Holiday hullabaloo

7060 Sylvania Ave. • 419-885-1167 x332  •
Children’s Wonderland is a classic Toledo tradition with a plethora of lights, life-size decrations, a ride-on train and plenty of other ways to celebrate the holidays. Buy some toys, satisfy your sweet tooth, or take some silly pictures to make this trip memorable. Santa’s Workshop will be held December 14 &21 from 8:30am to 10:30am (admission $8) and will include a strolling Santa (who will be available for pictures, so bring your camera!), a continental breakfast for the kids, a train ride, and elf workstations.

Open daily, December 13-28, from 11am to 8pm (December 24, 11am-2pm; closed December 25). $5 adults / $3 kids 3-12 / $2 seniors 65 & up / $5, kids’ zone pass.

11600 County Rd. 99, Findlay • 419-423-2995 •
Bring your whole family for an exhilarating quarter-scale steam train ride as the steam engine chugs its way around the track through a magical winter wonderland of sparkling holiday lights and festive decorations.

Every weekend through December 29: Fridays, 6-9pm; Saturdays, 5-9pm; Sundays, 5-8pm. $1 kids 12 & under / $2 adults
(price includes one train ride ticket).

3201 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg • 419-931-8888 • For a truly magical holiday experience, hop on a horse-drawn carriage ride. Pick-up is located on Chappel Dr. near Schakolad Chocolate Factory.

Every Saturday through December 28, 5-8pm. $5 person / $10 family.

2 Hippo Way • 419-385-4040 •
TThousands of lights illuminate the walkways and the animals, creating a unique experience for zoo-goers. Look for other special events throughout the month, like ice carving demos, a visit from the Toledo Walleye hockey team, a Santa Paws gift shop, and more. Zoo-goers can experience the lights every day of December (except 24 & 25): Sundays through Thursdays, 3-8pm; Fridays & Saturdays, 3-9pm. Free kids under 2 / $10 kids under 2-11 / $13 adults / $10 seniors 65 & up (discounts and packages available online).

1035 River Rd., Maumee • 419-893-9602 •
Celebrate the timeless Christmas tale! Evoking the classic holiday poem, the Wolcott House will decorate its rooms with antique toys, treats, multiple Santas, traditional gowns, art prints and more. Open every Thursday through Sunday (until December 29) at 12:30pm. $5 adults / $4 seniors / $1.50 students.

Main Street • 419-287-4305 •
Pemberville will kick off the holiday season with their first annual Lighted Christmas Parade. Floats, marching bands, vehicles and local groups, all lit up like Christmas trees, will march from the public library to city hall. The event will cap off Pemberville’s Christmas Village festival, so be sure to arrive early for food, games, crafts and more. Parade begins at 6:30pm.

1 Discovery Way • 419-244-2674  •
Reserve your spot for this members-only pajama dance
party with cookies, cocoa, dancing and Santa Claus.
Experiment with holiday-themed activities and demonstrations, story time with Santa’s #1 elf, a special visit by Santa’s reindeer and chilly animals from The Toledo Zoo. 6-8pm. Free to members.

410 Adams St. • 419-242-2787 •
The Rep’s rendition of the family classic “A Christmas Carol” will bring to life Charles Dickens’ timeless story of Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Don’t be the humbug that misses out on this great tradition! Friday & Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2:30pm. $25 adults / $20 seniors / $15 kids; group tickets available.

22611 St. Rt. 2, Archbold • 800-590-9755 •
The flicker of a candle will light the way as a costumed guide invites small groups on a journey to meet historical characters in various locations. Guests will experience the holiday customs and celebrations of the 1900s. Additional tours take place
December 7, 13 & 14. Pre-registration/payment is required. Tours last approximately 90 minutes and are repeated every half hour from 4-8:30pm. $12 non-member adults / $7 kids 3 & up.

5100 W. Central Ave. • 419-407-9701 •
A popular Toledo tradition, the iconic Manor House is celebrating its 75th year with a Christmas extravaganza. From December 7-15, walk through the manor’s 32 rooms and view the exquisite holiday decorations. Kids and adults can also participate in craft workshops at the Farmhouse throughout the nine-day run. Snacks and crafts will be available at The Cafe. 10am-8pm. Free admission.

6165 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg
419-931-8888 •

Children will love decorating a gingerbread house that is theirs to keep during this fundraiser for ISOH/Impact. Fill up your belly and your tea cup at the buffet which will be stocked full of teas, soups and desserts. 11:30am-1pm, first session; 1:30-3:30pm, second session. $25 individual tickets / $45 tea & gingerbread package.

2901 Key St., Maumee • 419-893-4589 •
Browse a selection of handmade items from area crafters, and enjoy raffles, an auction, refreshments and lunch. Free admission and parking. All proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation. 10-4pm.

2201 Secor Rd. • 419-536-8383 •
Experience first century Bethlehem right here in Toledo! For two days, Hope Lutheran Church will transfrom into a bustling marketplace, complete with authentic wares, smells and sounds, along with a Nativity scene. Local chorale and orchestras will also perform during the event. 1-6pm. Free admission.

Peristyle Theater • 2445 Monroe St. • 419-246-8000 •
The Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Toledo Choral Society and BGSU University Choral Society will again collaborate for this stellar performance of the popular oratorio. Also, celebrate TSO’s Family Christmas at the Peristyle the day before the concert (Saturday, December 7, 3pm, $20-$25), featuring holiday sing-alongs, storytelling and a visit from Santa. Handel’s Messiah starts at 2pm. Tickets available online, start at $35.

4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. • 419-381-8851 •
The Toledo Ballet will be accompanied by the Toledo Symphony Orchestra to present the timeless holiday classic of a young girl and her magical nutcracker doll. Saturday at 2pm & 7pm; Sunday at 2pm. Cost $24-$54.

3754 Woodley Rd. • 419-475-7054 •
The holiday wouldn’t be complete without some delicious treats! St. George’s Cathedral will sell traditional and ethnic cookies, all homemade and complimented with warm coffee. The cathedral’s bookstore will also be open. Call any time before 2pm for more information. 10am-4pm. Lunch is available from 11:30am-2pm.

Main Branch • 325 Michigan St. • 419-259-5200 •
Every day this week, the library will host a family-friendly, holiday-themed performance featuring local musicians and choral groups, including the Toledo School for the Arts, Masterworks Chorale, Northview High School Jazz Band and more. All the performances are free and will take place at the main branch’s Wintergarden. December 16-20. 12:30-1:30pm. Free.

2315 Collingwood Blvd. • 419-243-6248 •
The Toledo Symphony Orchestra will perform your favorite holiday tunes at this fun Christmas concert. Enjoy classic melodies in an intimate space. Perfect for the entire family. Tickets available through the church. 3:30pm. $10 advance / $15 door.