2011 Holiday Happenings


Santa's House & Winterfest
Dorney Plaza, Downtown Findlay.
Get into the spirit of the holiday season by coming to Downtown Findlay to shop, eat and enjoy horse drawn wagon rides, a petting zoo and more. Visit Santa's house at City Hall. Now through December 19. 6-8pm.

Kris Kringle Village 
Imagination Station, 1 Discovery Way, Downtown Toledo. 419-244-2674
Bring the entire family to the science center to see the giant gingerbread house featuring a fireplace, holiday wreaths and decorations, and of course, candy — lots and lots of candy! The Village will be on display at Imagination Station through January 2, 2012. Visit website for hours of operation
and prices.

Lights Before Christmas
Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo.
419-385-5721 www.toledozoo.org
Bundle up the family and make the short trip to Toledo for a grand display with over one million lights, including 200 lighted animal images and the popular Dancing Lights spectacle. Now through December 31. Monday-Thursday, 5-8pm;Friday-Sunday, 5-9pm. $8-$11.

North Pole Express Northwest Ohio Railroad
Preservation, Inc., 11600 County Rd. 99, Findlay. 419-423-2995
The family will cherish this special quarter-scale steam train ride through a magical winter wonderland of sparkling holiday lights and vibrant decorations. Every weekend November 25-January 1.  Fridays, 6-9pm; Saturdays, 5-9pm; Sundays, 5-8pm. $1 children/ $2 adults.

Santa’s Wonderland
Bass Pro Shop, 10000 Bass Pro Blvd. Rossford 419-891-3900 www.basspro.com
Kids will love the elaborate holiday decor and all the free activities and crafts that are offered. Through December 24. Monday-Friday, 5-7pm;Saturdays & Sundays,12-5pm.

Thursday, December 1
Upper's Winter Fantasy of Lights
Harrison Smith Park, 525 East Wyandot Ave. Upper Sandusky 419-294-3556
For the 15th year the park is transformed into a wonderful drive thru display of lights. Through December 30. Monday-Thursday, 6-9:30pm;Friday-Sunday, 6-10pm. $5 suggested donation.

Babes in Toyland
The Star Theatre, 121 West Wyandot Ave., Upper Sandusky. 419-294-1411.
Share the joy with the whole family as
The Star Theatre presents this classic
holiday tale about magical toys.
Through December 3. 7pm. $8-$10.

Friday, December 2
Christmas in Carey
Downtown Carey
The Carey Area Chamber of Commerce presents this holiday celebration with old fashioned horse and carriage rides, area musical groups, children’s crafts, lighting of the Christmas tree at the Gazebo and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. 5-8pm.

Freed Center Holiday Spectacular
Crouse Performance Hall,
Veteran's Memorial Civic and Convention Center, 7 Town Sq., Lima. 419-772-1900 www.freedcenter.com
Bring the family to Lima for the annual Holiday Spectacular featuring carols, dancing, and Santa Claus! Friday & Saturday, 7:30pm;Saturday & Sunday, 2pm. $5.

Saturday, December 3
Breakfast with Santa
Camp Fire USA, 305 W. Hardin St.
Children will enjoy doing a holiday craft and a delicious pancake breakfast with Santa Claus! 9:30-11am. $5.

Mothers and More 2nd Annual Holiday
Shopping Extravaganza! 
Knights of Columbus Hall,
701 W. Main Cross
Shop from all your favorite national brands to unique handmade gifts for everyone on your list, with door prizes, food and cheer.  9am-2pm.

Parent's Shopping Day Out
Downtown YMCA Branch,
300 East Lincoln St. 419-422-3174
Go shopping for the kids while they have fun. The YMCA provides  a movie, games,
and pizza. 10am-2pm. $5 member/
$10 non-member.

Holiday Lantern Tours
Sauder Village, 22611 State Route 2,
Archbold. 419-446-2541
Historical characters will lead candlelit tours through the village for a unique look at Christmas past. The 90-minute tours repeat every half hour and reservations are required. Saturday, December 3; Friday, December 9;Saturday December 10, 4-8:30pm.

Children's Craft Workshop
Upper Sandusky Community Library,
301 North Sandusky Ave.,
Upper Sandusky. 419-294-1345
Children will love coming out and making their own special holiday crafts. 11am-12pm.

Spirit of Upper Sandusky Parade
Sandusky Ave., Upper Sandusky.
The entire family will delight the Upper
Sandusky Christmas Parade. 5:30pm.

Sunday, december 4
T’was the Night Before Christmas
R.L. Heminger Auditorium, Findlay High School, 1200 Broad Ave. 419-434-4458 www.findlay.edu
The University of Findlay Bands will perform a variety of seasonal music and accompany Santa Claus as he reads the famous poem. 3-5pm.

Funday Sunday – “Night Before Christmas"
Mazza Museum, University of Findlay
419-434-4777 www.mazza.findlay.edu
The Cherubic Choir, enhance the weekly Funday Sunday with a special holiday
theme. 1:30pm. Free.

tuesday, december 6
Story Time with Santa
Findlay Hancock Public Library,
206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712
Children are invited to bring their parents or caregivers to hear a special guest reader for Christmas stories together. 7-8pm. Free.

wednesday, december 7
University of Findlay Orchestra Christmas Calendar
TLB Auditorium at Winebrenner
Theological Seminary, 950 N. Main St. 419-434-4458 www.findlay.edu
Thomas Carey conducts the university
orchestra in a special concert featuring all the yuletide classics. 8pm.

saturday, december 10
McKinnis House by Candlelight
Litzenberg McKinnis House,
6100 U.S. Route 224 419-425-7275
Join the 1840’s McKinnis family and friends for a fireside visit and find why they will or will not be celebrating the holidays. Stop by and enjoy live music and games. 6pm.

25th Annual Christmas Bazaar
Birchaven Village, 15100 Birchaven Ln. 419-424-3000.
Come out and shop for one of a kind gifts for everyone on your Christmas list. Items include homemade fudge, hand-crocheted doilies, tree ornaments and more. Take pictures with Santa from 11am-1pm. 9am-4pm.

Osmonds Christmas Show
Central Auditorium, 618 S. Main St.
419-422-4624 www.osmondbros.com
The legendary Osmond Brothers perform a wide variety of holiday favorites in all styles of music from barbershop, pop, rock, country, and jazz. 4pm & 7pm. $28-$33.

Santa Paws
Findlay Hancock Public Library,
206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712
Children will have some furry fun reading Christmas stories with the Tail Waggin'
Tutors, Tango and Drysdale. 2pm. Free.

monday, december 12
Holiday Story Time
Findlay Hancock Public Library,
206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712
Santa comes to town and reads Christmas stories and songs. 10am. Free.

thursday, december 15
Living Xmas Cards
Wood County Historical Center & Museum, 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green. 419-352-0967. www.woodcountyhistory.org
Four exhibit rooms come to life with interactive interpreters and family crafts from the Civil War era to a 1950s Soda Fountain. Thursday & Friday, 6-8pm;Sunday, 1-4pm.

Crafty Kids: Christmas Craft
Findlay Hancock Public Library,
206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712
Children can explore their
festive creativity with a special Christmas craft. 3:30pm. Free. 


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