Holiday Hullabaloo

. December 1, 2014.

Parades, carolers, tree lightings, artisan markets, visits with Santa, and other happenings capture the spirit of the holiday season. This list will carry your sleigh to some fun and family-friendly activities.

Ongoing Events


Through December 17

Holiday Gift Drive 

Levis Commons

3201 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg


Give the best gift ever by donating a new, unwrapped toy, gift card or other donation to the Lucas County Children Services Holiday Gift Drive!


Through December 24

Photos with Santa

The Shops at Fallen Timbers

3100 Main St., Suite 1599, Maumee


Flash your pearly whites next to Santa and capture the moment while you tell him what’s on your list!


Through December 24

Letters to Santa

Levis Commons

3201 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg


If you miss Santa while he’s visiting, drop off your wish list in the nearby mailbox and receive a response from Saint Nicholas! Favorites will be posted online every week. 


Through December 24

Visits with Santa

December 1-14: Fridays 4-8pm, Saturdays Noon-8pm, Sundays 1-6pm; December 15-20: Daily Noon-8pm; December 21: 1-6pm; December 22: Noon-8pm; December 23: Noon-8pm

Levis Commons

3201 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg


Bring your camera and snap photos while you visit with Santa in his festive 

house on the boulevard!


Through December 27

Horse-drawn Carriage Rides

Levis Commons

3201 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg


Take in the beautifully decorated boulevard on a horse-drawn carriage ride. $5/person or $10/family. 



December 1-January 4

Lights Before Christmas

Sunday–Thursday 3-8pm, 

Friday and Saturday 3-9pm

Toledo Zoo

2 Hippo Way, Toledo


Come enjoy the frolicking light show and promenading carolers, meet Santa until he leaves for the North Pole on December 24, and rejoice in the glow of the Big Tree. Cooler climate animals will also be out on display for little elves to enjoy! $11/ages 12-59, $8/seniors 60+ and children 2-11, Free/kids under 2. 


Tuesday, December 2

Community Holiday Celebrations


Point Place Branch of the Toledo Public Library

2727 117th St., Toledo


Enjoy local musical talent, refreshments and merriment at this fun and free family event! Bring your holiday cheer and mingle and jingle with your family and community! Free


December 2–January 4


Imagination Station

Tuesday–Saturday 10am-5pm, 

Sunday Noon-5pm

1 Discovery Way, Toledo


Come and take part in the slippery science of snow, as Santa’s little elves create works and crafts from paper holiday-themed activities. The chilly theme will continue through the month of December during regular business hours. Regular admission rates apply.


Thursday, December 4

Cookies and Cocoa with Claus


Imagination Station

1 Discovery Way, Toledo


Imagination Station members are invited to a pajama dance party with Santa! The jolly night will fuse holiday cookies and cocoa and frosty cool science. Reservations required, members only.


December 5-December 7

A Christmas Carol

The Valentine Theatre

410 Adams St., Toledo


This is a holiday favorite featuring a tale of redemption that embodies the true meaning of Christmas. Expect to see lavish costumes, spectacular sets and a musical score rich with carols of the era put on by the Toledo Repertoire Theatre. $27/adults, $22/seniors, $17/children 13 and under.


December 5-7

Heralding the Holidays

5-9pm. Toledo Botanical Garden, 

5403 Elmer Dr. 


Unique holiday gifts are for sale in the conference center, Artists Village and Seasons Gift Shop. Everyone can visit with Santa Claus and on Friday night, enjoy a free horse-drawn wagon ride.  


December 5, 6, 12 and 13

Holiday Lantern Tour


Sauder Village

22611 St. Rte 2, Archbold


Historic Sauder Village gives guests a turn of the century tour by lantern light as a costumed guide takes small groups on a pilgrimage to the early 1900’s. Guests will experience the holiday customs of that time, join in a hymn in the church and receive a small gift respective to the early century theme. Preregistration and prepayment is required. Nonmembers: $12/adult, $7/children 3-16. Members: $10/adult, $6/children 3-16. 


Saturday, December 6

Festivities in the Farmhouse


Wildwood Preserve

5100 W. Central Ave., Toledo


The farmhouse at the East entrance of the Wildwood Preserve hosts a warm but wintry fellowship for the merry community. Holiday activities featured include many unique crafts for kids. Volunteers from Read for Literacy will be reading holiday stories to the kids and Santa may even make an entrance! Apple cider and snacks provided. Free


Saturday, December 6

International Tea & Gingerbread Party

11:30am-1pm & 1:30pm-3:30pm

Hilton Garden Inn at Levis Commons

3201 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg


Watch your children’s faces light up as they decorate a gingerbread house that’s theirs to take home! You’re invited to ISOH/Impact’s annual International Tea Party at the Hilton Garden Inn. Enjoy delicious food, desserts, savory soup and steaming cups of fragrant teas. Tea & Gingerbread House Package- $45/each (includes one adult tea, one child’s tea and one gingerbread house), $25/individual adult, $25/individual child.


December 6–December 14

Holidays in the Manor House/Holiday Café and Craft Show


Wildwood Preserve

5100 W. Central Ave., Toledo


Stroll through the historic Manor House and let the beautiful holiday decorations whisk you away through history. After the tour, visit the craft show and café in Metroparks Hall. Warm up with coffee, hot chocolate, cookies and popcorn. Handmade gifts are for sale from local craftsmen. Free


Saturday, December 6

Jingle Bell Run 5K


The Shops at Fallen Timbers

3100 Main St., Maumee


Be a part of the largest holiday 5K race series aimed to fight arthritis! Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others and has been voted one of the Most Incredible Themed Races! Whether running or walking, all are encouraged to wear holiday themed attire – some even tie jingle bells to their shoelaces! $30/adults, $10/children.


Saturday, December 6

Southview Band’s Santa Break and Holiday Extravaganza


Southview High School

7225 W. Sylvania Ave., Sylvania


Kids can color holiday crafts, have their faces painted and take pictures with Santa and his elves. The vendor fair on site will feature Pampered Chef, Usborne and Close to My Heart products. Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase. Take part in the silent auction and get into the holiday spirit as the Southview Jazz Band performs holiday tunes throughout the day.


Sunday, December 7

Toledo Symphony Orchestra: Handel’s Messiah


Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle 

2445 Monroe St., Toledo


Don’t miss this family outing, as the Toledo Symphony, Toledo Choral Society and BGSU choruses present Handel’s iconic masterpiece Messiah. It’s the Messiah of the season! $35/adults, $17.50/students & children.


December 8, 16 and 17

Let it Snow Magic Show with Andrew Martin Locke

 Maumee and South Toledo Public Library Branches


It’s sure to be a spirited holiday show of wonders with everyone’s favorite magician, Andrew Martin. December 8, 7-8pm at the Maumee Auditorium, December 16, 6-7pm at the Locke Meeting Room and December 17, 4-5pm at the South Meeting Room. Free


Tuesday, December 9

20th Annual Walking in a Winter Wonderland


Toledo Heights Branch of 

Toledo Public Library

423 Shasta Dr., Toledo


Start the evening off with a craft at the library and then walk to the Highland Park Shelter House for songs, cookies and hot chocolate. This event is cosponsored by the Toledo Heights Friends of the Library and the City of Toledo. Free


December 11-14 and December 18-21

Winter Wonderland


Sandusky County Fairgrounds

901 Rawson Ave., Fremont


The Sandusky County Fairgrounds are magically turned into a winter wonderland featuring crafts for kids, refreshments, visits with Santa, carriage rides, horse rides, craft shows, vendors, carolers and more. Cost is $1 or a donation of a nonperishable food item.


December 12, 13, 19, 20

Carriage Rides

The Shops at Fallen Timbers

3100 Main St., Suite 1599, Maumee


Experience holiday magic on a complimentary carriage ride through Fallen Timbers!


December 12, 13, 19, 20

Strolling Carolers 

The Shops at Fallen Timbers

3100 Main St., Suite 1599, Maumee


Listen to beautiful holiday tunes by “The Christmas Carol” performers as you walk around and shop.  


December 12 –December 27

Children’s Wonderland



7060 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania


Come enjoy the merriment at this festive wonderland specially designed for kids! Enjoy the toy store, bakery, train rides, kids interactive zone, pictures with Santa and more! $6/adults, $3/children and seniors, additional $5/Kid Zone and $9/Santa’s Workshop (December 13 and 20, 9:30 am).


Saturday, December 13

Holiday Crafternoon


Sanger Branch of the Toledo Public Library

3030 W. Central Ave., Toledo


Create and take home a holiday ornament, festive card or anything else you can create during this hour-long crafting program. Bring your jolly family and have a great holiday-themed afternoon! Free


Saturday, December 13

Indoor Family Movie Night


Downtown Perrysburg Commodore School Building/Beck Auditorium

Louisiana Ave. at Indiana Ave., 

Perrysburg, 419-872-6246 

Warm up inside with a family friendly holiday movie! Enjoy festive pre-movie entertainment with free popcorn and refreshments. Free


Saturday, December 13

Santa Claus is Coming to the Library


Holland Branch of the Toledo Public Library

1032 S. McCord Rd., Holland


Visit the head elf, Santa! Join in the fun as Santa and the librarians share stories, treats and a craft. Registration is required. Free


Saturday, December 13

Wonderfully Different Christmas Traditions


Wildwood Preserve

5100 W. Central Ave., Toledo


Come in and keep warm out of the blustery weather! The original 1893 one-room schoolhouse is delightfully decorated for holiday visitors. During this open house, enjoy refreshments and learn about the jolly Christmas traditions from all over the world. String some popcorn for the tree at Oak Grove School and make a Victorian ornament to hang on your own tree. Registration is required. Free


Sunday, December 14

Hanukkah Palooza 2014


Congregation Temple Shomer Emunim, 

6453 Sylvania Ave. 419-724-0368

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with a Hanukkah rock concert, a special themed dinner and holiday activities. $15/family before December 5, $20/family after December 5 and at door.


Saturday, December 13 & Sunday, December 14

The Nutcracker

Saturday 2&7pm, Sunday 2pm

Stranahan Theater

4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo


Take your family to see the longest running annual performance of The Nutcracker in the country. Toledo Ballet’s Nutcracker is in its 74th annual production, and they push closer to perfection each year. Be part of this holiday extravaganza, accompanied by The Toledo Symphony Orchestra, and includes the hilarious celebrity, Mother Gingers. $24-$54.


Sunday, December 14

Holiday Open House  


Fort Meigs

29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg


The Visitor Center of Fort Meigs hosts War of 1812 soldiers and civilians who will provide demonstrations and answer questions about the War of 1812 and camp life. Enjoy hands-on activities, holiday music and refreshments. Get some holiday shopping done in the museum store with historical and unique holiday gifts! $5/adults, $4/seniors, $3/students, free/5 + under. 


Sunday, December 14

Winter Festival of Crafts


Franciscan Center at Lourdes University

6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania


See their beautiful setting for their last show of the year where you can pick up last minute holiday gifts and decorations that will make the holidays brighter! Crafts are made by local artists. 


Monday, December 15

Winter Celebrations


Washington Branch of the Toledo Public Library

5560 Harvest Lane, Toledo


Celebrate the holidays family-style with cookie decorating, crafts, refreshments and fun. This family event is guaranteed to bring excitement. All ages are welcome. Free


Friday, December 26

Sleigh Rides


Rutherford B Hayes Presidential Center

1 Spiegel Grove, Fremont


Culminate your holiday season with a relaxing ride through wintry snow at the historic Rutherford B Hayes Presidential Center. $3/rider.


December 27–January 4

Toledo Walleye Winterfest

Fifth Third Field /Huntington Center

406 Washington St., Toledo


Downtown Toledo and Fifth Third Field transform into a winter wonderland for Toledo’s very first outdoor professional hockey game at the Mud Hens Ballpark. Promedica Toledo Hospital will also present family-friendly activities for fans of all ages. Game schedules are posted on the website.


Wednesday, December 31 

Noon Year’s Eve


Point Place Branch of the Toledo Public Library

2727 117th St., Toledo


Let little ones experience the joys of a New Year’s celebration without having to stay up late! Enjoy treats, refreshments and the traditional New Year’s countdown 12 hours early! Registration is required. Free


Wednesday, December 31

Noon Year’s Eve


Toledo Zoo

2 Hippo Way, Toledo


Raise a toast to the New Year and sing a round of Auld Lang Syne all at the stroke of noon! Perfect for the younger crowd eager to make it to midnight! Enjoy all the celebrations of the evening in the middle of the day! Normal admission rates for the zoo apply.