Holiday Happenings 2019

. November 30, 2019.
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Make the holidays meaningful this year by attending a seasonal local event with family and friends! Smile, laugh, sing along with carols, and let the holiday spirit infuse your soul. With so many events and activities to choose from, we’ve picked some local favorites.

North Pole Express

@ Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation

November 29 – January 5
Fridays Saturdays, 5:30-9pm,
Sundays, 5:30pm-8:30pm
12505 Co. Rd. 99, Findlay

Bundle up and take a ride on the North Pole Express through a display that features hundreds of thousands of lights, folk art displays, and lights synchronized to music. After the train ride, go inside to enjoy over 175 decorated trees, hot chocolate, snacks and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. A Findlay favorite! Just $4 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

“During the holiday season, my family and I look forward to visiting the North Pole Express. My boys, Bentley (age 9) and Lincoln (age 6), love to ride the train and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. I love seeing the joy and excitement in their eyes.” – Shannon Andersen, Director, Hancock Literacy.

Kiwanis Santa House

@ St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church

November 29 – December 20
Fridays, 6-8pm
120 W. Sandusky St., Findlay

WinterFest and Santa’s House, sponsored by the Findlay Kiwanis, is a Findlay tradition. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride around downtown Findlay, meet with Santa, and enjoy hot chocolate and sweet treats!

Holiday Wreath Making with Hancock County Master Gardeners

@ Hancock County Agricultural Service Center

December 2-4, December 7-8
Monday-Wednesday, 6-8pm
Saturday-Sunday, 1-3pm
7868 County Rd. 140, Findlay

Make a fresh holiday wreath to hang on your door! All materials and instructions will be supplied, including a wreath frame, fresh evergreen cuttings, bows and beautiful accents. You may want to bring gardening gloves for handling the evergreens. Cost is $20. You must register in advance on Eventbrite or you can call 908-910-5586 for more information.

Miracle on 34th Street @ Fort Findlay Playhouse

December 5-8, December 12-15
Thursday-Saturday, 8pm
Sunday, 5 pm
300 W. Sandusky St., Findlay

Come see this delightful Christmas play based on the Twentieth Century Fox motion picture. Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s. Kris unleashes a wave of good will on Macy’s customers and New York City, but problems arise. At stake is one little girl’s belief in Santa! fortfindlayplayhouse.com.

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City of Findlay Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday, Nov. 29, 6pm
Dorney Plaza, downtown Findlay

Gather with family and friends and kick off the holiday season with the outdoor lighting ceremony of Findlay’s Christmas tree. Enjoy the lights and sounds of the season!

“I personally love the Tree Lighting Ceremony the most. It’s an event my siblings and I look forward to every year. We walk through downtown, past Marathon’s stunning campus, to the tree lighting in Dorney Plaza. Seeing all the beautiful Christmas lights really puts us all in the holiday spirit and makes us feel like little kids again.”

– Sarah Crisp, Founding Executive Director, Awakening Minds Art

Sensitive Santa

@ Awakening Minds Art

Saturday, December 7, 1-4pm
317 S. Main St., Findlay

Join Awakening Minds Art for this free event for individuals of all ages with sensory concerns and special needs, as well as siblings! No lines, no stress! Participants can create while they wait for their visit with Santa. Alcohol ink tile ornaments, holiday crafts, letters to Santa and even a special sensory gift from Santa are all made possible by a generous donation from Elks National Foundation.

Skate with Santa

@ The Cube

Saturday, December 7, 1-2:50pm
3430 N. Main St., Findlay

Nothing heralds in the holidays like ice skating! This family-friendly event features arts, crafts and cookie decorating activities with Santa’s elves at no additional cost! $5 public skate, $3 skate rental.

Christmas Open House

@ Hancock Historical Museum

Saturday – Sunday, December 7 & 8
5-8pm Saturday, 1-4pm Sunday
422 W. Sandusky St., Findlay

Join the Hull family as they celebrate Christmas in the 1890s. Including musical entertainment, crafts, games, storytelling and a visit by Father Christmas. Stroll through the campus to view the beautiful Christmas decorations. Refreshments provided. Just $1 per person.

Breakfast with Santa

@ Hancock Hotel

Sunday, December 8
8am-noon and 1-3pm
631 S. Main St., Findlay

Join the Hancock Hotel for a morning full of fun with Santa! Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage and juice. Take your own photos with Santa and enjoy a kids’ craft table. Cost is $13 per person. Visit hancockhotel.com/hotel-events to make a reservation.

Carey Ecumenical Christmas Choir Concert

@ Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation
Sunday, December 8, 4:30pm
315 Clay St., Carey

Come and prepare yourself for Christ’s birth as you listen to the sacred sounds of Advent and Christmas in the stunning acoustics and majesty of Ohio’s only Basilica. The concert is free and open to the public, but a free-will offering will be accepted to support the choir’s mission. The Shrine Cafeteria will be open for dinner following the concert.

“This year will mark the 48th year of presenting this musical program at the historic shrine and it promises to be a highlight of your Christmas season. We usually host around 100 in the chorus and 1,200 at the concert!” —Jack Gerding, Music Director, Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation.

Season of Joy Concert featuring the Findlay High School Chamber Orchestra

@ St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church

Sunday, December 8, 3pm
120 W. Sandusky St., Findlay

Enjoy the hymns and songs of Christmas performed by the talented string musicians in the Findlay High School Chamber. Every year the group performs at a different local church. The concert is free and open to the public, but free-will offerings will be accepted to support the orchestra program.

Findlay Civic Choir’s Handel’s Messiah

@ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts

Sunday, December 16, 3:00pm
200 W. Main Cross St., Findlay

It’s just not Christmas without Handel’s Messiah. The Findlay Civic Choir and orchestra puts on a spectacular performance under the direction of Dr. SeaHwa Jung, director of choral activities at the University of Findlay. Tickets from $15-20 available at mcpa.org.

A Very Merry Carpenters Christmas Tribute

@ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts

Thursday, December 19, 7:30pm
200 W. Main Cross St., Findlay

Michelle Whited captures Karen Carpenter’s unique alto voice backed by an ensemble that creates rich harmonies. It’s the signature Carpenters’ sound singing holiday classics. Tickets range from $19-39 and can be purchased at mcpa.org.

Upper Winter Fantasy of Lights

@ Harrison Smith Park

December 1 – 30
Monday-Thursday, 6-9:30pm
Friday-Sunday, 6-10pm
525 East Wyandot Ave., Upper Sandusky

Drive through 33 acres of park ablaze with millions of lights and light displays. This tradition since 1997, the park land is made possible through volunteer efforts of individuals, organizations and businesses. Just $5 per car.

Lights Before Christmas @ Toledo Zoo

Lights Before Christmas

@ Toledo Zoo

November 22 – December 31
Sunday-Thursday, 3-8pm Friday-Saturday, 3-9pm
2 Hippo Way, Toledo

Northwest Ohio’s brightest and best holiday tradition! Stroll through the zoo and enjoy over one million lights and 200 illuminated animal images. Zoo members visit for free Monday through Thursday along with one free weekend visit. Non-members pay $20 adults, $17 children and seniors.

Christmas Tree Selection

@ Kaleidoscope Farms

November 29 – December 21
Thursday-Friday, 4-6pm
Saturday, 10am-6pm
Sundays, 2-6pm
14841 CR 54, Mt. Cory

Walk through the farm and pick out a live Christmas tree to grace your home for the holidays! The farm also features live reindeer, sleigh rides, a gift shop, homemade Christmas cookies, hot chocolate and fresh greens.

Noon Year’s Eve Family Party

@ Findlay Hancock County Public Library

Tuesday, December 31
11:30am-12:30pm
206 Broadway St., Findlay

A new year celebration perfect for the whole family, especially for the little ones who can’t stay awake until midnight! Wear your fanciest party gear and join the library for a story, crafts and the countdown to noon. Then party with kid-friendly tunes and dancing!