Portsmouth Named “Hallmark Town” – The citizens of Portsmouth have good reason to be proud. They revitalized their southern Ohio town, by working together to bring attention to the positive aspects of their community. They caught the attention of The Hallmark Channel.
During a visit to Portsmouth, The Hallmark Channel recognized the town’s exceptional qualities. They named Portsmouth “The Hallmark Channel’s 2019 Hometown Christmas Town.”
If you are wondering where you can find the Christmas spirit in this town, look no further than Market Square. Designed to bring the community together, The Friends of Portsmouth have been putting on Winterfest throughout the month of December since 2018, and it is already the town’s most beloved festival.
During the day, fun winter festivities include ice skating on real ice, and even horse-drawn carriage rides that take you through the city streets.
There is even a vendor village. Warm yourself up with a tasty hot chocolate. You can go holiday shopping and get pictures with Santa. Pop your letters to Santa in the special mailbox that delivers straight to the jolly man himself!
When the sun goes down, the square becomes a magical place as millions of lights sparkle against the night sky.
This humble little town has about 20,000 residents and is growing, but they continue to hold onto that small-town charm that makes them so special.
2019 was a big year for Portsmouth. Not only did they receive the sought-after title from The Hallmark Channel, but the town also broke the world record for the most people wrapping presents simultaneously. That’s a lot of Christmas spirit!
Cindy’s Insider Ohio Tips!
You need to visit this official Hallmark Town, next holiday season! Make it a full weekend by staying at Shawnee State Lodge and then participating in Winterfest during the day and evening. I had so much fun visiting Portsmouth, Ohio recently! Winterfest provided the ultimate “Hallmark Town” feeling!
Photo credits: Cindy Gordon of VisitOhioToday.com
More Wintertime Adventures in Ohio
Are you looking for more fun things to do this winter season? Try skiing or snowboarding on the Snow Trails in Mansfield, Ohio. A cold weather hike at Rock House Hocking Hills may be refreshing, or stay warm in your car and try Drive Through Christmas Lights in Ohio.
Be sure to check out Otway Bridge if you’re in the Portsmouth area. It is beautifully lit over the festive season, but it is stunning year-round, as well as the White Gravel Mines Christmas Caves. If you would like to stay a little longer, Shawnee State Park Lodge has a lot to offer.