2016 Holiday Hullabaloo

. December 1, 2016.

’Tis the season for Findlay families to be jolly! With our guide to the area’s best holiday happenings, we have many ways to make the coming weeks both merry and bright. From Christmas crafts to Yuletide carols, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.

Weekends through January 1

North Pole Express

Fridays & Saturdays 5-9pm | Sundays 5-8pm
12505 CR 99 | Findlay
419-423-2995 | nworrp.org

All aboard the North Pole Express! Enjoy a quarter-scale train ride through a winter wonderland. Closed Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and OPEN Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Tickets are $3/adults and $2/children.

December 1-18

Riehm Produce Farm

Fridays 4-7pm | Sat-Sun Noon-7pm
7244 N. State Route 53 | Tiffin (near Old Fort)
419-434-4560 | funacres.net
Facebook under “Riehm Produce Farm, LLC”

If you love live Christmas trees, decor, fun and more, load up the family for a trip to Riehm Farm in Tiffin. About a 45-minute drive from Findlay, find something for everyone in the family. Many sizes and varieties of Christmas trees are available, as well as ornaments and other Christmas decor such as wreaths and crafts. Make memories with the kids as you explore straw tunnels, a giant slide, hayrides, mazes, Mrs. Claus’s village and more for just $5. Don’t forget to get a photo with Santa.

Mondays and Fridays through Dec. 23

Kiwanis Santa’s House & WinterFest

6-8pm | Mondays and Fridays
St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church
120 W. Sandusky St. | Findlay

Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, take a wagon ride through downtown Findlay and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Don’t miss out on this great event put on by the Kiwanis Club of Findlay each year. Free

Daily through December

Kaleidoscope Christmas Tree Farms

Saturdays 10am-6pm | Sundays 2-6pm
(closing at 4pm Dec. 18) | Weekdays 4-6pm
Kaleidoscope Farms | 14841 CR 54 | Mt. Cory
419-722-1154 | kaleidoscopefarms.blogspot.com

Choosing your Christmas tree is just a part of the Christmas experience at Kaleidoscope Farms. See Santa’s reindeer, go on a scavenger hunt and enjoy hot cider in the gift shop. On Saturdays and Sundays, take a horse-drawn wagon ride (weekends only and weather permitting, ending around 4pm). Activities free; cost applies to trees and gifts.

December 1-4, 8-11, 15-18

A Christmas Story: The Musical

Times vary, see website for details
Fort Findlay Playhouse | 300 W. Sandusky St.
567-525-3636 | fortfindlayplayhouse.org

A hilarious and nostalgic holiday tale about the mischievous Ralphie who wants nothing more than a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Enjoy this classic Christmas favorite set in the 1940s to great songs. Tickets can be purchased online, at the Playhouse, or by calling 567-525-3636. $15 per ticket

Friday, December 2

Boston Brass Holiday

Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
200 W. Main Cross Street | Findlay
419-423-2787 | marathoncenterarts.org

Capture the majesty of the holidays with the vibrant sound of Boston Brass! Boston Brass treats audiences to classical arrangements, jazz standards, humor and personality for an evening of fun, captivating all ages. Tickets from $25-$55

December 2 & 3

Live Nativity

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

See the Christmas story come to life with a live action tour through the events surrounding the birth of Jesus. Free


December 1-December 31

Lights Before Christmas!

Sun-Thurs 3-8pm | Fri-Sat 3-9pm
Toledo Zoo & Aquarium
2 Hippo Way | Toledo
419-385-4040 | toledozoo.org

The Toledo Zoo’s holiday tradition boasts nearly 70 miles of lights throughout the zoo.  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. Prices: $17/adults 12-59, $14/children 3-11, $14/seniors 60+, children 0-2 Free.

December 2, 3 & 4

The ONU Holiday Spectacular 2016

Dec. 2 at 7:30pm | Dec. 3 at 2 & 7:30pm | Dec. 4 at 2pm
Veteran’s Memorial Civic and Convention Center
7 Town Square | Lima

Ohio Northern University’s holiday musical performance is packed full of festive Christmas carols, ballerinas, nutcrackers and more. Tickets can be purchased at Kewpee Hamburger restaurants, by calling 419-772-1900 or in person at The Freed Center Box Office, 525 S. Main St. in Ada. All tickets $5.

Saturday, December 3

Santa and his Reindeer visit Feasel’s

5-8pm | Feasel’s Garden Center
2330 Bright Rd. | Findlay
419-423-4223 | feasels.com

Visit with Santa and meet his reindeer, plus do some free kid’s krafts!

December 3

Grace Speaks Charity Hockey Game

Doors open at 3:30 | puck drops at 4:15
Bowling Green State University Ice Arena
417 Mercer Rd. | Bowling Green
419-348-4083 | grace-speaks.org

This annual charity hockey game between the Grace-Speaks.org all-stars and the Detroit Red Wing Alumni Association helps provide speech therapy to children in Findlay. A children’s area will include crafts, face painting and more. Purchase advance tickets at grace-speaks.org or by calling 419-348-4083. $10 per ticket & $50 VIP tickets include dinner and drinks following the game. $13 general admission tickets available at the door. (Children 3 and under are free)

Saturday, December 3

McKinnis House by Candlelight

6-9pm | Litzenberg Memorial Woods
6100 U.S. Route 224 | Findlay
419-425-7275 | hancockparks.com

The McKinnis family will invite you into their home to share their favorite holiday traditions. Join in a sing-along by the fire and sample freshly baked gingerbread cookies. All ages welcome, registration not required. Free

Saturday, December 3

Home for the Holidays Festival

Uptown | Upper Sandusky
419-294-3349 | uppersanduskychamber.com

This full-day holiday event has become a small-town tradition for families to enjoy.  Activities include a 5K Fun Run, a parade, a visit from Santa, marshmallow roasting and more. Go to uppersanduskychamber.com for a full schedule of events and locations.

Saturday, December 3

Christmas in the Village

100 N. Main St. | Mt. Blanchard

Visit this quaint village decorated with holiday lights and filled with fun things for children and families. There will be a parade, live music, live nativity, children’s area, and much more! Stay tuned for more details on Facebook under “Mt. Blanchard Beautification Committee/Christmas in the Village.” Free

December 3 & 4

Christmas Open House

Dec. 3, 5-8pm | Dec. 4, 1-4pm
Hancock Historical Museum
422 W. Sandusky St. | Findlay
419-423-4433 | hancockhistoricalmuseum.org

Join the Hull family as they celebrate Christmas in the 1890s. Families will enjoy crafts, games, refreshments, music, and a visit from Father Christmas. $1/ticket.

December 3, 9 & 10

Holiday Lantern Tour: “Yuletides of Yesteryear”

4–8:30pm | Sauder Village
22611 State Route 2 | Archbold
800-590-9755 | saudervillage.org

The holiday trolley tour at Sauder Village takes guests on a lanter lit experience of yesteryear. The 90-minute tour includes several stops throughout different periods of time where guests will learn about Christmas decorating, crafts and more through this hands-on experience. Preregistration and prepayment is required. Members: $11/adults, $6/children over 3; Nonmembers: $13/adults, $7/children over 3.

Sunday, December 4

Sunday Funday

The Mazza Museum
201 College St. | Findlay
419-434-4560 | mazzamuseum.org

Little ones will love the Mazza Museum’s monthly event with crafts, games, activities, and more. December’s theme is Daring Dragons! Free


Monday, December 5

Discovery Stories: Barn Owls

10am & 1pm
Oakwoods Nature Preserve Discovery Center
1400 Oakwoods Lane | Findlay
419-425-7275 | hancockparks.com

Bring the kids out to learn some fun facts and enjoy a story, craft and game about the barn owl. Recommended for ages 3-6 with an adult; other aged siblings are welcome to attend. Free

Monday, December 5

Wreath Making for Tweens

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

Head to the library to make a fabric wreath for the holidays or give as a gift. Grades 2-6. Free

December 5 & 7

Visits from Santa

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

Get into the holiday spirit with Christmas stories, songs and a visit from Santa.  Be sure to bring your camera. For kids of all ages. Free

Tuesday, December 6

Presents for Parents

1pm | Children’s Museum of Findlay
1800 Tiffin Ave. Suite 201 | Findlay
567-250-9616 | cmfindlay.com

For December, the Children’s Museum of Findlay’s monthly preschool session will be Presents for Parents.  Children are invited to join CMF staff in creating a unique craft to give as a gift for a loved one. Admission: $6.50/ages 16 and up, $4.50/ages 3-15, free for members and children under 3.

Wednesday, December 7

Mommy & Me Tour

10am | Wood County Historical Center & Museum
13660 County Home Rd. | Bowling Green
419-352-0967 | woodcountyhistory.org

Take a guided tour of the historical museum, enjoy a story and a snack. This is a stroller-friendly tour. $5/adults, children are Free.

Wednesday, December 7

Williamsburg Wreath Workshop

3pm & 6:30pm
Riverbend Recreation Area | Brugeman Lodge
16618 TR 208 | Findlay
419-425-7275 | hancockparks.com

You’re invited to a Williamsburg-style wreath workshop where all participants will be decorating a fresh-cut wreath with fruits, berries, cones and more. Ann Boyd of My Own Backyard Herbs & Flowers will guide you along the way. Ages 16 and up. Register by calling 419-425-7275 by 4:30pm on Dec. 5. $20 per person.

December 9-23

Birchaven Village Christmas Bazaar

10am-4pm | Birchaven Village
15100 Birchaven Lane | Findlay
419-424-3000 | birchaven.org

Please join us for the 29th annual Christmas Bazaar! Shop a variety of items handmade by residents, staff, and volunteers including homemade fudge, one-of-a-kind ornaments, teacher gifts, and more. Proceeds benefit activity programs at Birchaven.

Saturday, December 10

Kids in the Park: Winter Fun Hike

1pm | Riverbend Recreation Area | Shelter 1
16618 TR 208 | Findlay
419-425-7275 | hancockparks.com

It’s time to get out and enjoy the fresh air and search for winter hiding spots of the animals. Can you find a track they have left? Where do they get their food when the snow falls? For children of all ages. No registration required. Free

Saturday, December 10

Skate with Santa

1-2:50pm | The Cube
3430 N. Main St. | Findlay
419-424-7176 | findlayohio.com

Skate to today’s Christmas music, have your picture taken with Santa, decorate a cookie, and make a craft. $5 admission & $3 skate rental.

Saturday, December 10

Saturday Family Movie: Secret Life of Pets

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

Come enjoy a movie together! Popcorn and water provided. Children under 13 must have a parent present the whole time. Free

Monday, December 12

Wee Ones: Snowflakes

10am & 1pm
Oakwoods Nature Preserve Discovery Center
1400 Oakwoods Lane | Findlay
419-425-7275 | hancockparks.com

Flurry on in to the Discovery Center to read a book about snowflakes. Learn how no two snowflakes are alike and then make your own unique snowflake with your handprint. Recommended for ages 3 and under with an adult, other aged siblings are welcome to attend. Free

Wednesday, December 14

Tales for Toddlers & Tales for Tots

10:15-10:30 (toddlers ages 1-2) & 11-11:30am (tots ages 3-5)
The Mazza Museum | 201 College St. | Findlay
419-434-4560 | mazzamuseum.org

“Story Nana” leads this fun themed storytime tailored for different age groups.  This month’s theme: Red (Our Colorful World!). Free

Thursday, December 15

Cookies & Cram

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

Come to the library to prepare for finals. Bring your friends and study together or bring a book and create your own read-a-thon. Groups welcome. Grades 6-12. Cookies and milk will be provided.


December 16 & 17

A 1940s Nutcracker– Neos Dance Theatre

Dec. 16 at 8pm | Dec. 17 at 3pm
Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
200 W. Main Cross St. | Findlay
419-423-2787 | marathoncenterarts.org

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. For families and children of all ages. Tickets from $20-$45.

Saturday, December 17

Jingle Bell Jog

419-422-4424 | findlayymca.org

Get your holiday started off on the right foot with the Findlay YMCA’s festive 1st Annual Jingle Bell Jog 5K. This timed 5k will start at 8:30am with everyone wearing jingle bells on their shoes to celebrate the holiday season! Brought to you by Findlay YMCA and Great Scot. Race begins at Great Scot on Broad Avenue. Contact YMCA to register. Cost $25.

Saturday, December 17

Holiday Painting Event

11am | Children’s Museum of Findlay
1800 Tiffin Ave. Suite 201 | Findlay
567-250-9616 | cmfindlay.com

Come join the Children’s Museum of Findlay for a Holiday Painting Event with Awakening Minds Art! Children will have a chance to paint a holiday-themed painting led by an AMA instructor.  All abilities welcome!  Admission: $6.50/ages 16 and up, $4.50/ages 3-15, free for members and children under 3

Saturday, December 17

Findlay Christian Bookstore Craft & Story Time

2pm & 4pm
Findlay Christian Book & Gift
438 Tiffin Ave. | Findlay
419-422-6116 | search “Findlay Christian Book and Gift” on Facebook

Children of all ages are welcome to enjoy a retelling of the Nativity story, a snack, and a craft to take home. Free and a craft to take home. Free

December 28, 29 & 30

Holiday Ice-Skating Mini-Camp & Show

8am-12:30pm | The Cube
3430 N. Main St. | Findlay
419-424-7176 | findlayohio.com

Enjoy ice skating lessons that end with a show– Charlie Brown & Friends!  Lessons each day December 28-30, with the show 12:30pm on December 30. Advanced classes are 8-10:30am and Beginner 10am-12:30pm. Cost $75.

Saturday, December 31

Noon Year’s Eve Party

Findlay-Hancock County Public Library | Lindamood Room
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 craft as we count down to noon. The party will continue with kid-friendly dance tunes. Free