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"100 Moments: Celebrating a Century of the Nation's First Presidential Library"

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, 1337 Hayes Ave., Fremont


Oct 1, 2016 - Dec 31, 2016

Mon-Sat 9 am-5 pm, Sun 12-5 pm (Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day)

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

The vaults are being opened to show artifacts, documents, and historic photos that highlight the 100-year history of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums. Exhibit begins Oct 1, 2016 and runs through May 7, 2017 (hours vary)

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Lights Before Christmas

Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo


Nov 18, 2016 - Dec 31, 2016

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)

The dancing lights and 85 ft. Norway Spruce are created with nearly 70-miles of lights. Lots of activities and treats daily for the entire family.

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Lake Erie Love Giveaway


Nov 19, 2016 - Dec 31, 2017

Do you love Lake Erie Shores & Islands? Show it by displaying a Lake Erie Love window decal on your home, auto, or business. If spotted during random street searches you could win Lake Erie Love swag items! Get your free decal at the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Centers located on US 250 in Sandusky and SR 53 in Port Clinton.

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Have a Maritime Christmas

Maritime Museum of Sandusky, 125 Meigs St., Sandusky


Nov 21, 2016 - Jan 3, 2017

Fri-Sat 10 am-4 pm, Sun 12-4 pm

The Museum will be fully ‘deck-ed’ out and open winter hours. A temporary winter exhibit will be on display through March featuring Ice Boat and Ice Fishing in Sandusky Bay.

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Christmas Dancing Light Show

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


Nov 23, 2016 - Dec 31, 2016

6 pm-12 am


Enjoy the sights and sounds of the dancing light show 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. (off US 6), Huron

419.433.3800 ext. 784

Nov 25, 2016 - Dec 31, 2016; Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017

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, Model Train Display

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums, at Spiegel Grove, 1337 Hayes Ave., Fremont


Nov 25, 2016 - Jan 8, 2017; Nov 24, 2017 - Jan 7, 2018

Mon-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)

Get into the holiday spirit with model trains that run through intricate Victorian holiday scenes. Press some of the buttons to make the trains and other aspects of the display move.

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Photos with Santa

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


Nov 25, 2016 - Dec 24, 2016

Hours vary

Stop by for a photo with Santa. Please visit website for hours.

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December 2016

Vermilion Chamber Christmas Tree Lot

The Old Town Hall - "Village on the Green", 736 Main St., Vermilion


Dec 5, 2016 - Dec 10, 2016; Dec 12, 2016 - Dec 17, 2016; Dec 19, 2016 - Dec 23, 2016

Mon-Sat 8:30 am-5:30 pm

All proceeds go to a local charity.

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5th Annual Winter Wonderland

Sandusky County Fairgrounds, 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont


Dec 8, 2016 - Dec 11, 2016; Dec 15, 2016 - Dec 18, 2016

Thurs & Sun (drive thru only) 6-8 pm, Fri-Sat (walk-thru) 6-9 pm

$1/adult donation, children 12 and under are free

Area youth organizations, church, and non-profit groups participate in the Winter Wonderland of holiday lights and displays--a great family event with drive through and walk through areas. Indoor Christmas Tree Forrest and holiday displays, and outdoor holiday display along a driving route. Events are planned during walk-thru hours on Fridays and Saturdays only (Dec 9, 10, 16, and 17), which may include a craft show, horse rides, carolers and other performers, refreshments, kids crafts and activities, and Santa.

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