Mar 1, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014
"Ups and Downs" Exhibit
Wed-Sat 11 am-5 pm, Sun 12-5 pm
Merry-Go-Round Museum, 301 Jackson St. (at US 6), Sandusky
$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.
419.626.6111
merrygoroundmuseum.org

 

Sep 1, 2014 - Nov 27, 2014
Fall Yoga with Mary Leahy
Mon 9:45-10:45 am, Wed 10-11 am
Bodi N Balance, 3936 Harbor Light Landing Dr., Port Clinton
330.858.1890
bodinbalance.com

 

Nov 15, 2014 - Dec 24, 2014; Nov 14, 2015 - Dec 24, 2015
Photos with Santa
Hours vary
Sandusky Mall, 4314 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky
Stop by for a photo with Santa.

419.626.8574 ext. 121
sandusky-mall.com

 

Nov 21, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015
Northern Lights & Winter Brights
5-10 pm
Sandusky Bay Pavilion, 605 E. Water St., Sandusky
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.
419.624.0274
sanduskymaritime.org

 

Nov 25, 2014 - Nov 30, 2014; Dec 2, 2014 - Dec 7, 2014; Dec 9, 2014 - Dec 14, 2014; Dec 16, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014; Dec 23, 2014 - Dec 28, 2014; Dec 30, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015
Privy to History: Civil War Prison Life Unearthed
Tues-Sat 9 am-5 pm, Sun 12-5 pm
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Hayes & Buckland aves., Fremont
$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.
419.332.2081 ext. 217
rbhayes.org

 

Nov 27, 2014
24th Annual Port Clinton Area Community Thanksgiving Feast
11:30 am-2 pm
Trinity United Methodist Church, 2nd & Adams sts., Port Clinton
Free
Open to the public. Everyone is welcome. Menu is homemade, delicious, and plentiful.

419.967.0185
facebook.com/TheCommunityThanksgivingFeast/info

 

Nov 27, 2014
4th Annual Turkey Trot
8:30 am
Perkins High School, 3714 Campbell St. Sandusky
$20/person (pre-registration), $25/person (day of the race)
A 5K; awards will be given to the top overall female and top overall male runners. Awards will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place runners in each age category. Turkeys awarded to all first place winners! Award given to BEST Thanksgiving-themed costume.

419.656.2020

 

Nov 27, 2014; Nov 26, 2015
Bountiful Thanksgiving Feast
11 am-3 pm
Sawmill Creek Resort - Wilderness Hall, 400 Sawmill Creek Dr. (off US 6), Huron
Featuring a traditional Thanksgiving feast. Reservations for seating required.
800.729.6455
sawmillcreekresort.com

 

Nov 27, 2014
Community Celebration of Thanksgiving
11 am-1:30 pm
Holy Angels Catholic Church, 428 Tiffin Ave., Sandusky
Free
Join singles, families, local police, firefighters, and many others from Sandusky and the surrounding area for food and fellowship.

419.625.3698

 

Nov 27, 2014
Fall Yoga with Mary Leahy
5:30-6:30 pm
Sutton Center Conference Room, 1848 E. Perry St., Port Clinton
330.858.1890

 

Nov 27, 2014; Nov 26, 2015
Thanksgiving Day Buffet
Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, 7000 Kalahari Dr. (off US 250), Sandusky
Indulge in this traditional holiday buffet. Please call or check the website for a list of food items. Reservations strongly encouraged.
419.433.5543
kalahariresorts.com/ohio

 

Nov 27, 2014
Thanksgiving Day Buffet
11:30 am-5 pm
Quaker Steak & Lube, 5150 Liberty Ave. (US 6), Vermilion
$19.99/adult, $16.99/senior (ages 65+), $12.99/tweener (ages 9-12), $6.99/child (8 and under)
Serving all of your favorites including chef-carved turkey, roast beef, ham, sweet potatoes, stuffing, whipped potatoes, green bean casserole, wings, desserts, and more. Reservations are encouraged but not required.
440.967.3724
thelube.com/locations/ohio/vermilion/

 

Nov 27, 2014
Thanksgiving Day Feast
11:30 am-4:30 pm
1812 Spirits and Food, 102 Madison St., Port Clinton
$25.95/adult, $12.95/child (10 & under)
Buffet featuring carved roast turkey breast, carved honey baked ham, orange glazed salmon, traditional sides, and delicious desserts. Please visit the website or Facebook page for full menu. Advanced reservations are required.
419.960.7588
1812rosies.com

 

Nov 28, 2014 - Nov 30, 2014
16th Annual Christmas Open House
Fri-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 11 am-5 pm
Ferguson Gallery & Studio, 5890 E. Harbor Rd. (SR 163), Marblehead
Fantastic selection of new Ferguson marbles, blown glass, original oil paintings, Old World ornaments, antiques, jewelry, holiday accessories and more. Stop in for snacks, in-house specials, and more.
419.734.0600
fergusongallery.com

 

Nov 28, 2014
Chris Cavanaugh
8 pm
The Listening Room at OurGuest Inn & Suites, 220 E. Perry St. (SR 163), Port Clinton
$10 (plus 2-drink minimum)
Chris has opened for the likes of Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Chris Young, Josh Thompson, and many more! Call to reserve as space is limited.
419.734.7050
thelisteningroompc.com

 

Nov 28, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014
Christmas Light Show Spectacular
6 pm-12 am
Ghostly Manor Thrill Center, 3319 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky
Free
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.
419.626.4467
ghostlymanor.com

 

Nov 28, 2014
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
6 pm
Downtown, Sandusky
Free
Help kick off the holiday season in downtown Sandusky with this beautiful lighting ceremony.
419.627.5886
cityofsandusky.com

 

Nov 28, 2014 - Nov 30, 2014
Christmas Trolley Rides
Fri & Sun 1-4 pm, Sat 12-5 pm
Downtown, Vermilion
Donations accepted
Take a horse-drawn trolley ride, pulled by Grospitch horses, through downtown Vermilion.
440.654.8847

 

Nov 28, 2014
Fall Yoga with Linda Green
8:15-9:15 am
Ida Rupp Library, 310 Madison St., Port Clinton
419.635.2337
idarupp.org

 

Nov 28, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014; Nov 27, 2015 - Dec 31, 2015
Firelands Festival of Lights
5-10 pm
Sawmill Creek Resort, 400 Sawmill Creek Dr., Huron
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!
419.433.3800 ext. 784
facebook.com/firelandsfestivaloflights

 

Nov 28, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015; Nov 27, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016
Hayes Train Special Exhibit
Tues-Sat 9 am-5 pm, Sun 12-5 pm (closed Christmas & New Year's Day)
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Hayes and Buckland aves., Fremont
$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.


800.998.PRES
rbhayes.org

 

Nov 28, 2014
Holiday Open House
6-8 pm
Follett House Museum, 404 Wayne St. (off US 6), Sandusky
Gather at the Follett House Museum for one of Sandusky's treasured traditions: the Annual Holiday Open House. The Museum will be decorated in all its holiday splendor by Kirk Miller Floral Designs. Refreshments and live entertainment will be provided. If you can't make it to the evening open house, there is a daytime celebration as well on Friday, December 5. Starbucks coffee and cookies will be provided.
419.625.3834
www.sandusky.lib.oh.us/follett_house

 

Nov 28, 2014
Live Entertainment
7-11 pm
Bell Mell Tavern, 307 Fulton St., Port Clinton
Oct 31: RMS Band; Nov 7: Tim Blake & Michelle; Nov 14: Steve Brownell; Nov 21: The Last Born Sons; Nov 28: Corduroy Road.

419.732.2760
bellmell.com

 

Nov 28, 2014 - Nov 29, 2014; Dec 5, 2014 - Dec 6, 2014; Dec 12, 2014 - Dec 13, 2014; Dec 19, 2014 - Dec 20, 2014; Dec 26, 2014 - Dec 27, 2014; Jan 3, 2015; Jan 9, 2015 - Jan 10, 2015; Jan 16, 2015 - Jan 17, 2015; Jan 24, 2015; Feb 7, 2015; Feb 14, 2015; Feb 20, 2015; Mar 7, 2015; Mar 14, 2015; Mar 20, 2015
Live Entertainment
6:30-9:30 pm
Quarry Hill Winery & Orchard, 8403 Mason Rd., Berlin Heights
Live music and fun! Light food menu, wine, beer, and martinis.

419.588.3179
quarryhillwinery.org

 

Nov 28, 2014 - Nov 29, 2014; Dec 5, 2014 - Dec 6, 2014; Dec 12, 2014 - Dec 13, 2014; Dec 19, 2014 - Dec 20, 2014
Live Music
6-9 pm
Paper Moon Vineyards, 2008 SR 60, Vermilion
Live music featuring a variety of artists. Please check the website for hours and schedule of performers.
440.967.2500
papermoonvineyards.com

 

Nov 28, 2014; Nov 27, 2015
Ringing Swinging Silent Auction
6-10 pm
Sawmill Creek Resort, 400 Sawmill Creek Dr. (off US 6), Huron
$5/person
Join in the fun as you bid on over 200 auction items. Proceeds benefit participating Festival of Lights non-profit organizations.
419.433.3800
sawmillcreekresort.com

 

Nov 28, 2014 - Nov 30, 2014; Dec 5, 2014 - Dec 7, 2014; Dec 12, 2014 - Dec 14, 2014; Dec 16, 2014; Dec 19, 2014 - Dec 22, 2014
Visit Santa in the Cookie House
5 - 8 pm
Santa's Cookie House, Washington St., Sandusky
Visit Santa in the Cookie House! Please bring a camera for photos.

 

Nov 29, 2014 - Nov 30, 2014
"Come Home for the Holiday" 43rd Annual Harbour Town 1837 Christmas Walk
Exchange Place Park, corner of US 6 and SR 60, Vermilion
Kick-off the holiday season with an old fashioned alternative to the usual hectic holiday shopping. Tour Vermilion’s historic downtown Harbour Town by horse-drawn trolley. Santa’s arrival by icebreaker ship on the Vermilion River is a highlight of the holiday festivities. Visit the fine shops, restaurants and businesses for special holiday savings. Experience the lovely Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Gazebo in Victory Park.

440.654.8847

 

Nov 29, 2014 - Nov 30, 2014; Dec 6, 2014 - Dec 7, 2014; Dec 13, 2014 - Dec 14, 2014; Dec 20, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014
Arts Guild of Vermilion Winter Holiday Art Show & Sale
12-4 pm
Main Street Vermilion, 685 Main St. (SR 60), Vermilion
Featuring local artists and fine craftsmen. This is a great venue to do your holiday shopping!
440.963.0772
mainstreetvermilion.org

 

Nov 29, 2014
Caroling in the Park & Lighting of the Christmas Tree
7 pm
Victory Park, Main St., Vermilion
Join the community for caroling in the park and the lighting of the Christmas tree.
440.654.8847

 

Nov 29, 2014
Fall Yoga with Donna Lueke
8-9 am
Bodi N Balance, 3936 Harbor Light Landing Dr., Port Clinton
419.341.4110
bodinbalance.com

 

Nov 29, 2014
Jessie Schenk Memorial Turkey Chase 5K Run/Walk
10 am
Catawba Islands Club Fitness Center, 3026 NW Catawba Rd., Port Clinton
Pre-registered: $20/adult, $10 youth; Event day: $25/adult, $15/youth
5K Run/Walk through the Catawba Island Club golf course. 100% of the funds raised go to support the Jessie Schenk Memorial Scholarship that provides scholarships for graduating Port Clinton High School scholar athletes. T-shirts provided to the first 200 entrants.
419.797.4959
jessiesturkeychase.yolasite.com

 

Nov 29, 2014; Dec 12, 2014; Dec 19, 2014; Dec 27, 2014
Live Entertainment
7-11 pm
Rosie's Bar & Grill, 102 Madison St., Port Clinton
Nov 7: Corduroy Road; Nov 14: Steve Brownell; Nov 21: Michelle Romary Trio; Nov 29: Sonny Ferguson; Dec 12: Michelle Romary; Dec 19:Steve Brownell.

419.960.7310
1812rosies.com

 

Nov 29, 2014
Ohio State Buckeyes Game Watch Party vs. Michigan
Lock, Dock & Barrel, 124 Buckeye Blvd., Port Clinton
Free
Cheer on the Buckeyes and help support the Endowed Scholarship Fund of the Ohio State Alumni Club of Ottawa County. Raffles, food and drink specials, and lots of Buckeye spirit. Everyone is welcome to attend.
419.734.6507
lockdockandbarrel.com

 

Nov 29, 2014
OSU vs. U of M Party
Doors open at 10 am
Port Clinton VFW, 214 Madison St., Port Clinton
Free
Wear your team colors, watch the game on 55" TVs with prizes, tailgate buffet, beverage specials, and a whole lot of fun.
419.734.9981
pcvfw2480.com

 

Nov 29, 2014
Santa Arrives by Boat
11 am
Exchange Place Park, SR 60 & US 6, Vermilion
Watch as Santa arrives at Exchange Place Park by boat on the Vermilion River then head to the Santa house to share your Christmas wishes.
440.654.8847

 

Nov 29, 2014; Dec 6, 2014; Dec 13, 2014; Dec 20, 2014
Visit with Santa
11 am-3 pm
Exchange Park, Vermilion
Visit with Santa at his house! Bring a camera for photos. Sponsored by the Friends of Harbour Town.
440.654.8847
vermilionohio.com

 

Nov 30, 2014
"Christmas Wonderful"
3:30 pm
St. Mary Church, 38 W. League St., Norwalk
$10/person
Join the Ashland University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers for an afternoon of wonderful music. Seating is limited; purchase your ticket in advance. Doors open at 3 pm.

419.668.1641

 

Nov 30, 2014
Live Entertainment
6-9 pm
Canoe Club Wine Bar, 5831 E. Harbor Rd. (SR 163), Marblehead
Nov 2: Denny Hall & Paul, Nov 9: Dolinar, Nov 16: Lance Horwedel, Nov. 23: Gary Cover, and Nov. 30: Sweet Refugee.
419.960.7030
canoeclubwinebar.com

 

Dec 1, 2014; Dec 8, 2014; Dec 15, 2014; Dec 22, 2014; Dec 29, 2014; Jan 5, 2015; Jan 12, 2015; Jan 19, 2015; Jan 26, 2015; Feb 2, 2015; Feb 9, 2015; Feb 16, 2015; Feb 23, 2015; Mar 2, 2015; Mar 9, 2015; Mar 16, 2015; Mar 23, 2015; Mar 30, 2015; Apr 6, 2015; Apr 13, 2015; Apr 20, 2015; Apr 27, 2015; May 4, 2015; May 11, 2015; May 18, 2015; May 25, 2015; Jun 1, 2015; Jun 8, 2015; Jun 15, 2015; Jun 22, 2015; Jun 29, 2015; Jul 6, 2015; Jul 13, 2015
"Designing a Backyard Grocery Store" Gardening and Plant Weekend Getaway
9:30 am-6 pm
McKenna's Inn Bed & Breakfast, 5714 E. Pittsburgh St., Port Clinton
$99
Event includes a brief lecture and hands-on session on organic garden design, hands-on instruction on how create a space to raise chickens, assortment of plants and seeds, entries for prizes, food, beverages, and more. Reservations required as space is limited.
419.341.6033

 

Dec 2, 2014 - Dec 3, 2014; Dec 1, 2015
Pet Photos with Santa
4-6 pm
Sandusky Mall - Center Court, 4314 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky
Sandusky Mall welcomes all pet owners for a special photo session with Santa! All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier.
419.626.8574 ext. 121
sandusky-mall.com

 

Dec 3, 2014; Dec 10, 2014; Dec 17, 2014
Family Fun Night
4-8 pm
Ghostly Manor Thrill Center, 3319 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky
Enjoy the indoor playground, bounce houses, and skating rink (with choice rental) for only $5. With each admission, receive 2 FREE slices of pizza and a pop. Expect a visit from Santa!

419.626.4467
ghostlymanor.com

 

Dec 3, 2014
Introduction to Aromatherapy
6:30-8 pm
Ida Rupp Public Library, 310 Madison St., Port Clinton
Free
Learn an introduction to Aromatherapy and enjoy a night of scents. Linda Green, certified herbalist and aromatherapist, will teach the history, uses and contraindications of 12 essential oils. She will explain carrier oils and give a demonstration on blending as well as give ideas for making holiday gifts with essential oils. Each person will have the opportunity to make a one-ounce blend to take home. Registration is required.

419.732.3212
idarupp.org

 

Dec 3, 2014; Dec 10, 2014; Dec 17, 2014; Dec 24, 2014; Dec 31, 2014
Jazz Night
7-10 pm
Slater's Madison Street Pub, 111 Madison St., Port Clinton
Wine, pasta, and live jazz music featuring the Bob Smik Trio and special guests.
419.732.2030
slatersmadisonstreetpub.com

 

Dec 3, 2014
Wonderful Watercolors
9:30 am-12:30 pm
Osborn MetroPark - Frost Center, 3910 Perkins Ave., Huron.
$60/person (four-week session), $15/person (one session)
Learn to paint watercolors following step-by-step directions and demonstrations by instructor Clela Stelnicki. Please register by calling Clela at 440.371.5637 or send an email to clelasart@oh.rr.com. A supply list will be provided by the instructor.
440.371.5637
eriemetroparks.org

 

Dec 4, 2014; Dec 6, 2014; Dec 3, 2015 - Dec 5, 2015
Christmas Dinners at Spiegel Grove
6:30-10 pm
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont
$250/person ($175 is tax deductible)
Enjoy an enchanted holiday dining experience in the home of a U.S. President. This elegant evening features a six-course Victorian feast modeled on State Dinners served during the administration of 19th President Rutherford B. Hayes. Guests are treated to a horse-drawn carriage ride, costumed staff, period entertainment, and more.
800.998.PRES
rbhayes.org

 

Dec 4, 2014
Gingerbread Making Class
6:30 pm
Culinary Vegetable Institute, 12304 SR 13, Milan
$30/person

Chefs will teach mixing, baking, sheeting, icing and decorating. Guests will learn the difference between gingerbread cake and cookies along with baking techniques such as textures, rising, and crumbling. Reservations are required.

419.499.7500
culinaryvegetableinstitute.com

 

Dec 4, 2014; Dec 11, 2014; Dec 18, 2014
The Listening Room Local at The Loft
7 pm
The Loft at Cielo Grande, 117 Madison St., Port Clinton
Free with two-drink or one-tapas plate purchase
Enjoy amazing tapas, great drinks, and some of northern Ohio's best singer-songwriters in a listening room environment. There will be special guests each week!
419.967.9084

 

Dec 5, 2014
A Night of Comedy
8 pm
Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky
$10/person
Featuring Johnny Dam with headliner David Kaye.
877.626.1950
sanduskystate.com

 

Dec 5, 2014
First Friday Fundraiser
10 am-5 pm
Tre Sorelle Cioccolato, 634 Columbus Ave., Sandusky
The first Friday of each month will be dedicated to the community. 10% of the sales on the first Friday will be split between a school and a community organization. Dec 5: Sandusky/CASA.
419.502.2462
tresorelleonline.com

 

Dec 5, 2014 - Dec 6, 2014; Dec 12, 2014 - Dec 13, 2014
Gallery Open House
5-9 pm
Canoe Club Wine Bar, 5831 E. Harbor Rd., (SR 163), Marblehead
Guest artists selling jewelry, art, and Christmas decorations. Wine tasting and lots of gift ideas. Canoe Club gift certificates will be available.

419.960.7030
canoeclubwinebar.com

 

Dec 5, 2014
Holiday Open House
10 am-12 pm
Follett House Museum, 404 Wayne St. (off US 6), Sandusky
Gather at the Follett House Museum for one of Sandusky's treasured traditions: the Annual Holiday Open House. The Museum will be decorated in all its holiday splendor by Kirk Miller Floral Designs. Refreshments and live entertainment will be provided.
419.625.3834
www.sandusky.lib.oh.us/follett_house

 

Dec 5, 2014; Dec 27, 2014
Live Entertainment: Corduroy Road
8 pm-12 am
Rosie's Bar & Grill, 102 Madison St., Port Clinton


419.960.7310
1812rosies.com

 

Dec 5, 2014
Musical Arts Series "Artists From the Cleveland Institute of Music"
7:30 pm
Firelands Presbyterian Church, 2626 E. Harbor Rd. (SR 163), Port Clinton
$15/adult, students and children are free
Jinjoo Cho (violin) and HyunSoo Kim (piano).
419.734.6211

 

Dec 5, 2014; Dec 7, 2014
Victorian Christmas Dinner
Fri-Sat 6 pm, Sun 1 pm
Historic Lyme Village, 5001 SR 4, Bellevue
$49/adult (non-member), $45/adult (member)
In the candlelit Victorian mansion beautifully decorated for Christmas, the evening begins with music and hors d'oeuvres. The four course dinner with evening music and stories is followed by the lighting of the Christmas tree and Christmas folklore. Limited seating. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
419.483.4949
lymevillage.org

 

Dec 6, 2014
14th Annual K96/WLKR Firefighter's Chili Cook-off
5 pm
Lyman Harbor, 1615 First St., Sandusky
$5/person

Over 18 area fire departments cooking chili ($1/bowl). 50/50 raffles, pick-a-ping-pong prize giveaway, and live music from KO and Friends. ALL money raised goes directly to participating fire departments to help with the needs of their choice: equipment funds, charities, etc.


 

Dec 6, 2014
2nd Annual Holiday Stop & Shop
10 am-4 pm
Liberty Aviation Museum, 3515 E. State Rd., Port Clinton
All your favorite artists, crafters, and vendors in one spot. Door prizes will be drawn throughout the day and gift wrapping will be available on-site for a donation.

419.732.0236
libertyaviationmuseum.org

 

Dec 6, 2014; Dec 5, 2015
Coats for Caring
1-2 pm
Sandusky Mall, 4314 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky
Join BAS Broadcasting to collect new or gently worn coats for kids in the community.
419.626.8574 ext. 121
sandusky-mall.com

 

Dec 6, 2014; Dec 12, 2015
Gifts for Kids
12-4 pm
Sandusky Mall, 4314 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky
Drop off a new toy. All toys will be distributed by the Salvation Army and Erie County Job & Family Services.

419.626.8574 ext. 121
sandusky-mall.com

 

Dec 6, 2014
Gingerbread House Workshop
10 am-4 pm
Milan Museum, 10 Edison Dr. (off SR 113), Milan
$10/entry
Sessions run 60 minutes long and start at 10 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3 pm. Must register by Wednesday, December 3, 2014. Each entry will receive: one gingerbread house kit, one holiday ornament, one gingerbread magnetic picture frame, and unlimited hot cocoa.

419.499.2968
milanhistory.org

 

Dec 6, 2014
Gingerbread Lighthouse Workshop
10 am-1 pm
Maritime Museum of Sandusky, 125 Meigs St., Sandusky
$20/person (lighthouse kit), $6/child
Adults can decorate a gingerbread lighthouse. Kids can choose to make an edible 'Mermaid Palace' or a 'Caribbean Hut' with a boat dock. Pre-registration required for both projects.
419.624.0274
sanduskymaritime.org

 

Dec 6, 2014
Holiday Homecoming: "If You Just Believe!"
8 pm
Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky
$10/person
Featuring the Terra Choral Society, Chamber Arts Orchestra, and special guests.

419.559.2379
terra.edu

 

Dec 6, 2014
Lakeside Community Christmas Dinner
5:30pm
Wesley Lodge, 510 Central Ave., Lakeside
The evening will include a punch reception with a visit from Santa Claus at 5:45 pm, dinner buffet at 6:15 pm, and live entertainment with Chip Richter at 6:45. Reservations required by Dec 3.
419.798.4461 ext. 0
lakesideohio.com

 

Dec 6, 2014; Dec 5, 2015
Main Street Port Clinton Community Christmas
Downtown, Port Clinton
Santa will be here to greet the children while downtown businesses are open for shopping, eating, and tours. Santa will arrive by parade downtown where carolers will sing throughout the event. Later, head to Adam's Street Park to light the community Christmas tree and listen to the high school students perform.
419.734.5503
portclintonchamber.com

 

Dec 6, 2014
Nature Tots
10:30-11:30 am
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor
Free
Children ages 3-5 are invited to bring their favorite adult for nature crafts, stories, and outdoor fun. Reservations required.
419.898.0014
fws.gov/refuge/ottawa

 

Dec 6, 2014; Dec 5, 2015
Olde Fashion Christmas
4:15 pm
Adolphus Kraemer Park, Downtown Oak Harbor
Free
Santa arrives to light the Village Christmas Tree at the Log Cabin (Adolphus Kraemer Park), then children may visit with Santa.
419.898.0479
oakharborohio.net

 

Dec 6, 2014
Swampers
1-2:30 pm
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor
Free
Children ages 6-12 are invited to bring their favorite adult for nature crafts, stories, and outdoor fun. Registration required.
419.898.0014
fws.gov/refuge/ottawa

 

Dec 7, 2014
Annual Christmas Special
8 am-4 pm
Jamie's Flea Market, 46388 Telegraph Rd., Amherst
Great way to start your Christmas shopping. FREE pictures with Santa 11 am-2 pm. Hourly drawings.
440.986.4402
jamiesfleamarket.com

 

Dec 7, 2014
BSBO's Annual Holiday Open House
12-4 pm
Black Swamp Bird Observatory, 13551 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor
Free
Celebrate the holiday season with activities for the entire family. Local hand-made crafts for sale, conservation-minded holiday gift items, freshly-brewed Birds & Beans shade-grown coffee, holiday cookies, drinks and other refreshments.
419.898.4070
bsbobird.org

 

Dec 7, 2014 - Dec 8, 2014
Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes
6-9 pm
Various locations, Sandusky
$10/person
419.627.0640
oldhouseguild.org/tour.html

 

Dec 7, 2014 - Dec 13, 2014; Dec 6, 2015 - Dec 12, 2015
Dreams of Strength Food Drive
Mon-Sat 10 am-9 pm, Sun 11 am-6 pm
Sandusky Mall, 4314 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky
Please help people in need by dropping off non-perishable food items at customer service.
419.626.8574 ext. 121
sandusky-mall.com

 

Dec 7, 2014; Dec 14, 2014; Dec 21, 2014
Live Entertainment
6-9 pm
Canoe Club Wine Bar, 5831 E. Harbor Rd. (SR 163), Marblehead
Dec 7: Dolinar, Dec 14: Lance Horwedel, and Dec 21: Jerry Zsigo.

419.960.7030

 

Dec 7, 2014
Live Entertainment
2-6 pm
Mon Ami Restaurant & Historic Winery, 3845 Wine Cellar Rd., Port Clinton
Nov 2: Kevin & Yvonne with Trez; Nov 9: Classic Trendz; Nov 16: Kevin & Yvonne; Dec 7: Cruisin.

419.797.4445
monamiwinery.com

 

Dec 7, 2014
Magee Marsh Holiday Open House
12-4 pm
Sportsmans Migratory Bird Center at Magee Marsh, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor
Free
There will be free food, which you can enjoy while listening to live music. A warm fire and holiday decorations will add delight to the afternoon as well as activities for the kids, vendors, cookies for sale, special discounts, and unique items for sale.
419.898.0960
friendsofmageemarsh.org

 

Dec 7, 2014
Monthly Bird Survey
8 am
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor
Join a refuge volunteer and become a citizen scientist the first Sunday of each month. Bring your binoculars and dress for the weather. Meet at the trailhead parking area.
419.898.0014
fws.gov/refuge/ottawa

 

Dec 7, 2014
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Holiday Open House
12-4 pm
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor
Free
Celebrate the holiday season while enjoying a warm fire, festive music, kids crafts, and good company. Enter to win a gift basket during your visit.
419.898.0014
fws.gov/refuge/ottawa

 

Dec 8, 2014
Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce
6 pm
Sandusky Library, 114 W. Adams St., Sandusky
Movie viewing; this movie is based on the book, depicted through the eyes of French, British, and German soldiers.

419.625.3834
www.sanduskylibrary.org

 

Dec 10, 2014; Dec 24, 2014
Holiday Gift Wrapping
Sandusky Mall, 4314 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky
Have your gifts wrapped while you shop!
419.625.8574 ext. 121
sandusky-mall.com

 

Dec 11, 2014
Light Up Vermilion for Holiday Shopping

All shops in downtown Vermilion and the Shopping Center will be open until 8. Activities scheduled for downtown: carolers, hot chocolate, Night Before Christmas tableau in Friendship Park, Frosty the Snowman, and an open house at Main Street Vermilion until 8:30 pm.


440.963.0772
mainstreetvermilion.org

 

Dec 12, 2014
Holiday Hullabaloo with Mike Willis
8 pm
The Listening Room at OurGuest Inn & Suites, 220 E. Perry St. (SR 163), Port Clinton
$10 plus 2-drink minimum
Don't miss the ultimate Port Clinton holiday celebration. The evening will include an ugly, holiday sweater contest, your favorite holiday sing-a-longs, a bonfire outside before and after the show, and spiked hot chocolate. Of course you also get to hear all your favorite Mike Willis tunes. In addition, Willis will be backed by members of The Lake Erie Local on some songs. Willis has opened and shared the stage with the likes of Sugarland, John Maher, and Shawn Mullins. Call for reservations as space is limited.
419.734.7050
thelisteningroompc.com

 

Dec 13, 2014; Dec 20, 2014
Christmas Winterfest
9 am-2 pm
Erie Islands Resort & Marina, 4495 W. Darr-Hopfinger Rd., Port Clinton
Brunch: $9.95/adult, $4.95/child
9-11 am breakfast brunch and photo shoot with Santa. 11 am-2 pm cookie/ornament decorating in Santa's workshop, movie with Mrs. Claus, games and activities. Call resort for additional information.
419.734.9117
erieislandsresort.com

 

Dec 13, 2014
Classroom Boating Courses
8 am-5 pm
Ohio DNR Division of Watercraft, 1407 Cleveland Rd. (US 6), Sandusky
$5/person
This boater safety education classroom course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and fulfill Ohio's boater education requirement. Please call to register.
419.621.1402
watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/

 

Dec 13, 2014
December Winter Wonderland Dinner with Blom Supperclub
7 pm
Culinary Vegetable Institute, 12304 SR 13, Milan
$105/person
Blom is proud to be Charleston, South Carolina’s only certified underground dining experience. Their main focus is using local, sustainable products while showing guests an unforgettable time. Reservations are required; please call for more information.

419.499.7500
culinaryvegetableinstitute.com

 

Dec 13, 2014
Historical Program
1 pm
Maritime Museum of Sandusky, 125 Meigs St., Sandusky
Free with admission to the museum
Featured program: Exploring winter fun opportunities along Ohio's coast while learning about the latest efforts to improve Lake Erie. Presented by ODNR.

419.624.0274
sanduskymaritime.org

 

Dec 13, 2014
Movie: The Croods
10:30 am & 2:30 pm
Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky
Free
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
877.626.1950
sanduskystate.com

 

Dec 13, 2014; Jan 10, 2015; Feb 14, 2015; Mar 14, 2015; Apr 11, 2015; May 9, 2015; Jun 13, 2015; Jul 11, 2015; Aug 8, 2015; Sep 12, 2015; Oct 10, 2015; Nov 14, 2015; Dec 12, 2015
Second Saturdays R 4 Kids
11 am-3 pm
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Hayes and Buckland aves., Fremont
$7.50/adult, $1/child (6-12 yrs)
A hands-on educational series designed for children and their parents/adult companions. Sessions include speakers, special guests, hands-on activities, and a make-it-take it craft. Attendees can come when they want during the time frame and spend as much time on an activity as they want. Pre-registration requested.

800.998.PRES
rbhayes.org

 

Dec 14, 2014
A Broadway Christmas
4 pm
Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky
$29-32/adult, $13/student
Broadway twins Will and Anthony Nunziata join the Firelands Symphony Orchestra in a holiday celebration.
877.626.1950
FirelandsSymphony.com

 

Dec 14, 2014
ICF of Ottawa County Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony
6:45 pm
Children's Memorial at Lakeview Park, 1100 E. Perry St. (SR 163), Port Clinton
Candle lighting ceremony held all around the world to remember the children who have died. Refreshments following the ceremony.
419.308.4690

 

Dec 14, 2014
Nate's Annual Breakfast with Santa Benefit
9 am-1 pm
1812 Food and Spirits, 102 Madison St., Port Clinton
$10/adult, $5/child (10 and under)
Donations of nonperishable food, new hats, coats, gloves, and unwrapped new toys will be accepted at the door to help "give back" to the community.
419.960.7588
1812rosies.com

 

Dec 14, 2014
Santa Hustle!
Cedar Point, 1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky
This is a 5K and half marathon. Runners will be in Santa outfits and volunteers will be in elf costumes! Both courses will include running through Cedar Point.
847.829.4536
santahustle.com

 

Dec 16, 2014
Santa's Reindeer Night
5-8 pm
Washington Park Cookie House, 200 Washington St., Sandusky
Appearances by two of the winning reindeer of the annual reindeer games. Santa and the reindeer will be available for visitation and pictures.

419.627.5886
cityofsandusky.com

 

Dec 18, 2014
Decorate a Gingerbread House
6 pm
Osborn MetroPark - Frost Center, 3910 Perkins Ave., Huron
$10/person
To celebrate the season, make your very own edible “gingerbread” house, created with graham crackers and lots of sweets. Pay at the door.

419.625.7783
eriemetroparks.org

 

Dec 19, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014
"A Charlie Brown Christmas"
Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm
Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky
$10/adult, $8/senior, $5/child
Charlie Brown finds himself depressed despite the onset of the cheerful holiday season. Lucy suggests he direct a school Christmas play, but he is both ignored and mocked by his peers. The story touches on the over-commercialization and secularism of Christmas, and serves to remind viewers of the true meaning of Christmas.

877.626.1950
sanduskystate.com

 

Dec 19, 2014 - Dec 20, 2014
Santa Claus Visit
6:30-8:30 pm
Depot Park, 353 Ottawa St., Elmore
Free
Visit with Santa in the Log Cabin. Be sure to bring your camera. Sponsored by the Elmore Lions Club.
419.340.7020
villageofelmoreohio.com

 

Dec 19, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014
Scrooge: The Musical
Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm
Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky
$20/person
This is a delightful musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel 'A Christmas Carol'. Cold-souled Ebenezer Scrooge has a change of heart after spirit visitations on Christmas Eve. Folks might now have had much to sing about in England in 1860, but this musical will make you believe otherwise. Kenneth More's musical number as the Ghost of Christmas Present is especially entertaining.

877.626.1950
sanduskystate.com

 

Dec 20, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014
Auto Tour
8 am-4 pm
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor
Free
Enjoy the refuge from the comfort of your car. The seven-mile route departs from the visitor center parking lot. Make sure you stop at the refuge's Visitor Center, too! Explore hands-on exhibits and watch a short film about the natural and cultural history of the Lake Erie marsh ecosystem and the Great Black Swamp.
419.898.0014
fws.gov/refuge/ottawa

 

Dec 20, 2014
Firelands Audubon Annual Bird Count
10 am
Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve, 2715 Cleveland Rd. W, Huron
Take a hike with retired naturalist/bird expert, Mary Warren, to help with the Firelands Audubon Society annual bird count. Dress for the weather. 4th–6th graders welcome.

419.625.7136
firelandsaudubon.org

 

Dec 21, 2014
Santa's Arrival
11 am-2 pm
Liberty Aviation Museum, 3515 E. State Rd., Port Clinton
Santa is flying into Erie-Ottawa International Airport at 11 am. Santa will be taking Christmas lists from 11 am-2 pm at the Liberty Aviation Museum Lobby. Free hotdogs, Christmas cookies, and hot chocolate for all the kids.

419.732.0234
libertyaviationmuseum.org

 

Dec 25, 2014; Dec 25, 2015
Holiday Buffet
Kalahari Resort, 7000 Kalahari Dr. (off US 250), Sandusky

Enjoy a Christmas Buffet at Kalahari with friends and family this holiday season. Please check the website for a list of food items. Reservations strongly encouraged.
419.433.5543
kalahariresorts.com

 

Dec 26, 2014; Dec 31, 2014
Holiday Clearance Sale
Mon-Fri 10 am-9 pm, Sun 11 am-6 pm
Sandusky Mall, 4314 Milan Rd. (US 250), Sandusky
Shop participating mall stores and find great sales at unbeatable prices.
419.625.8574 ext. 121
sandusky-mall.com