Holiday Hullabaloo

. November 26, 2014.
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Have a holiday season full of cheer with these festive local events that the whole family will enjoy! From cookies and cocoa to train rides and parties, Findlay has a variety of events to keep your holidays merry and bright!

 

Wednesday, December 3

Learn to Sing Christmas Carols

6-6:30pm

Findlay-Hancock Public Library, 

Children’s Program Room

206 Broadway St., Findlay

419-422-1712, www.findlaylibrary.org

A fun and ‘hands on’ experience! Singing Christmas carols presented by Deb Wickerham. Children, teens, and adults can learn to sign some holiday favorites. Free

 

December 4-7, 11-14 & 18-21

Scrooge! The Musical

Times vary

Fort Findlay Playhouse

300 W. Sandusky St., Findlay

419-422-4624 

www.fortfindlayplayhouse.org

This holiday favorite begins on Christmas Eve in Victorian London and follows Ebenezer Scrooge on his journey to understanding the real meaning of life and Christmas.  It is a classic redemption story that fills us all with joy, laughter, and that special warmth of the Christmas season. Tickets can be purchased through The Arts Partnership. $15/ticket.

 

Friday, December 5

“Christmas in Carey”

5-8pm

Downtown Carey, 419-396-7856

The Carey Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its annual “Christmas in Carey” celebration with a number of fun family-oriented activities including lighting of the community Christmas tree at the Gazebo, Christmas caroling, visit from Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus and children’s crafts and refreshments.

 

December 5-December 7

ONU Holiday Spectacular

December 5&6, 7:30pm; December 6&7, 2pm

Veteran’s Memorial Civic and 

Convention Center, 7 Town Square, Lima

419-772-1900, www.onu.edu/freed

This year ONU celebrates the 20th anniversary of this family-favorite holiday performance! With dancing, singing and an assortment of familiar characters, Holiday Spectacular provides energetic entertainment to spread the warmth and joy of the Christmas season. Tickets should be purchased in advance and are available at all three Kewpee Restaurant locations in Lima or at the Freed Center Box Office. $5/ticket.

 

December 5, 6, 12 and 13

Holiday Lantern Tour

4–8:30pm

Sauder Village

22611 St. Rte 2, Archbold

1-800-590-9755

www.saudervillage.org

Historic Sauder Village gives guests a turn of the century tour by lantern light as a costumed guide takes small groups on a pilgrimage to the early 1900’s. Visit the homestead, District 16 Schoolhouse, St. Mark’s Church and Elmira Depot. Guests will experience the holiday customs of the early 1900’s, join in a hymn in the church and receive a small gift consistent with the early century theme. Preregistration and prepayment is required. Tours last about 90 minutes and will begin every 30 minutes between 4 and 8:30 pm.

 

Saturday, December 6 

Pioneer Holiday Tea

10:30am&1:30pm

Litzenberg Memorial Woods, McKinnis House

6100 U.S. Route 224, Findlay

419-425-7275 

hpdparks@hancockparks.com

Join the costumed staff at the 1847 McKinnis House for a holiday tea featuring dulcimer music, pioneer holiday traditions, hot tea and sweet breads.  This event is for ages 9 and up. Register at the Hancock Park District Office by Thursday, December 4. $8/person.

 

Saturday, December 6

Upper Sandusky Parade

5pm, Sandusky Avenue & Cherry Street 

419-294-7037

The whole family will delight in the holiday beauty at the Upper Sandusky Christmas Parade. There will be Story Time and Children’s Crafts at the library starting at 10:30am. Free

 

Saturday, December 6

Superheroes Save Christmas

10am-5pm

Findlay Village Mall

1800 Tiffin Ave., Findlay

419-423-8732 

www.shopfindlayvillagemall.com 

Santa is having problems at the North Pole! His reindeer are sick, Mrs. Claus ran out of cookie dough and the elves are so hungry they can’t build toys. Superheroes are coming to the rescue with Help-Portrait-Findlay, a volunteer-run chapter that unites the community to serve families in need. Free portraits, clothing, care kits, meals, live music and children’s activities will be available. 

Pre-register at 419-701-4044 or visit www.help-portrait-findlay.com.

 

December 6 & 7

Christmas Open House

December 6, 5-8pm; December 7, 1-4pm

Hancock Historical Museum

422 W. Sandusky St., Findlay

419-423-4433, www.hancockhistoricalmuseum.org

Join the Hull family as they celebrate Christmas in the 1890’s. Musical entertainment, crafts and games, storytelling and a visit by Father Christmas. Refreshments provided. $1/ticket. 

 

December 6, 13, 20, 26

Holiday Movie Series

Movies start at 1:30pm

Findlay-Hancock Public Library

206 Broadway St., Findlay

419-422-1712, www.findlaylibrary.org

Holiday fun for the whole family! Movies include Santa Paws, the Polar Express and Frozen.  Adults must be accompanied by a child.  All ages welcome.  You may bring your own drink and additional snack. Free

 

Sunday, December 7

Kwanzaa Celebration

3:30-5:30pm

Black Heritage Library and Multicultural Center

817 Harmon St., Findlay

419-429-2566

Learn more about Kwanzaa, the seven-day celebration of hope, harmony, and understanding! Also, learn to give of self through community service and acts of love through hand-crafted gifts. 

Presented by Elizabeth Washington, a Columbus math teacher, poetry reading and music will also be enjoyed. Refreshments will be served and multicultural art prints will be available for purchase ranging from $3 to $50. Free (donations accepted).

 

Sunday, December 7

Home for the Holidays

3pm

Van Buren High School

217 S. Main St., Van Buren

419-299-3384, www.vbschools.net

The University of Findlay Band will put on their annual performance for the holidays sure to delight all ears and get everyone in the Christmas spirit! Free 

 

Sunday, December 7

Sunday Funday

1:30-3:30pm

The Mazza Museum

1000 N. Main St., Findlay

419-434-4560

Each Funday Sunday event features activities, games and story time around a different theme each month.  December’s theme is “Stocking Stuffers.” Free

 

December 9 & 12

Visits from Santa

10:30-11:30am

Findlay-Hancock Public Library, 

Lindamood Room

206 Broadway St., Findlay

419-422-1712, www.findlaylibrary.org 

Get into the holiday spirit with some Christmas stories and songs.  Featuring special guest, Santa!  Open to children of all ages.  Be sure to bring your camera! Free

 

Wednesday, December 10

Elf School

6-7:30pm

Findlay-Hancock Public Library, 

Lindamood Room

206 Broadway St., Findlay

419-422-1712, www.findlaylibrary.org

Children in grades 1-8 will be trained to be one of Santa’s Helpers with special guest “Buddy the Elf!” Games and activities will be available and learn skills to become an Elf just like Buddy. Wear red, green and jingle bells. Register online or at the Children’s Service Desk by December 3.

 

Wednesday, December 10 

Animals of Winter

11am-noon

Children’s Museum of Findlay

1800 Tiffin Ave., Findlay

www.cmfindlay.com

Discover the many ways animals have to survive the chilly winter weather at the Children’s Museum of Findlay. The Toledo Zoo’s Animal Outreach will feature live animals that are built for the cold and those that sleep through it. Recommended for children in grades 3-6. Please pre-register at the Children’s Museum. $6.50/16+, $4.50/3-15, Free/kids under 2, free for all children’s museum members.

 

December 11 & 18

Christmas Teas

2pm

Wood County Historical Center & Museum

13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green

419-352-0967 

www.woodcountyhistory.org

Enjoy a special menu of holiday teas and goodies, live holiday music, and self-guided tours of the beautifully-decorated museum. $12/adult, $10 WCHS member, $3/child.

 

Saturday, December 13

A Litzenberg Holiday Celebration

6-9pm

Litzenberg Memorial Woods

6100 U.S. Route 224, Findlay

419-425-7275 

hpdparks@hancockparks.com

Ready your family in the spirit of the holiday season at Litzenberg Memorial Woods. Participate in a house tour of the historic 1847 McKinnis House, make a natural holiday ornament, stroll the grounds and peek into the past on a candlelight walk and enjoy cookies and wassail while listening to holiday music provided by The Heritage Minstrels. Register at the Hancock Park District Office by December 11. $5/vehicle.

 

Saturday, December 13

Christmas Bazaar

9am-3pm

Birchaven Village

15100 Birchaven Lane, Findlay

419-294-7037, www.birchaven.org 

Shop for one of a kind gifts for everyone on your Christmas list. Items sold include homemade fudge, hand-crocheted doilies, tree ornaments and more. 

 

Tuesday, December 16

Teen Tuesday: Holiday Gift Edition

6-7pm

Findlay-Hancock Public Library, Lindamood Room

206 Broadway St., Findlay

419-422-1712, www.findlaylibrary.org

Make gifts to give during the holiday season. This event will be registration only and is limited to 20 teens. Registration opens at the children’s desk at the library on November 18. Free

 

Thursday, December 18

Downtown Findlay Third Thursdays

5-8pm

Multiple Downtown Findlay businesses

419-422-3313 

www.downtown.visitfindlay.com 

Downtown holiday fun! Family-friendly activities, holiday shopping and great specials at your favorite downtown merchants! Free to attend, pricing specials vary by store.

 

December 29 & 30

Winter Camp: Ready to Ring in the New Year!

9am-4pm

Oakwoods Nature Preserve, Discovery Center

1400 Oakwoods Lane, Findlay

419-425-7275 

hpdparks@hancockparks.com

Join the Park district in preparing for the New Year with crafts and activities.  Come prepared for outdoor play and hiking, so be sure to dress for the weather and bring a lunch and drink.  Recommended for children ages 6-12 and medical forms are required (forms can be downloaded at hpdparks@hancockparks.com).  Register at the Hancock Park District Office by December 23. $30/child.

 

Tuesday, December 30

Tween/Teen Frozen Party

5:30-8pm

Findlay-Hancock Public Library, Lindamood Room

206 Broadway St., Findlay

419-422-1712, www.findlaylibrary.org

Do you want to build a snowman? Participate in crafts, singing, food and watch the movie, Frozen. Bring a plain white t-shirt to make an Olaf shirt. Grades 3-12. Free

 

Wednesday, December 31

Noon Year’s Eve Party

11:30am-12:30pm

Findlay-Hancock Public Library, Lindamood Room

206 Broadway St., Findlay

419-422-1712, www.findlaylibrary.org

Celebrate New Year’s Eve as a family. Join us for a noon celebration. Wear your fanciest party gear and be ready for a story and countdown to noon. The party will then continue with kid-friendly dance tunes. Free