Holiday Happenings

. December 1, 2017.
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‘Tis the season for holiday joy! Families are sure to enjoy these local activities for celebrating the holidays!

Weekends through Dec. 17

Christmas Trees & Family Fun
11am-7pm, Saturdays and Sundays
Riehm Produce Farm, LLC
7244 N. State Route 53, Tiffin
419-992-4392, funacres.net

It’s the time of year when shopping on Saturday and Sunday is an adventure for memories and laughter. Santa is free most weekends. The front lot has a good selection of different sized Christmas trees to choose from that are high quality like Fraser Fur, Scotch Pine and Blue Spruce. While you search for your perfect tree, bring the family and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and family activities. Top the day off by taking home a plate of homemade cookies or apple dumplings to put in the freezer for hectic days before the holiday or to enjoy on the way home.

Daily through December 17

Kaleidoscope Christmas Tree Farm
4-6pm, Monday-Friday; 10am-6pm, Saturday; 2-6pm, Sunday
Kaleidoscope Farm
14841 CR-54, Rawson
419-722-1154, kaleidoscopefarms.com

Find the perfect Christmas Tree! Kaleidoscope Farm is a Christmas Tree Farm located in Mt Cory, Ohio just West of Findlay. They are a family owned choose and cut tree farm with over 8 varieties of trees to pick from. They also offer horse drawn wagon rides, nativity, Santa’s reindeer, scavenger hunt, hot cider and peanuts. These are all part of the Kaleidoscope experience and they welcome you and your family to come spend some time visiting the farm and their gift shop.

Daily through December

Hayes Train Special
9:30am-4pm, Monday-Saturday and 12:30-4pm
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums
Spiegel Grove, Fremont
419-332-2081, rbhayes.org

Each year, model train enthusiasts help staff design a layout with different features for this 12-foot-by-24-foot display. Visitors can blow the train whistle, run the Ferris wheel, lower the crossing gates and more with interactive buttons. The “Hayes Train Special” has been a favorite of kids and adults, and some families come each year to see it.

The display started when Dana Lamberjack, a high school student from Findlay, raised money to buy a train and track to put under a Christmas tree in the Hayes Home for her Children of the American Revolution project. In the following years, the train display moved to the museum.

Admission to the “Hayes Train Special” is included in the price of a regular museum ticket. Members are admitted for free.

At the end of the holiday season, visitors can get help and advice for sprucing up their model trains at the Model Train Clinic from 1-4pm January 6. Veteran model train hobbyists lead the clinic. Admission is $2 or free with the purchase of a regular museum ticket.

December 1-December 31

Lights Before Christmas
3-8pm, Sunday-Thursday and
3-9pm Friday-Saturday
Toledo Zoo
2 Hippo Way, Toledo
419-385-5721, toledozoo.org

Toledo Zoo’s Lights Before Christmas has become “THE” holiday tradition in Toledo and northwest Ohio. The 2017 edition of the area’s brightest holiday tradition features over one million lights and more than 200 illuminated animal images! Come and see animated holiday displays while you enjoy hot chocolate, Christmas cookies and more. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. $17/adults, $14/kids ages 2-11, $14/seniors 60+, free/kids under 2.

Mon. & Fri. through Dec. 18

WinterFest and Kiwanis Santa’s House
6-8pm, Mondays and Fridays
St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church
120 W. Sandusky St., Findlay

A fun family tradition! Head over to St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church and experience WinterFest. Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Kiwanis Santa’s House at this free family event with refreshments including hot chocolate and cookies. Free.

Weekends through Dec. 30

North Pole Express
5-9pm, Fridays and Saturdays and 5-8pm, Sundays
Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation Inc
12505 County Road 99, Findlay
419-423-2995, nworrp.org

All aboard the North Pole Express! Enjoy a ride on our trains and enjoy the beautiful holiday decorations! Plus, take a stroll in the indoor winter wonderland and you will be able to see Santa on select dates and make sure you bring your letter and drop it off in the special North Pole mailbox! The North Pole Express will be closed on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, but open on Christmas Day! $3/adults and $2/children (12 years old and younger).

Sat., Dec. 2 & Sun., Dec. 3

Historical Museum Christmas Open House
5-8pm Saturday, 1-4pm Sunday
Hancock Historical Museum
422 W Sandusky St., Findlay
419-423-4433, hancockhistoricalmuseum.org

Join the Hull family as they celebrate Christmas in the 1890s. Musical entertainment, crafts and games, storytelling and a visit by Father Christmas. Take a stroll through our campus that is beautifully decorated for the holidays. Refreshments provided. $1/person.

Sunday, December 3

Neos Dance Theatre in A 1940s Nutcracker
2-7pm • Marathon Center for Performing Arts
200 W. Main Cross St., Findlay
419-423-2787, neosdancetheatre.com

The Nutcracker comes with great anticipation for families and children of all ages. This year Neos Dance Theatre will return with the timeless tale as an original production: a 1940s Nutcracker. Neos Dance Theatre’s story takes a twist from the original tale by paying homage to an iconic age of film, fashion, American Christmas traditions, the industrial age and WWII. Neos Dance Theatre’s A 1940s Nutcracker puts local history into play in a clever and spirited reimagining of Nutcracker. Not satisfied with dancing the steps, they’ve danced a city. This performance is family-friendly. $25.

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Mon., Dec. 4 & Tues., Dec. 5

Visits With Santa
10:30-11:30am
Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
206 Broadway St., Findlay
419-422-1712, findlaylibrary.org

Get into the holiday spirit with some Christmas stories and songs. Featuring our special guest: Santa. Bring your own camera. Open to all ages. Free.

December 7-10, & 14-16

The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol
8pm • Fort Findlay Playhouse
300 W. Sandusky St., Findlay
fortfindlayplayhouse.org

In a festive mood, the ladies of the Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society mount another assault on the classics with a stage version of A Christmas Carol.  The society members enthusiastically portray a dizzying array of characters from the Dickensian favorite (and a few which aren’t), engineer some novel audience participation while bravely contending with an intrusive PA system, and, in a real Farndale first, rap their vocal cords and feet around two original, show-stopping songs.

Fri., Dec. 8 & Sat., Dec. 9

24th Annual Victorian Christmas Dinner
6:30-9:30pm • Poe-Stroh House
904 S. Main Street, Findlay
419-423-4433, hancockhistoricalmuseum.org

Create an unforgettable holiday memory by attending this authentic Victorian experience! The 2017 Victorian Dinner will be held at the breathtaking Poe-Stroh House. The Victorian Ladies see to every detail: from the period decorations, to serving the four course meal. Carolers and instrumentalists entertain guests throughout the evening. Limited space available. Cost: $85 for members, $100 for nonmembers.

Saturday, December 9

Home for the Holidays
7am-8pm • Uptown Upper Sandusky
419-294-3349

Home for the Holidays is an annual festival in Upper Sandusky. Join us for a full day filled with Children’s activities such as crafts, prizes, and specials at our local shops and restaurants as well as the annual parade with bands, floats and Santa and Mrs. Claus. There will be a tree lighting ceremony at the courthouse followed by visits and pictures with Santa, caroling and the beautiful window decorations. Merchants are open late then take a visit through the Fantasy of Lights.

Saturday, December 9

Visit with Santa
9-11am • Findlay Implement Dealerships
1640 Northridge Rd., Findlay
419-424-0471, ficdealerships.com

Santa is coming to Findlay Implement Dealerships. Bring the kiddos and enjoy a day filled with holiday fun. Free.

Saturday, December 9

Skate with Santa
1-2:50pm • The Huntington Bank Arena at The Cube
3430 N. Main St., Findlay
419-424-7176, findlayohio.com
The City of Findlay Recreation

Department will host Skate with Santa! Come and skate to today’s Christmas music, have your picture taken with Santa, decorate a cookie and make a craft. Admission is $5 and skate rental is $3.

Saturday, December 9

McKinnis House Holiday Gathering
6-9pm • Litzenberg Memorial Woods
6100 US RT 224, Findlay
419-425-7275, hancockparks.com

The Hancock Park District invites you to step back in time and join the McKinnis family as they gather for the holiday season at Litzenberg Memorial Woods. The ladies will be making holiday cakes in the kitchen for the family and guests to enjoy. Join the family in the sitting room for a sing-along and good conversation, including a discussion about new traditions that have been brought to the settlement. In the bed chamber, the kids will play games and talk about a Christmas tree. All ages are welcome and registration is not required. Free.

Sunday, December 10

Advent Lessons & Carols
9:30-11am • First Presbyterian Church
2330 South Main St., Findlay
419-423-2112, findlayfpc.org

Join First Presbyterian for a traditional Advent Lessons & Carols Service. The service involves readings interspersed by carols and anthems sung by the choir and congregation. It is a beautiful uplifting experience! Free.

Sunday, December 10

Band Concert: Wassail! An Olde English Christmas
3-5pm • Marathon Center for Performing Arts
200 W. Main Cross St., Findlay
419-423-2787, marathoncenterarts.org/event/band-concert-wassail-an-olde-english-christmas

The University of Findlay Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will join to present their annual Christmas concert. The bands will perform a variety of well-known holiday songs from the British Isles including “I Saw Three Ships,” “Westminster Carol (Angels We Have Heard on High)” and others. The featured soloist for the concert will be Alison Morey, a senior Pre-Vet Medicine major from Marietta, Ohio. The bands will be under the direction of Jack Taylor, Professor of Music at the University of Findlay. Open to the public. Free.

Sunday, December 10

The Messiah
4-6pm • Bluffton University
1 University Drive, Bluffton
419-358-3245, bluffton.edu

This longstanding Bluffton tradition is in its 122nd year. Handel’s Messiah has been described by the early-music scholar Richard Luckett as “a commentary on [Jesus Christ’s] Nativity, Passion, Resurrection and Ascension”, beginning with God’s promises as spoken by the prophets and ending with Christ’s glorification in heaven in three parts. In Part I, the Messiah’s coming and the virgin birth are predicted by the Old Testament prophets. The annunciation to the shepherds of the birth of the Christ is represented in the words of Luke’s gospel. Part II covers Christ’s passion and his death, his resurrection and ascension, the first spreading of the gospel through the world, and a definitive statement of God’s glory summarized in the “Hallelujah”. Part III begins with the promise of redemption, followed by a prediction of the day of judgment and the “general resurrection”, ending with the final victory over sin and death and the acclamation of Christ. Free.

Saturday, December 16

Pancakes with Santa
9am-12pm • Camp Fire Northwest Ohio
305 W. Hardin St., Findlay
419-422-5415, campfirenwohio.com

Wake up with Camp Fire on December 16th for “Pancakes in Pajamas” and enjoy pancakes, sausage and a beverage! Don’t forget to strike a pose with Santa before he heads back off to the North Pole! There just may be a little surprise for all good little boys and girls! $5/person ages 12 and up, $3/kids ages 3-11, free/kids under 2.

Jingle-jog

Saturday, December 16

Jingle Bell Jog
9-10:30am • Great Scot
2021 Broad Ave., Findlay

Please join us on Saturday, December 16th at the Great Scot on Broad Avenue in Findlay for the 2nd Annual Jingle Bell Jog – a partnership between Great Scot and Findlay YMCA. This timed 5K will take off at 9am with everyone wearing jingle bells on their shoes to celebrate the holiday season! Register online at runsignup.com/Race/OH/Findlay/GreatScotandFindlayYMCAJingleBellJog, in person at Dave’s Running on Tiffin Ave between 4-6pm on Friday, December 15th or by registering prior to the race at the Great Scot on Broad Ave from 7:30-8:45am on Saturday, December 16th. $25.

Thursday, December 28

Beauty and the Beast Movie/Activity Day
1-3:30pm • Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
206 Broadway St., Findlay
419-422-1712, findlaylibrary.org

Make a stained glass rose while the 2017 Beauty and the Beast is played. Bring an 8×10 picture frame to paint, too. Free.

Friday, December 29

Escape Room: Blizzard at the Library
11am-12pm • 206 Broadway St., Findlay
419-422-1712, findlaylibrary.org

Come to the library for a fun escape room activity! For Grades 4-12. Call the library to register, and to ask for more information – including timings. (Ask for Children’s Services.) Free.

Saturday, December 30

New Years Eve Family Party
11:30am-12:30pm • 206 Broadway St., Findlay
419-422-1712, findlaylibrary.org

Celebrate New Year’s Eve as a family. Wear your fanciest party gear and join us for a story and a craft as we countdown to noon. Free.