It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! Toledo & the surrounding areas are literally bursting with fun family friendly holiday events! The best part, there is something for everyone and every budget! For our family moderations is key during this special time of year, sure we splurge on certain family traditions like The Lights before Christmas, Children’s’ Wonderland, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Musical, and the Nutcracker. But in order to keep that Christmas cheer & make certain the entire family, (including mommy and daddy), stay merry & bright throughout the season we seek out fun FREE events in our community…and let me tell you, there is no shortage of fun, FREE, family friendly Christmas events!
Bowling Green’s Annual Holiday Parade in historic downtown BG
Saturday November 19th 10am-12pm….Over 10 marching bands, 40 floats and 140 units, from dance groups, to sports teams, to scouts and other organizations BG’s parade boasts of being Northwest Ohio’s biggest and best!
Cirque du Santa Levis Commons 12th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, November 19th @ 5pm-10pm The Levis Commons 50-foot Christmas Tree will be lit in the most festive holiday flair! The event will kick off at 6pm with Santa arriving from the North Pole in a parade of lights and fanfare. You will then be awed by Cirque Du Santa and the floating trapeze performers, silk acrobatics, and fire dancing. Additional events include: Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides, Enjoy Free Hot Cocoa provided by Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Drop off new, unwrapped toys for Lucas County Children Services and the Best Gift Ever Campaign, Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Santa House. Bring your camera and Take Some Pictures!
Click on link for full list of Events Schedule: http://www.shopleviscommons.com/event/cirque-du-santa/2145479855
Santa’s Magical Arrival, Dance Party, and Fireworks @ The Shops at Fallen Timbers
November 25th 5:30-7:30pm Kick-off the holiday season with The Shops at Fallen Timbers & celebrate Santa’s Arrival. Santa’s Magical Arrival and Dance Party begin at 5:30pm on Oak Street (in-between Forever 21 and Kay Jewelers) on Friday, November 25.
A DJ kicks off the holiday fun at 5:30pm with an energetic dance party and stage show filled with holiday lights and costumed characters. Enjoy non-stop entertainment until Santa arrives on the lit-up Maumee Fire Truck between 6:45-7:00pm. Then, all eyes look to the skies as you can enjoy a magical firework show to welcome the man in the big red suit for the 2016 holiday season!
Downtown Wauseon’s 9th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade!
Saturday Nov. 26th – 7pm, Downtown Wauseon’s 9th annual Lighted Christmas Parade! Parade winds through historic downtown Wauseon. The parade features, bands, horses, carriages, twirlers, and more!! It wraps up with caroling, FREE refreshments, and a visit with Santa at the Depot!
Maumee Holiday Light Parade
Saturday Nov. 26th – 6:30pm, Maumee Holiday Light Parade- Parade starts on Ford Street at about 6:30pm. Light parade will start at the corner of the AW Trail (Rt. 24) and Ford Street. The route turns on West Wayne Street and goes 6 blocks up to Conant Street. At this point it is the home stretch. The 300, 400 and 500 Blocks of Conant Street are alive with crowds of kids both young and old waiting to see the up to 60 lighted floats and the man of the night SANTA. Great Viewing with less of a crowd is on Wayne Street with the same rewards.
***At the end of the Parade, Santa will get off his float and go into the Maumee Indoor Theater (601 Conant) and spend time with all of the girls and boys that would like to see him. ***
Pemberville Christmas in the Village, Festival of Trees, & Lighted Christmas Parade
Nov. 26th & 27th- Pemberville Christmas in the Village & Festival of Trees will be held Saturday, November 26, 2016, and Sunday, November 27, 2016. Lighted Christmas Parade is Nov. 27th @ 6:30pm.
Christmas in Ida & Parade of Lights (and Fireworks!!)
Dec. 2nd-4th Christmas in Ida & Parade of Lights…..Hosting over 52,000 visitors, and known as a family destination of the Midwest, the festival creates a winter wonderland known for its hospitality, entertainment and the Granddaddy of all, the spectacular Christmas in Ida Parade of Lights featuring parade units from Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Canada and Michigan. Most of the events are Saturday, including lunches with Santa (tickets are free but need to be picked up at the library ahead of time), story time with Mrs. Santa Claus and the craft shows are all day!
Saturday Dec. 3rd at 7pm, HUGE light parade and fireworks!
The Polar Express Pajama Storytime
Friday Dec.2nd 7-8pm Barnes & Noble Franklin Park & Fallen Timbers…..All aboard! Come in your PJs and join us for a magical evening as we host our annual Polar Express Storytime. Coloring and activities to follow, including writing a Dear Santa letter!
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Storytime
Saturday Dec. 3rd 11am-12pm Barnes & Noble Franklin Park & Fallen Timbers …”Grow Your Heart 3 Sizes!” and celebrate all things Grinch with a reading of the classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas! We will have good deed badges and tracking booklets for kids to log all the good things they do this holiday season. Activities to follow!
Heralding the Holidays -Toledo Botanical Gardens
Friday Dec. 2nd 5pm-9pm & Saturday Dec. 3rd 10am-4pm There will be unique holiday gifts for sale in the conference center, Artists Village and Seasons Gift Shop! Santa Claus! Live Entertainment! Food! FREE horse-drawn wagon rides on Friday night!
Gifts for sale include….jewelry, pottery, glass, paintings, photography, lawn art, housewares, fairy gardens, textiles, soaps, lotions, honey, mustards, jams & jellies, herbs, baked goods & more!
Light-Up Waterville for the Holidays
Saturday December 3rd 6pm-9pm Special lighting celebration to take place on Third Street at 6:00 p.m. kids can visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves, enjoyed music and view tree lighting at 6:00 pm.
Home for the Holiday’s Parade- Downtown Perrysburg & Parade
Saturday, December 3rd, 4 to 6 p.m. in downtown Perrysburg. Downtown Perrysburg, Inc. (DPI) is busy preparing for the annual “Home for the Holidays” parade, complete with marching bands, horse drawn carriages, dancers, and other street performers, clowns, big and small balloons, little cars and big trucks, candy and of course Santa Clause! The parade will begin at 4 p.m., beginning at Toth Elementary on East Seventh Street to Louisiana Avenue to Front Street. At the conclusion of the parade, the tree lighting ceremony will take place at around 5:30 p.m. at Hood Park.
Miracle on Main St Holiday Weekend & Light Parade (Dec. 2nd-Dec. 4th)
Saturday December 3rd: For the kids- hot cocoa bar sponsored by Metamora State Bank and a popcorn bar by GenoaBank will be available to drink and eat while watching the kid-appropriate movies in the warming tent. The staff from Over the Rainbow Early Learning Center will have child-friendly crafts and activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be cookie decorating thanks to The Next Sweet Thing Bakery. Olaf from “Frozen” and Paw Patrol characters Chase and Marshall will also be on hand for children’s enjoyment.
Sunday December 4th The Festival of Lights Parade starts at 6 p.m. bringing Santa and Mrs. Claus to downtown Sylvania followed by the Christmas Tree lighting at 7 p.m. in Maplewood Park.
Holidays in the Manor House
Monday December 5th-Sunday December 11th 10am-8pm: Ring in the holidays at one of northwest Ohio’s most festive celebrations. For over 40 years, community volunteers have transformed over 30 areas of the Manor House into a holiday wonderland. Tour the Manor House and see why over 20,000 people make Holidays in the Manor House a family tradition. Be sure to visit The Andersons Welcome Tent and make a s’more over a campfire. Guests are also invited to bring donations of new hats, scarves and gloves to place on the Mitten Tree. Items collected will be donated to local children in need and is an annual project of the Volunteers in Parks.
West Toledo Library Winter Fest Celebration and Tree Lighting
Saturday Dec. 10th 10:30 am-5pm @ West Toledo Library Auditorium: Enjoy holiday stories, crafts, and activities with special guest appearances! End the afternoon with a tree lighting ceremony in the park across the street. This annual community event was organized with help from the Five Points Business Association, Sylvania Avenue Neighbors, Library Village Block Watch, Willy’s Parkway Block Watch, and other community leaders.
It’s A Wonderful Life: Silver Screen Classic Film ($5 a person)
December 16th @ 7:30pm at Valentine Theater, enjoy Toledo’s New Old Fashioned Night Out! $5 per person…Cold Tall Drafts, Full Bar & Popcorn available! It’s a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra. Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, and Henry Travers. (Tickets are general admission and are available for walk up purchase on hour before showtime for $5).
Toledo Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Quintet
Tuesday, December 20th 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM @ Sanger Branch Library: Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to enjoy music from a special guest: The Toledo Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Quintet!
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