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"Ups and Downs" Exhibit

Merry-Go-Round Museum, 301 Jackson St. (at US 6), Sandusky


Mar 1, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014

Wed-Sat 11 am-5 pm, Sun 12-5 pm

$6/adult, $5/senior, $4/child; children 3 and under are free

"Ups and Downs" is an exhibition to connect carousels and family recreation from the early 1900s to present. Featuring antique merry-go-round animals, this display examines how carving factories would create the different animals like several menagerie elk, created by various carousel manufacturers. A jumping giraffe will take the stage during the exhibit, as will a wolf, lion, and tiger.

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Lights Before Christmas

Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo


Nov 14, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015

Sun-Thurs 3-8 pm, Fri-Sat 3-9 pm (Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day)

$13/adult (age 12-59), $10/senior (age 60+), $10/child (age 2-11)

Enjoy displays containing millions of lights and many other holiday-themed attractions. Watch the dancing lights display near cheetah Valley, hear the joyous sounds of carolers on selected evenings, and visit with Santa in the Museum. New for 2014: Ice Slide and live reindeer at the Winter Village.

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Photos with Santa

Sandusky Mall, 4314 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky

419.626.8574 ext. 121

Nov 15, 2014 - Dec 24, 2014; Nov 14, 2015 - Dec 24, 2015

Hours vary

Stop by for a photo with Santa.

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Northern Lights & Winter Brights

Sandusky Bay Pavilion, 605 E. Water St., Sandusky


Nov 21, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015; Nov 21, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016

5-10 pm

Celebrate the holidays by enjoying a festive light display outside the Sandusky Bay Pavilion and the Maritime Museum. The Museum will also be fully 'deck-ed' out inside as well and open winter hours.

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Christmas Light Show Spectacular

Ghostly Manor Thrill Center, 3319 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky


Nov 28, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014

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.

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Firelands Festival of Lights

Sawmill Creek Resort, 400 Sawmill Creek Dr., Huron

419.433.3800 ext. 784

Nov 28, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014; Nov 27, 2015 - Dec 31, 2015

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!

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Hayes Train Special Exhibit

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Hayes and Buckland aves., Fremont


Nov 28, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015; Nov 27, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016

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 yrs)

Everyone is a kid again as they watch eight different model trains travel a 12x24-foot, three-tier model train layout. All of the trains are styles that relate to the life of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes and his family. Visitors act as engineers lifting gates, flashing lights, sounding the whistle, and more, via a series of interactive buttons. A miniature Victorian village provides a picturesque setting through which the trains travel.

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December 2014

12 Gifts of Christmas

Quaker Steak & Lube, 5150 Liberty Ave., Vermillion


Dec 10, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014

12 charity events. 12 days in a row. 12 nights of live entertainment. 10% of the daily food sales will be donated to a different local, non-profit agency.

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Holiday Gift Wrapping

Sandusky Mall, 4314 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky

419.625.8574 ext. 121

Dec 13, 2014 - Dec 24, 2014

Have your gifts wrapped while you shop!

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Privy to History: Civil War Prison Life Unearthed

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Hayes & Buckland aves., Fremont

419.332.2081 ext. 17

Dec 16, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014; Dec 23, 2014 - Dec 28, 2014; Dec 30, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015; Jan 6, 2015 - Jan 11, 2015; Jan 13, 2015 - Jan 18, 2015; Jan 20, 2015 - Jan 25, 2015; Jan 27, 2015 - Feb 1, 2015; Feb 3, 2015 - Feb 8, 2015; Feb 10, 2015 - Feb 16, 2015

Tues-Sat 9 am-5 pm, Sun 12-5 pm

$7.50/adult, $6.50/senior, $3/child (age 6-12)

Northwest Ohio is home to the only Union Army Civil War prison specifically designed to house captured Confederate officers. Johnson's Island Civil War Prison continues to reveal tantalizing details about the war and the men who fought and died. This exhibit focuses on additional information learned through archaeological evidence discovered since the 1965 publication of "Rebels on Lake Erie," the seminal history of the prison written by Charles E. Frohman. Numerous artifacts recovered from the site in recent years are on display. The museum is CLOSED on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The museum is OPEN on Presidents’ Day (Feb 16) with special hours: 12-5 pm.

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