Ho, ho, holidays sparkle with festivals, lights, celebrations
There’s no place like home for the holidays...and those who call Northwest Ohio home, along with those visiting our area for the holidays will find sparkling light displays, concerts, old-fashioned Christmas celebrations and plenty other ways to get their jolly on.
• Through Dec. 27: “The Art of Japanese Fashion,” Community Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art. www.toledomuseum.org.
• Through Jan. 1, 2014: “Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints,” Canaday Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art.www.toledomusem.org.
• Through Jan. 5, 2014: “Ebb & Flow: Cross Cultural Prints,” Works on Paper Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art. A free digital catalog can be viewed at www.toledomuseum.org.
• Through April 13, 2014: “Rutherford B. Hayes: Buckeye President,” Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont. In his first term as Ohio governor, Rutherford B. Hayes urged the legislature to establish a land-grant college funded by the Morrill Act of 1862. His persistence resulted in creation of The Ohio State University. The exhibit highlights the strong link between Hayes and the university. www.rbhayes.org.
|Embark on the ultimate sightseeing holiday with all your favorite Disney characters from The Lion King,
The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and Lilo & Stitch as Disney On Ice presents, “Passport to Adventure”
Dec. 4-8 at the Huntington Center in Toledo. (Photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment)
• Through December: Art Exhibit, featuring artwork from members of Port Clinton Artists’ Club, Terra State Community College, 2830 Napoleon Rd, Fremont, Buildings A, B & D.
• Sculpture in the Village, Williams Park, SR 300, Main Street, Gibsonburg. A walkway path of more than 20 sculptures designed by various artists
• Thursdays Dec. 5-26: Ice-Carving Demonstrations, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo. A cool new dimension to the fun while visiting the zoo’s Lights Before Christmas. www.toledozoo.org.
• Through Jan. 5, 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 Dec. 31: Winter Wonderland 3D Family Walk-Thru or Drive through Light Show Spectacular, Ghostly Manor Thrill Center, 3319 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky. 419-626-4467 or ghostlymanor.com.
• Through Dec. 31: Lights Before Christmas presented by KeyBank at the Toledo Zoo. In addition to more than a million lights and 200+ illuminated animal images, enjoy carolers and ice-carving on selected evenings, skating on a new outdoor ice rink, and Snow Globe Live, which invites visitors to step inside the winter fun of a bigger-than-life snow globe. www.toledozoo.org/lights/
Dec. 2: Owens Voices, Owens Community College Center for Fine & Performing Arts, 30335 Oregon Rd., Perrysburg, 2 p.m. Free. www.owens.edu/arts.
Dec. 3: Owens Jazz Express Concert, Owens Community College Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 30335 Oregon Rd., Perrysburg, 3 p.m. www.owens.edu/arts.
Dec. 3-8: “War Horse,” Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo. A heart-warming tale of loyalty and friendship, “War Horse” is the winner of five 2011 Tony Awards. www.theaterleague.com.
Dec. 4-8: Disney on Ice, “Passport to Adventure,” Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo. www.ticketmaster.com.
Dec. 5: Owens Pop Ensemble Concert, Owens Community College Center for Fine & Performing Arts, 30335 Oregon Rd., Perrysburg, 2 p.m. www.owens.edu/arts.
Dec. 6-8: Once Upon a Christmas, downtown Fremont. Parade, magical treats, joyous music, and more. www.DowntownFremontOhio.org.
Dec. 6-8: “A Christmas Carol,” presented by the Toledo Rep, Valentine Theatre, 400 N. Superior St., Toledo, 8 p.m. Fri. & Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. 419-242-2787, www.toledorep.org.
Dec. 7: Jason Farnham, in concert, Pemberville Opera House, 115 Main St., Pemberville, 7:30 p.m. Pianist Jason Farnham returns with his “toy” piano. www.pembervilleoperahouse.org.
Dec. 7: Elmore Family Christmas Festival, Elmore Historical Society Barn, 353 Ottawa St., Elmore, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. An all-you-can-eat pancake, sausage, bacon, and egg breakfast will be available, as well as Santa arriving by fire truck, pictures with Santa and a Christmas craft and gift show during the afternoon. The Legion will host its first reverse raffle and dinner with a $1,000 grand prize later that day with proceeds supporting Secret Santa gifts for local families. Cookie and candy contest entries from 9-11 a.m. with judging from 12-1 p.m. Craft show from 2-5:30 pm.
Dec. 7: Olde Fashioned Christmas, downtown Oak Harbor, 5 p.m. 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. 7-15: Holidays in the Manor House, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 5100 W. Central Ave., Toledo, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Visitors are invited to enjoy 28 areas magically transformed for the holiday season. www.metroparkstoledo.com.
Dec. 7: Owens Voices, Owens Community College Center for Fine & Performing Arts, 30335 Oregon Rd., Perrysburg, 7 p.m. Free. www.owens.edu/arts.
Dec. 7: Glass City Roller Derby vs. Ann Arbor Derby Dimes, SeaGate Convention Centre, 400 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 7 p.m. www.ticketmaster.com or www.glasscityrollers.com.
Dec. 8: Magee Marsh Holiday Open House, Magee Marsh, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, 12-4 p.m. Kids’ activities, local vendors offering unique items for sale, refreshments, live music and more. www.friendsofmageemarsh.org.
Dec. 8: Black Swamp Bird Observatory Annual Holiday Open House, 13551 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, noon-5 p.m. Family activities, local hand-made crafts for sale, conservation-minded holiday gift items, freshly-brewed Birds & Beans shade-grown coffee, holiday cookies, drinks and other refreshments. 419-898-4070, bsbobird.org.
Dec. 5, 12, 19 & 26, Ice-carving Demonstrations, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A cool way to increase the fun on a visit to Lights Before Christmas. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
Dec. 6-8: 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. 6-8: Victorian Christmas Candle Light Dinners, Historic Lyme Village, 5001 SR 4, Bellevue. For advance tickets, call 419-483-4949. www.lymevillage.com.
Dec. 8: 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. 8: Owens Concert Band Holiday Concert, Owens Community College Center for Fine & Performing Arts Mainstage Theatre, 30335 Oregon Rd., Perrysburg, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Free. www.owens.edu/arts.
Dec. 11: Toledo Walleye vs. Cincinnati Cyclones, Huntington Center,501 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 7:15 p.m. 419-725-WALL or www.toledowalleye.com.
Dec. 12-22: Winter Wonderland, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, corner of Rawson and North, Fremont. A holiday extravaganza featuring kids’ crafts, refreshments, visits with Santa, carriage rides, horse rides, craft and vendor show, carolers, dance performers and more. Admission is $1 or one non-perishable food item.
Dec. 13: Silver Screen Classics: “Home Alone,” Valentine Theatre, 400 N. Superior St., Toledo, 7:30 p.m. Cold tall drafts, full bar, $2 popcorn. 419-242-2787, www.valentinetheatre.com.
Dec. 13-14: Toledo Walleye vs. Evansville Icemen, Huntington Center,501 Jefferson Ave., Toledo. 419-725-WALL or www.toledowalleye.com.
Dec. 14-15: “The Nutcracker,” Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo. The Toledo Ballet presents its 73rd annual “Nutcracker” – the longest-running annual production in the country. 419-381-8851 or www.ticketmaster.com.
Dec. 13-28: Children’s Wonderland, Sylvania Tam-O-Shanter, 7060 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania. Hours are daily 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Christmas Eve. The 50th anniversary season of the holiday favorite that includes an interactive zone, photos with Santa and more. www.childrenswonderland.org.
Dec. 13-May 25, 2014: Varujan Boghosian Exhibit, Wolfe Gallery Mezzanine and Gallery 18, Toledo Museum of Art. The Armenian-American artist’s poetic works delve into themes of identity using unconventional objects like children’s toys, ancient paper and shoes. His work is seen at such noted institutions as The Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This exhibition features works specially selected for their relationships to the Toledo Museum of Art and will include a representation of his New England studio in Gallery 18. www.toledomuseum.org.
Dec. 14: Annual Holiday Open House, Firelands Winery, 917 Bardshar Rd., Sandusky, noon-4 p.m. firelandswinery.com.
Dec. 15: Winter Festival of Crafts, Franciscan Center at Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission and parking. www.toledocraftsmansguild.org.
Dec. 15: “The Nutcracker Ballet” Oak Harbor High School Performing Arts Center, 11661 SR 163, Oak Harbor, 3 and 6:30 p.m. The cast and crew number are over 100 and are comprised of instructors and students of Class A Studio of Performing Arts and community members from Oak Harbor, Port Clinton, Fremont, Genoa, Woodville, and Elmore, guided by Paula Fox-Ferguson. Reserved seating. 419-680-5554
Dec. 16: Christmas Tour, Historic Lyme Village, 5001 SR 4, Bellevue, 1-5 p.m. www.lymevillage.com.
Dec. 19: Glenn Miller Orchestra, Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., 2 p.m. 877-626-1950, snduskystate.com.
Dec. 20-21: Visit With Santa, Heckman Log Cabin, Depot Park, Elmore, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. 419-260-1282.
Dec. 20: Silver Screen Classics: “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Valentine Theatre, 400 N. Superior St., Toledo, 7:30 p.m. Cold tall drafts, full bar, $2 popcorn. 419-242-2787, www.valentinetheatre.com.
Dec. 21: Oak Ridge Boys in Concert, Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, 7:30 p.m. The Oak Ridge Boys will present rollicking Santa songs along with heartfelt standards. 419-381-8851, www.stranahantheater.com.
Dec. 21-22: Auto Tour, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Drive through seven miles of the refuge which are normally closed to the public, weather permitting. Free. 419-898-0014, fws.gov/Midwest/Ottawa.
Dec. 22: Jim Brickman, Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, 3 p.m. www.ticketmaster.com.
Dec. 26: Jeff Dunham, Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 7:30 p.m. www.ticketmaster.com.
Dec. 26-31: 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: David Cook, Hollywood Casino Toledo, 777 Hollywood Blvd., Toledo, 10 p.m. 419-661-5200, www.hollywoodcasinotoledo.com.
Dec. 28: Toledo Walleye vs. Cincinnati Cyclones, Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 7:15 p.m. 419-725-WALL, www.toledowalleye.com.
Dec. 29: Harlem Globetrotters, Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 2 p.m. 419-321-5007 or www.huntingtoncentertoledo.com.
Dec. 30: Toledo Walleye vs. Kalamazoo Wings, Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson, Toledo, 7:15 p.m. 419-725-WALL or www.toledowalleye.com.
Dec. 31: Walleye Madness at Midnight, downtown Port Clinton, N. Madison St., 3 p.m.-midnight. www.walleyemdness.com or visit “Walleye Madness at Midnight” on Facebook.
Dec. 31: Noon Year’s Eve, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, 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.
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