Top Holiday Events in Ohio's Lake Erie Shores & Islands

December 19, 2013

Embrace the cooler temperatures and dive into festive fun with these top holiday events in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands:

December 21-22
Main Street Arts Guild Winter Holiday Art Show & Sale
Main Street Vermilion, 685 Main St. (SR 60), Vermilion
Sat-Sun 12-4 pm
Featuring local artists and fine craftsmen. This is a great venue to do your holiday shopping!

Now – December 24
Photos with Santa
Sandusky Mall, 4314 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky
419.625.8574 ext. 121
Mon-Sat 10 am-9 pm, Sun 11 am-6 pm
Stop by for a photo with Santa and receive a free treat from Mrs. Fields.

Now – December 30
Dine Inside a Life-Size Gingerbread House
Great Wolf Lodge, 4600 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky
419.609.6000 ext. 510
For just a $10 donation, guests can dine inside this gingerbread house for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The house can accommodate a party of 6. The donation goes to Big Brother Big Sisters of Erie-Seneca Counties. This year’s house has a Pop Tart roof and is covered in Mike’n Ikes, Peeps, and Hot Tamales from JustBorn Quality Confections. Please call to make a reservation.

Now – December 31
Northern Lights & Winter Brights
Sandusky Bay Pavilion, 605 E. Water St., Sandusky
5-10 pm
A holiday light display will be lit nightly outside the Sandusky Bay Pavilion & Maritime Museum. The Museum will also be fully ‘deck-ed’ out inside as well and open regular hours.

Now – December 31
Christmas Light Show Spectacular
Ghostly Manor Thrill Center, 3319 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky
6 pm-12 am
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Christmas Light Show Spectacular from the comfort of your warm vehicle! Tune your car radio to 99.7 FM; the light show plays every 30 minutes.


Now – December 31
Winter Wonderland 3D Family Walk-Thru
Ghostly Manor Thrill Center, 3319 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky
Sun-Thurs 12-8 pm, Fri-Sat 12-10 pm
$7/adult, $5/child (ages 5-9); children under 5 are free with paid adult
Families are invited to take a magical 3D trip to the North Pole and visit Santa and his helpers from the comfort of the cozy indoor family entertainment complex. Closed on Christmas Day.

Now – December 31
Firelands Festival of Lights
Sawmill Creek Resort, 400 Sawmill Creek Dr., Huron
419.433.3800 ext. 784
5-10 pm
Free; donations accepted
The Festival of Lights is a wonderful, family-oriented, Christmas light display that involves over 30 local, non-profit organizations. Take a drive along Sawmill Creek Dr. to experience the lights and meet Santa!

Now – January 5, 2014
Hayes Train Special
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont
Tues-Sat 9 am-5 pm, Sun 12-5 pm (closed Christmas & New Year’s Day)
$7.50/adult, $6.50/senior, $3/child (6-12)
The spirit of holidays past is revived in this operating model train display. Eight model trains, all styles that have significance to 19th President Rutherford B. Hayes and his family, travel throughout a 12×24 course that includes mountains, tunnels, countryside, and villages. The three-tiered display rises to the ceiling, providing a visual wonderland that also includes 19th-century trolleys and a decorated Christmas tree. Visitors are given control of aspects of the trains’ movements and some of the display’s animated features via a series of buttons. Adding to the holiday-theme is an exhibit telling the story of Santa Claus.

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