Ohio Holiday Events – December 14-16, 2018

Looking for something to do this weekend in Northern Ohio?  Here are a few ideas…

 

 

ASHTABULA COUNTY – NEOH

VISIT THE LARGEST HOLIDAY LIGHT DISPLAY ON LAKE ERIE!
Dates: November 23 – December 30, 2018
Times: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Special Days and Hours
Dec. 24th, and 25th. 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Cost of admissions
$5 per vehicle
Buses – $1 per person
Mini Buses – $20
Place: 1700 East 1st Street, Ashtabula, OH 44004
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Experience over 70 displays on Lakeshore Park’s 54 acres of rolling hills and majestic Lake Erie backdrop. This holiday light attraction with some displays “as big as a truck”, is great for creating family memories and family fun. Make it an annual family tradition to enjoy professional light displays in a beautiful picturesque setting.

 

For visitor information visit
Ashtabula County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

 

 

 

 

COLUMBIANA COUNTY – NEOH

JOY OF CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW
Select Dates: December 13-26, 2018
Time: 6 pm – 9 pm
Location:  Columbiana Firestone Park, 338 E. Park Ave, Columbiana, 330-482-2282
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Cost is $10/car; $2/person motorcoach; $25/season pass.
Over 70 fabulous light scenes. Amazing interactive displays at the Gingerbread House and Santa’s Ice Castle.

 

 

 

COSHOCTON COUNTY – NEOH

A ROSCOE VILLAGE CHRISTMAS DAY TOUR
Dates:  December 14-15, 2018
Time: Noon -1:30 pm
Location: Historic Roscoe Village, 600 N Whitewoman St., Coshocton, OH  43812
Admission and parking are FREE.
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Stroll down the brick sidewalks of Roscoe Village as your tour guide talks about 1830’s Canal Era history and holiday traditions, A Roscoe Christmas Tour takes visitors through select Living History buildings decorated for Christmas. Learn about the history of Christmas cards, ethnic traditions, foods, decorating, what it was like at Christmas, some of the toys and learn the history of Santa Claus.

Cost of the tour:
$10.95 Adults $4.95 Students (Non-members)

 

 

CUYAHOGA COUNTY – NEOH

GLOW
Dates: November 23-January 5, 2018
(closed Mondays, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day)
Times: Tuesday & Wednesday: 10am – 6pm
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: Noon – 6pm |Monday: Closed
Location: Cleveland Botanical Gardens
11030 East Boulevard | Cleveland, OH | 44106
T. 216.721.1600 | website

Glow, a Northeast Ohio holiday tradition, returns the day after Thanksgiving, transforming the Botanical Garden into a winter wonderland filled with all of the sights and sounds (and smells) of the season! Glow features over 100 fragrant firs bedecked in holiday cheer, hand-crafted gingerbread houses, hundreds of winter plants, and endless hours of family fun. Dazzling new lights will bring the outdoor gardens to life, which you can enjoy well into the night with new extended hours. Our younger visitors will enjoy rides on the Garden Express train and playing in our expanded Evergreen Adventures play area.

MEET SANTA IN THE SQUARE
Date:  December 16th and 23rd
Time: 2pm-5pm
Location: Public Square, Downtown Cleveland, OH
– near the Cleveland Foundation Skating rink.

Families are welcome to bring a camera to take photos with Santa. This is your chance to figure out which list you’re on this year. This event is free and open to the public.


 

SKATING RINKS –

 

CLEVELAND FOUNDATION SKATING RINK
Location: Public Square, Downtown, Cleveland, OH
Normal Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 3pm – 10pm | Saturday: Noon – 10pm | Sunday: Noon – 8pm
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Tickets can be purchased on-site at an admission and skate rental kiosk located just outside of the rink near the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument. Ice skate sizes from children’s 9 to adult size 13 will be available to rent.

General admission is just $10 per skater, which includes skate rental. If you bring your own ice skates tickets are $7.

 

 

ERIE COUNTY – NEOH

SANTA CLAUS AT THE COOKIE HOUSE
Dates: December 14-16, 21-22, 2018
Time: 5pm-8pm
Location: Washington Park
200 Washington St., Sandusky, OH  44870
Click here for more information.

 

 

 

GEAUGA COUNTY – NEOH

WAFFLE WEEKENDS BRUNCH – Snö Chalet at Punderson
Date: December 15-16, 2018
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Sno Chalet Winter Fun Park
11755 Kinsman Road, Newbury OH 44065

Outdoor activities will begin as the weather and hill conditions permit.
Snow Tubing Hours:
4pm – 8pm Friday | 10am – 8pm Saturday| 10am – 6pm Sunday
Calendar will be updated each week on Friday to confirm whether snow tubing is available for the weekend.

For more information view website.

HOLMES COUNTY – NEOH

THE NUTCRACKER
December 15-16, 2018
Location: Ohio Star Theater
1387 Old State Route 39, Sugarcreek, Ohio
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JEFFERSON COUNTY – NEOH

STUEBENVILLE NUTCRACKER VILLAGE
Dates: November 20th,2018 -January 6th, 2019
Nutcracker Village Times: 150 large as life Nutcrackers displayed 24/7
Location: Fort Steuben Park, 120 South 3rd Street, Steubenville

ADVENT MARKET DATES:
Dec. 14-16, Dec. 21-23, Dec. 28-30, 2018
Hours: Fridays, 3-8pm; Saturdays, 1-8pm; Sundays, 1-6pm.

Christmas Wonderland and Gift Shop will open on Friday, November 23rd and run until January 5, 2019 and is located in the Visitor Center at Fort Steuben Park, 120 South Third Street in Steubenville.

The Eastern Gateway Community College “Sights & Sounds of Christmas: Nutcracker Magic 2018” Parade takes place along Fourth Street in downtown Steubenville on December 8th at noon.

“The Wooden Heart Follies II: The Wooden Boy” Nutcracker Musical Production: December 1st, 2nd, 8th & 9th, at 4:00pm. Tickets: General Admission, $10; Student, $5, Under 6, free. Location: Sycamore Youth Center, 301 North 4th Street, Steubenville. Tickets on sale at the door or the Fort Steuben Visitor Center, 120 South 3rd, Steubenville.

and for full NUTCRACKER SCHEDULE see:
www.steubenvillenutcrackervillage.com

 

 

LAKE COUNTY – NEOH

A CHRISTMAS CAROL  – A dramatic reading by Brint Learned
Dates: Friday, Dec. 14 & Saturday, Dec. 15
Cocktail Hour at 5:30 p.m. | Performance at 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Steele Mansion & Gathering Hub
348 Mentor Ave., Painesville, OH 44077

$22/person, plus tax, prepaid
Holiday drinks and appetizers available for purchase
Tickets

For reservations call 440-639-7948

Come hear Rabbit Run’s executive director, Brint Learned, perform a reading of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, A Christmas Carol.  Delight to hear Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit and, of course, Ebenezer Scrooge come to life in this dramatic reading.

 

HISTORIC KIRTLAND NATIVITY EXHIBIT
Dates: December 1-31, 2018
Times: Mon-Sat 9am-8pm | Sun 1pm-8pm
Location: Historic Kirtland Visitors’ Center
7800 Kirtland Chardon Rd, Kirtland, Ohio 44094
Facebook page
Join us this Christmas season for our annual nativity exhibit. With nearly 1,000 nativities from all over the world on display, you won’t want to miss it! We will be closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.

For visitor information visit
Remarkable Lake County.

 

 

 

 

MAHONING COUNTY – NEOH

WINTER CELEBRATION: FROZEN IN TIME
Dates: December 1-30, 2018
Time: 10am-5pm
Location: Fellows Riverside Gardens, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, OH 44506
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Join us for Winter Celebration – Frozen in Time, a sparkling winter wonderland brought indoors as we celebrate the Garden’s Diamond Anniversary! Plus, enjoy the annual holiday tree walk, scavenger hunt and the seasonal blooms. Accepting donations of non-perishable food items for Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley.

WINTER NIGHTS AT MILL CREEK PARK
Dates: December 1-29, 2018
Time: 5pm-7pm
Location: 123 McKinley Ave., Youngsstown, OH  44509
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HOLIDAY PLANETARIUM SHOW: LET IT SNOW
Dates: December 14-15, 21-22, 2018
Time: 8pm-9pm | Saturday Dec 22 2pm
Location: The Ward Beecher Planetarium – Youngstown State University
100 Lincoln Ave., Youngstown, Ohio 44555
Admission:
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A holiday music show celebrating the winter season. Artistic impressions of popular winter holiday music come to life on the dome transporting the entire family to a magical wonderland of music and light. Experience bells and reindeer, presents and cookies, snow and nutcrackers in colorful spectacles of fun!

HOLIDAY PLANETARIUM SHOW: THE ALIEN WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS
Date: December 15, 2018
Time: 2pm-3pm
Location: The Ward Beecher Planetarium – Youngstown State University
100 Lincoln Ave., Youngstown, Ohio 44555
Admission:
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Enjoy a tour of winter’s evening sky and then join jolly old Saint Nick and Mr. Freep as they explore the solar system’s planets and meet the Christmas Eve needs of their fictitious inhabitants. 

MIRACLE ON EASY STREET – Easy Street Productions
Dates: December 14-16, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: DeYor Performing Arts Center
260 W. Federal Street, Youngstown, OH
For more info click here.

Easy Street Productions is back to celebrate the season with their annual holiday spectacular featuring over 150 dancers, singers and little rascals. Join hosts Maureen Collins and Todd Hancock for the Christmas extravaganza that has become a Youngstown family tradition for the past 30 years!

 

 

For visitor information visit
Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau

 

 

 

 

MEDINA COUNTY – NEOH

 

 

CASTLE NOEL
Dates: December 1 to December 22, 2018
Location: 260 S. Court Street, Medina, OH 44256
330.721.NOEL (6635) | castlenoel.com

Open Tuesday-Sunday through January 6th. Extended hours, shorter lines during the week. Mark & Dana Klaus and their team have been working non-stop to bring you Magic of Christmas for the entire family. Don’t miss the brand new “Reflections Around the World” Infinity room, featuring millions of jewels glittering all around you while NYC Bloomingdale’s “Around the World” animated Christmas window display rotates and amazes. Absolutely breathtaking. Reservations recommended. Walk-ins available.

MEDINA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS HOLIDAY LIGHT DISPLAY
Visit the area’s largest drive-thru light display!
Many families have the holiday tradition of piling into the car to look at all the Christmas lights.  Even if it has not been a part of your tradition in the past, now is a great time to start this future family memory.

Dates: December 14, 15, 16 and 21-30
Times: Friday and Saturday 6pm to 10pm |Sunday and weeknights 6pm to 9pm

Times: Friday and Saturday: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sundays and Weeknights: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Admission: $8 per car; $20 per 15 passenger vans; $50 per bus
CASH OR CHECK ONLY PLEASE (Enter at Fair Road off Smith Road)
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For visitor information visit
Medina County Convention & Visitor Bureau

 

PORTAGE COUNTY – NEOH

POLAR EXPRESS – hosted by the Kent Jaycees
Dates: December 14, 15, 21, 22, 2018
Times: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm and 7pm-8pm
Location: Marvin Kent Train Car, Franklin Ave., Kent, OH  44240

Tickets are $15 per person.
For more information click here.

For visitor information visit
Central Portage VCB

 

 

 

 

RICHLAND COUNTY – NEOH

CHRISTMAS FOR THE BIRDS
Date: December 15, 2018
Time: 4pm-6pm
Location: Ohio Bird Sanctuary
3774 Orweiler Rd, Mansfield, Ohio 44903
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Come spend an evening with Santa, his reindeer, our birds, and a few Christmas characters (elves, the Grinch, Cindy Lou Who…).
Enjoy kid’s crafts and refreshments.
Admission is a gift for the birds. Items from our wish list can be purchased at Elzy Milling & Trade on Ogle St, Bellville. or from our Amazon Wish list.
Gift ideas: sunflower seed, bluebird pellets, suet cakes, mealworms, cleaning supplies, monetary donation or gift cards.

 

 

SANDUSKY COUNTY – NEOH

PAPER SNOWFLAKE ART WORKSHOP
Date: December 16, 2018
Time: 2pm-4pm
Location:  Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, Ohio 43420
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Learn to create intricate paper snowflake art from an experienced artist during a workshop on Sunday, Dec 16, at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

The workshop is from 2 to 4 p.m. in the museum/library building. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for kids ages 6-12. Reservations and prepayment are required in order to prepare supplies for each participant. Online reservations and payment will be available here as soon as possible. In the meantime, they can be made by calling Jacque Baker, reservations coordinator, at 419-332-2081, ext. 238.

Toledo paper artist Mary Gaynier will teach participants how to cut unique and beautiful designs into paper to create paper snowflakes.


For visitor information visit
Sandusky County Convention & Visitors Bureau

 

 

STARK COUNTY – NEOH

CHRISTMAS AT BEECH CREEK GARDENS
Dates: December 14-23, 2018
Time: Friday & Saturdays 10 am-8 pm, Sundays 12-5 pm
Venue: Beech Creek Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve
Address: 11929 Beech St NE, Alliance, OH 44601
Admission: $5 per person, Beech Creek members and children ages 2 & younger receive free admission.
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Enjoy lots of hands-on holiday activities, fun areas to explore, sweet treats and things to learn! Join us for our Festival of Trees and Garden of Lights, Storybook Trail, Snowflake Theater, children’s workshops and more! Our Plant Science Center transforms into the World of Make Believe for the holiday season and is full of fun and educational exhibits about wintertime. Learn the history and science behind treasured fables, like the Nutcracker, Jack Frost and others. Enjoy sweet treats and have fun watching the Polar Express train! Visitors will also enjoy a warm campfire, hot cocoa, and marshmallows for roasting. You can even bring your four-legged family members to partake in all the festive fun! Celebrate the winter season in a fun and unique way by bringing the whole family to Christmas at Beech Creek Gardens!

 




 

 

SUMMIT COUNTY – NEOH

 

 

HOLIDAY LANTERN TOURS
Dates:  December 14-17, 19-23, 2018
Time: 5:30 pm-9pm
Location: Hale Farm & Village
2686 Oak Hill Rd., Peninsula., OH  44264
Admission:
Reservations required.

Click here to learn more.

PRANCER presented by The Magical Theatre Company
Dates: November 30-December 16, 2018
Times: click here.
Location: 565 W. Tuscarawas Ave., Barberton, OH
Tickets required
website
When an injured reindeer appears in Jessica’s backyard, she believes it is Prancer. She also believes in miracles, friendship, and devotion. This play will sneak up on you, gently settling itself into your heart.
Most enjoyed by families ages 6 and up

HUDSON KRISTKINDLMARKT
Dates: December 14-16, 2018
Times: Fri 4pm-8pm | Sat 11am-4pm | Sun 11am – 4pm
Location: Downtown Hudson, OH

The first annual Hudson-Landsberg Kristkindlmarkt is an outdoor market featuring local vendors as well as vendors from our Sister City in Germany. Stop by for Old World ambiance while you shop including choirs, food, and drink. Be prepared for a visit from Krampus and St. Nicholas, too!

WILD LIGHTS AT THE AKRON ZOO
Dates: December 14-16, 21-23 & 26-30, 2018
Time: 5pm-9pm
Location: Akron Zoo
500 Edgewood Ave, Akron, OH  44307
To purchase tickets click here
Ice skating, Santa, s’mores, special themed entertainment, carolers, adult beverages and so much more are available during the event.

HOWER HOUSE VICTORIAN MANSION presents
“Through the Eyes of a Child”

Dates: November 7 – December 29, 2018
Holiday season scheduled closings: 11/22 (Thanksgiving); 12/23-26,30-31
Tour Times: Self-guided
Wednesday – Saturday, noon – 3:00 pm; Holiday Sundays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Group tours by appointment.
Santa will be making a special appearance on December 1, 2018 from Noon – 3pm, following the Santa breakfast.
Location: The University of Akron
60 Fir Hill, Akron, OH  44325
330.972.6909 | website

Admission:  $10 adults, $8 seniors, $2 students. Children 12 and under free with paid adult admission; children must be accompanied by adult.


 

SKATING RINKS –

 

THE HUNTINGTON BANK ICE SKATING RINK – LOCK 3
Ohio’s largest seasonal ice skating rink
Dates: November 24th – February 19th
Location:  Main Street, Downtown Akron, OH
website

Skating is $4 (includes rental) or only $2 with your own skates. (Must sign waiver).
Unisex Skate Sizes 9Y – 15. Skate rental closes one-half hour before rink closes.

CITY OF CUYAHOGA FALLS ICE SKATING RINK*
Location: Downtown Cuyahoga Falls Ice Skating Rink
2085 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
website

2018-2019 SCHEDULE
Opening day is Saturday, November 24 from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Monday-Friday*: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
HOLIDAY HOURS

Monday, December 24: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 25: CLOSED
December 26-30: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Monday, December 31: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 1: CLOSED
*NOTE: AFTER DECEMBER 31, THE RINK WILL ONLY BE OPEN FRIDAY-SUNDAY.
FEES
Admission: FREE for everyone!
Skate rental: $4 per person

  • There will be FREE ice skating lessons provided by Kent State University on Sunday, December 16 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.! Skate rental charges still apply.

 

 

 

TUSCARAWAS COUNTY – NEOH

CHRISTMAS AT THE REEVES HOME
Dates:November 11 – December 22, 2018 and December 27-30, 2018
Times:  Daily 1pm to 7pm
Location: J. E. Reeves Victorian Home and Carriage House Museum
325 East Iron Avenue, Dover, OH
Phone:   330.343.7040 | 800.815.2794
website
Admission:  Regular guided tours are $10.  Children ages 6-18 are $5.
“Christmas is a special time at the J. E. Reeves Victorian Home and Carriage House Museum.  During the holidays all seventeen rooms of the home are decorated for the Holiday season. Tours for the Christmas season begin November 11.  Guided tours are led by one of our knowledgeable tour guide staff and will include an introduction to the home, history of the home, and information and anecdotes about the Reeves family.”

(Photo courtesy of J.E. Reeves Victorian Home and Carriage House Museum.)

 

 WAYNE COUNTY – NEOH

 

 

NORTH POLE MEET AND GREET
Date: December 15, 2018
Time: 10am-3pm
Location: Lehman’s
4779 Kidron Rd., Kidron, OH  44618
Facebook event page.
Come meet Mrs. Clause and pet real live reindeer! Then walk the store to find gift for everyone on your Christmas list.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST AND TUBA CHRISTMAS
Date: December 15, 2018
Time: 8:30 am-1:30 pm
Location: Wooster High School
515 Oldman Road • Wooster, OH 44691
Tickets for the breakfast are $5 for adults and $3 for children. The Tuba Christmas Concert will begin at Noon in the WHS Performing Arts Center, there is no admission charge.

OLD FASHIONED HOLIDAY AT THE FARMHOUSE
Date: December 15, 2018
Time: 3PM-6PM
Location: The University of Akron Wayne College
1901 Smucker Rd, Orrville, Ohio 44667

Join us on campus at the Barnett-Hoover Farmhouse for this FREE event which including horse drawn wagon rides, children’s crafts, pictures with Santa and refreshments!


 

A SIMPLY SINATRA CHRISTMAS with Jim Stoner
Date: December 15, 2018
Time: 6pm-8pm
Location: Blue Barn Winery
4407 Columbus Rd, Wooster, Ohio 44691
No cover charge.

Come enjoy an evening of stories, songs and wine with “Frank Sinatra”. Jim Stoner as Frank puts on a great show. Bring your best friends and get in the holiday spirit. And don’t forget to stock up on your Blue Barn wine for the long winter months!

 

 

For visitor information visit
Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau