E. 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.
Olde Fashioned Christmas
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.
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.
A spaghetti luncheon will be held to benefit Bill Wells will be held Dec. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 207 Adams St., Port Clinton.
Wells, a longtime resident of Port Clinton, has been facing ongoing treatment for a number of medical conditions, including a kidney transplant, lymphoma caused by anti-rejection drugs, and infection.
The requested donation for the luncheon is $8 for adults and $6 for kids 12 and under. The luncheon will also include a dessert bake sale, silent auction and a 50/50 raffle.
For more information, call Barb at 419-341-0518.
Gibsonburg churches will present a live, drive-through Nativity Dec. 1 and 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 500 S. Brentwood Ave.
The drive-through will consist of nine stations, each depicting a part of the Christmas story. Stations will be manned by members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Hessville, Shiloh United Methodist Church in Helena and St Michael’s Catholic, Trinity United Methodist, Faith United Methodist, First English Lutheran and Zion Lutheran churches in Gibsonburg.
The stations will tell the Christmas story through song and scripture. Attendees will be giving a CD to listen to as they travel through the parking lot. CD players will be provided for those whose vehicles aren’t equipped.
Family Christmas Festival
The Elmore Historical Society will continue a popular tradition by hosting the annual Family Christmas Festival Saturday, Dec. 1.
Santa will arrive at the Harris-Elmore Public Library for the annual Library Tree Lighting and Placement of the Star Ceremony.
Kids are invited to create a star for the tree. One star will be chosen to be placed on the tree during the lighting ceremony. For more information about the Christmas star contest, call the library at 419-862-2482.
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. Santa will visit with children until 5:30 p.m. Kids can get their pictures taken with Santa free of charge courtesy of Pills-n-Packages. There will also be crafts and activities for the children during those hours.
Bethel United Brethren Church will be providing free hayrides throughout the village from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tickets for the hayrides will be available at the Depot, which will serve as the pick-up and drop-off point for the hayrides.
The Historical Society will also be offering food beginning at 2:30 p.m. The menu will consist of sandwiches, soups, French fries and beverages. There will also be free candy and cookies, along with free hot cocoa and punch.
Earlier in the day, entries will be accepted in the cookie and candy contest at the Historical Society Barn from 9 to 11 a.m. Contestants must bring three dozen cookies or pieces of candy in a non-returnable container along with two index cards – one marked with the contestant’s name, address and telephone number along with the name of the entry, and the other containing the entry name and the ingredients used to make it.
Entries will be accepted in age 5-14 and 15 and older age groups. Only drop or cutout cookies will be accepted; no sheet or bar cookies will be judged. Closed judging will be take place from noon to 1 p.m. Winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m. at the Barn. For more information, call Renee at 419-574-1559.