2015 Family Holiday Guide

. November 30, 2015.
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Your holiday season is sure to be full of joy with all of these wonderful festivities. Light up your calendar with holiday merriment in Findlay and the surrounding communities! 

December 1-January 3

Lights Before Christmas! at the Zoo
Sun-Thurs 3:00 – 8:00 PM, Fri-Sat 3:00 – 9:00 PM

The Toledo Zoo
2 Hippo Way, Toledo
419-385-4040 | www.toledozoo.org

The Toledo Zoo’s holiday tradition is a treat for people of all ages, with over a million lights, animated displays, Santa, an ice slide and more. Prices: $15 adults 12-59, $12 children 3-11, $12 seniors 60+, children 0-2 free. 

 

Weekends through January 3

North Pole Express
Fridays & Saturdays 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Sundays 5:00 – 8:00 PM

12505 CR 99, Findlay
419-423-2995 | www.nworrp.org

Take a ride through a whimsical land of holiday spirit. The North Pole Express will be taking passengers every weekend, and it’s sure to be a treat for the whole family. Tickets are $2 for adults and $1 for children. 

 

December 4 & 5

Live Nativity 
6:00 – 9:00 PM

St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
800 S. Main St., Findlay
419-422-4236 | www.stmarksfindlay.com

See the Christmas story come to life with a live action tour through the events surrounding the birth of Jesus. After your tour, join us for hot chocolate and conversation. Free. 

 

Daily through December 24

Photos with Santa
December 1-17: 4-8pm Monday-Thursday, noon-8pm Friday & Saturday, noon-5pm Sunday
December 18-24: 10am-8pm Friday-Wednesday, noon-5pm Thursday

Findlay Village Mall
1800 Tiffin Ave
419-423-8732 | shopfindlayvillagemall.com

Share your wish-list with Santa and receive a free holiday activity book. Digital Photo Packages provided by WWP, Inc. will be available for purchase. No personal cameras permitted. Free.

 

Friday, December 4

“Christmas in Carey”
5:00 – 8:00 PM

Downtown Carey
419-396-7856

Visit Carey’s annual “Christmas in Carey” – a celebration including the lighting of the Christmas tree, Christmas caroling, visit from Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus and children’s crafts and refreshments.

 

December 4, 5, 11, and 12

Holiday Lantern Tour
4:00 – 8:30 PM

Sauder Village
22611 St. Rte 2, Archbold
1-800-590-9755 | www.saudervillage.org

Take a tour of historic Sauder Village lit by lantern light, as you embark on an authentic immersion into life in the early 1900’s. The tour includes several stops as well as many hands-on activities that bring the experience to life. Preregistration and prepayment is required. Tours last about 90 minutes and will begin every 30 minutes between 4 and 8:30 pm. 

 

December  5 & 6

Christmas Open House
December 5, 5:00 – 8:00 PM; December 6, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Hancock Historical Museum
422 W. Sandusky St., Findlay
419-423-4433 | hancockhistoricalmuseum.org

Join us at the Historical Museum for a step back in time to Christmas’ past. You’ll enjoy crafts, games, refreshments, storytelling, music, and a special guest. $1/ticket. 

 

Saturday, December 5

The Log Cabin Christmas
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Hancock Historical Museum
422 W. Sandusky St., Findlay
419-423-4433 | hancockhistoricalmuseum.org

Children ages 6-10 will experience hands-on history fun in the authentic 19th century Crawford Log House. The session will include storytime by the hearth, followed by activities including cooking, crafts, games, and more. Register by December 4. Cost is $15 per child for members / $20 per child for nonmembers. Parents not required to stay.

 

December 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20

Kaleidoscope Christmas Tree Farm
Saturdays 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sundays 2:00 – 6:00 PM

14841 CR 54, Mt. Cory
419-722-1154 | kaleidoscopefarms.blogspot.com

Choosing your Christmas tree will be a magical experience at Kaleidoscope Farms. See a live baby animal nativity scene, real reindeer, take a ride in a horse-drawn wagon, go on a scavenger hunt, or grab some hot cider in the gift shop. Activities free; cost applies to trees and gifts. 

 

Saturday, December 5

Holiday Time with the McKinnis Family
6:00 – 9:00 PM

Litzenberg Memorial Woods
6100 U.S. Route 224, Findlay
419-425-7275  | mrumschlag@hancockparks.com

You are invited to join the McKinnis family for their favorite holiday traditions: making gingerbread cookies, holiday singing in the sitting room, and touring the beautiful home. All ages welcome, registration not required. Free.

 

Saturday, December 5

Snow Day Hike
1:00 – 3:00 PM

Riverbend Recreation Area, Shelter 3
16618 TR 208, Findlay
419-425-7275  | callen@hancockparks.com

Bring the kids out and take a winter hike! If there is snow, bring the sleds along for some fun on the hills. Cookies and hot chocolate by the fire will be provided. All ages welcome, registration not required. Free. 

 

Saturday, December 5

Home for the Holidays Festival
9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Sandusky Ave., Upper Sandusky
419-294-3349 | www.uppersanduskychamber.com

Join us for a full day of children’s activities, such as crafts, prizes, a 5K Fun Run (at 10am), a parade (5pm), Santa and Mrs. Claus, caroling, a tree lighting ceremony (6pm), and a walk through the Fantasy of Lights. 

 

Saturday, December 5

Little Miss/Mister Merry Christmas Pageant
11:00 AM

Findlay Village Mall
1800 Tiffin Ave., Findlay
419-423-8732 | shopfindlayvillagemall.com

Watch the crowning of Miss/Mister Merry Christmas. Winners will be chosen from several age groups, from infant to adult, and will receive a sparkling holiday crown. Come see the festivities or register to participate online at sunburstbeauty.com 

 

Sunday, December 6

Sunday Funday
1:30-3:30 PM

The Mazza Museum
1000 N. Main St., Findlay
419-434-4560

Funday Sunday is a fun-filled event, packed with crafts, stories, games, activities, and more. December’s theme is “Rudolph to the Rescue.” Free.

 

Sunday, December 6

American Boychoir
3:00-4:30 PM

Findlay High School Auditorium
1200 Broad Ave., Findlay
419-422-4624 | artspartnership.com

The world renowned American Boychoir comes to Findlay to perform. The choir has performed alongside countless famous acts, such as Paul McCartney, Beyonce, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, and more. Tickets are $20 for adults or $15 for students. 

 

Monday, December 7; Wednesday, December 9; Friday, December 11

Visits with Santa
10:30-11:30 AM

Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Lindamood Room
206 Broadway St., Findlay
419-422-1712 | findlaylibrary.org

Come see Santa and tell him all of your greatest Christmas wishes, and don’t forget your camera. For kids of all ages. Free. 

 

Tuesday, December 8

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
7:00 PM

Crouse Performance Hall
7 Town Square, Lima
419-224-1552 | www.limaciviccenter.com

See all of your favorite reindeer take the stage in this holiday favorite, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. Tickets are $50. 

 

Wednesday, December 9

Tales for Tots
11:00 – 11:30am

The Mazza Museum
1000 N. Main St., Findlay
419-434-4560

Join us for story time, as we read books about this week’s theme: WINTER. Free.

 

Thursday, December 10

Wreath Making for Kids
6:00 – 7:30 PM

Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Lindamood Room
206 Broadway St., Findlay
419-422-1712 | www.findlaylibrary.org

Make a festive fabric wreath for the holidays. Grades 2 and up. Free. 

 

Saturday, December 12

Craft & Story Time
2:00 – 5:00 PM

Findlay Christian Book & Gift
438 Tiffin Ave., Findlay
419-422-6116
search “Findlay Christian Book and Gift” on Facebook

During our holiday story time, children will enjoy a retelling of the nativity story, a snack, and create an ornament to take home. Geared toward kids aged 3-10, though others are welcome to join. Free. 

 

Sunday, December 13

Toledo Ballet’s Nutcracker
2:00 PM

Stranahan Theater
4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo
Buy tickets at etix.com

It’s the longest running annual Nutcracker ballet in the entire USA. This year is a very special 75th anniversary edition, accompanied by the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. Tickets start at $25. 

 

December 10 & 17

Christmas Tea
2:00 PM

Wood County Historical Center & Museum
13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green
419-352-0967 | woodcountyhistory.org

Attend a special holiday tea in the beautiful Wood County Historical Museum, with live music and historical presentations. Cost is $15, $12 for museum members, or $5 for children 10 and under. Call to register in advance. 

 

December 10-13 & 17-19

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Times vary

Fort Findlay Playhouse
300 W. Sandusky St., Findlay
419-422-4624 | www.fortfindlayplayhouse.org

In this hilarious Christmas classic a couple, struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant, is faced with casting the Herdman kids- probably the most inventively awful kids in history. Enjoy the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on. Tickets can be purchased through The Arts Partnership. $12/ticket.

 

December 11-24

Birchaven Village Bazaar Days
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Birchaven Village
15100 Birchaven Lane, Findlay
419-424-3000 | www.birchaven.org 

Shop a variety of items handmade by residents, staff, and volunteers. Items for sale will include homemade candy and cookies, hand-crocheted and sewn items, jar mixes, teacher gifts, and more. Proceeds benefit activity programs at Birchaven. 

 

Tuesday, December 15

Cocoa & Cram
6:00 – 8:00 PM

Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Lindamood Room
206 Broadway St., Findlay
419-422-1712 | www.findlaylibrary.org

Come to the library to prepare for finals. Bring your friends and study together. If you don’t want to study bring a book and create your own read-a-thon. Groups welcome. Grades 6-12. Hot chocolate and brownies will be provided.

 

Thursday, December 17

Downtown Findlay Third Thursdays
5:00 – 8:00 PM

Multiple Downtown Findlay businesses
419-422-3313 | downtown.visitfindlay.com 

Explore downtown Findlay, holiday-style. You’ll find activities, holiday specials, and great deals at all of your favorite downtown merchants. Free to attend, specials vary by store.

 

December 18 & 19

The Toy Shoppe
Dec. 18 at 7:30 PM
Dec. 19 at 2 and 7:30 PM

Marathon Performing Arts Center
200 W. Main Cross, Findlay 
419-423-2787 | www.marathoncenterarts.org 

This inaugural show of the new Marathon Performing Arts Center features Alan Thicke starring as a toy shoppe owner, losing his business to a changing world, and his journey to find what is really important in life. Ticket prices starting at $29 for children and $39 for adults. 

 

Saturday, December 19

Polar Express Pajama Party
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Lindamood Room
206 Broadway St., Findlay
419-422-1712 | www.findlaylibrary.org

All Aboard! Pick up your ticket at the children’s desk and then bring the whole family to the Polar Express Family Movie party. Don’t forget to wear your pajamas and bring a blanket to sit on. There will be a few activities from 9:30-10am and then the movie will begin. The library will provide hot chocolate. Attendees may bring their own snacks. Children under 8 need an adult to attend with them. Free. 

 

Saturday, December 19

CMF Holiday Party
1:00 – 4:00 PM

Children’s Museum of Findlay
Findlay Village Mall 
1800 Tiffin Ave., Findlay
567-250-9616 | www.cmfindlay.com

We’ll have a blast at the Children’s Museum’s Annual Holiday Party. Join us for activities, games, crafts, refreshments, and more! Free for members, regular admission applies otherwise ($6.50/adults, $4.50/ages 3-15, 2 and under/free) 

 

Monday, December 21

Teen Movie
1:30 – 3:30 PM

Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Lindamood Room
206 Broadway St., Findlay
419-422-1712 | www.findlaylibrary.org

It’s Christmas break, come hang out at the library. Teen movies are for teens 6th to 12th grades. Movie title to be announced (rated PG-13). Free. 

 

December 21-22

Winter Wonderland Camp
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Oakwoods Nature Preserve Discovery Center
1400 Oakwoods Ln., Findlay
419-425-7275 | lbogard@hancockparks.com

Winter Wonderland will include many nature based-activities and games to keep children busy during the start of winter break. A snack will be provided each day, but please bring a lunch and reusable water bottle. Be prepared for some outdoor play and hiking. Children will go hiking each day. $30 per child due by 12/16. 

 

Wednesday, December 23

You’re Not Too Old For This
1:00 – 3:00 PM

Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Lindamood Room
206 Broadway St., Findlay
419-422-1712 | www.findlaylibrary.org

It’s Christmas break, come hang out at the library. Play games, coloring contest and Christmas cookies. Grades 6-12. Free. 

 

December 28-29

Winter Games Camp
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Oakwoods Nature Preserve Discovery Center
1400 Oakwoods Ln., Findlay
419-425-7275 | lbogard@hancockparks.com

Winter Games will teach children through play about games being enjoyed in winter around the world. A snack will be provided each day, but please bring a lunch and reusable water bottle. Children will spend a lot of time outside, so be prepared for the weather. $30 per child due by 12/23. 

 

Tuesday, December 29

Tween Movie Afternoon
2:00 – 4:00 PM

Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Lindamood Room
206 Broadway St., Findlay
419-422-1712 | www.findlaylibrary.org

Movie for grades 2-6 with parent permission form on file. Popcorn and water provided. Check online for movie title selection. Free. 

 

Thursday, December 31

Noon Year’s Eve Party
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Lindamood Room
206 Broadway St., Findlay
419-422-1712 | www.findlaylibrary.org

Celebrate New Year’s Eve as a family. Wear your fanciest party gear and join us for a story and craft as we count down to noon. When the clock strikes noon, everyone will cheer in the New Year with a treat. The party will continue with kid-friendly tunes and dancing. Free.