Pemberville celebrating Christmas in the Village
As it does every year the weekend after Thanksgiving, the village of Pemberville will roll out its hometown holiday hospitality for the annual “Christmas in the Village” Saturday, Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday Nov. 25 from noon to 4 p.m.
Though Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and company won’t be able to make it (it’s their busy time of the year), there will be live reindeer to visit. Their owner, Ron Disher and staff will be on hand to answer questions about these unique animals and their role in helping Santa pull his sleigh.
The Pember-Furry House – the village’s oldest frame house – has been be transformed into “Santa’s House,” where Santa and Mrs. Claus will welcome visitors. Santa will also be making his way through the village to pose for photos with good little boys and girls.
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Scott-Nusrala will be onhand at Beeker's General
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Visit the “Sweet Shoppe” at the One-Room Schoolhouse, where Historical Society members will be selling tempting baked goods. The society will also be offering their famous “sausage-on-a-stick.”
Throughout the weekend, village merchants will be holding open houses and special events including a Holiday Trunk Show featuring local artisans and crafters will be held in the Henline Building; coffee sampling at Higher Ground coffee shop; an open house at Riverbank Antique Market and more.
On Saturday only, Bethlehem Lutheran Church will host a Nativity Walk featuring a display of Nativity scenes. The church will also host children’s activities.
Children and adults are invited to stop by the Pemberville Drug Store on Saturday to make a holiday card to be mailed to members of the military.
On Sunday, stop in at Beeker’s General Store, for a Holiday Pajama Party with Twinkle Toes, the pajama fairy.
Award-winning Author Donna Scott-Nusrala will be on hand from 1 to 3 p.m. signing copies of her book, “Twinkle Toes,” which tells the story about a fairy that grows pajamas in the Land of Dreams and delivers them to kids to help them sleep on Christmas Eve. Twinkle Toes herself will be on hand, and books will be available for purchase at the open house.
For more information about these and other Christmas in the Village festivities, call 419-287-3274.
Genoa celebrating the season
Genoa Merchants will celebrate the season with a weekend of open houses Nov. 23, 24 and 25.
At Packer Creek Pottery, shoppers will find demonstrations and holiday refreshments at the open house Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Genoa Custom Interiors will offer discounts at their open house Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
On Friday night, Santa will arrive by fire truck at 6 p.m. There will also be a tree lighting, Christmas carols and cookies, donuts and coffee.
In keeping with the holiday spirit, Genoa Merchants are sponsoring a toy drive to support the Ottawa County Holiday Bureau. For every toy contributed, donors will receive one entry into a raffle for one of two bicycles donated by Genoa Merchants. Toys may be dropped off at Genoa Custom Interiors or Rayz Café.
The drawing will be held Nov. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Genoa Town Hall Christmas Tree Lighting. Toys will be picked up Dec. 7.
Penta Holiday Showcase
Penta Career Center, located at 9301 Buck Rd. in Perrysburg Township, will host a Holiday Showcase Thursday, Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Parking will be available adjacent to the Floral Design/Greenhouse Production lab near the large greenhouse or in the designated visitor parking area near the main entrance to Penta.
The Holiday Showcase will include shopping in Petals and Plants, a flower and gift shop operated by students in the Floral Design/Greenhouse Production program; a gingerbread house workshop for kids offered through the Culinary Arts program; a display of gingerbread houses sponsored by Culinary Arts students; and hair and nail care services in the Cosmetology program.
Items that will be available for purchase in the Petals and Plants shop will include poinsettias grown by students; decorated trees and wreaths; holiday floral arrangements; garden art by George Carruth; candles and a variety of holiday decorations for the home. In addition, the shop will be taking orders for Christmas greens including pine roping, wreaths, grave blankets and pillows.
The gingerbread house workshop, which will run from 5 to 7 p.m., is open to children ages 12 and under, accompanied by a parent. The fee is $25. Enrollment is limited to the first 30 children who register by calling 419-661-6482. Registration is required by Nov. 26.
Also during the Holiday Showcase, students in the Culinary Arts program will be accepting orders for holiday cookies.
Penta Cosmetology students will offer a variety of hair and nail care services during the Holiday Showcase. Appointments are encouraged by calling 419-666-1120, ext. 1217.
For more information about the Holiday Showcase, call 419-666-1120.
Spend Black Friday with the animals
Instead of clawing your way through crowds at the mall on Black Friday, why not spend some time with a black-and-white colobus monkey or an Argentine black-and-white tegu?
The Zoo is open throughout Thanksgiving weekend, starting with Black Friday hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Find unique gifts and special holiday deals during Thanksgiving weekend at the Zoo’s North Star Trading Post. Zoo admission is not required to shop.
The Toledo Zoo, located on the Anthony Wayne Trail four miles south of downtown Toledo, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day).
The Lights Before Christmas runs Nov. 16 through Dec. 31, starting at 3 p.m. daily; closing hours vary. For more information, visit toledozoo.org or call 419-385-4040. Lucas County residents are admitted free of charge each Monday from 10 a.m. to noon. ID showing proof of residency is required.
East Toledo Christmas Parade
The 41st Annual East Toledo Christmas Parade will hit the streets Saturday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m.
Those participating in the parade, should line up at 10:20 a.m. The parade route is East Broadway to Starr Avenue, Starr to Main Street. Main to Front Street and Front to Morrison.
This year’s parade will include Model T and Model A cars, classic cars, marching bands, equestrian units, floats and walking groups. Toledo Mayor Mike Bell and some members of Toledo City Council will also be on hand.
For more information or to participate in the parade, call Denny Fairchild at 419-693-9517.
Breakfast with Santa
The Oregon Northwood Rotary Club will host a Breakfast with Santa Saturday, Dec. 1 from 8 to 10 a.m. in the cafeteria at Clay High School, 5665 Seaman Rd., Oregon.
The breakfast will include a pancake, egg and sausage. The event will also include raffles, pictures with Santa, make-it and take-it crafts, face painting, storytelling and puppet shows.
Tickets are $3 per person and may be purchased at the door.
Christmas through the Years
The Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society will debut a new holiday event, “Christmas through the Years” Dec. 1 and 2 at the museum complex, 1133 Grasser St., Oregon.
Guides will lead guests throughout the complex, which will be decorated from top to bottom with holiday finery. Members of the Oregon Community Theater will bring the history of each area to life with re-enactments. There will also be seasonal music both days and complimentary refreshments will be available as well.
Raffle tickets for a decorated tree will be sold for $1 or six for $5. The large tree, donated by The Andersons and decorated by Beth Allen Florist, will be on display in Brandville School.
Tours, which last about one hour, will be offered Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., starting at 15-minute intervals. Tickets are $8 each or two for $15. A family package, limited to parents and their children, is $20. Admission for seniors 65 and older is $5. Tickets for children ages 5 to 12 are $3 and children under 5 will be admitted free.
Advance tickets are available at Brandville School Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and at Eggleston-Meinert-Pavley Funeral Home, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Olde Fashioned Christmas Celebration
Old St. Nick himself will ring in the season in the village of Oak Harbor Dec. 1.
At 4:15 p.m., Santa’s friends from the Portage District Fire Department will guide him through the village streets. At 4:45 p.m., Santa will magically light the large village Christmas tree.
From 5 to 7 p.m., kids will have the opportunity to share their Christmas wish lists with Santa at the Portage Fire Station, and to enjoy some hot cocoa and a cookie. After a chat with Santa, they’ll also be able to shop for two free gift items from Santa’s Shop, located upstairs in the fire station, and design their own packaging too.
Santa will also be at the Log Cabin from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec 7 and 14. For more information, call 419-898-0479.
Santa Comes to Walbridge
Santa will pay a visit to the village of Walbridge at a special celebration Dec. 2.
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. Participants should line up no later than 6 p.m. The parade will travel south on Allen Street, turn right on Union to Main Street, right on Main to Veteran’s Park.
The celebration is being hosted by Walbridge-Fest, Inc., and the Village of Walbridge.
Wildlife holiday open house
Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, the Black Swamp Bird Observatory and Ottawa National Wildlife and will celebrate the season with Holiday Open Houses Sunday, Dec. 2.
Black Swamp Bird Observatory, located at the entrance to Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, is also hosting their Holiday Open House from noon until 5 p.m.
Open house hours are noon to 5 p.m. at the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center at Magee Marsh, where 13 vendors will be on hand with unique holiday gift items. In addition, all sales at the gift shop will be 20 percent off that day and complimentary gift wrapping will be available.
Visitors can enjoy the warmth of the fireplace, free holiday foods, kids’ activities, raffles and live music.
At Ottawa National Wildlife Area, the Holiday Open House hours will be from noon until 4 pm. Activities planned include holiday crafts and a Winter Wildlife walk at 1 p.m.
Those who attend all three open houses will be entered into a drawing to win one of three prize baskets.
Magee Marsh Wildlife Area is located at 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor. Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is located just to the west of Magee Marsh at 14000 W. SR 2.
For more information, call Mary at Magee Marsh 419-898-0960, ext. 31.
Holidays in the Manor House
Each year, hundreds of volunteers transform the Manor House at Wildwood Metropark into a festive, seasonal wonderland.
The community is invited to share in their holiday cheer at the annual Holidays in the Manor House, which runs Sunday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 9. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free.
Visitors are encouraged to stop to snack and shop at the Volunteers In Parks Holiday Café and Craft Show located just down the walk at Metroparks Hall.
The Manor House is located at 5100 West Central Ave., Toledo. For more information, visit www.metroparkstoledo.com.
Parade of trees
A time-honored holiday tradition, Christmas Trees on Parade will light up the village of Oak Harbor the town once again this year.
Friends, family, businesses and organizations are invited to sponsor a tree as a memorial, an honorary gift or a seasonal greeting. A sign will be placed at each tree displaying the special message and the sponsor.
The trees will be displayed on the light posts in the village from Dec. 1 to Jan. 1. The cost is $15 per tree. Forms are available online at www.oakharborohio.net or at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce office at 161 W. Water St., Oak Harbor.
For more information, call 419-898-0479.
Holiday Lantern Tours
Step back in time and experience holiday customs and celebrations of the 1900s at the annual Holiday Lantern Tours at Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold.
Reservations are now being taken for the Holiday Lantern Tours to be held Nov. 24 and 30 and Dec. 1, 7 and 8.
The flicker of a candle-lit lantern will light the way as guests travel to the 1910 Homestead, District 16 School, Village Church and Elmira Depot. Guests will enjoy visiting the Herb Shop, Village Gift Shop and Lauber’s General Store to look for unique Christmas gifts.
Tours last about 90 minutes and will be repeated every half hour from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required to reserve a space.
Tour rates are $12 for adults and $7 for children ages 3 and up. Due to the length of the lantern tours, the event is not really appropriate for preschool-aged children.
For more details or to make a reservation, 800-590-9755 or visit www.saudervillage.org.
The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo will sponsor a Holiday Loop – which will offer free bus rides around the downtown Toledo area Friday, Nov. 30 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
The bus loop will travel between Downtown, UpTown, and the Old West End to offer holiday shoppers a fun and unique shopping experience, while promoting local arts and artists, local retailers and other venues.
Free and convenient parking will be available at a number of Loop stops. All Downtown street parking is free after 5 p.m.
Sponsored parking areas include the Collingwood Arts Center lot, 2413 Collingwood Blvd.; Toledo School for the Arts lot, 333 14th St. (parking lot accessible from Madison Ave.); the Ottawa Tavern, 1815 Adams St.; Manos Greek Restaurant lot, 1701 Adams St. and the Toledo City Paper lot, 1120 Adams St. Maps and venue information will be available at all participating venues during the event, and will be available for download in advance of the event at www.TheArtsCommission.org.
The Holiday Loop is presented by The Arts Commission as an extension of its Live Work Create Toledo (LWCT) program and made possible through the support of Margy & Scott Trumbull, the Ohio Arts Council, The Andersons, The Blade, HCR Manor Care, University of Toledo, and Owens-Illinois.
Pet photos with Santa
This holiday season, as we get into the hustle and bustle of present shopping and gift wrapping, Humane Ohio urges everyone to remember pets and owners who are less fortunate than some, many of whom depend on Humane Ohio’s low-cost spay/neuter clinic and pet food bank for help.
The group’s “Pet Photos with Santa” fundraiser will be held Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pet Supplies Plus Alexis (849 W. Alexis Rd., Toledo) and on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pet Supplies Plus Central Ave. (6923 W. Central Ave., Toledo).
Tigress Studios is donating photography services and Kohne Camera & Photo is donating the printing, allowing 100 percent of the proceeds to benefit Humane Ohio.
Children and families photos are welcome too, with or without a pet for photos with or without Santa. Photos will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. Several photo packages will be available, ranging in price from $10 to $25.
Individuals and organizations are also encouraged to hold pet food drives to help stock the shelves of the Humane Ohio Pet Food Bank this holiday season, or to purchase and donate pet food at Pet Supplies Plus when they come for Santa Photos.
Visitors to Pet Supplies Plus Talmadge will even find a “wishing wall” while customers at Petco in Holland will find a Humane Ohio wish list tree covered with paper ornaments that feature items the non-profit organization would like to collect for their pet food bank clients. Requests range from toys and treats to bags of cat and dog food and kitty litter.
The Humane Ohio Pet Food Bank makes pet food available to pet parents in need and to people caring for free-roaming cats (in Lucas, Wood and Monroe counties).
For other ways to help the organization in its mission, visit the “Effortless Giving” section of www.humaneohio.org.