More than 20 Holiday Activities in Toledo: 2022 Edition

*With additional listings by Olivia Jo Johnson and Sneha Kamath

The coats are zipped up, the hats and gloves are on, and there is a nip in the air. Yes – it’s the holiday season in Toledo! If you’re looking for ideas for the whole family to enjoy, we’ve got you covered with our roundup of activities happening throughout the area in November and  December.

Outdoor events

 

Lucas County Holiday Light Show

From November 19- December 31, the Lucas County Holiday Light Show is back for  another season! Held at the Lucas County Fair Grounds, this event will feature beautiful holiday displays to please the whole family. All visitors are invited to pack a snack and snuggle up in the car with their loved ones while enjoying the show. The event starts at 5pm and tickets range from $25-$62.

Giving Thanks and Gratitude 

Olander Park – Gorman Education Center
6930 W. Sylvania Ave.
November 3 | 4:30pm
November 5 | 2pm
facebook.com/TheOlanderParkSystem/ 

This two-day event features hands-on activities for the entire family to explore and ingenious  ways to show gratitude with Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful, a Toledo effort to establish greener communities through environmental education, litter prevention, and voluntary  partnerships. 

Perrysburg Countdown to Christmas Fest 

Louisiana Ave & 3rd St.
November 5 | 10am-5pm 

Perrysburg gets you in the holiday spirit with its Countdown to Christmas Festival! The downtown streets fill with food trucks, local craft pop-up tents, and activities for parents and kids. The children can stay busy with an inflatable obstacle course, bounce house and a visit from Jolly Ole St. Nick himself! Everyone can take part in a Scavenger Hunt to win a gift basket full of items from local businesses. There will also be a window-decorating contest and a performance by the Perrysburg Choir and The Beat Dance Studio.

Holiday Open House at Fort Meigs
December 11
Noon-5pm

Visitors are invited to celebrate the soldiers who fought in the War of 1812, all while enjoying holiday music, refreshments and hands-on activities.

Demonstration Day: Christmas in the Cabin 

Wood County Museum Grounds
13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green
November 12 | 10am-5pm
ohio.org/festivals-and-events/events/demonstration-days-give-thanks 

Historic reenactors show audience members what a traditional Thanksgiving meal looks like, while the museum welcomes visitors. Children can take part in making a corn husk doll as a holiday craft! Cabin Demonstration Day is free to attend.

Brewdolph Bash 

The Toledo Zoo
2 Hippo Way
November 17 (The night before The Lights Before Christmas begins)
6-10pm
toledozoo.org/brewdolphbash 

The night before The Lights Before Christmas gets underway, the adults can gather together for a  sneak preview of the lights with a souvenir cup with a signature hot chocolate (spiked or non-spiked)  plus an additional drink provided by the Zoo! 

Holiday beer, full bar and food will be available at an additional cost. Ticket includes complimentary parking in the Anthony Wayne Trail lot. Please continue to check the Toledo Zoo’s website for admission costs. 

Lights Before Christmas 

The Toledo Zoo
2 Hippo Way
November 18 – December 31 | 3-8pm, Monday-Thursday
3-9pm, Friday-Sunday
The Zoo will close one hour after last admission to allow guests to finish their visit toledozoo.org/lights. 

Is it really the holiday season in Toledo without the Lights Before Christmas? The annual light spectacular is returning for its 37th year with more than one million lights and 200+ illuminated animal images covering the zoo. The six-week event begins with the lighting of the 85-foot Norway Spruce “Big Tree,” decorated in over 30,000 individual LED bulbs. While you and the family make your way through the light show, you can warm yourselves up with a cup of hot cocoa or  snacks, let the kids enjoy the ice slide in the Amphitheatre, and even stop by for a visit with Santa!  

Admission is $26 for adults (ages 12-59) and $23 for kids (ages 2-11) and seniors (ages 60 and up). Children under two-years-old get in free! Reservations are required for all members and non-members. Toledo Zoo  members receive unlimited visits throughout the lights season.

Bowling Green Holiday Parade 

Main Street, Downtown Bowling Green
November 19 | 10am-2pm 

Bowling Green’s annual holiday parade is back! Stop by to see marching bands, floats, dancing, marching bands, and more!

 

Miracle on Main Street & 5K 

Downtown Sylvania
5651 Main St.
December 2 | 5pm
December 3 | 5pm
redbirdsylvania.org/events 

For the art lovers and runners, this one is for you. On a Friday and Saturday in Downtown Sylvania, attendees can enjoy the crisp winter air while working their way through an Art Walk featuring local vendors. If you need to finish your holiday shopping, you can do so while supporting local shops. Santa will also be available for the kids to share their wishlists. And don’t forget about the annual tree lighting ceremony that follows!

On Saturday, the annual Miracle on Main 5k takes place with continued holiday shopping, art and craft vendors.

 

Adventure Kids Club: Holiday Tree Climb

For all children who love exploring the outdoors, Adventure Kids Club is a monthly drop-off program giving children the opportunity to explore different parks. On December 10 from 5-7pm, a holiday spin has been added to this event, as a climbing tree will be lit at the Toledo Botanical Gardens. Children will have a chance to climb the tree and enjoy s’mores!  Admission is $35 . 

 

 

Polar Paws & Santa 5K Race/Walk 

The Toledo Zoo
2 Hippo Way
December 11
Polar Paws & Santa Claws 5K at 4pm
Polar Paws Kids Cub Run at 3pm
toledozoo.org/polarpaws 

This two-race event is for everyone, no matter the age! 5k registrants will receive a collectible medal, tech-friendly gloves, a collectible cup, and a custom bib with chip timing.  

Cost to participate in the Polar Paws & Santa Claws 5K is $35 plus processing fee but the price increases after November 1. Cost to participate in  the Polar Paws Kids Cub Run is $15. It is open to ages 12 and under. For more information on registration, visit the Toledo Zoo website.

All participants are encouraged to don their best holiday attire and light-up accessories as they run  their own race.

School’s Off, Parks On! Mini-Camps: Winter Skills Quest Mini-Camp
December 27
9am-2pm

Enjoy the winter break with an exploration of the Oak Openings Metropark. Learn new skills, enjoy the winter camp activities and much more! Tickets are $28.

Indoor events

Classic Movie Nights 

Maumee Indoor Theatre
601 Conant St.
Mondays or Tuesdays all-season-long (Check back for more details)
maumeeindoor.com 

The Maumee Indoor Theater is back at it this holiday season for its free Classic Movie Night Series! As we move through the cold and chilly nights, the theater is the perfect spot to cozy up while enjoying popular classic holiday movies, starting with films from the 1970s. Movies will be decided by the popular vote, so stay tuned to their social media pages to cast your vote!

BABY SHARK LIVE!: The Christmas Show 

Stranahan Theater and Great Hall
4645 Heatherdowns Blvd.
November 9
Doors open at 5pm.
Show begins at 6pm.
stranahantheater.com/events/baby-shark-live-the-christmas-show 

Baby Shark do-do-do-do-do-do… don’t act like you don’t know the jingle. Bring the kids to the Stranahan Theater and splash along with Baby Shark and Pinkfong as they give you an immersive experience of sing-a-longs including “Baby Shark” and “Five Little Monkeys,” as well as holiday favorites that will get the kids pumped. Adults are more than welcome to sing along, too! 

Ticket prices range from $29 to $69. Kids under 2-years-old do not require a ticket to sit on a parent’s lap.  

Maker’s Mart Holiday Edition 

Handmade Toledo
1717 Adams St.
November 12 | 11am-7pm
handmadetoledo.com 

Bring the family to UpTown Toledo and enjoy one of the city’s best craft fairs, holiday style! You can finish your shopping lists by browsing the finest homemade crafts from local makers and shops. Admission is $5. Kids 10 and under get in free. 

A Motown Christmas 

Stranahan Theater and Great Hall
4645 Heatherdowns Blvd.
November 16 | 7:30pm
stranahantheater.com/events/a-motown-christmas 

It’s Christmas with a Motown twist. Hear some of the best holiday classics from members of the most legendary groups likeThe Temptations, The Miracles and The Contours. This is sure to be a nice grandparents outing with the kids! Ticket prices range from $44 to $64.  

Holiday Light Parade and Holiday Hustle 5K 

Maumee Uptown Business Association
601 Conant St.
November 27 | 6pm

Runners, walkers and all the holiday fanatics unite in Maumee for some of the best lights the Toledo area has to offer. Beginning with the Holiday Hustle 5K walk/run, participants will don their best holiday attire while navigating the circuit beginning at the Maumee Indoor Theater and continuing on Conant St. to West Wayne St. 

Then, after you cool off and stretch out the hammys, gather the family and help line the city streets for the Holiday Light Parade beginning at 6pm when colorfully lit floats and groups of revelers swarm the six-block stretch of West William St.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve 

The Huntington Center
500 Jefferson Ave.
December 2
Shows at 3 and 7:30pm
huntingtoncentertoledo.com/events/trans-siberian-orchestra/ 

The New York-based orchestra brings “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” back to the Huntington Center, providing audience members with a remarkable array of lights and instrumentals. Fans will hear some of their favorite Trans-Siberian Orchestra tunes including, “Christmas Eve” and “Wizards in Winter”. Tickets are on sale now with prices ranging from $69.50 to  $250.  

Christmas at the Peristyle 

Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle
2445 Monroe St.
December 3
7pm
toledosymphony.com 

What’s better than enjoying the sounds of the Toledo Symphony? Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season while Alain Trudel, conductor, and Aubrey Logan, vocals and trombone, lead the talented group of musicians that showcase holiday-themed music. 

Winter Wonderland 

Washington Branch Library
5560 Harvest Ln.
December 7
7pm
toledolibrary.org/locations/Washington

Our Toledo-Lucas County Libraries offer more than just books. The entire family can celebrate the holiday season at the Washington branch, where kids and even adults can spend quality time creating seasonal crafts, decorating cookies and spending some time with Santa!

Winter Warm-Up
Heatherdowns Branch Library
December 7 from 3:30-4:30pm
December 10 from 2-3pm

Kids ages 6-10 are invited to make arts and crafts and drink hot chocolate.

A Christmas Carol 

The Toledo Repertoire Theater will be showing the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol from December 8-18, featuring Paul Causman as Scrooge. Tickets range from $19.75 to $29.75.

 

A Night in Bethlehem
Hope Lutheran Church
2201 Secor Rd.
December 10 and 11
1pm-4:30pm

 A Night in Bethlehem at Hope Lutheran Church allows for a real Christmas experience free of charge.  Complete with live animals, pottery and woven fabrics from the time of Jesus, this holiday experience is like no other!

 

Cookies In a Jar
King Road Branch Library
3900 King Rd.
December 12
4-5pm

Children 6-10 years old are invited to bake some sweet treats for the holidays!

Ornament Decorating
Mott Branch Library
December 14
4-5pm

Kids up to age 17 are invited to create their own unique ornaments for the holidays.

Nativity Festival

The Nativity Festival at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, the nativity festival is held from November 26-December 17, presenting over 300 nativity scenes throughout the building.

Dates: 

Thursday, December 8, 4-7pm

Friday, December 9, 4-7pm

Saturday, December 10, noon-4pm

Thursday, December 15, 4-7pm

Friday, December 16, 4-7pm

Saturday, December 17, noon-4pm

 

Caroling Metroparks Style

The Toledo Metropark’s Wildwood Reserve team is encouraging carolers to spread the holiday cheer at the Manor House. Song sheets are required and minors MUST be accompanied. Reservations are required and each visitor must pay a fee of $3. This event will be held on December 9 from 5:30pm-6:30pm.

 

Holidays In The Manor House
5100 W Central Ave.
December 3-11
10am-8pm
 


The Holidays In the Manor House is back for it’s 47th annual event. Volunteers transform 30 areas of the Manor House into a Winter Wonderland. Dedicated to being accessible to everyone, the Manor house is wheelchair friendly thanks to the donations of The Ability Center of Toledo! No reservations are required and entry is free. 

 

OHVA Agricultural Society 8th Annual Christmas Toy Drive
Benefiting Nationwide Children’s Hospital

 

Pexels photo by Victoria Emerson

 

Ohio Virtual Academy (OHVA)
1690 Woodlands Dr., Ste. 200, Maumee
Now – Friday, December 9

This holiday season presents an opportunity to participate in the Ohio Virtual Academy’s (OHVA’s) annual toy drive! The OHVA will be accepting all non-violent, new and unwrapped gifts. Toy donations will later be donated to kids at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus because they will not be able to be at home with their families on Christmas. Gifts will be donated to children of all ages in the hospital (from babies to teens). Donations will be made to the Hospital on December 11. Toys can be donated at or mailed to the address above. Questions can be sent to ohvatoydrive@gmail.com.

Holiday Night Market 

Fifth Third Building at One Seagate
1 SeaGate
December 10 | 4-10pm
December 11 | 2-8pm

This unique, two-day shopping experience is sure to get the entire family excited. The Grand Lobby inside the Fifth Third Building at One Seagate will be decorated in Christmas cheer. Attendees can venture even further down the escalator to the Lower Level where a vintage department store awaits for those hard-to-buy-for people on your gift list.

A complimentary hot cocoa bar and a gift wrapping station is available. Santa will make a special appearance as well! Free parking with security will be provided at the Vistula Parking Garage that is connected and accessible via the lower level.  Admission is $5 upon entry.

 

Greater Toledo International Youth Orchestra Christmas Concert

Saint Patrick’s Church
December 11
1-3pm

 

 

The Nutcracker 

Stranahan Theater & Great Hall
4645 Heatherdowns Blvd.
December 10 | 2 & 7pm
December 11 | 2pm
toledosymphony.com

The Toledo Ballet is back with its 82nd running of “The Nutcracker,” a rendering of E.T.A. Hoffman’s story with fresh choreography and Tchaikovsky’s score performed live by the Toledo Symphony. Ticket prices range from $36 to $58.

 

Central Catholic High School Presents Sounds of Christmas Show

On December 12, from 3-5pm, Central Catholic will be presenting its annual Sounds of Christmas show at the Valentine Theater! Features performances will be from the Central Catholic Glee club, Mixed Chorus, String Orchestra, Concert Band, Alumni Glee Club and Irish Dance Team. Adult tickets are $12 and students tickets are $7.

 

It’s A Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Show at the Valentine Theatre 

The Valentine Theatre
410 Adams St.
December 15 | 7:30pm
valentinetheatre.com 

An interesting take on the story of George Bailey’s Christmas epiphany, a 1945 radio performance during a blizzard takes center stage with this production. Everyone in the family will enjoy this fun twist on a Christmas classic.

Disney On Ice presents “Into the Magic” 

Huntington Center
500 Jefferson Ave.
huntingtoncentertoledo.com/events/disney-on-ice-into-the-magic/ 
Dec. 16, 17, 18 | Times vary

Disney On Ice Returns to Toledo to take you on a fun-filled, musical journey of some of Disney’s  best: Belle, Moana and Miguel from “Coco.” Each character will celebrate the magic of courage, love and adventure. Ticket prices range from $20-$75. All individuals ages two and older require a ticket.

 

Winter Movie and a Craft 
King Road Branch Library
3900 King Rd.
December 17
10am-noon

Watch “Frozen II”! Children ages 6-10 will enjoy the movie, hot cocoa and crafts.

Silver Screen Classic Film – “It’s a Wonderful Life” 

The Valentine Theatre
410 Adams St.
December 18 | 2pm
valentinetheatre.com 

If you can’t make it to The Valentine’s first showcase of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” you have another opportunity! This time, it’s the classic film shown on the big screen. Tickets are on sale right now for just $5 and are available to purchase online or in-person one hour before showtime.

Christmas Carol Sing 

Rosary Cathedral
2535 Collingwood Blvd.
December 18 |3-4:30pm
rosarycathedral.org

As part of the Cathedral Concert Series, the Rosary Cathedral choir, accompanied by the historic E. M. Skinner organ, choir, strings and brass, will be performing holiday carols for anyone who wants to listen!

STRAIGHT NO CHASER: 25th Anniversary Celebration 

Stranahan Theater and Great Hall
4645 Heatherdowns Blvd.
December 18
Show begins at 7pm
stranahantheater.com/events/straight-no-chaser-25th-anniversary-celebration/ 

It’s an acapella group taken to the next level. Before you judge, this is not your cliché college male acapella group with a weird name and dubs of old songs. Straight No Chaser features the voices of nine different voices that create intriguing and unique music, all with a sense of humor. They will also feature some of your favorite holiday tunes.

 

Holiday Party 
Mott Branch Library
December 22
4-5pm

Enjoy family friendly movies, crafts and cookies!

Snow Science
Main Library
December 29

Children ages 6-10 are given the opportunity to experiment with ice and snow!

Pancakes and Pajamas
Mott Library Branch
December 29
4-5pm

Teens ages 11-17 can comfortably enjoy delicious pancakes with friends! 

Harlem Globetrotters 
Huntington Center
December 29
7:30pm

The Harlem Globetrotters 2023 World Tour is coming to Toledo! Join them as they go head-to-head with the Washington Generals. Tickets range from $15-$125.

 

Noon Year’s Eve
The Toledo Zoo
2 Hippo Way
December 31
11am-1pm

Visitors will enjoy crafts, an apple juice toast, and watch some of their favorite animals welcome the new year with enrichment treats. 

 

 

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