Holiday Calendar 2009Written by Whitney Meschke | | email@example.com
Free Thanksgiving meals:
> Breakfast, 7:30-9 a.m. Nov. 26, Toledo Gospel Rescue Mission, 1917 Jefferson Ave.
> Noon-2 Nov. 26, St. Pius X Parish Family Life Center, 3011 Carskaddon Ave. Information: (419) 535-7672.
> 11:30-2 p.m. Nov. 26, Trinity United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, Adams and Second streets, Port Clinton. Volunteers, call (419) 967-0185. For delivery, call Marion at (419) 732-3582 by Nov. 24.
> 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 26, Woodmore High School cafeteria, 633 Fremont St., Elmore. Residents of Allen, Benton, Carroll, Clay, Harris and Salem townships can call for transportation: (419) 862-9924. Reservations: (419) 866-9924.
> 4-6 p.m. Nov. 26, Toledo Gospel Rescue Mission Outreach Center, 670 Phillips Ave.
> 5 p.m. Nov. 28, Toledo Gospel Rescue Mission, 1917 Jefferson Ave.
Give Thanks Walk: Participants will raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by walking in this 5K event. 7:45 a.m. Nov. 21, Westfield Franklin Park, 5001 Monroe St. (800) 942-5533.
Homeschoolers: Turkey Talk. Students will learn interesting turkey facts and look for turkeys. 1-2:30 p.m. Nov. 23, Oak Openings Preserve Metropark lodge, 4139 Girdham Road off Route 2, Swanton. $2. Reservations: (419) 407-9700 or reservations.metroparkstoledo.com.
Partners in Fun: Three- and 4-year-olds and their adults will listen to stories, play games and make crafts based on the week’s theme. 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays, 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. $5 each session. (419) 874-4174 or www.577foundation.org.
> Thanksgiving Table: Nov. 24.
Gobble Up a Good Story: Stories about November’s favorite bird will be shared, along with related songs and crafts. 4-5 p.m. Nov. 24, Kent Branch Library, 3101 Collingwood Blvd. (419) 259-5283.
“Mary Wolcott’s ‘Southern Hospitality’ in the Maumee Valley”: Visitors can see how the Louisville, Ky., transplant would have celebrated the holidays in Northwest Ohio in the early 1800s. Noon-4 Thursdays-Sundays with guided tours at 12:30 and 2:30 through Dec. 19, Wolcott House Museum, 1031 River Road, Maumee. $5 adults, $4 seniors and $2.50 students. (419) 893-9602 or www.wolcotthouse.org.
Gloves for Love: Donors can bring new gloves to hang on the tree or string throughout the store for the Salvation Army to distribute for Christmas. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Dec. 20, New Beginnings Collectibles and Antiques, 114 S. Lane St., Blissfield. (517) 606-2560.
Christmas at the Farm: After selecting from 50,000 trees, families can visit the bake and craft shops and try some chili, cocoa and a variety of activities, including meeting with Santa. Reindeer and farm animals will greet visitors, and kids can ride ponies and the barrel train. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and noon-5 weekends, Country Lane Tree Farm, 3525 N. Bolander Road, Genoa. Trees, $40 and less. (419) 461-1298 or countrylanetreefarm.com.
Santa! Visitors can share their hearts desires with the bearded one and get photos snapped. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 21, 23-25; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 20 (until 7 on Dec. 6); 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 27-28, 30-Dec. 3, Dec. 5, 7-12, 14-19 and 21-23; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 4; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 24 (breaks from 1-2 and 5-6), Macy’s court (Talmadge Road side), Westfield Franklin Park, 5001 Monroe St. Photo package prices: $17-$49. (419) 473-3317 or westfield.com/franklinpark.
“The Santaland Diaries”: Glacity Theatre Collective will enact David Sedaris’ tale of doing time as Santa’s indentured servant, a.k.a. an elf, at Macy’s. 8 p.m. Nov. 27-28, Dec. 4-5 and 11-12; 2 p.m. Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13, Valentine Theatre’s Studio A, 410 Adams St. $20. glacity.org.
Handmade Holidays: Creative types 10 and older of all skill levels can create unique presents for the people on their gift-giving lists. 4-6 p.m., TMA, 2445 Monroe St. $30. Register: (419) 254-5080 or www.toledomuseum.org.
> Beaded bracelet: Nov. 21.
> Block-print holiday cards and gift tags: Dec. 5.
> Silk scarf: Dec. 12.
> Dangle earrings: Dec. 19.
Santa’s Wonderland: Children can try crafts (noon-5 weekends, see below); games and activities, including slot car racing, remote control cars, Strike Base fishing and laser arcades, during store hours (9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays); and get free photos with Santa (5-8 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays and Nov. 27; noon-5 Sundays and Dec. 24; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 26; and noon-9 Dec. 21-23) at the outdoorsperson’s wonderland, Bass Pro Shops. Through Dec. 24, 10000 Bass Pro Blvd., Rossford. Free. (419) 891-3900.
> Reindeer cone ornaments, Nov. 21-22.
> Santa bobbers, Nov. 28-29.
> Reindeer hats, Dec. 5-6.
> Reindeer candy canes, Dec. 12-13.
> Cookie decorating, Dec. 19-20.
Lights Before Christmas: So many lights, you’ll think it’s daytime. Or dusk, at least. Illuminated animal images, an 85-foot tree more incandescent than the one at Rockefeller, ice-carving demonstrations, carolers, model trains, “dancing lights” and the Man in Red make this event a Toledo tradition. 5-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 5-10 p.m. Fridays-Sundays through Dec. 31 (closed Nov. 26 and Dec. 24-25), Toledo Zoo, 2700 Broadway. $7-$10. (419) 385-4040, (419) 385-5721 or toledozoo.org.
Holiday story times: Borders will host seasonally themed tales for kids. 5001 Monroe St. (Sylvania Avenue side of Westfield Franklin Park). (419) 474-3704.
> “Polar Express”: Kids can wear their PJs to a telling of Chris Van Allsburg’s yuletide classic. 11 a.m. Nov. 21.
> Grinchfest: Find out how Christmas was stolen and discovered in a certain mean greenie’s heart. 11 a.m. Dec. 5.
> Beckett the Bear: Borders’ ursine friend will be collecting donations for holiday book drives. 11 a.m. Dec. 12.
Bowling Green Holly-Days: Floats, antique cars and marching bands will help kick off the holiday season. Parade: 10 a.m. Nov. 21, Main Street, downtown Bowling Green. (419) 353-7945 or www.downtownbgohio.org.
Build a Log House: “Kids in grades three-six can learn about log homes and build one from pretzels, crackers and icing.” 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 21, church basement at the Wolcott House Museum Complex, 1031 River Road, Maumee. $10. Registration by Nov. 12: (419) 893-9602 or www.wolcotthouse.org.
Grand Rapids Christmas open house: Entertainers will walk the streets with Father Christmas, and visitors can take horse-drawn wagon rides. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 21 an 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 22, downtown Grand Rapids. (419) 832-5305 or www.grandrapidsohio.com.
Holiday gift show: Highlights will include color reduction relief prints by Tom Rudd and Margo McCafferty, functional ceramics by John Leyland, smaller works unseen for many years by Denise Keeley and hand-blown glass by Mark Wagar. Door prizes will be awarded Nov. 21-22. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 21-Jan. 3, Flatlanders Art Galleries, 11993 E. Route 223, Blissfield. (517) 486-4591 or www.flatlandersculpture.com.
Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) Family Center programs: Hands-on art activities for children. Noon-5:30 p.m. Sundays and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or www.toledomuseum.org.
> Holiday Postcard Placemats: Nov. 22, 24, 26.
> Wrapping Paper: Nov. 29, Dec. 1, 3.
> “Hand”-made Holidays: Dec. 6, 8 and 10.
> Diverse Decorations: Dec. 13, 15 and 17.
> Starry Night: Dec. 20, 22 and 24.
> Hats and Noisemakers: Dec. 27, 29 and 31.
Paperwhites workshop: The Friends of Side Cut will help participants plant bulbs for a holiday display. 7 p.m. Nov. 23, Side Cut Metropark, 1025 River Road, Maumee. $20. Reservations: (419) 897-8663 or www.metroparkstoledo.com.
Holiday Pops: Toledo Youth Orchestra will feature seasonal favorites, Broadway hits and patriotic tunes. 8 p.m. Nov. 23, Perrysburg High School, 13385 Roachton Road, Perrysburg. $5-$8. (419) 874-3181.
Holiday Tree Lighting: Santa Claus will arrive in a horse-drawn carriage; he’ll be expecting a warm welcome. Live reindeer will be awaiting the boss, and a limited number of $20 mall gift cards will be given away. 5-8 p.m. Nov. 27, Shops at Fallen Timbers, 3100 Main St., Maumee. (419) 878-6255 or www.theshopsatfallentimbers.com.
Black Friday Breakfast Brunch: Power shoppers may want to take a break to refuel, particularly when Pineapple Pork, French toast and caramel rolls are on the menu. 8-11 a.m. Nov. 27, Granite City Food & Brewery, the Shops at Fallen Timbers, 3100 Main St., Maumee. $6-$9. (419) 878-9050.
Holiday Shopping Kickoff: Shoppers who spend $100 or more before noon can receive $10 mall gift cards and subscriptions to Martha Stewart Living magazine. 6 a.m.-noon Nov. 27-28, Shops at Fallen Timbers, 3100 Main St., Maumee. (419) 878-6255 or www.theshopsatfallentimbers.com.
Crafts for Christmas: Items from jewelry and clothing to painting, floral decor and more will be showcased at the Toledo Craftsman’s Guild’s largest annual show. 5-9 p.m. Nov. 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 28 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 29, Tam-o-Shanter, 7060 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania or toledocraftsmansguild.org.
Christmas Tree Festival: So what if turkey leftovers are overflowing in the fridge. Christmas is coming! Jingle bell season will open with pony and wagon rides, entertainment, crafts, hot chocolate, coffee, popcorn … and Santa Claus. Noon-5 Nov. 27-29, Mattes Evergreen Farm, 13416 Lulu Road, Ida. (734) 269-2668 or www.matthesevergreenfarm.com.
“The Nutcracker”: The classic holiday production will feature the Ballet Theatre of Toledo dancing director Nigel Burgoine’s choreography. 7 p.m. Nov. 28 and 2 p.m. Nov. 29, Maumee Performing Arts Center, 1147 Saco St., Maumee. $16-$36. A performance at 2 p.m. Nov. 27 will be for children and adults with special needs ad assisted living seniors; $10. (419) 861-0895 or www.ballettheatreoftoledo.org.
“The Santaland Diaries”: Glacity Theatre Collective will enact David Sedaris’ tale of doing time as Santa’s indentured servant, a.k.a. an elf, at Macy’s. 8 p.m. Nov. 27-28, Dec. 4-5 and 11-12; 2 p.m. Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13, Valentine Theatre’s Studio A, 151 N. Michigan, Room 228. $15. glacity.org.
Carriage Rides: Horses will lead the way in this holiday treat. $5 a family; benefits Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity. Noon-4 and 5-9 Nov. 27; 5-8 p.m. Nov. 28, Dec. 4-5, 11-12 and 18-19; and 1-4 p.m. Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13 and 20, Shops at Fallen Timbers, 3100 Main St., Maumee. (419) 878-6255 or www.theshopsatfallentimbers.com.
Westfield Franklin Park’s 12 Days of Shopping: The mall is planning weekend events Nov. 27-Dec. 20. Westfield Franklin Park, 5001 Monroe St. (419) 473-3317 or westfield.com/franklinpark.
> 1st day: Black Friday. The first 500 shoppers will get a receipt organizer from Real Simple magazine. And shoppers can assuage buyer’s remorse by donating a new, unwrapped gift to the Toys for Tots drive. 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 27.
> 2nd day: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 28.
> 3rd day: Tree lighting: Activities will be held at the Imagination Station, food samples will be available and the lights will twinkle to life at 6 p.m. off Sylvania Avenue across from Dick’s. 4-7 p.m. Nov. 29.
> 4th day: Santa’s Workshop. Half-off photos with Santa, plus story time with Santa, Imagination Station activities and free Build-A-Bear while supplies last. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 4, $10 (benefits the Junior League).
> 5th day: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 5.
> 6th day: Sounds of the Season. Local choirs will perform throughout the day. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 6. Also, Paws with Claus, pet photos with Santa: 4-6 p.m.
> 7th day: Shoppers can get pieces of cookie cake and a keepsake glass holiday ornament for $7 donations, and local charities will hold a silent auction. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 11.
> 8th day: Tips on how to “go green” for the holidays. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 12.
> 9th day: Shoppers can have up to two gifts, bought at the mall, wrapped for free. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 13. Also, the mall will host a Chanukah celebration.
> 10th day: Shoppers can enter to win a trip for two and a shopping spree. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 18.
> 11th Day of Christmas: Visitors can register to win a jewelry shopping spree. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 19.
> 12th day: Children who have submitted their holiday wishes have been entered to have those wishes granted. The winner will be drawn Dec. 20.
Photos with Santa: Kids can whisper their Christmas wishes to Santa; adults can get photos of the memories. Noon-8 Nov. 27-28, Dec. 4-5, 11-12, 14-19 and 21-23 (break 3:45-4:45); noon-5 Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13 and 20; 3-7 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 3 and 7-10; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 24 (break at 1), Shops at Fallen Timbers, 3100 Main St., Maumee. (419) 878-6255 or www.theshopsatfallentimbers.com.
Holiday Homes Tour: A self-guided tour of Greenfield Village’s “porches and parlors district” will offer firsthand sights, sounds, smells and traditions of the season throughout American history. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, Nov. 27-Dec. 27, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn. Included with village admission: $16-$22; $5 parking. (313) 982-6001, (800) 835-5237 or www.thehenryford.org.
Holidays in Henry Ford: A giant tree, vintage model train displays, make-and-take holiday keepsakes, daily readings of holiday classics, visits with Santa (through the 24th) and more are planned to ring in the holidays. 9:30-5 p.m. daily, Nov. 27-Jan. 3 (closed Dec. 25), 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn. Included with museum admission: $11-$15; $5 parking. (313) 982-6001, (800) 835-5237 or www.thehenryford.org.
Christmas in the Village: Pemberville will sprout spirit, offering carriage rides and visits with Santa, tours of the town’s oldest home and a Festival of Trees ($5), each evergreen decorated in a theme. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 28, downtown. (419) 287-3274.
Tree Lighting Ceremony: Performers, music and Santa are expected at this celebration of light. 6-9 p.m. Nov. 28, The Town Center at Levis Commons, 3201 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. (419) 931-8888 or www.shopleviscommons.com.
Toledo Holiday Parade: “Floats will glide along downtown streets to the beat of marching bands and the cheers of children.” 11 a.m. Nov. 28, Summit and Jefferson streets.
Maumee Holiday Light Parade & Festivities: Fifty lighted floats will drift by onlookers, carrying Santa from Ford Field to the Maumee Indoor Theater, where he will gather holiday wishes. Downtown storefronts will participate in decorating contests, and customers can try to find the nine reindeer hidden among their windows. Street entertainers will perform before the parade, and runners can take part in the 5K Holiday Hustle ($20-$25). 5 p.m. Nov. 28, along Conant Street. www.maumee.org.
Canadian Brass Holiday Pops: This golden group will celebrate the season with the Toledo Symphony. 8 p.m. Nov. 28, Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. $21-$60. (419) 246-8000, (800) 348-1253 or www.toledosymphony.com.
Christmas Bazaar Art & Craft Show: Local artists and crafters will show off their talents. Will Santa Claus put them on the nice list? He’ll be there. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 28, Holland Gardens, 6530 Angola Road, Holland
Once Upon a Christmas: Fremont’s Festival of Lights holiday parade (4 p.m. Nov. 28, Rodger Young Park to Flag Park) will kick off a week of seasonal fun, from I Spy Window, Where’s Rudy and Ugly Sweater contests to wine tastings, historical walking tours and a free holiday movie. Nov. 28-Dec. 5. (419) 332-8696 or www.downtownfremontohio.org.
Sauder Village Holiday Lantern Tours: Costumed guides will lead visitors with candle-lit lanterns throughout the village to meet historical characters, experience northwest Ohio holiday customs of the past, take part in a hymn sing and receive gifts appropriate to the late 1800s. Depart every half hour 4-8:30 p.m. Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 11 and 12, 22611 Route 2, Archbold. $6-$10. Reservations: (800) 590-9755 or www.saudervillage.org.
Hannah’s Socks Holiday Drive: New clothing essentials, including socks and undergarments for all ages, will be accepted Nov. 28-Dec. 16 at The Shoe Dept., Second Sole or Stride Rite, Town Center at Levis Commons, Perrysburg. (419) 931-8888 or www.shopleviscommons.com.
Holiday Classics series: Film fans can see seasonal favorites on the big screen for free by donating nonperishable food. 10 a.m. Saturdays, Franklin Park 16: Cinema Deluxe, 5001 Monroe St., 2nd floor, Sylvania Avenue side. (419) 891-5039.
> “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” Nov. 28.
> “White Christmas,” Dec. 5.
> “Home Alone,” Dec. 12.
> “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Dec. 19.
Letters to Santa: Those who drop off letters to Santa in his mailbox next to the Santa House will receive responses from the jolly old elf himself. One lucky correspondent will win a prize package. Nov. 28-Dec. 24, Town Center at Levis Commons, Perrysburg. (419) 931-8888 or www.shopleviscommons.com.
“The 3-1/2 Stories of Christmas”: An angel-in-training relates and demonstrates, with the audience’s help, “how light came into the world.” 1:30 p.m. Nov. 29, St. Patrick Catholic Church, 4201 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 381-1540 or www.toledostpats.org.
Mannheim Steamroller: This band’s Christmas show has become a holiday tradition for many. 4 and 7 p.m. Nov. 29, Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. $29-$69. (419) 381-8851, (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.
Home for the Holidays: The holiday parade and its float contest will be followed by children’s crafts, the tree-lighting ceremony (5 p.m.), music and community caroling. 2-6:30 p.m. Nov. 29, Louisiana Avenue and Hood Park, Perrysburg. www.visitperrysburg.com.
Hayes Train Special: Visitors are the engineers of these model choo-choos, set loose on a 12-by-24-foot, three-tier layout featuring a miniature Victorian village. All of the trains are styles that relate to President Hayes and his family. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 Sundays, Nov. 29-Jan. 9, (closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1), Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. $2-$6. (419) 332-2081, (800) 998-7737 or www.rbhayes.org.
Walking in a Winter Wonderland: Families are invited to make a craft, then walk to the Highland Park Shelter House for treats and caroling. 7-8 p.m. Dec. 1, Toledo Heights Branch Library, 423 Shasta Drive. (419) 259-5220.
Mrs. Claus & Ellie the Elf: This pair will visit from the North Pole, bringing along stores, dances, songs, skits and more. 7 p.m. Dec. 1, Maumee Branch Library, 501 River Road, Maumee. Registration after Nov. 3: (419) 259-5360.
Snowman Stories: These “special winter friends” will be celebrated, and kids will make something to remember them by. 4-5 p.m. Dec. 1, Kent Branch Library, 3101 Collingwood Blvd. (419) 259-5283.
Partners in Fun: Three- and 4-year-olds and their adults will listen to stories, play games and make crafts based on the week’s theme. 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays, 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. $5 each session. Register: (419) 874-4174 or www.577foundation.org.
> Snowman: Dec. 1.
> Santa: Dec. 8.
> Gingerbread: Dec. 15.
> Decorations: Dec. 22.
> New Year: Dec. 29.
Christmas Tea: Holiday treats will be served in the holiday-decorated Wolcott House. 1 p.m. Dec. 2, 1031 River Road, Maumee. $15. Reservations: (419) 893-9602 or www.wolcotthouse.org.
Tree Trimming: Share tidings of seasonal joy by decorating the library tree, then trying stories, crafts and treats. 4-5 p.m. Dec. 2, Locke Branch Library, 703 Miami St. (419) 259-5310.
“Messiah”: The University Choral Society will be joined by the Toledo Symphony Orchestra for this performance of Handel’s holiday masterwork. 8 p.m. Dec. 2, Kobacker Hall, BGSU’s Moore Musical Arts Center, Willard Drive and Ridge Street, Bowling Green. $7-$10. (419) 372-8888 or (800) 589-2224.
Shake Your Snowglobes: Preschoolers and their adults will make their own holiday snowglobes and can share theirs from home. 10 a.m. Dec. 2, Oak Grove School, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 4830 W. Central Ave. $5. Reservations: (419) 407-9700 or reservations.metroparkstoledo.com.
Christmas Tree Festival: Local organizations decorate faux firs and evergreens in a variety of holiday themes. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, Dec. 2-31, Monroe County Historical Museum, 126 S. Monroe St., Monroe. (734) 240-7780 or www.co.monroe.mi.us/museum.
Browning Lunch & Learn: Ann Lux will discuss the history of Christmas ornaments. 12:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Browning Masonic Community, 8883 Browning Drive, Waterville. $5 for lunch. Reservations: (419) 878-4055.
Holiday Cards: Teens are invited to make missives for the homebound. 2:45 p.m. Dec. 3, Rossford Public Library, 720 Dixie Hwy., Rossford. (419) 666-0924.
Christmas dinners at Spiegel Grove: Visitors can go back in time, immersing themselves in Victorian atmosphere, starting with a carriage ride to the Hayes home, Union Army escort inside, period entertainment and a feast created from menus served at state dinners when Hayes was president. 6:30-10 p.m. Dec. 3-5, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. $250. Reservations: (800) 998-7737. www.rbhayes.org.
“The Night Before Christmas — The Whole Story”: Based on the Clement C. Moore tale, this production features carols, dance, special effects and new musical numbers. 7 p.m. Dec. 3-4; 2, 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 5; and 2 and 4 p.m. Dec. 6, Valentine Theatre, 400 N. Superior St. $8-$16. (419) 242-2787 or www.valentinetheatre.com.
“It’s a Wonderful Life”: The tale of George Bailey’s dilemma — is his life worth living? — becomes musical. 8 p.m. Dec. 3-5, 10-12 and 17-19 and 5 p.m. Dec. 6 and 13, Fort Findlay Playhouse, 300 W. Sandusky St., Findlay. $15. (419) 422-4624 or www.fortfindlayplayhouse.org.
Name That Carol Contest: Teens and tweens can test their knowledge of Christmas tune lyrics. Treats await the masters. Noon-8:30 Mondays-Tuesdays and 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, Dec. 3-23, Lagrange Branch Library, 3422 Lagrange St. (419) 259-5280.
Christmas by Candlelight — A Ladies’ Night Out: This dinner party fundraiser, featuring a potluck buffet, silent auction and holiday music, will raise money for Beach House Family Shelter. 6-9 p.m. Dec. 3, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 8830 Lewis Ave., Temperance; reservations: (419) 266-3675. 6 p.m. Dec. 8, St. Clement Catholic Church, 3030 Tremainsville Road; reservations: Katrina Iott (734) 777-9593. $10-$20 donation or www.beachhousetoledo.org.
Glenn Becks’ “Christmas Sweater: A Return to Redemption.” People come to terms with tragedy, family, redemption, love and the power of faith in a presentation that includes traditional Christmas carols, gospel hymns and original songs. 8 p.m. Dec. 3; encore, 8 p.m. Dec. 10, Maumee 18: Cinema de Lux, 1360 Conant St., Maumee. $18-$20. (419) 891-5039.
Winter Art: A TMA hands-on activity. 2-4 p.m. Dec. 4, Libbey Court, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org.
Poinsettia Tour: Fans of the festive flora can get a rare tour of a greenhouse that grows the holiday plants and see some Ohio State University cultivar trials. 1-2 p.m. Dec. 4, from Wood County Park District headquarters, 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green. Registration: woodcountyparkdistrict.org or (800) 321-1897.
Holiday Gala: Support the historical society by attending this dinner featuring international holiday dishes and seasonal performances. 6-8 p.m. Dec. 4, Wood County Historical Center, 13660 County Home Road, Bowling Green. $20. (419) 352-0967.
’Tis the Secor: For the third year, the Secor Building’s artists will open their studios and galleries for this holiday celebration and art sale. Live entertainment and refreshments will be provided. 6 p.m.-midnight Dec. 4, 425 Jefferson Ave. (419) 297-3822.
Senior Holiday Party: The public is invited to celebrate the season with the region’s older adults, with live entertainment, a seasonal luncheon and a visit from Santa to boot. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 4, Gladieux Meadows, 4480 Heatherdowns Blvd. $5-$7.50. Reservations: (419) 382-0624 or www.areaofficeonaging.com.
Arts Extravaganza: BGSU’s creative types will perform, exhibit, read and dance. In addition, a holiday gift sale will take place. 6-10 p.m. Dec. 4, BGSU’s School of Art, Fine Arts Center, between Ridge and Wooster streets, Bowling Green. (419) 372-8525.
“A Christmas Carol”: Charles Dickens’ classic tale of a miser who learns to love more than his money is brought to life by the Toledo Rep and features big sets, wonderful costumes, original music and holiday favorites played by a live orchestra. 8 p.m. Dec. 4-5 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. $20-$25. (419) 243-9277, (419) 381-8851 or www.toledorep.org.
Heralding the Holidays: The garden in winter, an array of locally made gifts to choose from, spiced cider, hot chocolate and a visit from St. Nick! Resident artists’ groups will demonstrate techniques and sell their work. 5-9 p.m. Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 5 and noon-5 Dec. 6, Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Drive. (419) 536-5566 or www.toledogarden.org.
Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides: Get a little clip-clop while you shop. 6-9 p.m. Dec. 4-5, 11-12 and 18-19 from Licata Jewelers, The Town Center at Levis Commons, Chappel Drive, Perrysburg. $5-$10. (419) 931-8888 or www.shopleviscommons.com.
Photos with Santa: Kids can visit Santa in his workshop, and parents can take pictures with their cameras. 5-9 p.m. Dec. 4, 11 and 18; and noon-4 Dec. 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20, Town Center at Levis Commons, Perrysburg. (419) 931-8888 or www.shopleviscommons.com.
Supper with Santa package: Admission includes a horse-drawn wagon ride Greenfield Village’s Taste of History restaurant, a cafeteria-style holiday turkey dinner, table decoration craft, holiday stories and visit from St. Nick. 4:45-10 p.m. Dec. 4-5, 11-12 and 18-20, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn. $12-$39.50; parking $5. Reservations: (313) 982-6001, (800) 835-5237 or www.thehenryford.org.
Holiday Nights: Roasted chestnuts, carriage rides, carolers, ice-skating, visits with Santa and his live reindeer and fireworks will spread cheer. 6:30-10 p.m. Dec. 4-5, 11-12, 18-23 and 26-27, Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn. $15-$17; $5 parking. (313) 982-6001, (800) 835-5237 or www.thehenryford.org.
Lil’ Timbers Kids Klub: Kids can participate in a holiday story time by decorating their own Christmas ornaments. 1-2 p.m. Dec. 5, Barnes & Noble, Shops at Fallen Timbers, 3100 Main St., Maumee. (419) 878-6255 or www.theshopsatfallentimbers.com,
’Tis the Season to be Jolly: Kids 3 and older can try stories, crafts and snacks, and visit with someone known for his jolly attitude. 10:30 a.m. Dec. 5, Holland Branch Library, 1032 S. McCord Road, Holland. Registration after Nov. 23: (419) 259-5240.
Make-It Take-It Holiday Crafts: Supplies will be provided for kids 11 and younger to make several projects. 2-2:45 p.m. Dec. 5, Oregon Branch Library, 3340 Dustin Road, Oregon. (419) 259-5250.
Young People’s Concert: Holiday Stars. Musicians from BGSU’s Creative Arts Program will perform music for the holiday season. 11 a.m. Dec. 5, Bryan Recital Hall, BGSU’s Moore Musical Arts Center, Willard Drive and Ridge Street, Bowling Green. $1-$2. (419) 372-8171 or (800) 589-2224.
Vocal Carol: Music and skits from “A Second Chance at Christmas” and “The House I Live In” will be compiled for a holiday production. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5, St. Mark Baptist Church, 1419 N. Detroit Ave. (419) 241-1726.
Holiday Happenings: Carriage rides, cocoa and cookies will precede the big man’s arrival. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Sylvania Heritage Center Museum, 5717 N. Main St., Sylvania. (419) 882-4865 or (419) 882-4976.
Gatlin Brothers’ Christmas: These siblings will infuse Christmas melodies with their Southern gospel harmonies. 8 p.m. Dec. 5, Central Auditorium, 200 W. Main Cross St., Findlay. $28-$33. (419) 422-4624 or www.artspartnership.com.
Holiday open house: Learn about environmentally friendly fixtures, systems and products; recycle old Christmas lights; and check out “green” gifts for the ecologically minded people on your gift list. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 5, Green by Design, 19551 N. Dixie Hwy., Bowling Green. (877) 636-3366.
The Voices of Harmony: This men’s a cappella group, which sings primarily in barbershop style, will perform slate of a holiday tunes. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Pemberville Opera House, 115 Main St., Pemberville. $10. (419) 287-3274 or (877) 287-4848 or pembervilleoperahouse.org.
The Old West End Common’s Park & Gazebo Lighting: Santa will welcome children and adults and flip the switch on the tree’s lights. Refreshments and entertainment will be offered, too. 3:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Commons Park, Robinwood Avenue and Bancroft Street. (419) 244-4921 or www.womenoftheoldwestendinc.com/.
Children’s Victorian Christmas: Kids will make a historical ornament for hanging on the Oak Grove Christmas tree, and a period-style Santa will hear wishes and hand out treats. 10 a.m. Dec. 5, Ward Pavilion, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 4830 W. Central Ave. $5. Reservations: (419) 407-9700 or reservations.metroparkstoledo.com.
Holiday Tea and Tours: Visitors can peek at the Wolcott House, the halls of which are decked, and sip some brew in celebration of the season. 12:30-3:30 p.m. Dec. 5, 1031 River Road, Maumee. $2-$3. (419) 893-9602 or www.wolcotthouse.org.
Wine and cheese tasting: The St. Joseph Auxiliary will host this event, offering the “finest in holiday wines.” 6-8 p.m. Dec. 5, Sacred Heart Home Auditorium, 930 S. Wynn Road, Oregon. $25 donation. Reservations: (419) 215-7675.
Repeat the Sounding Joy: Masterworks Chorale will perform its annual Christmas concert including classic carols, traditional songs and modern tributes to Christ’s birth. 8 p.m. Dec. 5 and 4 p.m. Dec. 6, Epworth United Methodist Church, 3077 Valleyview Dr. $12-$25. (419) 531-4236 or www.epworth.com.
Handel’s “Messiah”: The Toledo and BGSU choral societies join forces with the Toledo Symphony to perform this holiday classic. 8 p.m. Dec. 5 and 2 p.m. Dec. 6, TMA’s Peristyle, 2445 Monroe St. $25-$30. (419) 246-8000, (800) 348-1253 or www.toledosymphony.com.
Old Home Holiday Tours: The museum’s rooms and halls will be decked by area organizations. A model railroad will be on track on weekends, and the opening weekend will feature kids’ activities, entertainment and visits with the Clauses. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Fridays and 1-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Dec. 5-19, Wood County Historical Center, 13660 County Home Road, Bowling Green. $20. (419) 352-0967 or www.woodcountyhistory.org.
Santa Train: Put the wheels in motion for a train ride featuring holiday treats, seasonal activities and music and an opportunity to meet the big man. 10-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2 p.m. Dec. 5, 12 and 19, Old Road Dinner Train’s depot, 301 E. Adrian St., Blissfield. $10-$13. Reservations: (888) 467-2451.
Secret of the Star: This popular BGSU planetarium show will celebrate its 20th year of following the star of Bethlehem and seasonal traditions. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 13 and 20; 8 p.m. Dec. 8, 11, 15, 18 and 22; and 2 p.m. Dec. 19 and 24. BGSU Planetarium, near North College Drive and East Merry Avenue, Bowling Green. $1. (419) 372-8666.
Tours de Noel historic home tours: Five Old West End homes, decorated for the holidays, will be open for lookie-lous and idea-seekers; plus, a gift boutique at Park Lane Luxury Apartments (142 23rd St.) will be open, Cafe at the Park will serve meals and entertainment will permeate the day. Noon-7 Dec. 6, Historic Old West End, Collingwood Boulevard and Bancroft and Monroe streets. $3-$15. (419) 244-4921 or www.womenoftheoldwestendinc.com/.
Christmas Choral Concert: Lourdes College’s vocal groups will perform holiday music. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Franciscan Theatre, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. (419) 824-3772 or www.franciscancenter.org.
Sheri LaFontaine: “Home for the Holidays.” This Glass City gospel singer and co-host of WPOS’ Sunday morning Southern gospel music radio show will perform her second annual Christmas concert. 6-8 p.m. Dec. 6, Northview High School auditorium, 5403 Silica Dr., Sylvania. $5-$10; a portion of the proceeds will help victims of Philippine typhoons. (419) 870-4007 or www.toledosgoldenvoice.com.
Winter Wreath: Participants will create fresh 14-inch mixed evergreen wreaths using provided materials or embellishments brought from their own yards and gardens. 2-4 p.m. Dec. 6, 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. $15. Registration: (419) 874-4174 or www.577foundation.org.
Toledo Symphony Community Concert: The band takes it on the road for a holiday gig. 7 p.m. Dec. 6, Community of Christ Lutheran Church, 6517 Finzel Road, Whitehouse. $20. (419) 877-0607.
Holiday Cafe & Craft Show: Area crafters will offer handmade gifts, and visitors can get a bite to eat before or after a Holidays in the Manor House tour. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 6-13, Metroparks Hall, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 5100 W. Central Ave. (419) 535-3056.
Holidays in the Manor House: Area groups and individuals decorate for the season in “one of Toledo’s grandest homes.” 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 6-13, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 5100 W. Central Ave. (419) 535-3056.
Holiday Cheer: Youngsters will make pinecone decorations for their trees or the library’s. 4-5 p.m. Dec. 7, Mott Branch Library, 1085 Dorr St. (419) 259-5230.
Holiday Cheer: Kids 11 or younger can pinecone decorations to take home or add to the library tree. 4-5 p.m. Dec. 7, Mott Branch Library, 1085 Dorr St. (419) 259-5230.
Holiday Happening: Children 11 and younger can drop by for some games and cookies. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Lagrange Branch Library, 3422 Lagrange St. (419) 259-5280.
Stained Glass Gift Making: Participants can make their choice of a butterfly, snowflake ornament or photo ornament (for a 4-by-6 to wallet-sized picture). 6:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 15, 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. $20. Registration: (419) 874-4174, www.577foundation.org or www.stevesglassclass.com.
Holiday open house: Visitors can drop in for music and treats, and anyone who checks out five things will get a prize. 4-6 p.m. Dec. 8, Lagrange Branch Library, 3422 Lagrange St. (419) 259-5280.
Teen Holiday Cookie Party: Young adults will make and decorate festive treats for this old-fashioned tea party. 7 p.m. Dec. 8, Waterville Branch Library, 800 Michigan Ave., Waterville. Registration: (419) 878-3055.
Holiday cards: Young adults will be able to listen to holiday music while making greetings for family and friends. Supplies and refreshments will be provided. 3-5 p.m. Dec. 8, Youth Activity Center, Way Public Library, 101 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg. (419) 874-3135 or www.waylibrary.info.
Holiday Stories: Kids can share their favorite holiday tales, sing songs and make a take-home project. 4-5 p.m. Dec. 8, Kent Branch Library, 3101 Collingwood Blvd. (419) 259-5283.
Reindeer Games: A certain red-nosed reindeer will deliver some holiday cheer. 1-2 p.m. Dec. 9, Sylvania Branch Library, 6749 Monroe St., Sylvania. Registration: (419) 882-2089.
Teen movie: “Four Christmases.” A couple struggles to spend time with each of their parents during the holidays. 3 p.m. Dec. 9, Rossford Public Library, 720 Dixie Hwy., Rossford. (419) 666-0924.
Holiday House Walk in the Hills: Visitors start at the Toledo Opera boutique at Wildwood Preserve Metropark’s Ward Pavilion, exchanging tickets for booklets and maps of participating homes in Ottawa Hills, beautifully decorated for the season. This holiday event supports Toledo Opera’s Educational Outreach Programs. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 10 from 4830 Central Ave. $18 (at area Kroger stores). (419) 255-7464.
Just a Jar II: Participants will get instruction on layering ingredients in pint-size canning jars to make or give as gifts. Students will assemble dessert, soup and pumpkin bread jars. 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 6-8 p.m. Dec. 10, 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. $25. Registration: (419) 874-4174 or www.577foundation.org.
Snowflakes: Kids 10 and younger are invited to make it the flurries fly. 4 p.m. Dec. 10, South Branch Library, 1736 Broadway. (419) 259-5395.
Holiday Melting Pot Christmas Tour & Tea. Enjoy the sights and sounds of holidays gone by with a special menu of International Teas and goodies. 2 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17, Wood County Historical Center, 13660 County Home Road, Bowling Green. $20. (419) 352-0967 or www.woodcountyhistory.org.
Sha Na Na Rockin’ Christmas: This Christmas show will re-create the “high school hop, the a capella street corner, the Greaser Olympics” and the musical group’s celebration of Christmas. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Ritz Theatre, 20 S. Washington St., Tiffin. $15-$50. (419) 448-8544 or www.ritztheatre.org.
Perrysburg Symphony Chorale Holiday Concert: The Chorale will once again join The Perrysburg Symphony in its holiday concert. 7 p.m. Dec. 12, St. Rose Catholic Church, 215 E. Front St., Perrysburg. $5-$10. www.perrysburgsymphonychorale.org.
Sounds of the Season: The men of Voices of Harmony, an a capella, barbershop-style group, will perform holiday selections. 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 12, Owens Community College, Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 30335 Oregon Road, Perrysburg. (419) 878-8504.
Pemberville Holiday Gala: Music, trees and refreshments will be offered. 7-11 p.m. Dec. 12, Pemberville Opera House, 115 Main St., Pemberville. $15. (419) 287-3274, (877) 287-4848 or pembervilleoperahouse.org.
Breakfast with Santa: Perhaps sugarplums and candy canes will be available at this breakfast buffet with the big guy, but entertainment and giveaways are for sure. 8:30 and 10 a.m. Dec. 12, Granite City Food & Brewery, the Shops at Fallen Timbers, 3100 Main St., Maumee. $7; benefits Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity. (419) 878-6255 or www.theshopsatfallentimbers.com.
Breakfast with Santa PJ Party: Kids can wear their pajamas for their meal with the Man in Red. Donations to Hannah’s Socks will be accepted, too. 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 12, Fat Fish Blue, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. $6. Reservations: (419) 931-3474 or www.shopleviscommons.com.
Gingerbread Cabin: Kids ages 5 to 18 will decorate a cookie-and-candy “cabin in the woods.” 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Dec. 12, 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. $6.50. Registration: (419) 874-4174 or www.577foundation.org.
“The Nutcracker”: The Toledo Symphony will accompany the Toledo Ballet in its annual production, which organizers say is the longest-running annual performance of “The Nutcracker” in the nation. 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 12 and 2 p.m. Dec. 13, Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. $15-$45. (419) 471-0049 or www.toledoballet.net.
Christmas SpecialTeas: A 19th-century tea, served holiday-style. 1-3 p.m. Dec. 12-13, Dillon House, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. $14-$25. Reservations: (800) 998-7737. www.rbhayes.org.
“Meet Me in St. Louis”: Judy Garland stars in this film about the World’s Fair. 2 p.m. Dec. 13, Ritz Theatre, 20 S. Washington St., Tiffin. $3. (419) 448-8544 or www.ritztheatre.org.
Olde Tyme Christmas: Second- to fifth-graders will get a taste of Christmas past in the foundation’s log cabin, peaking at traditional gifts, trying foods and decorating with ornaments that adorned trees of yore. 1-3 p.m. Dec. 13, 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. $5. Registration: (419) 874-4174 or www.577foundation.org.
Christmas Home Tour: Residents of Whitehouse open their hearts and festively decorated houses to visitors. Door prizes will be offered, and wreaths will be auctioned. Proceeds benefit the Whitehouse Library’s children’s section. Dec. 13, various locations around Whitehouse. (419) 877-9088.
Fort Meigs holiday open house: War of 1812 “soldiers” and civilians will provide demonstrations and answer questions about the era. Visitors can enjoy holiday music, hot cider and cookies and hands-on activities and try period dancing. 1-4 p.m. Dec. 13 (site open an hour before and after the open house), fort visitor center, 29100 W. River Road, Perrysburg. (419) 874-4121, (800) 283-8916 or www.fortmeigs.org.
“It’s a Wonderful Life”: A man decides his life wasn’t as wasted as he assumed. 4 p.m. Dec. 13, Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor. Kids 12 and younger free; $7-$9. (734) 768-8397, (734) 668-8463 or www.michtheater.org.
Purse Auction: Women Blessing Women will open the handbag bidding with celebrity auctioneers state Sen. Teresa Fedor and Sister Virginia Welsh. To pump up the holiday spirit, music and cookies will be featured, too. 3-5 p.m. Dec. 13, Mansion View Inn, 2035 Collingwood Blvd. (419) 241-9789 or womenblessingwomen.org.
Winter Festival of Crafts: The Toledo Craftsman’s Guild will showcase members’ creations, from ceramics to woodworking, in this last chance to buy local juried crafts before the holidays. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 13, Lourdes College, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. toledocraftsmansguild.org.
Sunday & Sundae Delights: Historian Judy Justus will discuss “Traditions and Truths of Christmas.” 3 p.m. Dec. 13, Gorman Nature Education Center, Olander Park, 6930 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania. Reservations: (419) 882-8313, Ext. 30.
Sounds of Christmas: Central Catholic High School’s Glee Club, Mixed Chorus, Gospel Choir, Concert Band and String Orchestra will perform. 4 p.m. Dec. 13, Valentine Theatre, 410 Adams St. $7-$10. (419) 255-2280 or www.centralcatholic.org.
Stamped Cards & Papercrafts: Crafters will make a variety of gift tags in a cute box, gift-card holders, embossed holiday cards and more. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. $20. Registration: (419) 874-4174 or www.577foundation.org.
Oak Ridge Boys Christmas: This group will perform songs from their holiday recordings in their usual four-part harmony. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. $32.50-$37.50. (419) 381-8851 or www.ticketmaster.com.
Design and Make Your Own Keychain: Teens and tweens can keep their fob creations or give away for the holidays. 4 p.m. Dec. 15, Lagrange Branch Library, 3422 Lagrange St. (419) 259-5280.
Classic Movie Series: “Mr. Christmas.” A young father tries to make Christmas special for his daughter despite the Great Depression. 1-3 p.m. Dec. 15, Bedford Branch Library, 8575 Jackman Road, Temperance. (734) 847-6747.
Name That Holiday Tune: Young adults can test their musical knowledge by trying to name songs after hearing just a few seconds of them. Cookies and cocoa will be provided. 3-5 p.m. Dec. 15, Youth Activity Center, Way Public Library, 101 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg. (419) 874-3135 or www.waylibrary.info.
Browning Brunch Bunch: A Toledo School for the Arts ensemble will perform holiday favorites. 9:30 a.m. Dec. 15, Harmony Hall, Browning Masonic Community, 8883 Browning Dr., Waterville. $3. Reservations: (419) 878-4055.
Jolly Holiday Crafts: Stories, songs, crafts and cookies will help raise holiday spirits. 4 p.m. Dec. 15, Washington Branch Library, 5560 Harvest Lane. (419) 259-5330.
Holiday Party: Games and more will help participants explore the season’s holidays. 4-5 p.m. Dec. 15, Kent Branch Library, 3101 Collingwood Blvd. (419) 259-5283.
Cookie Madness: Children 10 and younger are invited to decorate some snacks. 4-5 p.m. Dec. 16, Locke Branch Library, 703 Miami St. (419) 259-5310.
Holiday Dinner Theatre: Villagers of Friar Tucks will offer theatrical fun for the season. 6-10 p.m. Dec. 16-19 and 22-23, LaRoe’s Dinner Theater, 24318 Front St., Grand Rapids. $33-$34. (419) 832-3082.
Rifftrax Christmas Shorts-Stravaganza: The smart-alecks-making-funny-comments-over-popular-movies take on Christmas in a live “Riff” featuring celebrity guest Al Yankovic. Live broadcast, 8 p.m. Dec. 16; recorded encore, 8 p.m. Dec. 17, Maumee 18: Cinema de Lux, 1360 Conant St., Maumee. $10-$12.50. (419) 891-5039.
Songs of the Season: “Silver Bells” never sounded so good as when it’s performed on kazoo. For kids 11 and younger. 3:45-4:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Heatherdowns Branch Library, 3265 Glanzman Road. (419) 259-5270.
3-D Holiday Cards: Teens will make eye-popping cards. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 17, West Toledo Branch Library, 1320 Sylvania Ave. Registration: (419) 259-5290.
Toledo School for the Arts Winter Musicfest: Students in the school’s chorus, orchestra and wind ensembles will take part in a holiday-themed performance. 7 p.m. Dec. 17, Center for Fine and Performing Arts Owens Community College, Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 30335 Oregon Road, Perrysburg. $5-$10. (419) 246-8732.
Let’s Gather Around the Fireplace: Join library staff by the hearth for music, fellowship and refreshments. 4 p.m. Dec. 17, Lagrange Branch Library, 3422 Lagrange St. (419) 259-5280.
Glenn Miller Orchestra: This band will combine holiday favorites with pop standards such as “In the Mood,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and more. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Ritz Theatre, 20 S. Washington St., Tiffin. $15-$50. (419) 448-8544 or www.ritztheatre.org.
Jim Brickman: The pianist will perform holiday songs and his original compositions. 8 p.m. Dec. 18, Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. $22-$47. (800) 776-7469, (419) 381-8851 or www.ticketmaster.com.
Lunch & Learn: Historian Fred Folger will discuss “Holiday Lights Galore and More” at this potluck luncheon. Noon Dec. 19, Gorman Nature Education Center, Olander Park, 6930 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania. Reservations: (419) 882-8313, Ext. 30.
Create a Holiday Card: Inspired by the parks’ beauty? Anyone 8 or older can create unique cards using stamps and stencils at this drop-in session. 1-3 p.m. Dec. 19, Ward Pavilion, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 4830 W. Central Ave. $5. Reservations: (419) 407-9700 or reservations.metroparkstoledo.com.
Wolcott House and Museum holiday tours: Visit the Wolcott House and Museum Complex on last time this season! Today is the last day for tours of the complex and to get all of your Christmas shopping completed in the Wolcott House Museum Store. 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 19, 1031 River Road, Maumee. $2.50-$5. (419) 893-9602 or www.wolcotthouse.org.
Christmas Is for Kids Special Tea: The historic Dillon House will become a holiday wonderland with costumed wait staff, holiday-themed treats and seasonal entertainment. 1-3 p.m. Dec. 19, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. $14-$25. Reservations: (800) 998-7737 or www.rbhayes.org.
The Longest Night: It may be the shortest day of the year, but the longest night offers a time to relax with indoor and outdoor activities, stories around the fireplace, snacks and s’mores. 6 p.m. Dec. 21, Oak Openings Preserve Metropark lodge, 4139 Girdham Road off Route 2, Swanton. Reservations: (419) 407-9700 or reservations.metroparkstoledo.com.
Winter Legacies: The TMA’s annual celebration of the season presents a week of all-around (as in all around the globe) culture, including dance, art, stories and more. Performances in the Great Gallery; tours and activities in Libbey Court. 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org.
> Dec. 26: African drums hands-on activity, 2-4; Highlights From Around the Globe tour, 2; ALMA Drums and Dance performance, 3:30 p.m.
> Dec. 27: Odyssey Greek music performance, 12:30; Papel Picado hands-on activity, 2-4; Ballet Folklorico Imagenes Mexicanas dance performance, 2:15; Highlights From Around the Globe tours, 2:30 and 3:30; Chinese Association of Greater Toledo performance, 3:30.
> Dec. 29: Michelle Cornell, storyteller, 11:45 a.m.; Jubilatores performance, 1; Ardan Academy Irish dance performance, 2:30.
> Dec. 30: Chinese Good-Luck Dragons hands-on activity, 1-3 p.m.; David Kohler bagpipes performance, 2.
> Dec. 31: Dances of Universal Peace, 2 p.m.
> Jan. 2: Leyla and Lapis Lazuli dance performance, 11:30 a.m.; the Poet La Fe, 1; Good-Luck Khamsa hands-on activity, 1-3; Highlights From Around the Globe tour, 2.
> Jan. 3: Joyce Davis puppet performance, 12:30; Sweet Harmony vocal performance, 1:30; 2010 Calendar hands-on activity, 2-4; Highlights From Around the Globe tours, 2:30 and 3:30; United Jewish Council presentation, 3.
> Also, kids and families can make hats and noisemakers: Noon-5:30 Dec. 27 and 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dec. 29 and 31 in the Family Center.
Horse-drawn sleigh/carriage rides: Tours of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes’ 25-acre estate will be conducted using transportation he employed. 1-4 p.m. Dec. 26-31, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. $3. (800) 998-7737 or www.rbhayes.org.
Toledo Walleye home games: Players will check in with fans after Friday night home games in post-game parties in the Aquarium. Other promotions are detailed below. Lucas County Arena, 500 Jefferson Ave. $15. (419) 321-5007, (800) 745-3000 or www.lucascountyarena.com.
> Ugly Holiday Sweater Night; Kids’ Night; postgame skate with the team: vs. Johnstown Chiefs. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 27.
> New Year’s Resolution Night; team calendar giveaway: vs. Kalamazoo Wings. 7 p.m. Jan. 1.
Postholiday open house: Visitors can share leftover holiday treats and play board games. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 30, Toledo Heights Branch Library, 423 Shasta Dr. (419) 259-5220.
Noon Year’s Eve: Get the party started a little early. The ball will drop at noon, and family-friendly activities are planned. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 31, Toledo Zoo, 2700 Broadway. $8-$11. (419) 385-4040, (419) 385-5721 or toledozoo.org.
Croswell New Year: Terina Wakefield, star of “Always, Patsy Cline,” will perform that legend’s songs, as well as those of Loretta Lynn and others. 8 p.m. Dec. 31, Croswell Opera House, 129 E. Maumee St., Adrian. $36. (517) 264-7469 or www.croswell.org.
Big Band New Year’s Eve Party: Johnny Knorr & His Orchestra will celebrate their 25th Dec. 31 party and golden anniversary with the usual New Year’s accessories and a champagne toast. 8 p.m. Dec. 31, Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. $45-$50. (419) 690-0500 or (419) 697-7612.
New Year’s Eve Sausage Drop: Organizers say it’s the “wurst.” Yes, Virginia, Elmore drops an 18-foot sausage for the New Year. Circumstantial festivities will include sausage-eating, sausage-tossing and dress-your-dog contests. 9 p.m. Dec. 31, downtown Elmore. (419) 832-2968 or (419) 862-3552
Frozentoesen: The Toledo Zoo celebrates all things winter with ice-carving demonstrations and “cool” activities and performances. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 2-Feb. 28, Toledo Zoo, 2700 Broadway. $4-$5.50. (419) 385-4040, (419) 385-5721 or toledozoo.org.