Through Dec. 15: Tamara Monk /Thomas Hilty Art Exhibit, The Brown Welcome Center at Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, 19255 W. Portage River South Rd., Elmore. Wednesday-Friday noon-4 p.m. Featuring 22 paintings by Tamara Monk and Thomas Hilty, and three sculptures by Baltimore sculptor Barry Woods Johnston. Through Dec. 15, the Brown Center will be open for viewing the exhibit Wednesday through Friday from noon-4 p.m. and by appointment at other hours for groups. schedel-gardens.org.
Through Dec. 31: Lights Before Christmas, The Toledo Zoo. Monday-Thursday 5 pm to 8 pm, Friday-Sunday, 5-9 p.m. www.toledozoo.org.
Through Dec. 31: Children's Wonderland, Lucas County Recreation Center, Key Street, Maumee. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday noon-6 p.m. 419-213.2244/www.childrenswonderland.org.
Through Dec. 31: Train Special, Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont. Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. A 12 x 24 foot operating model train display featuring six 19th-century-style trains. 800.998.7737/www.rbhayes.org.
Through Dec. 31: "Patterns from the Past: Quilts of Northern Ohio,” Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont. Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon- 5 p.m. An exclusive Hayes Museum exhibit of 19th-century quilts made by residents of northern Ohio. Every quilt features information about the people responsible for its creation. 800-998-7737.
Through Dec. 31: "The Little Match Girl," Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont. Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. Dr. Snowflake presents Hans Christian Anderson's "The Little Match Girl," an exhibit of the intricate paper-cutting art of Michigan surgeon Dr. Thomas Clark. 800.998.7737/rbhayes.org. Admission: $6/adult, $5/senior, $2/child (ages 6 - 12)
Through Dec. 31: Sculpture in the Village; Williams Park; SR 300 just north of SR 600; Gibsonburg, Ohio. All day. A juried outdoor sculpture exhibit with over 25 of the Midwest’s best sculptors displaying sculpture in bronze, stone, steel, marble, aluminum, granite, glass, concrete, Jim Havens, Curator, at 419-849-3048/www.sanduskycounty.org.
Through Dec. 31: Scuba Diving at White Star Quarry; 901 S. Main St.; Gibsonburg. Scuba diving is available daily. Special dives are scheduled throughout the year. www.whitestarquarry.com.
Through Jan. 4: 90th Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, Toledo Museum of Art, an exhibition of the region’s artistic community. 419-255-8000/www.toledomuseum.org.
Nov. 29: 2008 Downtown Holiday Parade, 11 a.m., downtown Toledo at Summit Street and Jefferson Avenue. Once again on Thanksgiving Saturday, floats will glide along downtown streets to the beat of marching bands and the cheers of children.
Nov. 29: Pemberville's Christmas in the Village, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., downtown Pemberville. Carriage rides, holiday open houses, strolling musicians and more. www.beekersgeneralstore.com.
Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 12-13 : Holiday Lantern Tours at Sauder Village. Tours last roughly 90 minutes and will be repeated every half hour from 4-8 p.m.
Dec. 4-6: Christmas Dinners in Spiegel Grove, Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont. 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Dec. 5-7: “A Christmas Carol,” Stranahan Theater. The Toledo Repertoire Theater presents the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. 419-243-9277/www.toledorep.org.
Dec. 5-7: Heralding the Holidays, Toledo Botanical Garden, Elmer Drive, Toledo. Friday 5-9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m. Enjoy the wintry beauty of the garden and the chance to purchase one-of-a-kind gifts from local artists, to enjoy spiced cider, hot chocolate and a visit from St. Nick.
Dec. 5-7 & 12-14: It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Fremont Community Theatre; 1551 Dickinson St., Fremont. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940’s radio broadcast with the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage. 419-332-0695/www.fremontcommunitytheatre.org.
Dec. 5: Holiday Open House, Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor. 4-8 p.m. Enjoy the decorations, the warm fire and the refreshments. Find unique gifts for those on your shopping list. Baked goods for sale. Artists and carvers on hand. Activities for kids. 419-898-0960. friendsofmageemarsh.org.
Dec. 6: “Winter in the Great Black Swamp” program, Pearson Metropark Packer-Hammersmith Center, Oregon. 1-2 p.m. Enter the swamp and learn about how they spent winter days during a stroll in the woods. Families and strollers welcome. 419-407-9700/www.metroparkstoledo.com.
Dec. 6-21: Old Home Holiday Tour, Wood County Historical Center & Museum, Bowling Green. Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m. 419-372-7862.
Dec. 7: Holiday Open House, Black Swamp Bird Observatory, 13551 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, 1-5 p.m. Stop by to shop for your nature loving friends and family. Our gift shop has hand-made items crafted by local artists, nature-friendly stocking stuffers, free samples of tasty treats, activities for the kids, nature books and other items to fit under the tree. Two favorite local authors, Kenn Kaufman and Jim Mollenkopf, will be here to sign copies of their great books from 2 -4 p.m. 419-898-4070/bsbobird.org.
Dec. 7: Tours de Noel Home Tours, Historic Old West End, Toledo. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tour historic homes decorated for the holidays. www.toursdenoel.com.
Dec. 7: Eddie Boggs Holiday Variety Show, Franciscan Theater & Conference Center. 2 p.m. 419-824-3999.
Dec. 7-14: Holidays in the Manor House, Wildwood Preserve Metropark Manor House, 5100 W. Central Ave., Toledo. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Come see how the volunteers have decorated the home for the holidays. 419-407-9700/www.metroparkstoledo.com.
Dec. 7-14: Holiday Cafe & Craft Show, Wildwood Preserve Metroparks Hall, Toledo. Daily 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 419-407-9700/www.metroparkstoledo.com.
Dec. 11, 18: Old Home Holiday Tea & Tour, Wood County Historical Center & Museum, Bowling Green. Noon, 3 and 6 p.m. Tour over 30 exhibit rooms decorated by community groups and individuals.
Dec. 12: The Lettermen – Spirit of Christmas, Valentine Theatre, 8 p.m. 419-242-2787/www.valentinetheatre.com.
Dec. 13-14: Dillon House Christmas Special Teas, Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont. 1-3 p.m. Spend a leisurely pre-holiday afternoon with friends or family while sharing the joy of the holiday season. Advance reservations required. 419-332-2081/ www.rbhayes.org
Dec. 13-14: Toledo Ballet Presents “The Nutcracker,” Stranahan Theater, Maumee. www.toledoballet.net.
Dec. 13-14: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky County Fairground, corner North and Rawson Ave., Fremont. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m-3 p.m. Sunday. Over 200 vendors. Free admission and parking. Concessions are available. 419-332-5604/www.sanduskycountyfair.com
Dec. 14: Holiday Open House, 1-4 p.m., Fort Meigs State Memorial, Perrysburg. Demonstrations, holiday music, refreshments and activities. 800-283-8916/fortmeigs.org.
Dec. 16: The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas, Stranahan Theater, 7:30 p.m. 419-381-8851.
Dec. 20: Christmas Lantern Tour, Historic Lyme Village; 5001 SR 4, Bellevue, 5-9 p.m. Take a wonderful self-guided tour of Historic Lyme Village by candlelight, with the buildings decorated for Christmas. 419-483-4949/www.lymevillage.com.
Dec. 20: Christmas is for Kids Tea, Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont. 1-3 p.m. A special pre-Christmas treat for youngsters who have been very, very good. 419-332-2081/www.rbhayes.org.
Dec. 26-31: Sleigh Carriage Rides through Spiegel Grove, Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont. 1-4 p.m. Take a tour through the 25-acre estate of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes using the mode of transportation he used. Weather determines if sleighs or carriages will be used. 419-332-2081/ www.rbhayes.org
Dec. 27-28: Christmas of Yesteryear, Historic Lyme Village, 5001 SR 4, Bellevue, Ohio. 1-5 p.m. Step into the Christmas of years gone by with music, re-enactors and refreshments. 419-483-4949. www.lymevillage.com
Dec. 27: Hayes Anniversary Celebration, Hayes Presidential Center; Fremont. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. In honor of the Dec. 30, 1852, marriage of President Rutherford B. and Lucy Hayes, a single-price admission gains entry to the Hayes Homes, the Hayes Museum, and special exhibits, as well as refreshments and special activities. www.rbhayes.org.
Dec. 28: Friends of Toledo Railroaders, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Lucas County Recreation Center, Maumee. More than 300 model railroad vendor tables, five fully-detailed club layouts in operation. www.toledotrainshow.com.
Dec. 31: The Great Sausage Drop, Historical Society Depot Park; 353 Ottawa St.; Elmore. 8 p.m.-1 p.m. Come to Elmore as we celebrate the New Year with the giant “Sausage Drop”. Live bands, food, drinks and sausage eating and sausage-throwing contests. Free. Info: 419-260-1282/www.sanduskycounty.org
Dec. 31: Noon Year's Eve at the Zoo, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Toledo Zoo. Children will love celebrating the new year at this kid-friendly event.www.toledozoo.org.
Dec. 31: Walleye Madness at Midnight, Madison Street, Port Clinton. Bring in the New Year with the only place in America that drops a fish and people sing and dance in the street. Starting at 4 p.m., enjoy heated tents, food, games for children and a full stage show capped off by fireworks. 800-441-1271/walleyemadness.com.
Visitors to the Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, on display through Jan. 4 at the Toledo Museum of Art, can see Woodville artist Sue Stewart’s Harvest Moons acrylic. (Photo courtesy of the Toledo Museum of Art)