10 Christmas Experiences for Kids in Toledo


It’s funny, I couldn’t tell you what I wore the Christmas of 1990 (I’m sure it was a gorgeous dressed that matched my siblings and we all looked adorable, mom), or what gifts I opened from under the tree, or even if we had snow that year. What I do remember is sipping hot chocolate as we walked through the zoo at night (that in itself is pretty cool to kids) in wonderment at the Lights before Christmas with close family friends, rushing ahead of my parents in awe of the Christmas magic at Children’s Wonderland, touring the over the top decorations in the Manor house with my grandparents, seeing the classic, A Christmas Carol, & watching the joy on my father’s face as he recited lines as we watched the classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. That’s the thing about Christmas; it really isn’t about the perfect gift it’s about the time spent with loved ones. So this Christmas let’s focus less on the quantity of goods under the tree and more on the quality of time spent making childhood memories that our children will cherish for a lifetime.

Here are 10 Christmas Experiences for Kids in/near Toledo that will help build up that memory bank!

 

 

 

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Maumee Holiday Light Parade

The Holiday Light Parade is an annual event that takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving. 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. (Hint: 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.

When: November 25 @ 6:30pm

Location: Light parade will start at the corner of the AW Trail (Rt. 24) and Ford Street

Cost: FREE

Website: https://www.maumeeuptown.com/holiday-light-parade

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Holidays in the Manor House

Ring in the holidays at one of Northwest Ohio’s most festive celebrations, Holidays in the Manor House! For over 40 years, community volunteers have transformed over 30 areas of the Manor House at Wildwood Preserve into a holiday wonderland. Tour the Manor House and see why over 25,000 people make Holidays in the Manor House an annual tradition. They always incorporate the kiddos into the tour bay adding a small scavenger hunt for items, dress up & photo opportunities, and this year they are planning new and exciting activities on the grounds surrounding the Manor House to add to your 2017 experience. We can’t wait!

When: December 2nd– 17th 10am-8pm

Location: Wildwood Metropark 5100 Central Ave, Toledo, OH 43615

Cost: FREE

Website: https://metroparkstoledo.com/features-and-rentals/the-manor-house/

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Holidays on A Carriage Ride: Take a leisurely ride through scenic Wildwood Preserve aboard a carriage pulled by Molly and Sally, the mule team from Providence. This experience is being offered December 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10 to make your visit to Holidays in the Manor House even more memorable. Cost is $6 per rider, children under 5yrs. free, if they sit on an adult’s lap. All tickets will be sold online only. Ticket sales begin November 1, 2017 Click on link to register: http://reservations.metroparkstoledo.com/programs/index.shtml?multp=57211&sid=688540.14129&uid=

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Santa Express & Lunch with Santa

Children will enjoy a 1 and 1/2 hour train ride, a visit with Santa, coloring activities, & cookies and juice.

When: Santa Express is on December 2, 9, 16 or 23, 2017. There will be two departures each day – 10:00AM and 12:30PM.

Location: 301 E Adrian St, Blissfield, MI 49228

Cost: $21 adults, $19 seniors, $16 children ages 2-12 and children under 2 are free

Lunch with Santa on the Santa Express

Lunch with Santa includes a 2 hour train ride, pizza, salad, bread sticks, dessert and soft drink. Children will also enjoy a visit with Santa and coloring activities.

When: December 10 or 17, 2017 at 2:00PM respectively.

Location: 301 E Adrian St, Blissfield, MI 49228

Cost: $32 adults, $20 children ages 2-12 and children under 2 are free.

https://www.murdermysterydinnertrain.com/  (BOOK YOUR TRIP HERE)

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Children’s Wonderland

And it just wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to Children’s Wonderland!! Children’s Wonderland began as a Northwest Ohio holiday tradition over 50 years ago. For decades, families from all over the Northwest Ohio have been coming to find the holiday spirit at Children’s Wonderland. As always, dozens of classic exhibits will be on display, train rides will be available, and there will be plenty of opportunities to take pictures with Santa.

When: December 8th-Dec. 23rd 11am-8pm & Dec. 24th 11am-2pm

Location: 7060 W Sylvania Ave, Sylvania, OH 43560 (Tam-o-shanter)

Cost: Kids 2+ $6, Adults 18+ $8, & Seniors 65+ $6 (plus $ for train and crafts, if interested)

Website: http://www.playsylvania.com/childrens-wonderland/

 

 

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Holiday Lantern Tours at Sauder Village

They’ve added a new twist to the Holiday Lantern Tours at Sauder Village! Make reservations now for a “1920s Christmas”! Experience American Christmas traditions of the 1920s as you visit the Grime Home, make a Christmas novelty at our Tin Shop, learn about Christmas shopping in the Elmira Depot, act out The Night Before Christmas in the District 16 Schoolhouse, and sing 1920s Christmas songs in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.  Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.

Holiday shopping available at the Sauder Village Gift Shop, Lauber’s General Store, Herb Shop, Glass Shop and Pottery Shop.  Make it an overnight stay at the Sauder Heritage Inn with the Holiday Lantern Tour Package.

When: November 25, December 2, 8 & 9

Location: Sauder Village22611 State Route 2, Archbold, Ohio 43502

Cost: Adults $13.00/ Children (3 and up) $7.00 (By Reservation Only, limited spaces Make reservations online or please call for availability 800-590-9755). Click on link https://saudervillage.org/classes-events/details/2017/11/25/default-calendar/holiday-lantern-tour-a-1920s-christmas-day1

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It’s A Wonderful Life: Silver Screen Classic Film ($5 a person)

Enjoy Toledo’s New Old Fashioned Night Out! 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 but reservations are strongly encouraged for this film).

When: December 15th @ 7:30pm

Location: 410 Adams St, Toledo, OH 43604

Cost: $5 per person for admission

Order tickets here: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/8020805/its-a-wonderful-lifesilver-screen-classic-film-toledo-valentine-theatre

 

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Christmas Carol Sing at Rosary Cathedral

If you still haven’t gotten in the Christmas spirit this afternoon will get you there! The beauty of the Toledo’s Diocese gorgeous Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral adds a layer to the experience like none other as you listen to (and participate) the glorious voices of the Cathedral Choir, Paul Monachino, conductor and the talented St. Aloysius Parish Handbell Choir, Neil Kraft, director. This is a great event for families with older kiddos (5 & up)

Location: Rosary Cathedral 2535 Collingwood Blvd. Toledo, OH 43610

When: Sunday, December 17, 2017 – 3:00 p.m.

Cost: FREE

Website: https://rosarycathedral.org/music/concert-series/

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Lights before Christmas at the Toledo Zoo

The 2017 edition of the area’s brightest holiday tradition features over one million lights and more than 200 illuminated animal images! Stop by Santa’s workshop in the Arctic Encounter! New this year is a 3-D holiday scene set to music and projected onto the side of the Carnivore Café. Take a moment to enjoy this new take on a holiday short story with your whole family! See the big man in his element, whisper your holiday wishes and pose for a fun family photo. (Paid photo opportunity) Also, don’t miss all the frozen fun in the Winter Village sponsored by Kroger. The fan-favorite Ice Slide returns with inner tubes built for two along with Bumper Cars on Ice in the Zoo’s historic Amphitheatre!

When: Nov. 17th -Dec. 31st Sun – Thurs: 3-8pm Fri – Sat: 3 – 9 p.m. (holiday times will differ, check website)

Location: Toledo Zoo 2 Hippo Way, Toledo, OH 43609

Cost: Members, Mon-Thurs: Unlimited Visits & Weekend: One Visit

Non-members: Adults $17 and Children $14

Website: https://www.toledozoo.org/lights

 

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, revised by David Jex and Debra Ross Calabrese & Directed by Amy Spaulding-Heuring is a 30-year Toledo Rep tradition! This timeless tale of redemption follows Ebenezer Scrooge as he is transformed by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future from a miserly old curmudgeon into a man who embodies the true meaning of Christmas. With lavish costumes, spectacular sets and a musical score rich with carols of the era, this production is one you will not want to miss!

When: December 1 @ 8pm, 2 @ 8pm & 3 @ 2:30pm, 2017

Location: The Valentine Theatre 410 Adams St

Cost: Adult: $27 + $2 handling & Child: $17 + $2 handling (Group pricing available)

Website for tickets: http://www.etix.com/ticket/v/11060/valentine-theatre

 

 

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The Polar Express Storytime

All aboard! Come in your PJs and join us for a magical evening as we host our annual Storytime of the beloved classic The Polar Express. Coloring and activities to follow!!

When: Friday December 01, 2017 7:00 PM

Location: Barnes & Noble Fallen Timbers 3100 Main St #1400, Maumee, OH 43537

Cost: FREE

Website: https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/event/9780061896690-0

 

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