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Christmas in Carey 5:00 pm
Christmas in Carey @ Downtown Carey
Dec 2 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The 14th annual “Christmas in Carey” celebration with food, entertainment and activities will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday throughout downtown. The event is sponsored by Carey Area Chamber of Commerce. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive via fire truck at 5 p.m. in John Carey Park gazebo. The community Christmas tree will be lit in the park, too. Santa and Mrs. Claus will then move to Moreno’s Casual Dining, 109 W. Findlay St., where they will meet visitors throughout the evening. A professional photographer will take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The pictures will be available on site for a fee. Photo packages can also be ordered for a fee. Pictures with Rudolph will be available at 101 W. Findlay St. The annual “Trees of the Season” display, set up at 101 W. Findlay St., will feature decorated trees, wreaths and centerpieces donated by area businesses. The items will be given away via a drawing to individuals who sign up at Moreno’s. Downtown businesses will feature activities/crafts, refreshments and special hours. Music and dancing will be available. The Distributive Education Club of America/Carey Marketing Club will have a scavenger hunt. Participants should register at 101 W. Findlay St. “Twas the Night Before Christmas” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in Newhard House Museum, 202 W. Findlay St. There will be train rides for kids near the gazebo; s’mores available over an open fire in John Carey Park; a puppeteer and ventriloquist, and horse-drawn carriage rides available at Carey Senior Depot, 200 E. Findlay St. The Carey Food Pantry will have a bake sale at Memorial United Methodist Church, 229 E. Findlay St. Visitors can also vote for their favorite window decorations as they stroll the downtown area throughout the event. Voting will be held at the chamber of commerce office, 132 E. Findlay St.
Christmas in Fosterville 11:00 am
Christmas in Fosterville @ Fostoria, Ohio
Dec 3 @ 11:00 am
The city hopes to ring in the holiday spirit with Fostoria’s annual Christmas celebration this weekend. The 2016 Holiday Open House, “Christmas in Fosterville,” will take place throughout Saturday, beginning with an 11 a.m. showing of the Dr. Seuss film “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at Kaubisch Memorial Public Library. The holiday celebration will conclude at about 10 p.m. after the Fostoria Rail Preservation Society’s 7 p.m. wine and cheese tasting event at the LE&W Depot. The Fostoria Rotary Club Christmas Parade will begin at 1:30 p.m., and will be filled with floats, emergency vehicles, local bands and community members. The parade lineup will begin forming at 12:45 p.m. at the corner of Main, Perry and Sandusky streets, next to Marco’s Pizza. Immediately after the parade, Fostoria’s 2016 Snow Queen Joni Pinskey will join Santa Claus at the Fostoria Municipal Building for the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree. New this year is a window decorating contest, which will be open to all businesses downtown. Voting starts today and will continue until 4 p.m. Saturday. As of Tuesday, Robert Jimison, downtown development/tourism director, said there are already roughly 20 businesses participating in the contest with some establishments already starting to adorn their storefronts. Brochures containing information about the window decorating contest will be available Monday at the mayor’s office, as well as at the Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce headquarters, 121 N. Main St. Children will have an opportunity to take a ride on a Romick Railway mini-train from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The conductor will take the train from its pickup location on North Street near the Depot, down along Main Street. Santa Claus will be at the Christmas Wonderland inside the Depot to listen to verbal Christmas lists. Santa will take his seat inside the Depot from roughly 2:30 until about 7 p.m. The Geary Family YMCA will also be hosting a craft event for area children inside the Y Annex, complete with popcorn and hot chocolate. The Depot Wine & Cheese Tasting will take place from 7-10 p.m. both Friday and Saturday at the Depot, 128 W. North St. Five wine samples and hors d’oeuvres will be offered both days to accommodate limited seating. Tickets to the event are $20 each or $35 for two tickets, and they are available at the mayor’s office, the chamber office, or by contacting Teresa Lee at 419-435-8023 or Pete DiCesare at 419-348-5686. All proceeds will benefit programs offered by the Fostoria Rail Preservation Society. Leonard Skonecki will bring Gov. Charles Foster to life as he and the rest of the Fostoria Area Historical Society will host several screenings of “The History of Fostoria, Vol. 5: Fostoria Grows Up” — which follows Fostoria from the 1930s through the 1950s. The latest installment in the documentary series will be shown at 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at 119 N. Main St.
Christmas in the Park 3:00 pm
Christmas in the Park @ Rawson Park
Dec 10 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Rawson Proud will host its second annual Christmas in the Park on Saturday. Santa will arrive on the firetruck at 3 p.m. and will pass out gifts to young residents through 5 p.m. There will also be cookies, popcorn, hot dogs and hot chocolate available, along with a bonfire.
Santa Visits Bluffton 6:00 pm
Santa Visits Bluffton @ Bluffton Public Library
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm
Santa, aboard a Bluffton Fire Department fire truck, will arrive at the Bluffton Public Library on Tuesday to kick off the Christmas season. Santa will arrive at 6 p.m., and guests of all ages are invited to greet him, read holiday stories and create some decorations to take home. No registration is required.