Lights, concerts, sleigh rides and more herald the holidays
`Tis the season…
The holidays are in the air and though we’re all busy with decorating, shopping, and drafting our letters to Santa, take a break and take time to enjoy some of the many special exhibits and events that make the season bright.
• Thursdays Dec. 6-27: Ice Carving Demonstrations, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. A cool prelude to a visit to the “Lights Before Christmas.” 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
|Join the celebration as 65 of Disney's unforgettable
characters come to life in Disney On Ice Celebrates
100 Years of Magic Dec. 20 through Christmas Eve
at the Huntington Center. (Photo courtesy of Disney
• Saturdays through Dec. 29: Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides, Town Center at Levis Commons, 3201 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg, 5-8 p.m. Cost is $5 per person or $10 per family. www.shopleviscommons.com.
• Through Dec. 31: Lights Before Christmas, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo. Opens at 3 p.m. daily; closing times vary. This year, in addition to over a million lights and 200+ illuminated animal images, plus carolers and ice-carving on selected evenings, the Zoo introduces dynamic new Winter Playland attractions, including a giant rocking horse, a bigger-than-life snow globe you can step inside and more. toledozoo.org/lights.or 419-419-385-4040.
• Through Jan. 1, 2013: “Manet: Portraying Life,” Canaday Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art. Toledo is the exclusive U.S. venue for this major exhibition that explores the creative force of Édouard Manet and his work in the genre of posed portraiture as well as portraits depicting everyday life in the Paris of his time. www.toledomuseum.org.
• Through Jan. 6, 2013: Hayes Train Special, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Fremont. Watch eight different model trains in styles that relate to the life of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes and his family traverse a 12x24-foot, three-tier model train layout. 800-998-PRES or www.rbhayes.org.
• Through Jan. 10: “Museum People: Faces of TMA” Gallery 1, Toledo Museum of Art. Last spring, hundreds of Toledo Museum of Art community members of all ages stopped by to have photo headshots taken by photographer Jim Rohman and his assistant Giles Cooper to be included in this exhibition, featuring a sea of nearly 700 faces. The collective community portraits are shown floor-to-ceiling, “salon style.” www.toledomuseum.org.
• Through Jan. 13: “Prints and Authors from the Time of Manet,” Works on Paper Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art. www.toledomuseum.org.
• Through Jan. 13, 2013: “Leslie Adams: Drawn from Life,” Gallery 18, Toledo Museum of Art. As a young girl Leslie Adams attended art classes at the Toledo Museum of Art. Today she is nationally known for her portraits of distinguished members of society and civic leaders. www.toledomuseum.org.
• Through Jan. 20, 2013: “Made in Hollywood: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation,” Galleries 4, 5 and 9, Toledo Museum of Art. Exhibition focuses on the stars, sets and scenes created by the American film industry and captured by Hollywood photographers between 1920 and 1960. www.toledomuseum.org.
• Through Jan 27, 2013: “Tales of Travel from the President’s Attic,” Hayes Presidential Center, Hayes and Buckland, Fremont. An exhibit chronicling the world travels of descendants of President Rutherford B. Hayes as evidenced by steamer trunks and other artifacts left in the Hayes Home attic.rbhayes.org
Dec.1-2: “A Christmas Carol,” Valentine Theatre, 400 N. Superior St., Toledo. Curtain time 8 p.m. Fri. & Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. www.toledorep.org.
Dec. 1: Olde Fashion Christmas, downtown Oak Harbor, O. Santa arrives at Adolphus Kraemer Park to light the Village Christmas Tree and kick off the Holiday Season. Visit him at Portage Fire Station and enjoy a cookie and hot chocolate at the Portage Fire District Fire Station. Shop in Santa's Secrete Shop. www.oakharborohio.net.
Dec. 1: Pet Photos with Santa, Pet Supplies “Plus,” 849 W. Alexis Rd., Toledo, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Benefits humaneohio.org. www.humaneohio.org.
Dec. 1: 2012 Jingle Bell Run/Walk, Shops at Fallen Timbers, 3100 Main St., Maumee. Wear a holiday-themed costume as you run or walk a 5-kilometer route to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. 419-878-6255.
Dec. 1: Toledo Symphony presents Handel’s Messiah, Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theater, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo, 8-10 p.m. 419-255-8000 or www.toledosymphony.com.
Dec. 1: Toledo Walleye vs. Cincinnati Cyclones, Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 7:05 p.m. www.toledowalleye.com.
Dec. 1, 7 & 8: Holiday Lantern Tours at Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold, Ninety-minute tours run from 4-8:30 p.m. Reservations required. 800-590-9755 or www.saudervillage.org.
Dec. 1-2: Snowflake Workshops, Imagination Station, One Discovery Way, Toledo, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Artist Mary Gaynier will guide visitors in creating their own Scherenschnitte (paper cutting) snowflakes. www.imaginationstationtoledo.org.
Dec. 1: Family Christmas Festival, downtown Elmore. At 2 p.m., Santa will arrive at the Harris-Elmore Public Library for the annual Library Tree Lighting and Placement of the Star Ceremony. After the tree lighting ceremony, get on board for an old fashioned hay ride to the Historical Society property where the rest of the day’s events will be held. At 2:30 p.m., Mrs. Claus will tell Christmas stories at the Historical Society barn. She will be joined by Santa, himself at 3 p.m.
Dec. 2: Santa Comes to Walbridge. After a short ceremony and Christmas tree lighting at Veteran’s Park at 6 p.m., the festivities will move across the street to the VFW Banquet Hall, where there will be refreshments and visits with Santa. A Christmas Parade of Lights will begin at Perry and Allen streets at 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 2: Holiday Open House at the Bird Center, Magee Marsh, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, 1-5 p.m. Kids’ activities, local vendors offering unique items for sale, refreshments, live music and more. www.friendsofmageemarsh.org.
Dec. 2: Pet Photos with Santa, Pet Supplies “Plus,” 6923 W. Central Ave, Toledo, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Benefits humaneohio.org. www.humaneohio.org.
Dec. 2: Tours de Noel Historic Home Tours, Historic Old West End, Collingwood/Bancroft/Monroe, Toledo, noon-7 p.m. www.womenoftheoldwestend.com.
Dec. 2-9: Holidays in the Manor House, and Holiday Café & Craft Show, Wildwood Preserve, Manor House, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For over 30 years volunteers have decorated the Manor House at Wildwood for all to enjoy. Free. Finish your holiday visit to the Manor House with a short walk to the Holiday Cafe and Craft Show in Metroparks Hall. www.metroparkstoledo.com.
Dec. 4-9: Blue Man Group, Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo. 419-381-8851 or http://theaterleague.com.
Dec. 4: Owens Jazz Ensemble Concert, Owens Community College Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 30335 Oregon Rd., Perrysburg, 3 p.m. 567-661-7000 or www.owens.edu/arts/index.html.
Dec. 6: Snowzilla Opens, Toledo Zoo, Hippo Way, Toledo. Visitors will love this artificial ice tube slide, 30 feet tall and 90 feet long. Opening at 7 p.m. Snowzilla is part of this year’s Winter Playland activities, sponsored by Taylor Automotive Family. www.toledozoo.org.
Dec. 6: Owens Pop Ensemble Concert, Owens Community College Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 30335 Oregon Rd., Perrysburg, 2-3:30 p.m. 567-661-7000 or www.owens.edu/arts/index.html.
Dec. 7: Glass City Singles “Start of Winter Dance Party,” Holland Gardens, 6530 Angola Rd., Holland, 8 p.m.-midnight. $8 admission. www.toledosingles.com.
Dec. 7: Professional Mixed Martial Arts (M.M.A.), Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 7:30-11 p.m. PurgatoryFS returns to The Glass City to host Toledo’s first all pro-MMA card at the Huntington Center. www.ticketmaster.com.
Dec. 8: Graham Cracker House Workshops, Imagination Station, One Discovery Way, Toledo, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Make your own holiday house using a variety of edible supplies. 419-244-2674. www.imaginationstationtoledo.com.
Dec. 8-9: Heralding the Holidays, Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr., Toledo. Get a jump on your holiday shopping with a unique selection of arts and crafts (pottery, glass, fine art, photography, jewelry and more), all hand-made by local artists. Live entertainment, food, children’s activities and a visit from Santa offers fun for the whole family. Free horse-drawn wagon rides Friday night only. www.toledo-garden.org.
Dec. 8-9: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, corner of Rawson & North, Fremont. Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Over 200 vendors. Free admission and parking. Concessions available. 419-332-5604.
Dec. 8-21: Old Home Holiday Tour & Christmas Events, Wood County Historical Center & Museum, 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green. 419-352-0967 or www.woodcountyhistory.org.
Dec. 9: Holiday Open House, Fort Meigs Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, 1-4 p.m. War of 1812 soldiers and civilians will be on hand to provide demonstrations and answer questions about the War of 1812 and camp life. Enjoy holiday music, hot cider and cookies, and hands-on activities. www.fortmeigs.org.
Dec. 9: Winter Festival of Crafts, Franciscan Theatre & Conference Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. www.toledocraftsmansguild.org.
Dec. 9: Owens Concert Band Holiday Concert, Owens Center for Fine & Performing Arts, 30335 Oregon Rd., 2:30-4 p.m. 567-661-7000 or www.owens.edu/arts/index.html.
Dec. 9: My Kind of Christmas Concert, featuring Frank Matthew Weaver with the Erick Dickey Band, Maumee Indoor Theater, 601 E. Conant St., Maumee, 4 p.m. 419-654-4775. Tickets available at the door.
Dec. 12: The Lettermen Christmas Show, Valentine Theatre, 400 N. Superior St., Toledo, 3-5:30 p.m. www.valentinetheatre.com.
Dec. 12: Toledo Walleye vs. Wheeling Nailers, Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo. 419-725-WALL or www.toledowalleye.com.
Dec. 13-16 and Dec. 20-23: Winter Wonderland, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, 712, North St., Fremont. 6-9 p.m. Thurs. & Sun.; 6-10 p.m. Fri. & Sat. Santa’s Village, kids’ crafts, sleigh rides, craft show, horse rides, refreshments, music and more. Craft show Dec. 14 and 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. only. Visit Santa every night. www.sanduskycountyfair.com.
Dec. 13 & 20: Christmas Tour & Tea, Wood Co. Historical Center & Museum, 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green. Reservations required. 419-352-0967 or www.woodcountyhistory.org.
Dec. 15: Winter Wild-land, Toledo Zoo, Hippo Way, Toledo, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Need some kid-free time to shop? Drop off your child (5-12 years) at the Zoo for a winter adventure of exciting exhibit tours, amazing animal visitors, cool crafts and goofy games. Separate fee; Toledo Zoo member discount applies. www.toledozoo.org.
Dec. 15: Glass City Roller Derby, SeaGate Convention Centre, 400 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 7-9:30 p.m. www.ticketmaster.com.
Dec. 15: Jingle Bell Run, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 10 a.m. Sponsored by the Fremont Elite Runners Club. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Info: www.fremontrunningandfitness.com.
Dec. 15: Breakfast with Santa, Hilton Garden Inn, The Town Center at Levis Commons, 3201 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Advance tickets only by calling 419-931-8888.
Dec. 15: Toledo Walleye vs. Evansville Icemen, Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 7:05 p.m. 419-725-WALL or www.toledowalleye.com.
Dec. 15-16: “The Nutcracker,” Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo. The Toledo Ballet, accompanied by the Toledo Symphony, presents its 72nd annual performance of “The Nutcracker,”– the longest-running annual production of the holiday ballet in the country.419-381-8851 or www.ticketmaster.com.
Dec. 16: Christmas Tour, Historic Lyme Village, 5001 SR 4, Bellevue, 1-5 p.m. www.lymevillage.com.
Dec. 16: Upright Citizens Brigade, Valentine Theatre, 400 N. Superior St., Toledo, 7-10 p.m. Hilarious 90 minutes of long-form improvisational comedy. 419-242-2787 or www.valentinetheatre.com.
Dec. 16: Toledo Walleye vs. Florida Everblades, Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 5:05 p.m. 419-725-WALL or www.toledowalleye.com.
Dec. 17-Jan. 21, 2013: Historic Sandusky County Jail and Dungeons Tour, Sandusky County Jail, 622 Croghan St., Fremont, 5, 6 and 7 p.m. One hour guided tours are open to the public and do not require a reservation. $2. 419-332-4470 or www.lakeeriesfavoriteneighbor.com.
Dec. 20-24: Disney On Ice – 100 Years of Magic, Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo. www.ticketmaster.com.
Dec. 20-22: “A Christmas Story: Live on Stage,” Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, 7:30 p.m. 877-626-1950 or sanduskystate.com.
Dec. 21: Glass City Singles “Pre-Christmas and New Year’s Eve Celebration,” Holland Gardens, 6530 Angola Rd., 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission $10. www.toledosingles.com.
Dec. 26-30: Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides in Spiegel Grove, Hayes Presidential Center, corner of Hayes and Buckland, Fremont, 1-4 p.m. www.rbhayes.org.
Dec. 28: Toledo Walleye vs. Cincinnati Cyclones, Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 7:05 p.m. 41-725-WALL or www.toledowalleye.com.
Dec. 28-30: Visit with Elmo and Abby Cadabby, Imagination Station, One Discovery Way, Toledo, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Three days of preschool fun. 419-244-2674 or www.imaginationstationtoledo.org.
Dec. 28-30: Christmas Lantern Tours, Historic Lyme Village, 5001 SR 4, Bellevue, 5-9 p.m. 419-483-4949 or www.lymevillage.org.
Dec. 31: Noon Year’s Eve, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo. Ring in the new year at the stroke of…noon. Kids and families can start their New Year’s a little early by building party hats and noise makers, choosing a reZOOlution, and gathering for the big countdown at noon. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
Dec. 31: Gala New Year’s Eve Ball, Stranahan Great Hall, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Featuring dinner at 6:30 p.m., dancing to the music of the Johnny Knorr Orchestra, champagne toast at midnight, followed by breakfast pastries. Tickets are $60 per person. 419-697-7612 or www.johnnyknorr.com.
Dec 31: 16th Walleye Madness at Midnight, Downtown Port Clinton, 3 p.m.-midnight. Free. Fun and excitement for the whole family. www.walleyemadness.com.
Join the celebration as 65 of Disney’s unforgettable characters come to life in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic Dec. 20 through Christmas Eve at the Huntington Center. (Photo courtesy of Disney on Ice)