meals, appetizers, and a la carte options to choose from. Visit their Facebook page for options and pricing. Call 330-743-8062 to place your order. Orders can be picked up on Christmas Eve between 10:00am and 1:00pm at 2315 Belmont Avenue in Youngstown.


Michael Alberini’s Restaurant – Christmas Eve Family Style Dinners
1140 Boardman-Poland Rd., Boardman, 330-965-2524

Ready to heat and eat. View menu on their website. Orders must be placed by December 21, 2021 for pick-up between 12-4pm on December 24, 2021. Call 330-965-2524.


The Regency House – Christmas Dinners
3704 Mahoning Ave., Austintown, 330-788-8204

Orders due December 20, 2021. View menu on their Facebook page. Pick-up Christmas Eve 12-4pm.


Piccadilly Parlour – Holiday Orders
114 S. Broad Street, Canfield, 330-533-4749

Quiche, scones, tea bread, tea sandwiches, cheesy potatoes, pierogi, salads, and holiday treats. Visit their Facebook page for menu. Orders are due December 20, 2021, call 330-533-4749 to order.

‘Tis the season for baked goods, and what better way to enjoy sweet treats this year than by supporting a locally owned bakery? In the Youngstown area, we’re lucky to have a wide variety of bakeries, each serving up their own unique creations. Scroll below for all the cookies, cakes and pies you need to get you through the holidays!


Abigail’s Bakery Creations

Named after the owner’s daughter, Abigail’s Bakery Creations in Austintown serves up fresh specialty cakes, pies, baklava, cookies, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls and brownies. You can order treats at the counter, through the drive-thru or by calling for curbside pickup!

Our favorite treat: Baklava


Bake Me Treats

Bake Me Treats in Poland serves up a wide variety of specialty cakes and pastries, but they’re most well-known for their French macarons. At any given time, you’ll find over 15 flavors in the case available for single purchase or in boxes. Not sure what to try first? Choose a pastry box for a sample of cookies, brownies and macarons!

Our favorite treat: Salty Caramel Macaron


Butter Maid Bakery

With locations in Boardman and Austintown, Butter Maid Bakery has been family owned and operated since 1955. To ensure quality, each of their handmade products are made in small batches, including their 15+ varieties of kolachi rolls. Butter Maid Bakery also bakes a variety of holiday cookies. Don’t wait too long to place an order – their baked goods usually sell out quick!

Our favorite treat: Honey Walnut Kolachi Roll


Classic Bakery

Classic Bakery has been serving the Youngstown community for over 50 years with their classic cookies, fresh donuts, specialty cakes and traditional kolache. View Classic Bakery’s full menu, then place an order for the holiday season to pick-up.

Our favorite treat: Banana Cake


N2 by DaVill@k8needscoffee_n2bydavill

N2 by DaVill offers an entirely unique ice cream experience to visitors, using liquid nitrogen to freeze over 50 flavors of natural ice cream bases right before your eyes. Choose from 20+ mix-ins to completely customize your treat. In addition to ice cream, N2 by DaVill also serves up beautiful pies, cakes and cookies. This holiday season, try one of the shop’s hot chocolate bombs or order a cookie tray for the family! View their full holiday menu here.

Our favorite treat: Cloud 9 Hot Chocolate Bomb (peanut butter, marshmallows, chocolate and pretzels)


OH Donut Co.

Located in Boardman and downtown Youngstown, OH Donut Co. specializes in mini donuts topped with a variety of fun toppings. You can order by the donut, half dozen or full dozen – both in store or online. Since opening, OH Donut Co. has expanded to include bagels, breakfast sandwiches, cinnamon rolls, drinks, regular sandwiches, salads and soups. Check out their full menu here.

Our favorite treat: Chocolate Covered Oreo Donut@becauseiloveicecream_onehotcookie


One Hot Cookie

Owned by the same creators of OH Donut Co., One Hot Cookie serves up fresh cookies and brownies topped with delicious frostings and unique toppings. This holiday season, One Hot Cookie has made sweet treat shopping easier than ever with their online ordering. Send a Holiday Gift Box of cookies to a loved one or order a Holiday Cut Out Cookie Kit to do at home with the kids!

Our favorite treat: Salted Caramel Pretzel Cookie


Sugarpan Bakery

Conveniently located in the Southern Park Mall, Sugarpan Bakery specializes in creating specialty cakes, cupcakes and cookies. They are known for their brownies, which usually sell out daily.

Our favorite treat: Brownies


The Amish Market@canbaugh_theamishmarket

The Amish Market in Boardman is Ohio’s first indoor Amish Market. Open year-round, Thursday-Saturday, the market features over 15 Amish vendors, selling hand-crafted furniture, home goods, outdoor décor, food, produce and (our favorite) baked goods. Here are a few of the market’s sweet treat vendors:

Our favorite treat: Maple Cream Stick from Aunt Martha’s Donuts


White House Fruit Farm

Located in Canfield, White House Fruit Farm is a must-visit attraction in the Youngstown area. At the farm, you’ll find a massive market filled with fresh produce, deli meats, homemade jams and a sprawling bakery. In the bakery, you’ll find homemade fudge, fresh donuts, pies, cookies and more. During the holiday season, cookies can be purchased by the dozen or trays. After you stop at the bakery, make sure to also take a look inside the Winter Gift Barn (open through Dec. 12), filled to the doors with locally sourced holiday décor and gifts.

Our favorite treat: Glazed Blueberry Donut (you can’t leave without one, trust us!)


This holiday season, don’t miss your chance to support locally owned bakeries and to treat yourself to homemade sweet treats! For more ways to love this holiday season in Youngstown & Mahoning County, visit our website.