Free Family-Friendly 2019 Christmas Events in Toledo & Surrounding Area

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 moderation is key during this special time of year, sure we splurge on certain family traditions like, Children’s Wonderland, Disney on Ice, 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!

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Bowling Green’s Annual Holiday Parade in historic downtown BG…“Polar Express: Next Stop Bowling Green,”!

Where: Downtown Bowling Green, OH. The parade steps off at 9:50 a.m. & the first float is set to hit Main and Wooster streets at 10 a.m.

When: Saturday November 23rd 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! The 2019 Bowling Green Holiday Parade’s theme is “Polar Express: Next Stop Bowling Green,”!

Website: https://ohio.org/festivals-events/event/bowling-green-holiday-parade/

 

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The Annual Levis Commons Tree Lighting and Christmas Kickoff is back for its 16th year and COOLER than ever….so cool it’s FROZEN!

Where: THE TOWN CENTER AT LEVIS COMMONS
3201 LEVIS COMMONS BLVD
PERRYSBURG, OH 43551

When……. November 23rd 

5pm-8pm: Visit with Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff

5pm-9pm: Horse and carriage rides $5/person $10/family of four

5:50pm: Santa arrives with a dancing entourage from PHS Dance Team and Perrysburg Twirling Sophisticates in the Taylor Automotive Family Trolley.

6:00pm – 7:00pm: Disney’s Frozen Jr* will be on stage bringing you an hour of your favorite Frozen music and fun from Act 2 Productions Toledo.

7:00pm (aprx) Count down to light the 50 foot tree

Website: https://www.shopleviscommons.com/event/Tree-Lighting-And-Christmas-Kickoff/2145533283/ 

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Hope for the Holidays & Tree Lighting

When: November 22nd @ 5pm

Where: Promedica Park

Join ProMedica and 13abc as we kick off the holiday season with an evening of Santa, character meet and greets, food trucks, carolers and family fun! 13abc will be on hand for a live broadcast throughout the evening that ends with the lighting of the Promenade Park tree!

5-6 p.m.: 13abc Action News Live news broadcast from Promenade Park
5-8 p.m.: Hope for the Holiday Celebration & Toy Drive

Website: http://www.explore419.com/event/hope-for-the-holidays-tree-lighting/

 

Santa’s Magical Arrival @ The Shops at Fallen Timbers

Where: The Shops at Fallen Timbers 3100 Main Street Maumee Ohio

When: November 29th 5:30-7:30pm

What: The Shops at Fallen Timbers will be Welcoming Santa to town with a Magical Arrival Event. Friday, November 29th from 5:30 – 7:30 enjoy Character Appearances, Music and Dancing, Face Painting and Balloon Animals, a bounce house, and we will end the evening with bringing Santa Down Main St. on a Firetruck to enjoy a Fireworks Spectacular!
This event is free and open to the public!

Website: https://theshopsatfallentimbers.com/events/

Downtown Wauseon’s 10th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade!

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Where: Downtown Wauseon

When: Saturday Nov. 30th – 7pm

Who loves a parade! It’s time for Downtown Wauseon’s 10th 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!

Website: https://www.facebook.com/WauseonChristmasParade/

Maumee Holiday Light Parade

When: November 30 @ 7pm

Where: Light parade will start at the Maumee Indoor Theater & proceed southbound on Conant St.

The Holiday Light Parade is an annual event that takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving. NEW THIS YEAR: At the suggestion of the Maumee Police Division, the route for the parade has been changed. Holiday Light Parade: Lighted floats and walking groups will line up along the six-block stretch of West William Street. The parade will then step off from the Maumee Indoor Theater and proceed southbound down Conant Street toward the river before turning right onto Broadway Street to disperse.

The Streets will be alive with crowds of kids both young and old waiting to see the 60+ lighted floats and the man of the night SANTA!

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

 

Pemberville Lighted Christmas Parade

When: December 1st @ 6:30pm

Where: Downtown Pemberville

Website: http://pemberville.org/calendar.htm

 

Christmas in Ida & Parade of Lights (and Fireworks!!)

When: Dec. 6th-7th

Where: Downtown Ida

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, story time with Mrs. Santa Claus and the craft shows are all day! Click on Website for full rundown of events for the weekend!

Saturday Dec. 7th at 7pm, HUGE light parade and fireworks!

Website: http://www.christmasinida.com/eventschedule.php

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The Polar Express Storytime

All aboard! Come in your PJs and join other kiddos for a magical evening as they host their annual Storytime of the beloved classic The Polar Express. Free hot chocolate and cookie…and activities to follow!!

When: Friday December 6th, 2018 7:00 PM

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

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

 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Storytime

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When: Saturday Dec. 7th 11am-12pm

Where: 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!

Website: https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/event/9780062102502-0

Heralding the Holidays -Toledo Botanical Gardens

 

When: Friday, December 6, 5 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 8, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Toledo Botanical Gardens

Heralding the Holidays
Heralding the Holidays is a decades-long tradition showcasing the artist and garden clubs of the Artist Village at Toledo Botanical Garden. Throughout the weekend, you will find art, jewelry, stained glass, and pottery for sale, dried herbs and herbal products, food trucks and roving carolers. Visitors can blow a glass ornament, and glimpse Father Christmas (Friday evening) wandering through the village. Village studios will be decorated. For more details visit the Artist Village website.

Website: artvillage419.org

City of Toledo Holiday Tree Lighting 

When: December 15th 3-7pm

Where: Ottawa Park Ice Rink

Bring your family to Toledo’s 6th annual Holiday Tree lighting, outside the Ice Rink.

Website: http://ottawapark.org/calendar-ottawa-park-toledo.html

Light-Up Waterville for the Holidays

When: Saturday December 7th 6pm-9pm

Where: Third Street

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.

Website: http://www.watervillehistory.org/new-events-1/2019/12/7/light-up-waterville 

Home for the Holiday’s Parade- Downtown Perrysburg & Parade

When: December 8th @ 2pm

Where: 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 2 p.m.

Website: http://www.visitperrysburg.com/events/2019/12/08/events/home-for-the-holidays-parade/#.XdRqL9VKjIU 

Miracle on Main St Holiday Weekend & Light Parade 

When: December 6 at 5:00 pm & December 7 
Where: Downtown Sylvania, 5632 N. Main St.
Sylvania, OH 43560
For Full Lists of events click on website.

Holidays in the Manor House

When: December 7th- 15th  10am-8pm

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

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 by adding a small scavenger hunt for items, dress up & photo opportunities, s’mores outside, & NEW this year, ice skating!!!

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

 

Winter Wonderland- Co-sponsored by the City of Toledo

When: Tuesday, December 03 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Where: Toledo Heights Library 423 Shasta Drive Toledo, OH

Help us celebrate the holiday season with an event for all ages. We’ll start with a craft at the Library, then walk together to the Highland Park Shelter House to enjoy live music, cookies, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa!

Website: http://events.toledolibrary.org/event/2484281

 

 

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

When: Friday, December 20th & Sunday, December 22nd @ 7:30pm

Where: 410 Adams St, Toledo, OH 43604

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).

Cost: $5 per person for admission

Order tickets here: http://www.valentinetheatre.com/events.html

 

Family Movie Time

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (26 minutes), TV-G

When: Saturday, December 21 4:00pm – 4:30pm

Where: Kent Branch Library

Every who down in Who-ville likes Christmas a lot, but the Grinch who lived just north of Who-ville did NOT! So the cuddly as a cactus Grinch (with termites in his smile and garlic in his soul) tries to wipe out Christmas for the cheerful Who-villains, only to discover: maybe Christmas, he thought doesn’t come from as store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more! Magnificently narrated by Boris Karloff and animated by cartoon legend Chuck Jones, it’s an award-winning Who-roast-beast-feast of a holiday classic!

Website: http://events.toledolibrary.org/event/2456904

 

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10 Magical Events to attend with Kids Christmas 2019 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 at Holidays 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. NEW THIS YEAR: At the suggestion of the Maumee Police Division, the route for the parade has been changed. Holiday Light Parade: Lighted floats and walking groups will line up along the six-block stretch of West William Street. The parade will then step off from the Maumee Indoor Theater and proceed southbound down Conant Street toward the river before turning right onto Broadway Street to disperse.

The Streets will be alive with crowds of kids both young and old waiting to see the 60+ lighted floats and the man of the night SANTA!

When: November 30 @ 7pm

Location: Light parade will start at the Maumee Indoor Theater & proceed southbound on Conant St.

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 by adding a small scavenger hunt for items, dress up & photo opportunities, s’mores outside, & NEW this year, ice skating!!!

When: December 7th- 15th  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 7th, 8th, 14th, & 15th  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, 2019 Click HERE to register

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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 7th, 14th, & 21st. There will be two departures each day – 10:00AM and 12:30PM.

Location: 301 E Adrian St, Blissfield, MI 49228

Cost: $22 adults, $20 seniors, $17 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 8th, 15th, & 22nd at 2:00PM respectively.

Location: 301 E Adrian St, Blissfield, MI 49228

Cost: $34 adults, $22 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.

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When: December 6th-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: December 6th & 7th (tours last 1 hour 45 min & are on the 1/2 hour 4-8:30PM)

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 HERE to register

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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: Friday, December 20th & Sunday, December 22nd @ 7:30pm

Location: 410 Adams St, Toledo, OH 43604

Cost: $5 per person for admission

Order tickets here: http://www.valentinetheatre.com/events.html

 

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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 15, 2019 – 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 beloved tunnel entrance will make its renovated debut during this event, voted best Zoo lights in the nation! The 2018 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. 22nd -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 $20 and Children $17 (Members receive one free Weekend visit)

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!

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Toledo Blade

When: December 6th @ 8pm, December 7th @ 8pm,  & December 8th @ 2:30pm

Location: The Valentine Theatre 410 Adams St

Cost: $29 + handling (Group pricing available)

Website for tickets: http://www.valentinetheatre.com/events.html

 

 

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The Polar Express Storytime

All aboard! Come in your PJs and join other kiddos for a magical evening as they host their annual Storytime of the beloved classic The Polar Express. Free hot chocolate and cookie…and activities to follow!!

When: Friday December 6th, 2018 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